Ricciardo avoided watching crash replays before restart

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In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo says he avoided watching replays of the huge restart crash during the Tuscan Grand Prix to keep his concentration on the race.

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After the race Ricciardo said he had only seen the aftermath of the crash which eliminated four drivers:

Addressing the restart crash, I honestly haven’t seen it. I saw the aftermath, but I didn’t see the crash itself.

When I got back to the pit after the red flag. It was on the monitors. But to be honest I was just trying to stay focussed so I didn’t actually choose to watch it.

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Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 grand prix victories is set to be equalised by a driver who hadn’t even started an F1 race when Schumacher took his final win.

It’s really quite unreal that Schumacher’s seven titles seemed like an Everest, and 16 years on, someone’s going to equal him.

The reasons are various but not many could be so consistent and now almost terrifyingly clean in their performances, hat off to Hamilton for that.
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  • 19 comments on “Ricciardo avoided watching crash replays before restart”

    1. Re: COTD
      It is unbelievable Hamilton or any other driver would sit just one race win away.
      I thought no one would ever get closet to that record. Then when Vettel started winning championships I then thought Vettel was the one likely to equal the record or come closest.
      Good fortune and some hard work is what has given Hamilton this position he is in currently.

      1. If someone told me at the end of 2013 that the Mercedes would completely dominate the sport in the hybrid era as the clear number one car for seven consecutive years, I’d actually expect Hamilton to already be going for his 8th title and have at least 110 wins to his name.

        Hamilton can blame losing the 2016 for his DNF in Sepang (which Rosberg failed to capitalise on), but he botched seven starts that year, crashed in Baku qualifying, dropped his lip in Shanghai, locked up in final qualifying in Bahrain.

        Change those things he wins, but it was a mistake strewn season for him.

        All credit to Rosberg.

        1. While you are there, have him come in 1 lap sooner in China 2007 so he wins his first Championship as a rookie.

          Then he would be headed towards his 9th title.

        2. @David Bondo But he started on pole in Bahrain.

        3. What a weird comment. All drivers have seasons they could’ve done more. Or is it just Lewis you pick out for your special analysis ?

          1. Since Hamilton is the subject is it not a given that he will be analysed?

            What is it with these fringe Hamilton fans who zealously guard his online reputation regardless of what is being talked about?

        4. The Mercedes start system had issues in 2016 yes. Not just Hamilton but also for Rosberg. Of course it wasn’t 7 times either, but indeed see how Rosberg had the same problem with the start system starting from pole in Germany. Both cars had it in Australia. So these issues sort of leveled out between the two.

          On the other hand, why not mention that Hamilton was rammed off by Bottas in Bahrain? Or that Hamilton couldn’t participate in Q3 for both China and Russia? That’s already 3 out of the first 4 races ruined.

          Not because his season was “mistake strewn” as you made up in your head, but because he had actual issues outside of his control.

          Or then that he had to start from the pitlane in Spa, because he had to replace all the broken PU parts over the first half of his “technical issue strewn season”? Or that he was rammed off by Rosberg in Spain while he was overtaking him? Troubles in Singapore and then of course going for the win in Malaysia and his engine gives up.

          Despite all of those issues costing him at least 50 points and probably much more, he only lagged Rosberg by 5 points.

          1. And lets not forget they swapped garage crews that year….think about it. Rosberg got Hamilton’s heroes, whilst Hamilton got the team that was previously loyal to Rosberg. Go figure.

            1. What is the actual problem? They both had to get to know 5 new people, so they both had effects of it. Or are you saying that Rosberg actually had worse mechanics for 2 years and they then switched them to Hamilton? Cause that would mean Hamilton actually was favoured for 2 years… Don’t know what point you are trying to make…

              Aside from that, Rosberg saw part of his crew switched when Hamilton joined Mercedes.

        5. Bear in mind that in Rosberg’s championship year, Hamilton won 10 races – more than Rosberg did that year, and more than the 9 wins that took Hamilton to the title the following year.

