04 Aug 2019, 15:27
I expect there will be a few nominations for him, but this was just the sort of weekend that Bottas did not need at a time when he knows that Mercedes are weighing up whether to hire him or Ocon for 2019.
OK, his performance in qualifying was decent, but it all went wrong from the start - fighting with Hamilton in a way that just allowed Verstappen to bolt, then managing to damage his car fighting with both Hamilton and Leclerc wrecked his race very early on (and I can't imagine the team would have been at all impressed if he'd punctured Hamilton's tyres at the start there).
Now, it sounds like he might have been hampered a bit by front brake temperatures too, but he wasn't that decisive when trying to cut through the field either - both in Germany and here today, he had a golden chance to close the gap to Hamilton and has only seen it grow instead. I hope I am wrong on this front, but this does feel like the sort of driving that we see from Bottas at about the time that he starts slumping in form...
Giovinazzi, too, had a horror show of a weekend - slow in qualifying, and only drawing attention for the wrong reasons (blocking Stroll), followed by an anonymous and slow race whilst Kimi battled in the points.
The other oddity was that, as in previous years, the number of clumsy pit stops in the race was also rather surprising - how many times did we see wheels sticking or mechanics banging the wheels against each other when changing them?
Not for the first time, I do also feel that the race director was a little clumsy and missed quite a few of the passes as they happened, with a fair chunk of the action being shown in replays instead.
Ferrari's pace was also poor, but then again I was expecting them to be fairly poor - when they were already having problems with maxing out their downforce earlier in the season and were still off the pace, a circuit like the Hungaroring, which really doesn't suit their design philosophy, was likely to be one of their weaker circuits, so that's more of an honourable mention.
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"