What was really telling was that, as Russell ran to cheer Bottas in the gravel trap, he was greeted by a proud adult – who was responded with a slap on the lid.
The midfield battle is on
Imola confirmed that Ferrari turned their ill-fated 2020 car into a strong midfield contender for 2021, as the Scarlet Cars qualified strongly and then finished fourth and fifth.
Meanwhile, the switch to Mercedes power boosted an already excellent McLaren car, leading Norris to the podium. It was nice to see the teamwork and some humility from team manager Daniel Ricciardo as he was asked halfway through the race to let Norris pass, who had unlocked a considerably faster pace in the wet.
And Williams seems to have risen from the basement – although this good job has been rather disappointed with his two drivers having serious crashes for which they must at least take some of the blame.
AlphaTauri-Honda, Aston Martin and Alpine-Renault also scored points, and Alfa Romeo should have done it too, but for a technical foul.
In total, it looks like we have seven teams chasing the midfield, each with one or two top drivers. What a great thing.
What’s up, Seb?
Having been let go by Ferrari even before the start of last year, Sebastian Vettel’s F1 career appeared to be in jeopardy. His stint at Aston Martin was meant to be a fresh start, a chance for the unbeatable four-time title Vettel to reemerge. It really didn’t happen like that.
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