21 Nov 2021, 16:00
Well, there are a whole host of potential nominees this weekend:
1. Christian Horner - whilst the mud-slinging between himself and Wolff has not painted either in a great light, the interview he gave where he lashed out at a "rogue marshal" for Verstappen's penalty and lashed out at Masi and the FIA for "not having their marshals under control" was a step too far.
That, frankly, came across as an utterly petulant tantrum, especially when compared to Bottas and Mercedes going "it's out fault and we've just got to take it on the chin". It's at times like this that you really wish somebody would tell Horner to, as Woody Allen once said, go forth and multiply, but in not quite as many words...
2. Tyre failures - as Enforcer notes, it's quite likely that we'll see a lot of finger pointing between the teams and Pirelli, although it does have to be said that there really did not seem to be any warning that the tyres were about to let go. We had Bottas, Russell and Latifi all have fairly catastrophic failures, and Norris being lucky to get away with his tyre letting go slowly, letting him get away with a more conventional pit stop - not a great look either way.
3. Alpha Tauri - they looked great on Saturday but performed dreadfully in the race, managing to turn top 10 starts, with Gasly on the front row, into 11th and 13th. How did they manage to underperform quite that badly?
Half tempted to give Mick Schumacher a dishonourable mention for the somewhat wild way in which he came back onto the track in front of Alonso - wasn't the smartest bit of driving there. Similarly, as Shadaza notes, Ricciardo had a weekend to forget too, starting and finishing outside the top 10 - indeed, as a whole McLaren ended up in a situation where they could have picked up a decent haul of points, but instead managed to end up losing more points to Ferrari with Norris having to pit and Ricciardo just being absent from the fight to begin with.
[Edit] Well, it sounds like Horner did end up pushing things too far - the FIA have now ordered Horner to appear in front of the stewards for attacking the FIA in that manner, and may potentially charge him with misconduct for his remarks.
Martin Brundle, on watching a replay of Grosjean spinning:
"The problem with Grosjean is that he want to take a look back at the corner he's just exited"