The Malaysian Grand Prix was one of those races that could be dissected in different ways, with controversy and conspiracy theories about what happened and what might have happened. Lewis looked set for a win, but Max Verstappen – on a different strategy – was going to run him close. Could the Dutchman have won? The strategy helped him in the early part of the race, but then circumstances made it a hindrance. Max was stuck behind his team-mate, when he needed to be ahead. Then Lewis Hamilton’s V6 blew up and Red Bull had to decide whether to stop one or both of its drivers. Ricciardo was ahead. So it was Verstappen who suffered, although not by much… And then it looked like there would be a straight fight to the finish, but the action seemed to lack urgency and there were suspicions about radio messages about drivers being sure to drink… Some said they were fighting, others thought they were cruising. The team said there were no instructions, but then Red Bull has a bit of a history of this sort of thing. You couldn’t prove it either way.
Down at Mercedes, Hamilton was asking why it is always his engines that fail when no-one else has the same problems. It was a good question. Was it Fate or was it something more earthly… More controversy.
There was a daft first corner accident caused (again) by Sebastian Vettel. Then Nico Rosberg was given a 10-second time penalty for bumping into Kimi Raikkonen while overtaking him. There was plenty to yack about… and the paddock was yacking.
Also in GP+ this week…
– We look at some secret numbers from the world of F1 finance
– We ask whether Bernie is right to say that Alain Prost was the best F1 driver ever
– We tell stories from the Grand Prix circuit at Dieppe
– DT mulls over his 500th Grand Prix – and calls a spade a spade
– The Hack wonders about Alonso’s choices – and MotoGP races
– JS thinks that F1 can learn some logic from crash test dummies
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from Peter Nygaard
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