2010 Bahrain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: A whole new Formula 1 scenario. How it plays out this year will be very interesting. We suspect there will be a lot of good and a lot of lousy stories when it is all said and done.
EVENT: Must be nice to be there, but not so much to watch.
RACE: Well, those new rule changes worked really well ... Not!
TRACK: They added half-a-mile jammed packed with nine extra turns. A classic example of subtraction by addition.
START: Slight problem with visibility...
ALONSO: A superb debut with Ferrari. A match made in racing heaven?
MASSA: Great, great return after his terrible accident last year.
FERRARI: The prancing horse is back thanks to attention to detail. And with Schumacher's help.
VETTEL: The real dominating story of the race. Sebastian may be the true title contender. But will the car and his overexuberance let him down again.
MCLAREN: Will they have to spend the early part of the season playing catch up again like last year?
HAMILTON: In the meantime, Lewis grabbed a bunch of points.
BUTTON: Sensible logic says Jenson will be no match for his teammate. However, we think that might not turn out to be the case all the time.
ROSBERG: Nico must show his stuff this year. Beating his teammate ... some guy by the name of Schumacher ... all weekend is a good start.
SCHUMACHER: Three years away is still three years away even for Michael. An heroic return should not have been expected.
MERCEDES: Remember, this used to be Brawn GP. You know, the team that won the World Championship last year. Suddenly, they are behind Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.
WEBBER: Got reinvigorated last year. But will still probably play second fiddle to his teammate.
RED BULL: Forget the knee-activated air inlet system of McLaren. Red Bull has the best new design gimmick -- the smokescreen feature.
BARRICHELLO: Welcome to Nico Rosberg's world.
KUBICA: Another driver who must show his stuff this year.
ALGUERSUARI: They got rid of Bourdais for this guy?
HULKENBERG: Whoops. Welcome to Formula 1, Nico.
CHANDHUK: Well, that was a short debut.
RENAULT: The best new looking paint job on the grid.
HRT F1: Campos. Hispania. HRT. Pick a name and stick to it. Oh, and HRT F1 Team is redundant, because the "T" already stands for Team! Dorks.
RAIKKONEN: Kimi, who?
USF1: Is it even worth bringing this topic up?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Tires.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 11 -- The number of seconds (well, okay 10.8) separating the pole and the worst of the new teams at the back. Eleven seconds!
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Having all but two of the living World Champions at Bahrain was great. Having them drive the cars of their eras was even better.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber, always known for his frank opinions, slamming the rules makers after the boring debut, "Why do they keep dicking with it?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Leave it up to the Italian press to never let things rest, crowning Michael Schumacher as, "World champion of arrogance."
SCHEDULE: Now we get to go Down Under and listen to three days of whether Australia will be on the calendar next year.
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