Between an incredible race, some spicy debate and even spicier rumours, it’s been another eventful week in the F1 world.
German GP Fallout: Even by usual wet weather standards, the German Grand Prix was a particularly eventful race, with many angles to dissect it from, such as the continued ascent of Max Verstappen (see below), the morale boost for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, a remarkable 24 hours for Daniil Kvyat, the precarious asphalt at the last two corners, Lewis Hamilton’s illness, Haas’ latest cock-up, Williams scoring a point and on, and on.
Truly it’s hard to think of a race (at least in recent memory) that had more going on, and considering it’s already landed on the short-list for “best of the century”, it’s safe to say the German Grand Prix won’t be lived down any time soon.
Is Max Better Than Lewis?: I suppose it’s inevitable that at some point, Max v Lewis for “best on the grid” will be a real argument, but I’d still say it’s a little early. Clearly Gijs van Lennep doesn’t think so, arguing his compatriot is already “just as good” as the five-time world champion.
Obviously, the tear Max is on in the last three races is nothing to scoff at, but compared to the body of work Lewis has – and continues to expand – he’s still got a ways to go.
German GP Unlikely to Continue: It’s been a very topsy-turvy decade for the German Grand Prix — for all the memorable races it’s provided, it has struggled to maintain its place on the calendar, and now it looks like it might be going away for the foreseeable future.
Only happening this year due to the good will of Mercedes, the Silver Arrows have made it clear they won’t be doing Hockenheim another favour. Yes, it might be a popular track with fans and driver’s alike, but we all know money talks in this sport, and with Hanoi and Zandvoort set to debut in 2020, it seems a likely casualty. Here’s hoping its replacement doesn’t disappoint.
Silly Season Ramps Up: The summer break may still be a race away, but that hasn’t stopped the silly season rumours from kicking into overdrive. Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean, George Russell and Esteban Ocon have all had their names bandied-about over the past seven days, with many teams either openly discontented with their current drivers, or outside speculators thinking they can do better.
Particularly in the case of Gasly – who endured another disappointing weekend in Hockenheim – there seems to be legitimate danger he won’t see out the season, and indeed, it’s hard to defend him when his teammate has two wins, while he has less podiums than a Toro Rosso driver.