3 Takeaways From The 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
Look, everyone loves a good summer break. You get to go on vacation with your friends and family and maybe have too many drinks and get a sunburn. All in all, it’s a good time, but there’s one thing that’s better than summer break for all of us Formula 1 fans out there. THE RETURN OF RACE WEEKENDS! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Formula 1 is back and teams all across the board are preparing to earn as many points as possible for the remainder of the season. So let’s dive into three major take aways from the Belgian Grand Prix!
Hamilton Gets Top Gun Role
I tried to be pretty creative with that headline but if you watched the race you’ll know quite well what I’m referring to. Shortly after starting the race Lewis Hamilton and long time rival Fernando Alonso made contact into a corner where causing Lewis Hamilton to get airborne by potentially 8–10 ft in the air. As Lewis Hamilton came back down to earth with the rest of us peasants things seemed as though he might be able to escape that first lap incident without much drama, things quickly turned awry for Hamilton’s Mercedes. Spewing out loads of coolant Hamilton was forced to come to a halt on the side of the track and leaving him with a depressing DNF for this Belgian Grand Prix. As big of a Lewis Hamilton fan that I am, I have to be honest and admit that this incident was primarily Hamilton’s fault. On to the next race for Hamilton and his W13!
Ferrari Forces Foolish Fastest Lap
It was clear that Max Verstappen had the pace to win the race without much contention. So as Charles Leclerc was looking to snatch a P5 for the race Ferrari was looking to gain as many points as possible forcing Charles Leclerc into the pits to put on a soft set of tires in order to go for the faster lap point. This not only forced Charles Leclerc to pass Fernando Alonso on track (Which is no small feat) But by the end of the race Charles was also issued a 5 second penalty due to speeding in the pitlane which made him lose even more points. All this to say, Charles Leclerc is the one that made the error of speeding in the pitlane but his team is the one that put him in the situation to begin with so I have to question Ferrari strategy even further.