Midweek Wrap: Jacques v Schumi, Vettel’s Legacy, GP Over-saturation?


A week that was particularly quiet by in-season standards, the F1 newswire still managed to find some life courtesy of the usual suspects:

Villeneuve blasts Schumacher: F1’s premier hot-take merchant, Jacques Villeneuve is a man never short of opinions, and his latest is a real doozy.

That said, this one’s not all fluff, as he certainly experienced the “dirty” side of Michael Schumacher first-hand during his own career, and there’s no denying the legendary German occasionally pushed the bounds of acceptable ruthlessness.

Still, I don’t think it’s fair to just single out Schumi – Senna and Prost tangled twice at Suzuka several years before he even entered the sport, while Hamilton wasn’t always a “gentleman” in his tussles with Nico Rosberg.

Vettel not interested in “legacy”: It’s been a difficult 2019 so far for Sebastian Vettel, and after taking criticism from all sides for the past few months, his recent quotes to Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle made for very interesting reading.

There is simply no getting around the fact that how he fares in his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton will shape his legacy, and while he might protest otherwise, I think his remarks about journalists earlier this year would indicate he does care (at least a little) how he is perceived, and naturally so.

To be fair though, he’s never shown much interest in the brand-building that most athletes do, and if he’s able to shrug-off the weight of history and just find joy in racing, then more power to him.

Horner fears “saturation” amidst rumours of calendar expansion: A source of never-ending debate in F1 circles, the question of “how many races is too many” is once again a hot topic, and with good reason. Vietnam is set to join the calendar in 2020, Miami remains on Liberty’s wish-list, and Auto Motor und Sport is reporting there could be a grand prix in Saudi Arabia as early as 2021.

As Horner says, 21 is already a “big ask” for the folks in the garage, while the value of each race to the overall championship picture only decreases with additional events. Suffice to say, I think most fans are on board with Horner about this, but whether the powers that be share such views still remains to be seen.

Marko opens up about Ricciardo exit: A decision that, at least so far, looks like a colossal mistake, Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault continues to be dissected from all angles, but reading into Helmut Marko’s comments here, it seems the Aussie was set as early as Monaco – even before Max Verstappen gained the ascendancy in their rivalry – on leaving Red Bull.

Unfortunately for him, both Ferrari and Mercedes closed their doors, and with his heart set on ‘anything but Red Bull’, Renault became an option as much out of availability as attraction. If that is indeed the case, I wonder what he thinks of the French team’s performance so far, and whether he’ll have the patience to see the supposed realisation of the plan in 2021…

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