Driver of the Day:
Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
In a day dominated by Lewis Hamilton, it’s tough to find a driver that deserved the title of driver of the day. We do have to pick one and Ricciardo is the most deserving of everybody, finishing second on the podium. The Aussie has started to get back to his good form following the weeks of disappointment in Spain and Monaco. Ricciardo showed great poise especially after the start, that saw his teenage teammate go flying past him in turn one. Ricciardo only finished seven seconds behind Hamilton and was making some inroads before the checkered flag was waved. His form has been great recently and he’ll be a fun one to watch coming back from the summer break.
Overtake of the Day:
Max Verstappen – Red Bull
The overtake of the day has to go to the youngster right off the line. Nico Rosberg had a vile start which led to Hamilton taking the lead he never relinquished, but Verstappen put the moves on both Rosberg and Ricciardo. Verstappen went from the inside line all the way over to the outside and used the momentum to shoot himself past Ricciardo on the outside. Here are a couple different looks at the move.
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Verstappen gave way for Ricciardo to finish second but the move was spectacular.
Team of the Day:
The team of the day was Haas. Despite not scoring any points they finished 11th and 13th and Grosjean, who started all the way back in 20th, made his way through the pack. Gutierrez, who has been having some issues seeing blue flags according to some of the other drivers on the circuit, had himself an okay race, a few more laps and he might have been able to sneak himself into the final points position. The Haas team have had a rough few weeks but they showed some improvement which provides some promise for the first year American team heading into the second half.
Best Excuse of the Day:
Felipe Massa – Williams
The best excuse of the day goes to Felipe Massa who had to retire on lap 36 due to “damage” to the rear of the car. Granted, Massa did get bumped from behind in the first lap of the race and he was able to keep going, but his pace was down tremendously. He brought the car in and the crew took pictures of the rear of the car, checked the computers and saw nothing wrong. I don’t think they checked Felipe but a better excuse is needed for driving slow when it’s proven that the car is fine.
Quote of the Day:
Max Verstappen – Red Bull
Max takes home a double this week but it’s for great reason. Verstappen and Rosberg got into another battle, Verstappen enjoys getting into it with the best drivers for some reason. But Rosberg pulled an Austria and ran Verstappen off the track after saying his wheel was at full lock, but it’s clearly seen he just didn’t turn in until after he’d shoved the youngster off the track. Verstappen got the last laugh after the race though in the podium finishers press conference when he was asked about the move. I’ll just let him take it from here.
VES ON ROS incident
"I had to go off the track otherwise we would have crashed"
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It’s good to see the guys loose after a race for once and Lewis clearly enjoyed the banter.