Hello F1 fans! Yesterday I think I witnessed something I could never imagine in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Let me tell you what happened…
HAMILTON IN TOP FORM DURING QUALIFYING
Lewis Hamilton was truly in a class of his own during qualifying. After Singapore he was fired up again and delivered one of the best laps of the season. Nico Rosberg came close to matching Lewis’ lap but made a mistake on the tricky final corner. He lined up in second. The birthday boy Max Verstappen did well to out qualify his team mate Daniel Ricciardo for only the third time this season. The two Ferraris locked out the third row.
FRONT RUNNERS INVOLVED IN FIRST CORNER COLLISION
Nico Rosberg, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel were all involved in a collision at the first corner. Vettel and Verstappen were side by side into the first corner, until Vettel decided to break a little bit later. At the same moment Rosberg turned in on the pair and tagged Vettel which caused the Mercedes driver to spin. The collision also damaged Vetel’s suspension.
HAMILTON RETIRES WITH ENGINE FAILURE
Just listen to the disappointment on his face when he says “Oh, no, no!” He had been on his best form he had been for the entire season and ends up with a retirement. Well they always say “Sports can be cruel.”
BOTH RED BULLS BATTLE FOR WIN
Even before Hamilton’s retirement, both Red Bulls had been evenly matched and had been second and third the entire race. A crucial point in the race was this battle you can see in the picture. Daniel Ricciardo managed to fend off Max Verstappen’s overtaking attempt. After that skirmish, Lewis Hamilton’s retirement brought out the virtual safety car. Red Bull reacted to this by double stacking both the cars. Double stacking is to pit one driver on the team then the other right after. Because the cars weren’t very far apart, Verstappen got delayed. Plus the team principal made an order to not fight for position to prevent a crash. It would be pretty painful to throw away your first 1 and 2 since 2013.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?
Esteban Gutierrez’s wheel fell off after he had made a pitstop
THE “SHOEY” IS BACK!
Daniel Ricciardo started a new thing called the “shoey”when he puts some of the champagne into his shoe to celebrate a podium. Two weeks ago he said he would bring it back when he won a race. Well that time came.
I hope you enjoyed my post and the next one will be on Monday for the race in Japan.