2009 Malaysia Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This season keeps getting more and more fun.
EVENT: Who's brilliant idea was it to run the race during the monsoon time of day in Malaysia? Oh, that's right, the FIA. The organization filled with brilliant ideas...
RACE: Of course rain always makes it more exciting, but this time it really made it exciting. What a fantastic, exciting duel between Webber and Hamilton.
TRACK: This track offers a lot, even in the dry.
START: It's one thing to blow a start, but Button made it so much worse with poor decisions.
QUALIFYING: Did the Ferrari brain trust suddenly get lobotomies?
FERRARI: However, despite the heavy criticism for race day strategy, why not throw the dice once in a while? It's one thing to get caught with your pants down. It's another thing to go for an aggressive gamble in a sport that's one big gamble to begin with.
BUTTON: Even when the heavens make it a crap shoot, Jenson continues to be the golden boy.
BRAWN GP: Fast once again.
HEIDFELD: Saved by the red flag.
GLOCK: Another lap or two, and Timo would have had his first win.
PRESS CONFERENCE: Finally, some actual personalities at the post race press conferences.
MASSA: So now Glock goes fast in the rain?!
BARRICHELLO: Not able to use his rain prowess this time.
WEBBER: He sure was quick to have the stewards call it a day.
HAMILTON: Liar, liar, pants on fire!
MCLAREN: Despite what they keep trying to say and despite perhaps a ton of benefit of the doubt, this organization just keeps on propagating, or at the very least giving the perception of, a culture of dishonesty.
ROSBERG: Once again, Nico deserved better.
ALONSO: A bear of a car. This year must feel like deja-vu all over again.
PIQUET: His days in F1, or at least on Renault, definitely appear numbered. And that number is small.
RAIKKONEN: Unlike Massa, Kimi is more than willing to throw his team under the bus.
VETTEL: Looking good in his type of conditions, but even the best can get caught out.
KOVALAINEN: Got laps?
KUBICA: A day to forget.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Monsoon.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1/2
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: When the 1984 Monaco GP was checkered early, some felt to ensure Alain Prost the victory since Ayrton Senna was rapidly catching him, causing only half points to be awarded, it actually cost Prost the World Championship. He lost to Niki Lauda by half a point. Had the race played out even if Senna passed for the win, full second place points would have given Prost enough at the end of the year to win the title instead of half first place points.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Timo Glock on his demotion down the order: "My engineer told me, 'You are leading the race.' Then I saw Jenson coming out just ahead of me, so I was P2. Then I jumped out of the car, and now I am here I am P3. So hopefully when I come back down I will still be in P3."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Fernando Alonso getting another dig at his former employer: "Of course it reminds me of 2007 [GP of Hungary]. This is not the first time they [McLaren] have been to the stewards,. It is not the first time they have lied to the stewards, so sooner or later they had to be caught and punished."
SCHEDULE: Knowing the FIA, they may decide to start the Chinese GP at midnight. Local time.
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