The first Formula One GP of the year is over. A plentiful week-end, enriched by a great race of action and drama. A brilliant start of the season with drivers and teams called to forceful and decision making performances.
Two inevitable doubts shall remain: would Ferrari have won the race without the red flag? And again: could Vettel have kept the leadership of the pack had he fitted the medium tyre to his “Margherita” after the stoppage?
My personal opinion does not count as it is not supported by the proper data. However, you can bet all the coins in your pocket that Ferrari will simulate both scenarios in Maranello this week and that they will be first to find the correct answers.
However, not all that surfaced during this event was positive.The shameful spectacle of the new qualifying system, has convinced the Teams to an embarrassing retreat. Horrible to see drivers out of their cars when the clock is still sentencing their own elimination..right? It’s somehow watching warriors conceiving defeat before the duel is over.
Have FOM and FIA ever heard of simulation? Did anyone of the decision makers figured out, with supportive data, what the outcome of the new procedure was going to be? I have heard F.1 Teams claiming that it was a simple and straight forward exercise.
My first question is: is anybody (up there) capable of calling the shots in the proper manner?
And my second: now that Fernando has “simulated” pretty accurately how the Halo would have made it impossible for him to exit his car after that horrendous crash, will anybody (up there) suggest to abolish that silly-looking and now certain to be limited-in-security device?