Jolyon Palmer column: Italian GP chaos highlights Formula 1’s flaws

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, is part of the BBC team and offers insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors. This effectively meant there was half a race with a grid so jumbled up it could have been pulled out of a hat. Hamilton had the race under lock and key before pitting, which I consider a team rather than a driver, error. Mercedes should have spotted the message from race control and told their driver not to stop, but on receiving orders to come in, Hamilton duly did. The cars are phenomenally fast, setting lap records at almost each circuit this year, and that is why the drivers were pushing so hard to move to this generation of car. For 2022, there will be a new iteration of car – and this is crucial for F1.

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