With regards Norris/Ricciardo, and all teammate swaps, drivers this year had soooo little testing to get used to the new cars. A day and a half. They're only now approaching the mileage they're used to preseason. It takes a while to figure it out, and you can see it with all of them: Alonso, Vettel, Perez, Tsunoda, Ricciardo. Except Sainz.Watched the highlights yesterday and a bit more today, sadly didn't have the option to watch the full race... what a horrible day for Leclerc and Bottas.
But that aside, the season seems to remain exciting. I never thought I'd see Vettel finish ahead of Hamilton again. Not sure what's up with Ricciardo, the gap between him and Norris is insane...
This is once again the worst day of my life.
What did I just watch?
I'd be hesitant to read anything from the AWS tyre graphics because they seem to be based on magic dust more than anything. They're as reliable as Lewis saying his tyres are dead.The graphics on screen were showing both Hamilton and Perez (?) had sweet little grip left at around the 30 lap mark.
Commentators were saying they weren't sure how the percentage of tire wear left was worked out, as well as saying if those % were to be believed, Pirelli has been telling a few fibs about the performance of the hard tyres.
Most were complaining from about 26 laps of wear... Pirelli really overstated their tyres or misunderstood the tyres to the point of being dangerous.
But it is a bad look that they brought the softest tyres and appear to have only red flagged the race to give the rest of the field a chance to change tyres to make the finish.