What a British GP we witnessed! Drama galore, accusations, and an enthralling battle between Ferrari and Mercedes. There’s so much to unpack from this weekend, so here’s the latest:
• Mercedes Accuse Ferrari, Then Backtrack
During the Silverstone GP, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen made contact with Lewis Hamilton in the first lap, resulting in Hamilton dropping to last place. Despite a mighty effort, Hamilton could not overcome Ferrari’s Vettel, and had to settle for second place. Hamilton stated Ferrari used ‘interesting tactics’ seemingly insinuating the contact was deliberate. Toto Wolff expressed similar views in the heat of the moment, however proceeded to backtrack after the dust had settled, stating “my statement about possibly deliberate act of Ferrari at the start of the race was stupid”.
• Formula 2: Haas Driver Banned and Fined €60,000
Santino Ferrucci, Haas’s FIA Formula 2 Championship driver has been banned for two two rounds and fined €60,000 for multiple breaches of regulations throughout the previous race. Ferrucci was cited to deliberately drive his car into Arjun Maini on the cooldown lap of the race. This act of aggression came after forcing Maini off the road at Turn 4 during the race. Lastly, Ferrucci failed to maintain the minimum delta time at the end of the virtual safety car period. This poor act of sportsmanship and safety has landed Ferrucci in hot-water with Haas, with many speculating Ferrucci’s future with the team to be possibly beyond repair.
• Growing Frustration with Grosjean from Haas
Guenther Steiner has expressed Romain Grosjean is testing the patience of Haas after being involved in a series of incidents during the British Grand Prix weekend. After a fourth-place finish last week in Austria, many felt Grosjean may have turned a corner on his season and was ready to take it to another level, however after being involved in several incidents this past weekend in Silverstone, Steiner stated “I wouldn’t call this bad luck … It’s getting frustrating”.
And that wraps up everything in F1 for this week. Stay tuned next week for more from the F1 Weekly Roundup!