I don't want to take anything away from Max today, and this isn't a thread that has just come to me, indeed this feeling has been with me for some time. Does anyone else sometimes just get the feeling that sometimes F1 is somehow 'stage managed'? I'm not for one second suggesting that the Merc crash was orchestrated, but that having happened, was it not 'convenient' that Red Bull could grab a win for their new star driver?
As I say, I'm not pinning all this on today's events, I've felt like this for a long time. It's just sometimes things 'happen' and sometimes those things seem to all fall into place, almost as if Bernie has made a phone call to God, or Christian Horner, and 'orchestrated' a GOOD FOR F1 story. It's like every time things are coming to a head over something like overtaking or Merc dominance we suddenly get a strangely enthralling race... I don't know. It's just a feeling, but I just wouldn't be surprised if one day in ten or twenty years time something comes out that Bernie was managing the whole thing.
Occasional interesting races happen in otherwise dull seasons, e.g. Canada 2011. The chance of someone not letting something slip is minimal, too many people would have to know to pull off any kind of orchestrated result. Singapore 08 came out despite only really a couple of people needed to know for sure what was happening. The destruction to the reputation of F1 would be in no way worth a tiny bit of extra interest generated by Verstappen winning.