One for the ages - the Ferraris taking each other out.
ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY!
That's their season story so far. Crazy to think that Max will probably best the pair of them in the drivers standings. Neither of the Ferrari drivers were able to extract the maximum out of their cars - mainly due to their fumbling inter-team strategies.
"Ford’s Bathurst winning bonus didn’t even cover the cost of the after-party" - Allan Moffat, 1977
As Leclerc passed Vettel into turn 1 then Seb came back at him I thought to myself "these two are about to take each other out." Probably one second later and they did. My tip was on the corner but they did it on the straight. Seb's fault. Charles didn't move at all. Cool result with Gasly and Sainz on the podium.
"This whole thing is just a media beat up and you V8 Supercar fans( another name for suckers, bogans, lowlifes etc ) have taken the bait hook line and sinker." - Champcarman
"It was dry for the second go-around. Grice, nervous, worrying about his Bathurst jinx, ran 2:25.9. The amazing Brock, using every last centimetre of bitumen, yet keeping the car straight and balanced and at full noise, came back with a staggering 2:20.0 as if to say: "Match that". And people just shook their heads, bit their lips and wondered who would be second".
Yes, a cracking race and it was good to see Ricciardo get into the points, albeit with a bit of luck as well.
So this brings me to the Gasly podium. I like the underdog nature of the whole story: demoted to Torro Rosso so Albon could get his seat. You also can't take his podium off him ever. Let's also not forget his grit and determination in not giving up. It's a good story.
But let's be realistic about this. Like a number of drivers, he benefited from other people's mistakes. I know people will say "coulda woulda shoulda" but until the last few laps of race, that podium was Albon's on more merit, the very same person who displaced him at Red Bull. Perhaps if the publicity was more around "I didn't think I'd get third, but I'll take it any way it's given," more than "I've been redeemed through my podium on merit," I'd probably have no issue.