An interesting rant…Schuttelberg wrote: ↑Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:59 amI don't think any calls for penalties for what happened yesterday are going to be discussed. Was it blocking/impeding? Yes. Hamilton had no intention of doing his lap and his presser is a whole heap of BS which has been the norm from 2007. He talks a heap of gas in press conferences and has gotten himself in trouble too for it. It was gamesmanship and the issue is that these things get discussed only when it happens at the front. What happened in Austria with Vettel and Alonso was much much more clear cut and the two Monza races before this year were a proper joke. It's easy to blame the stewards but they follow the wording in the rule book. Not what they feel is right/wrong. In most such situations that I have seen, the person crashing/blocking almost always gets away with it and the penalties are often meted out to blokes that don't intend it. THE problem is in the rule book. Not the people.
One thing I will say- It seems the entire Mercedes team is so affected by "booing." For me it's hilarious. Specially when it comes from Hamilton who's spewed a whole heap of garbage from 2010-13 when Seb was receiving it and even more rich after what happened at Silverstone when the crowd was roaring in ruptures when Max was about to hit the wall. To blame the RBR top brass for it just shows how arrogant they are. You indulge in cheap tactics and then you can't take a little booing.
I had become a Lewis fan in his Mercedes stint, but Max is right. The true colours are out and Toto has been a snake from day 1. Nothing he does will ever surprise me. To coin a term if it doesn't exist, they're a lot of humblebrags. Plain disgusting!!
Few things about yesterday and the redbull management I observed over the last two weeks.
For the “blocking” yesterday, Hamilton and Bottas maintained a gap to each other comparable to the five drivers in front. RedBull send their drivers out after the Mercedes cars. If you watch the onboard of each of the drivers there is no blocking or slowing down in places where you don’t expect it. Hamilton’s outlap was even faster then the first run. What you do hear is a rather concerned radio in Verstappen’s ear, what probably makes him go to close to Hamilton, preventing himself to do a good warmup.
As for the reaction of the redbull management. It was apparently so bad, that the stewards had an extra paragraph in their reply taking about a concern about accusations.
So far, it looks like the whole redbull team is on edge, not only on track (pushing Verstappen to claim Hamilton’s place in the cue) and in interviews (Verstappen was very irritated). At the moment, the Mercedes team looks, communicates and drives quite relaxed.