This Portuguese Grand Prix will not be fertile for the two singles seats for Aston Martin, which Sunday was limited to the acting role.
Lance Stroll (Grade 14) nor Sebastian Vettel (Grade 13) scored no points. Furthermore, the two teammates conceded a lap for the winner, Lewis Hamilton.
“It wasn’t the best day for us,” the Quebec driver, who had been disappointed the day before in the qualifiers, admitted that he had scored the fastest time in seventeenth place. We were a little stronger in the race condition, but that wasn’t enough. “
Vettel, he’d feel a little bit satisfied that he finally defeated Stroll, thanks, that must be acknowledged, to the team’s instructions.
But for Aston Martin, this race confirms that this team is in clear decline.
With ten laps left, Vettel couldn’t stay past Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo. Almost pathetic.
What to remember
Statistics … eloquent
After his Portuguese Grand Prix victory, Lewis Hamilton showed again Sunday that he was still a Formula 1 coach despite the growing urgency threat from Max Verstappen, who was second behind the wheel of Red Bull.
The Brit, who is aspiring to gain an eighth title in the Queen of Discipline in the sport, which no other driver in history has achieved, continues to rewrite the record for this specialty.
Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has scored 150 points out of his 159 appearances. Another eloquent statistic: the Portuguese Grand Prix coincides with round 123, at the end of which he tops the World Championship standings.
It is known that Nikita Mazpin owes his arrival this year in Formula 1 to the fortune of my father, who did not break anything in the lower categories. But hey, we’ll agree he’s not the only one who has the privilege in life.
His start in F1 was disastrous. In Portugal, he finished nineteenth and last among drivers to reach the finish line, as he conceded more than a minute for his Haas team-mate, Mick Schumacher.
On lap 46, Mazpin ignored the blue flags that nevertheless told him to make way for Sergio Perez, the race leader at the time.
Furious, Mexican, not without reason, described his young rival as a fool when he finally managed to overtake him to take a turn. It’s as if Mezapin was really … moving on circles. His second five-penalty penalty was well deserved for this disrespectful behavior.
“Where are the flags?”
Speaking of signals, Hamilton asked about radio waves why the Marshals didn’t display the same blue flags when he crossed Perez on lap 51 to take the lead in the Portuguese Grand Prix.
“Where are the flags?” Asked the Brit. His team quickly made him understand that the driver of Red Bull was the leader of the race!