    2. Lundgard not only knew the best way to restart out of sc as the whole field managed the chaos pretty well. F1 drivers dropped the ball, hearing that Ocon didn’t realise the sc restart was on, is very much unlike f1.
      Knew mugello from motogp, great track, great crowds, brave corners, though often home to dominant wins, last years Petrucci victory an exception. Never thought it could suit f1 this well, the long 180 corners like the last corner didn’t hurt racing at all, such corners are very rare in f1 tracks. These loops translate into short run-offs, I’m very doubtful the track would meet fia’s old standards.

      1. I think F1 cars have a different accelerating and braking profile as such the time frame available to recognize and bail out of a potentially difficult situation when the field spread is so close is much shorter.

    3. That’s an ugly visual identity by Peugeot. Are they gonna sell sneakers or something? Don’t they know the lion emblem was a big part for many proud owner of the car?

      1. Yep, unimpressed.
        3 stripes and the brand, I think I have a feeling of déjà-vu.

    4. COTD: Putting that into perspective, when Schumacher started, Fangio had held the record for most championships for more than three decades, and Prost was the most successful driver in terms of wins (43 by the 1991 Belgian GP). So, when Hamilton retires, does it take 20 years for someone else to come close to his records, or will they be unbeatable – will we even have the sport a few decades onwards?

      1. I think the thing to remember is that Mercedes’ dominance in the turbo/hybrid era is unprecedented in the history of F1. Most prior periods of single-team dominance have lasted less time, or have at least been punctuated by competition from other teams (e.g. Benetton and Schumacher breaking up the Williams party in the 1990s). The normal state of F1 is to be at least vaguely competitive. So I would be surprised if anyone got close to Hamilton’s records in the decades to come.

        1. Plus, HAM had the luck to see the champ extended to a max possible during his time, the record being 22 races in a season, then they went back to 21 races… unlike 16-17 races in most of Schumacher’s time, the longest champs being 2004+2006 (18races) and 2005 (19 races). So, I hardly believe the champs will be extended beyond 22 races in the next decades… unless teleportation is invented.

    5. COTD

      I have believed in this kid since his first moments in an F1 car. Brought a TV to work so I could see the debut of some kid who told Ron Dennis that someday he would drive for McLaren. It was very soon that we began to see the future that day. And now we are at the edge of another rewriting of all history books. I’ve been preaching the idea that in 2021 Lewis will surpass the 100 Victory,100 Pole mark. I bet my entire collection of large scale TAMIYA Grand Prix Car series that no one will ever surpass this level of success ever again. Until he retires he will remain the class of the field until another young one steps forward and makes his mark. He is making the lore of Senna seem like a former driver who had some success albeit very popular at the time his moment in F1 was short lived and pales in comparison to Hamilton’s accomplishments. Today’s cars are dramatically quicker and faster than those raced in 80s/90s. That’s natural and expected but along the way Lewis also mastered significantly more difficult racecars today than what that Brazilian drove decades ago. The current cars are so much more difficult to master.
      So Formula One fans let’s celebrate 2021 and acknowledge we get to see this guy race right in my living room every race and that alone is what F1 has become. A sensational media experience year after year and the SkySports coverage I grown to love and think it’s driving much of the rise in Grand Prix popularity today.
      It also helps having an eloquent well spoken racer like Hamilton too. He represents the sport and elevated it into its rightful place where men from many nations race in machines that are of the highest form of technology and they fight each other, nation vs nation all in the pursuit of victory against all odds. The challenge is great and the rewards are worthwhile but cruel at times.
      F1 is fast, noisy and dangerous and those who find success are rewarded as Lewis is today. To me Lewis Hamilton IS significantly better than all who have driven F1. 100 victories 100 poles is the final challenge of his career. Then his involvement in TV broadcast. His personality is ripe for race coverage. I feel fortunate to have seen all of Hamilton’s career so I end with my word of thanks to what we are witnessing

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