Pit Chat: Formula 1 put a curse on Hamilton

Date published: September 8 2020

Mercedes F1 jinx

How do you stop the Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes domination? Curse it and jinx it numerous times over like Formula 1 did.

Time to take a look back over the stand-out images, clips and social media posts from the marvellous Italian Grid Prix weekend…

A blessing and a curse

Many sent their thanks to Kevin Magnussen and his poor Ferrari engine for their sacrifice in creating a race result for the ages.

And while K-Mag does deserve a doff of the cap for his parking placement, a special, special mention has to go to the Formula 1 organisers and broadcasters.

After the party mode ban resulted in Lewis Hamilton still sticking his Mercedes car on pole position for the one zillionth time, Formula 1 officials were already making a start on Sunday’s jobs, eagerly anticipating an early shift finish.

The initial curse clearly wasn’t strong enough as Hamilton zoomed off into the distance once the lights went out on race day, so F1TV stepped up to fully ensure fate was well and truly tempted.

It turns out we played our own very minor role as well. How stupid do we feel asking this question before the race? The answer is very stupid.

However, we and [we hope] many others will happily make fools of ourselves over and over again if it means more unpredictable race winners come our way.

Enter Gas-man

We are still in a state of shock that we can call Pierre Gasly a Formula 1 race winner. It created some wonderful moments that will live very long in the memory.

From Charles Leclerc being one of the first to congratulate him…

To the rousing rendition of the Italian national anthem from the AlphaTauri team.

It was a truly a sight to behold. We also very much enjoyed Romain Grosjean caring very little about his own race…

…and this image will go down as one of the most poignant in modern Formula 1 history. From Red Bull demotion and the loss of a close friend in Anthoine Hubert to a first-ever podium in Brazil 2019 and now a first-ever race win. All in a little over 12 months.

It is an awful lot to take in.

End of era

Whilst we get all misty eyed again, it was sad to see the Williams family say farewell to Formula 1.

Claire Williams personally seeing the car off one last time was a touching moment.

As was the Williams video that closed one chapter and started a new one.

We hope and pray that the Williams family exit is not in vain and the new powers-that-be can help guide them back to where they belong.

They do have at least one driver capable of helping achieve that dream.

Best of the rest

Before the tears started, Kimi Raikkonen cracked us up with one of the most predictable Kimi answers going.

And whilst we learned nothing new about Kimi, we learned nothing new about Lando as well. Still can’t take him anywhere.

A special, notable mention has to go to Sebastian Vettel, too. Not only did he raise a ton of money for charity after buying crowdies for himself, Charles Leclerc and the Ferrari garage in the Monza grandstands…

…he still absolutely lives and breathes Formula 1 despite all the ongoing struggles. Which other drivers after getting booted out of Q1 would go straight to Parabolica to watch the action…and with this much excitement? It’s infectious.

And, although it came to nothing on race day, we were big fans of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas joining forces to sh*t stir with Red Bull after another dominating display even without party mode in qualifying.

Red Bull were the ones, remember, who pushed for the ban to happen.

Last word

We will continue to watch this over and over and over and over again. How French TV broadcasters for Canal+ reacted to Gasly’s amazing win.

Next stop Mugello! Good luck following that…

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