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The Race F1 Podcast

British GP: McLaren is back...or is it?

Mon Jul 10 2023
Formula OneMcLarenOscar PiastriMercedesAston MartinFerrariWilliamsRed Bull

Description

McLaren's performance at Silverstone was impressive and promising. The team has made significant improvements to their car's performance. Oscar Piastri had an exceptional weekend, proving his worth as a driver. Mercedes had a mixed performance, with Hamilton finishing third and Russell fifth. Aston Martin and Ferrari struggled, while Williams showed signs of improvement. Red Bull lacks a standout alternative to their current drivers. The different tire compounds performed similarly after the safety car in the race.

Insights

McLaren emerges as Red Bull's nearest challenger

McLaren's performance at Silverstone proves they are back in the game.

Oscar Piastri impresses with exceptional performance

Piastri consistently managed his tires and showcased great race management skills.

Mixed performance for Mercedes

Mercedes had a better race pace than qualifying pace but remains behind the front-runners.

Aston Martin and Ferrari struggle

Aston Martin attributed their difficult weekend to specific circuit conditions, while Ferrari's performance was disappointing.

Williams shows signs of improvement

Williams' recent upgrades have resulted in better car performance and improved championship position.

Red Bull lacks standout driver alternatives

Red Bull currently lacks a clear alternative to their current drivers, with Perez's underwhelming performance raising concerns.

Different tire compounds perform similarly after safety car

The suitability of each tire compound varied between cars after the safety car period.

Oscar Piastri's adaptable driving style

Piastri showcases intelligence and adaptability in his driving style, similar to Lando Norris.

Williams shows early signs of improvement

Despite limitations, Williams has shown improvement and moved up in the championship.

Uncertain future dominance in Formula One

It is difficult to predict which team will assert dominance in the future.

Chapters

  1. McLaren's Performance at Silverstone
  2. Assessment of McLaren's Upgrade
  3. Oscar Piastri's Exceptional Performance
  4. Mixed Performance for Mercedes
  5. Aston Martin and Ferrari Struggles
  6. Improvements for Williams
  7. Red Bull's Driver Options and Tire Performance
  8. Driving Styles and Future Prospects
Summary
Transcript

McLaren's Performance at Silverstone

00:02 - 07:39

  • McLaren emerged as Red Bull's nearest challenger at the British Grand Prix.
  • The team has made significant improvements to their car's performance.
  • The track-specific characteristics of the Red Bull Ring favored McLaren's strengths.
  • McLaren had a strong qualifying session and expected a tougher race.
  • Overall, McLaren's performance at Silverstone was impressive and promising.

Assessment of McLaren's Upgrade

07:12 - 14:15

  • McLaren's upgrade will be assessed in the next race at Hungary.
  • The decision between soft and hard tires was close but the VSC to SC transformation affected it greatly.

Oscar Piastri's Exceptional Performance

13:55 - 20:48

  • Piaestri had an exceptional weekend and proved his worth as a driver.
  • He was consistently good at managing his tires and maintaining pace.
  • Piaestri's performance vindicated McLaren's decision to partner with him.
  • He showed great race management skills, which have translated from his junior career to Formula One.
  • Despite some skepticism, Piaestri has consistently performed well throughout the season.
  • His inexperience did not hinder his performance compared to Norris.
  • The handling issues of the car would likely have affected Ricardo's performance as well.

Mixed Performance for Mercedes

20:19 - 26:46

  • Mercedes had a mixed performance, with Hamilton finishing third and Russell fifth
  • Mercedes' race pace was better than their qualifying pace
  • Mercedes remains in the 'best of the rest' group without closing the gap to the front

Aston Martin and Ferrari Struggles

26:17 - 32:47

  • Aston Martin attributed their difficult weekend to the specific circuit conditions.
  • Lance Stroll had a less convincing performance, with incidents and bad safety car timing affecting his race.
  • There was confusion regarding penalties for off-track incidents involving Stroll and Gasly.
  • Track limits enforcement was inconsistent and led to inconsequential outcomes.
  • Ferrari's performance was disappointing, finishing outside of the points.

Improvements for Williams

32:31 - 39:23

  • Alex Albon had a solid weekend for Williams, finishing in 8th place with the help of a safety car.
  • The Williams car is working better after recent upgrades.
  • Williams is now seventh in the championship on countback, their highest position since 2017.
  • Logan Sargent achieved his career-best F1 result with P11.
  • Sargent made rookie errors but showed improvement in race trim.

Red Bull's Driver Options and Tire Performance

45:24 - 52:07

  • Red Bull currently lacks a standout alternative to their current drivers.
  • Daniel Ricciardo could be an option, but it's unclear which version of him would be working within Red Bull.
  • Yuki Tsunoda and other AlphaTauri drivers are also potential options for Red Bull.
  • Red Bull would have loved to have Alex Albon as an option, but he was replaced by Sergio Perez.
  • Perez's performance has been underwhelming, and if it continues, Red Bull may consider replacing him.
  • To lose his seat at Red Bull, Perez would need to go through an extended period of poor performance or have a major conflict with Max Verstappen.
  • If other teams start closing the gap to Red Bull next year, Perez's position becomes more precarious as they have stronger driver lineups.
  • The different tire compounds performed similarly after the safety car in the race. The suitability of each compound varied between cars.

Driving Styles and Future Prospects

51:50 - 58:37

  • Oscar Piesti's driving style is characterized by his ability to adjust quickly and absorb information.
  • He is not pinned down to a particular driving style, but rather showcases intelligence and adaptability.
  • Lando Norris and Oscar Piesti demonstrate the ability to handle their cars on a knife edge.
  • Piesti's race driving style is calm, controlled, precise, and consistent.
  • Williams shows early signs of improvement and making the best out of what they have.
  • Being able to move up in the championship despite limitations is impressive for Williams.
  • The future prospects for Lando Norris, George Russell, and Charles Leclerc are all positive due to their high stock value.
  • It is difficult to predict which team will assert dominance in the future.
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