2021 Italian GP

Will the winner of the Sprint race go on to win the GP?

  • Yes

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No

    Votes: 1 100.0%

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Wobbuffet

F1 Senna Equivalent
Its the final race of the triple header this weekend and of course the big news in the last couple days were the announcements for next year of Bottas signing for Alfa and Merc finally pulling the trigger and giving Russell his chance, its been the one thing Hamilton hasn't had to deal with in his career and thats a very hungry (no doubt) young driver with nothing to lose, so really looking forward with interest to see how Hamilton gets on with this scenario next season.

As for this weekend well firstly Raikkonen will unfortunately miss this GP as well due to not being clear of covid, meaning that Kubica will race in his stead again.
We will also see the sprint race make a return and should it be a dry 'race' for the sprint this will likely give everyone another indicator of whether sprint races are worth even considering for next season, the Silverstone Sprint wasn't that good but that was just the first one, if the sprint race here at Monza isn't any better then the one at Silverstone then Liberty will find it hard to convince fans in general that sprint races should be part of the future of the sport.

Anyway here's Pirelli's preview:
 

Wobbuffet

F1 Senna Equivalent
A few days have passed since the race, I think the biggest takeaway from it was that Ricciardo & McLaren likely had it won after the pitstops even if Verstappen & Hamilton hadn't taken each other out, obviously the start was massive for Ricciardo but he drove great all weekend and it was good to see him return to form finally.

As for our championship protagonists, that incident was one of them where neither wanted to give in, I think had Hamilton simply left no room going through T1 then it would have forced Verstappen wide and to cut T2 and the crash doesn't happen, as it was Hamilton left just enough room to allow him to stay there through and exiting T1 to have a go at T2 but the kerbs there put paid to that in the end.

Though during the coming together, the halo once again proving it worth and saving Hamilton from taking what would have been the full weight of the rear of a F1 car on his head, I can only see a haloless car in the same exact circumstances leading to a horrific head/neck injury for Hamilton and that would've have been the best case scenario - worse case is fatal of course, thankfully we'll never know what would have happened to him though without the halo being there.

With the 3 place grid penalty given to Max, on balance just about right (though racing incident NFA has its valid arguments) as Verstappen never got fully alongside (he had a good 75-80% to be fair) though it clearly wasn't a wreckless or out of control move, (though Damon Hill showed signs that he suffers and had a PTSD flashback from Adelaide 1994 after the race claiming it was a deliberate crash by Verstappen.:rolleyes:) it was just 2 drivers going for a WDC not giving each other a inch at the end of the day.

Lastly shoutout for Bottas 'version infinite.0' he looked great for some strange reason, funny that the week he signs for Alfa he puts in a performance like that all weekend and Russell after confirmed being signed by Mercedes gets beat in qualy for the first time by Latifi & actually seemed to be at least on par with Russell here as well.:LOL:
 

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Lastly shoutout for Bottas 'version infinite.0' he looked great for some strange reason, funny that the week he signs for Alfa he puts in a performance like that all weekend and Russell after confirmed being signed by Mercedes gets beat in qualy for the first time by Latifi & actually seemed to be at least on par with Russell here as well.:LOL:
Lets be honest absolutely no one is going to count the sprint race result as the qualifying result except the FIA as far as I'm concerned Russell still has a 100% record over Latifi.
 
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