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Why the necessary axing of an F1 icon is painful nevertheless
When Formula 1 action returns in Austria next month, the pre- and post-race spectacle is going to look very different. Such changes are completely correct in these upsetting times, but we can still look forward to joyful scenes returning one day.
Motorsport is a contest where the main exertions go largely unseen. Whether it's the long hours designing and building the cars away from the track, or a driver's true effort at the wheel, understandably concealed by protective kit and safety structures. In many forms of racing there is a roof and windscreen to consider, in single-seaters there is now the halo.
Perhaps the pitstops are the closest outsiders get to seeing absolute effort - unencumbered by obstructions. In modern Formula 1, a sub-two-second pitstop is, frankly, art.
OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.
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The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza
For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of "glory" if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1's other orange army
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