2009 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: We still expect other teams to catch up and turn the latter races into crapshoots, but right now it is turning into a two-team championship. And it's still shocking those two teams are neither Ferrari nor McLaren. Or even Renault or Williams.
EVENT: Once again, Spanish racism rears its ugly head.
TRACK: Not exactly known for good passing spots. But then, compared to the next race, Circuit de Catalunya seems like an airport circuit.
QUALIFYING: How in the world could Ferrari pull another brain fart? Enzo must be spinning in his grave.
RACE: Enzo is spinning so fast over the fuel miscalculation, they are causing gyroscopic effects in Maranello.
FERRARI: The Ferrari brain trust must believe in the Ancient Egyptian theory of the afterlife. The Ancient Egyptians would remove all the organs and carefully mummify them along with the body, so they could all be properly used in the afterlife. However, there was one flaw in their belief. They thought the brain was useless. So, they would suck it out through the nose and discard it. That's the only way to explain Ferrari's complete zombie-like race weekend decisions this year.
START: It was bound to happen. The first big one in the first corner of the season.
BUTTON: Jenson learned what Michael Schumacher enjoyed all those years -- Ross Brawn and his art of changing strategies on the fly to best suit his driver.
BARRICHELLO: Rubens already knew all about Brawn's race time moves. Now the question is, did Ross do it purposely to the detriment of Barrichello?
BRAWN GP: The pollyannaish season couldn't last forever. Dissent descends on Brawn. Now, they must prevent it from getting out of hand and destroying their dream season.
WEBBER: Overshadowed by his ultra-talented teammate this year, Mark is no slouch. And he showed it at Spain, including going mano-a-mano with Alonso in front of his rabid fans.
VETTEL: Speaking of that ultra-talented teammate, Sebastian had some bad luck with traffic, but still managed the fourth fastest lap.
RED BULL: Just one breakthrough away from surpassing Brawn GP.
ALONSO: Probably overachieved considering the circumstances, but still disappointed his fans' wild expectations.
MASSA: Should have had a better finish with the proper refueling, but he can always take solace that his Ferrari is better than the McLarens.
BMW SAUBER: Looked a lot better this weekend.
ROSBERG: Also looked a lot better this weekend.
HAMILTON: Frustration may cause Lewis to lose that special relationship with the team.
PIQUET: Totally incapable of running as quick as his teammate. The question is now no longer how long he will last, but why is he still there?
RAIKKONEN: Kimi seems to be bitten by the Ferrari reliability bug more than his fair share.
KOVALAINEN: The most jinxed driver in 2009.
TORO ROSSO: They got to hit the bars early...
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Strategy.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of laps Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello have not completed this year.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: There was plenty of mention about the 50th anniversary of Sir Jack Brabham's first victory, coming in the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix. Tony Brooks finished second in that race, the only driver on the lead lap. Maurice Trintignant rounded out the podium, two laps down. He was followed by Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, and Roy Salvadori as the only other finishers in a field of 16 starters.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Trying to put to bed any idea of team orders, Ross Brawn said, "I don't want a driver working for me who doesn't get angry in such situations. But if you look at the lap times, they show that Rubens was not as quick as we expected. That's what won Jenson the race."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Rubens Barrichello making his views very clear: "If it happens, I won't follow any team orders anymore. I'm making it clear now so that everybody knows. It is different than what we had at Ferrari, much more friendly."
SCHEDULE: Off to Monaco where money, rich and famous, and paparazzi will show up. But certainly not racing.
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