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2010 China Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Not only was the second Safety Car totally unnecessary, it ruined a lot of driver's excellent runs and proper tire choice decisions. Safety Cars are sometimes an unnecessary evil, and early in the race they are tolerable, but near the end of the race, extra special care must be taken before dispatching them.

EVENT: The largest grandstand capacity in the world outside of Indy, and the largest empty grandstand space in the world as well as the largest grandstand billboards in the world.

QUALIFYING: So much for that ride height control being a factor on the Red Bull.

RACE: Once again, rain -- especially intermittent rain -- is the key ingredient to an exciting race.

TRACK: Fun to drive. Not so fun to overtake.

START: Alonso was just a wee bit too quick on the clutch...

BUTTON: Once again, Jenson wins for McLaren, not Hamilton, and he's right, it was not a lucky win. Jenson is the first driver to win twice this year. What do the Button naysayers have to say now?

HAMILTON: How many times are the officials going to allow Lewis to get away with outright, blatant illegal, dangerous driving tactics this year? Until there's a major crash?

ROSBERG: Nico deserved to win if for no other reason for the way he drove in the early part of the race without multiple tire changes. However, he thoroughly demolished -- demolished we say -- his teammate.

ALONSO: Well, it didn't take long for Fernando to begin his team wrecking tactics. It will be very interesting to see how Ferrari puts up with his weak minded crap.

KUBICA: There's Robert, in the top five again.

VETTEL: Too many decisions this time caused Sebastian to not take advantage of the rain.

PETROV: Passes the mighty Schumacher with a strong, aggressive move. But, Vitaly wasn't done as he then proceeds to embarrass Webber.

MASSA: He had to have known his teammate would eventually pull something, despite trying his best to toe the company line.

SCHUMACHER: It was downright painful to watch him.

FERRARI: What is going on with their engines?

BUEMI: If a Hollywood stunt director proposed the perfectly synchronized failure of Sebastien's front suspension, he would have been laughed out of the studio for such an unrealistic, harebrained idea.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Stranded.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- As in the number of airports open in Europe.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Amazing to think this is the first time British drivers finished one-two since back in 1999 when Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard did the honors at the Austrian GP.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Red Bull team manager, Christian Horner, to Vettel after a one-two qualifying effort, "Who needs ride height control, eh?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh on being stranded in Shanghai, "We'll find a way even if it's the Trans-Siberian Railway."

SCHEDULE: Thank goodness there is a three week break before the European season kicks off. Otherwise, there may be no cars or drivers or crew. Just fans who were able to take the train to Spain.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Button 56
2. Hamilton 56
3. Rosberg 56
4. Alonso 56
5. Kubica 56
6. Vettel 56
7. Petrov(R) 56
8. Webber 56
9. Massa 56
10. Schumacher 56
11. Sutil 56
12. Barrichello 56
13. Alguersuari 56
14. Kovalainen 55
15. Hulkenberg(R) 55
16. Senna(R) 54
17. Chandhok(R) 52
R Trulli 26
R di Grassi(R) 8
R de la Rosa 7
R Buemi 0
R Kobayashi 0
R Liuzzi 0
R Glock 0

Time of Race
1:46:42.163

Margin of Victory
1.530 sec.

Safety Car
2 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Button 60
2. Rosberg 50
3. Alonso 49
  Hamilton 49
5. Vettel 45
6. Massa 41
7. Kubica 40
8. Webber 28
9. Sutil 10
  Schumacher 10
11. Liuzzi 8
12. Petrov(R) 6
13. Barrichello 5
14. Alguersuari 2
15. Hulkenberg(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. McLaren 109
2. Ferrari 90
3. Red Bull 73
4. Mercedes 60
5. Renault 46
6. Force India 18
7. Williams 6
8. Toro Rosso 2
 
 

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Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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