After the race at Spa on Sunday the rains fell heavily over the region in the course of the evening while Sebastian Vettel rather foolishly decided to attack Pirelli over its tyres, rather than accepting that perhaps trying for a one-stop race at Spa, while pushing hard over kerbs was probably not the best thing to do. One might suggest that the idea was a sign of Ferrari’s desperation on Sunday when the red cars were clearly outclassed for speed by the Mercedes runners. It is unlikely that Vettel would have got to the flag in third place because the inspired Romain Grosjean was lining up to pass him when the tyre failure occurred. It was a shame that he reacted as he did as it rather undermined the heroics of the afternoon when we saw a number of super drivers, notably Grosjean but also Vettel and the amazing Max Verstappen, who pulled off the most spectacular move by going around the outside of Felipe Nasr at 190mph in the Blanchimont curve. That was not only ballsy, but also a sign of a class racing driver. Verstappen may not yet be 18 years of age, but with each passing race, his name moves higher on the wish lists of the big teams. Grosjean’s race was astonishingly accomplished and sure-footed. The Lotus team is in deep deep trouble, with the likelihood of administration in the next few days, and Grosjean knew that the team needed a boost. He had the car to deliver the goods and used it, while Maldonado (as usual) messed things up and failed to make the most of his opportunities.
In the course of the night there came the bad news of the death of Guy Ligier, a colossus in French motorsport, and the dreadful news from Pocono of Justin Wilson’s accident in the IndyCar race there. Wilson is currently in a critical conditions at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown. The debris that Wilson hit came from Sage Karam’s car which spun into the wall at high speed. Wilson was unconscious and non-responsive after the accident and was airlifted to the hospital. His wife Julia was later flown in from the family home in Colorado.
The 37-year-old from Sheffield went to IndyCar after being unable to raise the money needed to race in F1, despite some promising performances. He has become a popular member of the IndyCar scene although a couple of previous injuries meant that he has never achieved the results that he might have done.
Let us hope that there is good news in the course of the next few days.