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Mugello was perhaps the most chaotic Mercedes 1-2 on record; a Safety Car, two red flags and 8 cars' worth of attrition (without a single drop of rainfall) made an interesting race out of what really should've been a gapper. It's fair to say that when Ferrari asked to host a race at their private test track, they didn't expect to finish at the very bottom of the points, barely beating Williams by a handful of seconds. Leclerc certainly did his best to save as much face as possible by qualifying 5th and running in a podium spot for the first stint. Unfortunately the commemorative SF1000 is one of the worst machines the Scuderia have ever produced; the rare car that's not only massively underpowered, but also somehow manages to chew its tyres to smithereens. 8th and 10th were the best they could do on a day where most of the traffic was cleared for them. Daniel Ricciardo put in a strong performance with 4th; he's now scored points in the last 8 consecutive races and sits just above Leclerc in the standings. Lando Norris added to his points haul as well; did you know he's actually 4th in the Drivers' Championship? (I didn't until I looked.) We have a weekend off before the Russian race takes place on the 27th. Note the earlier time!! Race start is bright and early at 7:10am; I will do my best to get the Google Meet fired up by 7am so everyone can get logged on. ............... Bandiere Rosse: - You know Bottas has been watching Seinfeld, because where else would he have gotten the idea to do "the opposite" of Lewis: https://youtu.be/cKUvKE3bQlY?t=64 - Pierre Gasly, meanwhile, has been watching Apollo 13.. "I saw some space.. it didn't work out": https://www.formula1.com/en/video/2020/9/Pierre_Gasly__'I_saw_some_space____it_didn't_work_out'.html - Only 3000-odd fans were allowed in the Mugello stands, but by and large many of them sat together in huge groups, so.. gotta ask, what exactly was accomplished by limiting the attendance? - Kudos to Albon for duly putting his RBR on the podium after Verstappen's early exit. Ignoring the fact that it took a Safety Car plus two red flags just to keep him within striking distance - the destination is what matters, not the journey. It should at least help with his confidence if nothing else. - Fun fact: only two teams (Mercedes and Ferrari) got both cars to the finish. I'm sure someone, somewhere has figured out when that last happened. - After two straight weekends watching Italian marshals argue during their respective struggles to salvage wrecked F1 machines.. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFS-c4vBZko Exhibit B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDuwAqJ70S8 ..I went in search of an explanation for this madness, and found it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZpao3FgGLo ................ Last but not least, a few nuggets from our Google Meet virtual roundtable: - After Mercedes let Racing Point copy their car, did they then force them to build in an auto-destruct mechanism to prevent anyone from recovering the evidence? - If they named one of the Mugello corners "Arrabbiata", shouldn't they also name the rest of the corners after pasta dishes? The Macaroni Elbow.. Spaghetti Straight.. Curva Carbonara.. Chicane Parmesan..