That break between Australia and Bahrain felt like forever, didn’t it?
Thankfully, F1 is back, and is crammed with more talking points than ever:
Pierre Gasly spills the tea on why he and Esteban Ocon are not friends anymore:
Speaking of Esteban Ocon, a random Twitter discussion on his mysterious famous lookalike led to the discovery of his incredibly long full name:
Who knew he had a mouthful of a name? (Source: French Wikipedia)
Back to Gasly, apparently, his big masterplan to attract good racing results is to not shave until the end of the season:
Sebastian Vettel arrived at the circuit on Thursday carrying a mysterious briefcase, and nobody knows what that was about:
Update: Autobild has confirmed the briefcase contained his Backgammon board!
Looks like the grid girls may be back–for Monaco and maybe even Sochi.
*sighs and judges in multiple languages*
And it seems there’s another driver (aside from Nico Hulkenberg) who wants the grid girls back:
Have you ever wondered how the F1 2018 grid will look like as ONE driver? Of course you have. Wonder no more, thanks to Reddit:
During a lull in FP1, Kevin Magnussen provided further proof he’s kind of obsessed with Balls…
The F1 Teams met on Friday to decide on the new rules starting 2021. Below is an outline of what has been decided:
Nothing too exciting or groundbreaking. Yet.
Both Red Bulls retired within the first few laps of the GP: Verstappen limped back to the pits with a puncture after a 1st lap tussle with Hamilton, while Ricciardo ended up parking the car minutes after the green light due to loss of power. The double retirement effectively ended Red Bull’s 38-race point-scoring streak.
Kevin Magnussen’s language was as colorful as ever, complaining about his teammate cutting him off and holding him up during midrace. He managed to finish P5.
Kimi Raikkonen unfortunately hit a Ferrari mechanic on his pit stop, and was released without the Left Rear tire getting replaced.
The mechanic, Francesco Cigarini, sustained a shinbone and fibula fracture:
Update: Francesco’s surgery went well, and he is now recovering.
And for those who think Kimi’s a heartless bastard, he’s already left a comment on Francesco’s post!
Ferrari was fined €50,000 for Kimi’s unsafe release.
Marcus Ericsson of Sauber finally scored his first couple of F1 points after 50 races of trying! Now it’s up to Leclerc to step up.
Pierre Gasly took home his Toro Rosso in P4, 48 whole seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, and expertly trolled him by quoting him at the end:
Aside from being voted by the fans as Driver of the Day, Gasly has also now joined an illustrious club:
Fernando Alonso will be comforted by the fact that he is currently sitting P4 at the WDC table, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen!
Lewis Hamilton called Max Verstappen a “dickhead” while watching a replay of their tussle on the cool down room:
(Vettel’s reaction: Priceless!)
Of course he got asked about it in the post-race press conference, and Sebastian Vettel surprisingly defended his rival:
Even Mark Webber approves!
Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley both got sanctioned for what seemed to be one of the most polite ontrack battles in recent years:
F1 is so flabbergastingly strange, sometimes!
Well then, China should be fun!