2009 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Perhaps it's fitting at a track which Bernie just can't help himself from criticizing, F1 may have blown up in his face.
EVENT: While Bernie continuously slams Silverstone, the track continues to pull in ~100,000 spectators per day. And it would be more if they didn't limit the tickets. While Turkey couldn't get a third of that for the whole weekend, and most of those fans were foreigners because quite frankly, the Turks don't give a crap about their event.
TRACK: Speed. It's all about speed.
QUALIFYING: Red Bull had more fuel than anyone else in Q3. This was no contest.
RACE: Once it was learned that Red Bull had the most fuel amongst the top ten to start the race, barring a dumb error or ridiculous mechanical failure, this race was over before it started.
START: Even the start was as uncompetitive as they come.
RED BULL: It took longer than we thought, but Red Bull has caught up to Brawn. Now, it gets interesting.
VETTEL: Finally wins in the dry. Complete domination by a potential greater phenom than Lewis Hamilton. And a lot more likeable.
WEBBER: Bridesmaid again. Come on Mark, win one!
NEWEY The master is back to his old tricks.
BARRICHELLO: Always does well at Silverstone. This was no exception.
BUTTON: Still his championship to lose, but now we see how Jenson handles pressure.
BRAWN: Your move now, Ross.
MASSA: Best British GP finish in the year Ferrari is slow.
FERRARI: First Italy has to endure a pathetic year for their national racing team. Then, their national soccer team losses to Egypt. Egypt! The whole country of Italy is on suicide watch.
ROSBERG: Every time Nico is all set to look at other rides, Williams gives him a decent car.
TRULLI: Wonder how Jarno would do in a Brawn or a Red Bull. Sure, we can say that for a lot of drivers, but we really wonder how good Jarno could be.
PIQUET: Finished ahead of Fernando for once. Qualified poorly (what else is new?), but ran quite a decent race.
HAMILTON: Lapped. Again.
BOURDAIS: Sebastien outpaced Sebastien all weekend, but a dumb error cost him a chance to outplace his teammate.
MOSLEY: Eventually, all dictators are overthrown.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Egos.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 8 -- The number of teams prepared to breakaway from the F1 championship and form their own series.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Silverstone has hosted 43 British Grands Prix. Alain Prost won the most with five victories.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Bernie Ecclestone stating the obvious about the FOTA breakaway, "It's about power."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bobby Rahal observing from afar, "They haven't seen the movie, have they, about when you split something up, what happens when you do that despite the best intentions or whatever."
SCHEDULE: Off to another classic location which Bernie will probably find a way to replace with a venue that can attract a few hundred penguins.
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