According to the former Williams, Bar and BMW Sauber driver Jacques Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton should not evoke plots, as he was favored by the entrance of the Safety Car, instead of the exposure of the Virtual Safety Car. As usual, the opinions issued by Jacques Villeneuve in the role of Sky Italia commentator are interesting and never banal. The 1997 Formula One world champion gave his point of view on the actions seen on track at the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Sebastian Vettel’s victory
“It works badly in the neck, eh? He stressed on the radio that he had beaten them home, now Lewis will want the revenge at Monza .”
The penalty received by Kimi Raikkonen
“There is no logic in the penalty, the incident was the same as that between Vettel and Bottas. Only that here is Hamilton, England and fight for the championship, and they have judged this way. Which is wrong, there must be an equal penalty for everyone or nothing for anyone. It has nothing to do with assessing the penalty, not the positioning on the track after contact. For example, there was no decision for the contact between Sainz and Grosjean, and it was identical”.
Mercedes’ decision not to pit
“The key moment was the stop during the safety car. But both teams did what they had to do, they left out Hamilton who had the least used tires, and Bottas to slow Sebastian Vettel and as a result help Hamilton. The choice of Ferrari and Mercedes was right”.
“We expected him to win here with Mercedes given the situation for the championship, and instead it is the opposite. This is very important. For Lewis, victory in front of his audience would have been fundamental, no matter how. He made the best race of all, he went fast without destroying the tires, it was impressive. But when he arrived in the top six, without DRS, his comeback was complicated”.
The value of Ferrari’s victory
“Psychologically it was important to put the weight on Lewis. The 4 tenths between Seb and Kimi in the free practice sessions have made the difference, everything would have changed and the Finnish would have been in the lead. Now Ferrari is more powerful, but they are used to fighting, while Mercedes does not know how to react in such circumstances”.