‘F1 delivered the best response to criticism’

Date published: July 30 2019

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After a dull start to the season, Ross Brawn believes Formula 1 has delivered the best possible response to the “unfortunate criticism”.

Sunday’s German Grand Prix, the first wet race of this season, had it all.

Drivers slipping, sliding and even crashing. Strategy came into play with the race winner pitting five times while Safety Cars meant the field was often bunched up.

Max Verstappen took the win, Sebastian Vettel raced from 20th on the grid to second at the chequered flag and Daniil Kvyat scored the second podium in Toro Rosso’s history.

It was a chaotic masterpiece and came on the back of two fantastic races in Austria and Britain.

F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn says has been the perfect response to early season criticism of dull races.

“What a show,” he wrote in his post-race column. “The German Grand Prix was incredibly exciting, from first lap to last.

“It had everything – overtaking, mistakes, less than perfect strategies, immense bravery, crashes and a podium line-up – indeed a top 10 order – no one could have predicted after qualifying.

“The points placings featured drivers from eight different teams, and on a day when the big guns faltered wholly or in part, only Toro Rosso and Haas managed to get both drivers in the points.

“It has to be said that intermittent rain really made the spectacle, but it can’t be denied that for different reasons, all three recent races have been hugely entertaining.

“It’s the best possible response to the unfortunate criticism the sport received after the French Grand Prix, some of it surprisingly vitriolic.

“I’m not saying everything is perfect, especially when you consider that Daniil Kvyat’s third place finish is only the third time that a driver from outside the top three teams has finished on the podium since 2017, but I think it is fair to say that over half of this year’s races have been anything but boring, despite the dominance of Mercedes who have simply done a better job than any of their rivals.

“Not every race can be at this level, but there are enough to make this the greatest motorsport series in the world.”

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