Yesterday’s race was definitely one for the history books and once again gave us a first time podium for a young driver. However it was anything but the usual race and sadly Cyril at Renault still lives on without a tattoo but I imagine if Ricciardo keeps up his pace, it’s only a matter of time.
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We didn’t get very far into the race before the Max Verstappen was once again put out of the race, Gasly, Sainz and Vettel also had an incident, we saw our first safety car and it wouldn’t be long before we had another one as a massive pileup was caused before Bottas could be overtaken crossing the line.
This caused a pileup as some of the less experienced drivers powered off at the green light instead of waiting for Bottas to cross the starting line which indicates that the race had started once again.
The race was a mass of destruction with seven racers out by the time we reached lap fifteen of fifty nine and it was only lap nine when we saw the first of two red flags of the day, something which hadn’t happened since Brazil in 2016.
However this gave some of the other drivers a chance for a podium outside of the usual with Stroll, Ricciardo and Albon all fighting for position three, with the home team Ferrari down the back as is usual these days. Stroll of course was taken out of the race with a massive crash on lap forty four which once again caused another red flag, putting Hamilton and Bottas happily in the lead and the fight for third place coming down to Ricciardo and Albon.
Fortunately for Albon, unlike Verstappen, his car had the sheer power to pass the much more experienced Ricciardo on lap fifty one and give Alex Albon his much needed first podium which will fight off rumors that Albon could be replaced with Perez, at least for the time being as we know that Red Bull’s Christian Horner had no interest in bringing back Pierre Gasly.
It was an extremely interesting race, what was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments.