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The inevitable component penalties have finally arrived for Ricciardo. emoticon Verstappen for the honours, if all works for a change.
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Red Bull seem likely to pounce, though after last year in Hungary, always be wary. I'll go Ricciardo. The disaster of Hockenheim (for me it was) makes me unwilling to commit to Vettel this week in case it all goes belly up again. Hearing Hamilton be booed by Verstappen and Vettel fans did cheer me up though. For his part, he had the right response to them by just leaving them to it, unlike the media and his fans whinging the last time he got both barrels from the grandstands in Austria '16.
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F2

It's been a long time. Norris seemed untouchable early on, but in Monaco he proved himself hot headed by just throwing it up the inside at the final corner and ramming Boschung out as he was desperate to make up championship space after Russell went out. Albon had a strange one when he collided with De Vries in the pit lane, and I felt the team must have screamed at him to come in at the last second, so he just flung it at the pits, and bam! Markelov seemed to have gotten on top of his issues to do so well on Saturday, but it was what might have been for de Vries and Albon because it looked like a fight between them. Fuoco had his own moment of madness off the line, just sweeping across and not caring if he hit someone, that someone being Ghiotto, and in not for the first time this year, it would turn out, he would brand any penalty dished out to him as "ridiculous". Funny he only says that when it's him who gets it. We've got another one of those guys, folks... I thought he knew better than that. With that in mind I was a bit miffed to see him dominate on Sunday, because I felt that would give him an ego stroking that would lead him to do more naughty stuff on track, in an "I'm awesome, you're just jealous" way.

Ghiotto should have just not bothered. Two start line crashes left him looking like a Dark Mini punchbag. Meanwhile, Markelov made a mindblowing pass on Maini on Sunday that showed once more how he is F2's Ricciardo, and his next battle with Deletraz was equally as good. No contact at all, up the hill, twice. It was a little disappointing that contact was then made at the final corner, but hey, at least they survived. Russell then struck out again, and it seemed as if he was blowing his chances of title contention at this stage. The race ended weirdly as something appeared to break two cars at once at Rascasse. Result was a car park.

France saw those engine issues reach their lowest point, with multiple stalls over the two races, which I missed after being on holiday and then came back to watch thinking "Seriously?!" It was quite serious, as it was bad enough to force a redesign, and making worse was the triple header forcing rolling starts to come in in Austria and Britain to prevent accidents, as there was simply no time to get a fix done straight away. A rethink for next season might help, guys. How far back did Sette Camara come from at the final corner on Saturday?! If he had pulled that off, that would have been one of the all time great overtakes I've seen in 20 years of watching motorsport. A perfect way to come back from huring himself in qualifying in Monaco, and a great way for Russell to come back against Norris, which he followed up in Austria with an overtaking special and a dominant run on each day to take the championship lead, as Norris began to slip back, in the way that I thought he would eventually. Russell seemed too good to me after having won GP3 last year, and the luck finally going his way, too.

Meanwhile, the other big shock of the summer was the Trident saga. I was shocked to hear the meltdown on the radio for Maini. The craziest radio message ever. Having been on that holiday, I wondered what I had missed that had caused Maini to feel undervalued, but then it all came out over subsequent weeks, that not only was he not being believed over lack of car performance by the team, but even worse he was being bullied by the guy in the other car and his dad. The cheeky grin of before suddenly became a sinister smug jerk sneer from Ferrucci as it trned out that not only was he fighting the other guy on track, and being hateful to him off track, but off track was screwing with the team over sponsor money and scheduling, and sneaking off to race elsewhere, and much worse besides, revolving around which foot he kicks with, as the saying goes, say no more on that. So Trident booted him out, though I'm angered Haas have not followed suit. He and his dad appear to have been outed as horrible, despicable people, and I hope I never lay eyes on him again. I am with Trident here, in fully supporting Maini in this disgusting episode. What looked like a petty team mate dispute at first has turned out to be something very, very ugly which has no place in sport, and should not be tolerated here, or anywhere.

Thank goodness, then, that Hungary brought it back to the racing, though Norris was being a bit rich claiming it was all him when he left everyone standing in the wet on Saturday. Yeah, if you're really that hot, then how come de Vries turned it 180 when it got dry and beat you in the end? Albon played a good long game to win from Ghiotto on Sunday just when he looked like he could cruise. Russell showed another display of overtaking by scoring in the lower reaches of the points from a pit lane start after his failure on Saturday, leaving Norris wondering what he needs to do to get this championship lead back.

And just to take us into the break, Hungary saw F2 suddenly adopt F1's graphics. Expect they won't bother with GP3 since it'll be F3 next year.

Drivers

1. George Russell (ART Grand Prix) 171
2. Lando Norris (Carlin) 159
3. Alexander Albon (Dams) 141
4. Artem Markelov (Russian Time) 114
5. Nyck de Vries (Prema Racing) 114

Teams

1. Carlin 265
2. ART Grand Prix 232
3. Dams 175
4. Charouz Racing 174

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Ouch, that was painful for me. Ferrari should have had three in a row, but two freebies handed to Hamilton and Mercedes when it started to rain. There's a threat of it all ending early again if it rains too much, as Mercedes handles better in rain by a country mile right now.

Annoyingly in Hungary, Ferrari had a backup plan in case the rain arrived in qualifying. When it did, the plan was set. Run Vettel stupidly long, so when he pitted he would have fresher tyres to pass Hamilton with a handful of laps to go. But then they screwed his stop, leaving him stuck behind Bottas, so it was Bottas he passed in the closing laps instead. Bottas went all Destruction Derby in the end, hitting both Vettel and Ricciardo. I think he was just fed up by then, and wanted to just get the hell out of there. Toto Wolff calling him a 'wingman' just made him feel even worse.

Then, all hell broke loose over the holidays. Alonso finally gave up this stupid charade and announced he was off. Should have done that three years ago, and saved us - and McLaren - a lot of aggro. Ricciardo now knows how Vettel felt, when he turned up and became the new golden boy. Verstappen's done that to him, and forced him out in the same way. Off to Renault, then, hoping to build up to a victory run. Note some 'pundits' saying you can't compare it to Hamilton going to Mercedes, because blah blah blah. They're Hamilton fanboys who want to pretend his situation is unique when it really isn't, that's their trouble. For what it's worth, I think it's more like when Alonso was at Renault the first time, and like Schumacher in their Benneton days the decade before. Schumacher went there, they moved to the top in the 90s. Alonso went there, they moved to the top in the 00s. Now it's Ricciardo's turn, they hope.

And then there's Force India. There was supposed to be no precedent to this mid season entry thing. I imagine there has been a rule change on that in the technical, legal and sporting rulebooks after the mid-season exit of Arrows in '02, the closest to a precedent I'm aware of. And then there was the exit stage left of Super Aguri in '08 after only four races, thanks to Honda having no money. Then there's the "sales purchase becoming an asset purchase" situation re: the Stroll consortium. That has to have been a change, after the controversy in '02 surrounding the so called "Phoenix" consortium who tried to buy Prost's entry but were told to naff off by the FIA.

In any event, after a decade it's goodbye Force India, hello Racing Point. They had no points, no money. Then points and money, then points and no money, now it's no points and no money. As Sahara Force India is no longer an active competitor, they are voided from the Constructors'. Racing Point Force India's points start here. As the previous form ran Mercedes engines, I am docking the 59 points they scored from Mercedes' total in the Manufacturers' Championship. This reminds me of '07 when I wiped all Mercedes' points and the title went to Ferrari, after McLaren were dumped out of the Constructors' for the Spygate scandal, resulting in Ferrari winning that as well.

There's supposed to be a race on this weekend as well, remember. Raikkonen for this weekend, it seems like he's due something, after practice.

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 213
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 189
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 146
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 132

Constructors

1. Mercedes 345
2. Ferrari 335
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 223
4. Renault 82

Manufacturers

1. Ferrari 419
2. Renault 357
3. Mercedes 349
4. Honda 28

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I don't like that Sahara FI is excluded from championship.
FI becomes new team that doesn't keep points, fine. Quitting team won't get money, understandable.
But IMO they should remain in the results with the 59 points and teams that can't gather that during whole season don't deserve the free step up (even if some of them will lose it to the new FI anyway).

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Such pace in Belgium, but I'm feeling a bit wary, or is it paranoid, about something going wrong for Ferrari again to hand it on a plate to Mercedes. A tentative backing to Vettel, then. Also in GP3, weather screws with the schedule again! A shortened practice is surprisingly topped by Calderon, who follows that up with 8th in qualifying! Monza has always been kind to her. Come on, Tatiana! Vamos!
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Seething, frustration, urge to rant rising... Come on, Seb! Singapore, please, less 2017, more 2016 where Hamilton had no chance and it was Ricciardo we needed to keep an eye on. Speaking of the Huntsman, outside bet on him to keep it interesting.
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Niko Kari gets to drive F2 for the last two races emoticon

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Half a second? I almost don't care anymore. Dark Mini, rescue me. Bottas, for all that's worth for the rest of the year.
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Deja vu from 2017, sadly. Makes me so frustrated. As I said before, domination is only boring when you don't like the guy doing it, and that is the case for me. Again, Bottas if anything silly happens. Bit mean of Minidrivers to keep up the gag of him being the new Barrichello. Mercedes don't have the authorities wrapped round their little finger like Ferrari did in his day, for a start.
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