2010 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Maybe we need Paul the Octopus to predict which driver will come out in the various intra-team battles. Too bad they retired the cephalopod.
EVENT: Can't beat Silverstone. Ecclestone be damned.
QUALIFYING: The precursor to race domination. If Red Bull were able to keep their act together.
RACE: What many feared would be a boring runaway turned into a race full of intrigue and battles behind the leader.
TRACK: The changes ended up playing out okay when initially many felt there would be less passing opportunities.
START: Lots of action. LOTS OF ACTION. Lots of very, very interesting action. Lots of very, very interesting season impacting action.
WEBBER: One of the biggest FU's to his own team in racing history. Don't ever piss off an Aussie. Who would have guessed Mark would be the first three-time winner this year?
VETTEL: Once again, succumbed to his emotions. Sebastian will never win the World Championship until he learns when it's best to back down. But, it sure was fun watching him slice through the field.
RED BULL: The higher up the grid you move, the harder it is to keep team harmony. And Red Bull's team harmony is in complete disarray. And they seem to continuously make one wrong move after another to make it worse. Maybe they can hire Ron Dennis as special team building consultant...
HAMILTON: Lewis did the best he could with what he had, and it turned out to be pretty darn good.
BUTTON: Nice recovery after a horrid qualifying.
MCLAREN: This time it was the Woking boys that tripped up technically. However, they pulled the all-nighter, got the cars back in decent shape, and all in all, prevented a championship disaster by simple old fashioned grit and determination.
ROSBERG: How many podiums does Nico have this year? Three!
SCHUMACHER: How many podiums does Michael have this year? Zero...
MERCEDES: Yet, the Silver Arrows is still hell-bent on ruining the future to soothe the past's "hobby."
BARRICHELLO: Another top five finish for Rubens that crept up on everyone.
KOBAYASHI: Kamui showing his stuff again.
SUTIL: Adrian was very racy. Against his "pal" Alonso, no less.
ALONSO: A rare terrible start for Fernando. And in an ironic twist, it was his teammate that paid for it.
MASSA: Felipe's race ruined by his teammate, who should never have been near Massa.
FIA: It's black and white. Alonso committed a foul. He should have given the position back to Kubica. His team should also have told him to do so. The FIA had no choice but to penalize him instead. However, the conspiracy theorists will wonder how convenient the timing of the Safety Car to finally come out for debris when Alonso had to serve his penalty to cause a massive loss of positions.
FERRARI: How soon the prancing horse forgets all the favorable rulings just a few short years ago against McLaren. Their whining is only topped by the Netherlands soccer team.
SENNA: HRT says replacing Bruno had nothing to do with money...
YAMAMOTO: ...but it sure as heck didn't have anything to do with Sakon's talents.
WORLD CUP: Spain can now forget about Alonso's struggles till next year.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Teammates.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2 -- As in the (perceived) number two driver treatment.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Silverstone is known as the venue which hosted the first official World Championship race in 1950. However, it held two grands prix before the World Championship was organized -- 1948 won by Luigi Villoresi (Italian) and 1949 won by Emmanuel de Graffenried (Swiss), both in a Maserati.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Just in case you didn't realize how much Webber was giving the proverbial middle finger to his team, he made it quite clear after crossing the finish line, "Not bad for a number two driver."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Vettel's take on all this? "I have an opinion, but I am keeping that for myself."
SCHEDULE: Will the German crowd be more interested in the return of Schumacher or the "battle" between their Vettel and "that Aussie?"
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