Guests at F1 aan Tafel, the weekly podcast of Radio Grand PrixThey are preparing for the next race at Silverstone. Presenter Mattie Falk asks as usual what to expect from the podium for the Great Britain Grand Prix. In addition, guests also give their opinions about the upcoming sprint race.
Driver Rudy van Buren believes Max Verstappen will win again. Mercedes is not expected to have closed the gap to Red Bull just yet. He put Lewis Hamilton in second and Sergio Perez in third. Team leader Frans Verchouer thinks otherwise. He also put Verstappen on one, but believes both Mercedes drivers will climb to the podium: Valtteri Bottas in two and Hamilton in third. He thinks Bottas really struggled with his chassis in the first few races of the season, as the Finn is now on an uptrend. Formula 1 commentator Olaf Molle noted that Mercedes did not make a good impression during early season winter testing. “We all thought they were sandbags I did. But it was actually the harbinger of the season.”
Guests at F1 at Table are not yet excited about the concept of a sprint race that will take place at Silverstone for the first time. Verschuur believes sprint racing is just for entertainment. Moll also doesn’t quite like the concept: “It only takes half an hour, so I compare it a little to the Tour de France. It’s just one drive after another, because no one is going to risk flattening their car.”
The only advantage of sprinting is the 3 extra points a driver can take. That’s fine for our Dutch champion, but Moll wonders if you’re not doing another big sprint damage to the sprint. “You only get 25 points in a ‘normal’ Grand Prix like Monaco and 29 points in a sprint. I’m afraid they will disqualify the other races with this. In the end, it’s all about the championship.”
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