The race in Russia witnessed a dramatic chase. And in fact after what the racers have shown, the three riders present on the podium glory are indeed very worthy. But from here, the F1 championship race in 2019 has taken an important turning point.
The huge advantage in the straight line with softer tires helped Ferrari beat Mercedes from the start. Sebastian Vettel from the 3rd rank rose to the top of the 2nd when taking advantage of every opportunity that he had while Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled with McLaren behind.
The race was slightly interrupted by the collision, causing Romain Grosjean to give up from the first round and Daniel Ricciardo had a flat tire, but also gave up in the 30th round.
Ferrari dominated the first tire stint despite the debate over the order of the two riders in the first rounds and that was what the Italian team impressed the most in this race. As soon as Vettel finished his pit-stop, his car had a problem with its kinetic energy regeneration unit (MGU-K) and had to give up, unfortunately. This makes the virtual safety car appear and Mercedes takes advantage of it and takes the lead when leaving the pit.
Shortly afterwards the Security Vehicle (SC) was also put on the track with the accident of George Russell (Williams) and Ferrari probably made a tactical mistake when Leclerc put on tire changes again to attack Mercedes but fell. Get behind both opponents’ cars. Efforts in the last 20 rounds were not enough for him to improve his position and create miracles in Sochi.
Finally, the “Silver Arrow” continued to protect its territory with a fourth victory for Hamilton, while Bottas came second, bringing a 1-2 victory which was considered a surprise after what Ferrari showed in the 7th day.
The third podium position was considered a consolation gift for Leclerc and the team after a difficult and chaotic race. Red Bull returned after the unsuccessful rating run and finished in the top 5 for both Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.
McLaren has both cars finished in the top 10 and continues
to consolidate its lead in the middle group while main rival Renault only has
Nico Hulkenberg to score. Sergio Perez continued his high performance for
Racing Point in phase 2 of the season with the third stage scoring, while the
last driver to score was Kevin Magnussen, despite being penalized for 5 seconds
for running out of the track and taking advantage. but ended the 2-month
drought for Haas.
Toto Wolff leader said that the referee will have to escort the police if they fined Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at home Monza.
“The referees have difficulty deciding whether to fine or warn Charles Leclerc”, Motorsport quoted Mr. Wolff. “Leclerc’s defensive action against Lewis Hamilton may exceed the allowed limit. Hamilton had the mind to steer the collision avoidance. But the referee has no other way. Ferrari is leading in the Grand Prix Italy and fined five seconds? Then the referee will have to escort the police to leave”.
Wolff alluded to the situation in round 23, before the second corner. Hamilton, after hiding Leclerc wind in a straight line, swung to the right and jumped near the opponent. Leclerc drove to the right to push Hamilton to the curb. This makes the Ferrari driver unable to turn in the corner, having to choose a longer path to return to the track. After this situation, Leclerc was cautioned by the black and white flag. That means if recidivism is committed, Leclerc will be disqualified. But Wolff hinted the referee’s warning was still mild.
will be many accidents with this situation. The black and white flag warning
law will set a bad precedent. Because riders will take risks because they
believe they will only be warned before being punished”, he insisted.
Hamilton also somewhat agreed with Wolff. “Many times I have to give in order to avoid a collision with Leclerc. That is the problem of the current F1 racing rules. We have repeatedly called for clarification of the rules but have not achieved the goal. In this case, the referees have a different opinion”, he said.
Leclerc finished first in Monza, helping Ferrari crown at
home for the first time since 2010. Hamilton pursued Leclerc for most of the
race, coming only third when he lost twice to the pit. In return, the British
racer achieved the fastest lap in the final rounds with new soft tires.
The prolonged showers of rain caused the trial day of Friday to have uneven results. However, Ferrari snapped Charles Leclerc was dry rare moment to set the record fastest laps run with a time 1 minute 20 seconds 978 per thousand in the 2nd test session racing.
Due to the rainy weather from night until morning, the Monza race was in a rather slippery condition for 90 minutes of the 1st trial session. So in this trial session, the riders went through many challenges. Sergio Perez crashed the race car into the railing, Raikkonen made the car crash into the ground and could not return to the track and a series of other riders slid around the car on the track.
The track slowly dried at the end of the first test session, and the drivers were now able to use the tires for dry conditions. At this time, Leclerc of Ferrari is the best set, with a time of 1 minute 27 seconds 905 thousand. The duo McLaren Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris ranked 2 and 3 respectively.
The winner of Lewis Hamilton’s world championship ranking is
fourth, with Red Bull’s Alex Albon at 5th. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s top
performer, ranked 6th on Max Verstappen of Red Bull. Valtteri Bottas ranked
ninth only after he slipped around in a run on his dry tire. Meanwhile,
Ferrari’s Vettel ranks right above Bottas after making a mistake in his lap.
In the second test session, after Leclerc set the fastest performance, Hamilton of Mercedes team had the answer when setting up the second fastest achievement, only less than 1/10 seconds of Leclerc.
The good thing about Ferrari, is that each of their drivers has the fastest performance in a part of the track. Meanwhile, Hamilton is only the fastest at the end of the track.
But, as in Belgium, the ranking results seem to depend quite heavily on who can take advantage of the hiding wind technique. Another important factor for racing teams to set up their racing cars is weather forecast on rain on the main race day (Sunday). Meanwhile, the race day (Saturday) is forecast to be dry.
DRS system is an indispensable part of an F1 car, but DRS is not only a system that helps riders exceed that many people think.
The DRS (Drag Reduction System) is a system that reduces drag and reduces the grip force downforce on F1 cars placed in the rear spoiler. The system has been put into use by the FIA since the 2011 season after the F1 organizers were worried about the possibility of cars crossing each other on the track. Especially in the 2010 season, there were many cases where the cars could not pass each other, thereby creating a boring race.
Each F1 race will
have 2 to 3 points to use DRS, usually the DRS trigger points will be in
straight lines to help riders have a better chance of getting into the curve.
However, the DRS law will have the difference between trial run, classification
and main race.
At trial and grading sessions, riders are entitled to use DRS at the point of use at any time. But in the main race, drivers are only allowed to activate the DRS system when the distance between cars is only 1 second. The system will be activated during the race after the second lap (and 2 laps after finishing the safety regulation). In addition, DRS will not be activated in rainy conditions, only when the judges see the track is dry, will the DRS be activated again.
When the DRS system is activated, the flaps on the rear spoiler will open up to 85mm, thereby reducing the wind’s resistance and the speed will increase from 10-15 km/h.
Not only that, DRS not only helps riders to overcome but also helps balance the race. The problem realized from the 2010 season shows that the cars behind can not be overcome by entering the turbulent airflow of the vehicle ahead. The car behind will lose 45% of the pressure, thereby not being able to grip the road as well as the car ahead and will lose more time. Therefore, the DRS system is used to balance the advantage of the rear vehicle to pull back the lost time with the previous vehicle.
Despite receiving mixed reactions from riders and fans, it is undeniable that the DRS system helps the race more attractive.