Date published: September 15 2020
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz said even Mercedes now know that a Formula 1 race is more exciting if they aren’t in it.
The Silver Arrows have dominated Formula 1 since the introduction of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014, but their stranglehold on the sport has arguably grown to its strongest level in 2020.
But when Formula 1 headed to Monza off the back of two easy and rather dull victories for Hamilton, the Italian GP delivered a classic.
It took a Safety Car, red flags and a 10-second stop-go penalty to deny Hamilton the win as Pierre Gasly claimed his first Formula 1 victory, while Sainz and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll completed the podium.
The Tuscan Grand Prix was a similarly chaotic affair, but this time Hamilton was able to return to the top step of the podium, taking his number of wins for this season to six.
Mercedes to their credit were full of praise for Gasly following his remarkable achievement at Monza, and Sainz himself has nothing but respect for the position of dominance that they have put themselves in.
But, the Spaniard says that even Mercedes themselves now know that a Formula 1 race is more exciting if they are out of the equation.
“Of course there is frustration,” he told Autoweek.
“But the way F1 works