2009 Hungary Thoughts
MASSA: A bizarre, and scary, incident, but open cockpit cars are vulnerable to a lot of situations. Get well Felipe. We need you back. You're one of the good guys in racing.
THE BIG PICTURE: At the rate the reversal of fortunes are going, this championship could wind up being fought amongst non-podium finishers down the stretch.
EVENT: Another "wonderful" venue with no fans.
TRACK: For a no-passing track, Hungaroring does put on some dramatic races.
QUALIFYING: The breakdown of the timing system brought out the human aspect of F1. Watching all the drivers converse about their times, wondering where they wound up, reminded my of a club race where everyone attempts to figure out the order before the results are posted. Heck, even Fernando and Lewis were acting like old chums.
RACE: The old order is restored.
START: Alonso did exactly what he needed to do.
HAMILTON: Welcome back to the top step, Lewis.
MCLAREN: No way were you going to keep a team like McLaren down and out all season. Now, they have the potential to be major spoilers in the championship.
RAIKKONEN: Kimi must have been motivated this week...
BRAWN GP: We said it would happen. Admittedly, it did take longer than we thought. The field has caught up to Brawn. The championship is anything but over.
BUTTON: Can you say unraveling?
KOVALAINEN: Unfortunately, Heikki is as good as gone from McLaren next year.
ALONSO: Fernando is once again showing why he is one of the best, able to raise a team beyond expectations. Imagine what he can do with Ferrari.
PIQUET: Looks like Nelson will miss the next race anyway.
WEBBER: All of a sudden, it's Mark with Red Bull's best shot at surpassing Button.
VETTEL: Despite three DNF's, Sebastian still sits relatively okay in the standings.
ROSBERG: The topsy-turvy season for Nico produced a solid weekend this time.
GLOCK: Once again, Timo (and Toyota) start a weekend out slow and finish strong.
BARRICHELLO: Life is full of brutal twists. Of all people to have a part come off their car and strike Massa, it's the driver who's the closest friend on the circuit to Felipe. And the only driver on the grid who was in the field on the fateful 1994 Imola weekend.
KUBICA: Robert's season is going (gone?) nowhere this year.
ALGUERSUARI: Well, Jaime didn't embarrass himself.
FIA: Let's be brutally honest. The FIA is by far the absolute most incompetent, asinine governing body in the history of sports. There is no way to justify the Renault suspension. None whatsoever. Not even for a brief nanosecond.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Shock.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 800 -- The weight in grams of the offending spring that struck Massa.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1977 was the last time a McLaren won without Ron Dennis running the team. Teddy Mayer was in charge then.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Martin Whitmarsh captures all the emotions of the weekend, "What happened today was a shock. We've got to make sure we do everything we can to make Formula 1 as safe as it can be. But a spring coming off and being in a collision four seconds later is an incredible circumstance and coincidence. You have to remember that motor racing is dangerous and that racing drivers are incredibly brave. It's all too easy to become blasť about that."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton on the conflicting emotions of his success, "It's an incredible feeling to be back on the top spot after what feels like such a long time and such a struggle. Despite our celebrations, it's important to remember that there's a guy lying in a hospital bed tonight, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we all had Felipe in our hearts and minds today, and we wish him a speedy recovery."
SCHEDULE: Good luck trying to sell tickets, Valencia. Maybe you can send your bill to the FIA.
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