2009 Germany Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Put Mosley and Ecclestone in a time machine and throw them in a Nazi concentration camp. Even that's too good for them. The whole F1 leadership has become a sorry state of human fecal matter.
EVENT: Another successful but on the financial rocks traditional venue.
TRACK: Sure the name Nürburgring has a great ring (no pun intended) to it, but every time you watch a race from the modern track, you can't help but have your mind wonder to the real track next to it.
QUALIFYING: A wild and crazy Q2.
RACE: In American racing, if you make an early mistake or receive a penalty, all you have to do is sit back and wait for a full course yellow to be given back what you lost. In F1, you have to make your comeback the old fashion way. You have to earn it.
START: Ultra aggressive first lap.
WEBBER: Way to blow your pole position, Mark. Oh, wait, you came back to win anyway. Holy Kangaroo!
VETTEL: It was his teammate's turn, but it hurt Sebastian trying to close the points gap.
RED BULL: Clearly, Red Bull will now make a battle out of the championship, despite the still large lead Jenson Button holds.
MASSA: After McLaren made great strides this weekend, it was a Ferrari who got the surprise podium spot. Racing isn't always fair.
ROSBERG: Was anyone else aware of Nico's fine race?
BUTTON: Ratchet up that pressure just a little bit.
BARRICHELLO: Listen, Rubens. We're getting quite sick of your whinefest and hollow threats after nearly every race. You have the best car out there. Do something with it. Either quit once and for all from the team that saved your career or STFU!
ALONSO: Fernando continues to work his magic with a subpar car.
HAMILTON: Way to blow an amazing start.
SUTIL: Way to blow a possible great finish.
BOURDAIS: He had his shot. Sebastien had some fine moments, but not good enough for F1 circles.
LOEB: Probably the only reason the World Rally Champion had been mentioned for a Toro Rosso seat is because his first name is Sebastien.
ALGUERSUARI: So, who is this guy besides the reigning British F3 champion? Is it a case of grabbing news by getting the youngest driver in F1 history? Is it a case of F1's obsession of finding the next great phenom? Or, is it a case of Jaime bringing in a ton of money? Probably a little bit of them all.
TORO ROSSO: How much of the sacking of Bourdais is being timed just before the major updates to the car are used at the next race to make "their" guy Alguersuari look good? Such are the brutal politics of F1.
PIQUET: Will Piquet quickly follow Bourdais on the unemployment line?
KOVALAINEN: And just how much time does Heikki have left in a McLaren?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Finally.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 132 -- The number of races it took Mark Webber to win one.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 28 -- the number of years it took an Australian to win an F1 race after Alan Jones last did it at the Las Vegas GP.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber's reflections on his first win: "It's just an incredible day for all the people who have helped me get to where I am today."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Martin Whitmarsh indicating the political struggle is anything but over, "A FOTA series is clearly an option, and we need to know quickly what we are doing."
SCHEDULE: The Hungaroring was unique at one time for being the first, and only, race behind the Iron Curtain. It certainly wasn't because of its ability to produce good racing.
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