Author : cmunroe

In an interview earlier during the season, Vettel suggested that it appeared as if Mercedes Petronas AMG  has the ability to turn up the engine during qualifying, thus giving their machines the advantage required to secure pole. And in F1, pole is everything. Ever heard of dirty air?

Vettel has not been having the best of times recently. His major puerile moment in Azerbaijan will not be forgotten quickly and Hamilton’s dominance at Silverstone ensured that Vettel’s yawning points lead was obliterated.

Heading into the summer frolic, Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari were hoping for good fortunes. Qualifying confirmed that their prayers met receptive ears. The scarlet warriors, led by Vettel, sealed the front row – Ferrari P1 and P2!


When the red lights embraced darkness and the race began, Vettel adopted a selfish, villainous approach and claimed corner 1. His teammate maintained proximity. Skirmishes were evenly distributed and unfortunately Ricciardo was assaulted by his forceful teammate Verstappen. Game over for Ricciardo.

Vettel and Ferrari remained the superior duo until steering issues hurled uncertainty into the mix. It was obvious that Vettel’s machine slowed somewhat and in response to the blood that was dispersed, the chasing Mercedes sharks became anxious and overly aggressive.

Raikkonen found himself in an unhealthy atmosphere and he voiced his discontent.The Mercs were closing fast and his wounded teammate was hemorrhaging!


Ferrari’s ‘big wigs’ were present and team principal, Maurizio Arrivabeni, was reluctant to dive into an ocean of embarrassment. We all watched as the Mercs stalked their hapless prey. Hamilton, in P4, negotiated a deal. Totto issued the visa which allowed him (Hamilton) to pass Bottas and launch his ballistic missile. Maurizio was not perturbed.

The commentators questioned Maurizio’s stance. We all did. But, somehow, that which afflicted Vettel’s machine did no further damage. Hamilton got within DRS range but was unable to employ the catapult and pass Raikkonen.


In a race which saw Alonso scoring some good points, Vettel led the charge from start to finish, restored hope and delivered rampant joy to the Tifosi and the Scuderia Ferrari camp. His teammate, Raikkonen, played the expected supporting role and locked P2. And true to the brokered deal, Hamilton allowed Bottas to swing by and claim P3.

Vettel greets the summer break with a comfortable points margin. Hamilton and Mercedes will have time to regroup and devise a new battle plan.

Vettel is in control again. But, for how long?

Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer

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