2010 Germany Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: There's nothing wrong with team orders. Nothing. Never has been anything wrong with them in racing. They are part of the sport. And what's the difference between telling someone not to pass and telling someone to let his teammate by? It still "cheats" the fans, but the former is more subtle and many times unknown than the latter. Yet, everyone has conniption fits over just the latter.
EVENT: Even with Schumacher's comeback fizzing out, there are still five other German drivers, including the sensational Vettel. One would think that alone would have the local race ticket be a hotter commodity than it apparently is.
QUALIFYING: The Ferraris are back, Schumacher gets outdone by his teammate again, and less than a blink of an eye gives the pole to Vettel.
RACE: The race went retro -- a Ferrari runaway yawner.
TRACK: Let's try the old Hockenheim circuit for fun...
START: Lately, what's the use of getting the pole?
VETTEL: Sebastian is an idiot. There's no other way to put it. A bad start is one thing. To waste your time and energy trying to virtually drive across the country to blatantly block and wind up causing both Ferraris to get by is flat out stupid. Until Vettel matures, he will never win a World Championship.
FERRARI: Add another team where teammates are going after each other. At this rate, the Lotus drivers will be at each other's throat before the season is out.
ALONSO: We said team orders are okay, but to whine and cry until you get your way (just like he tried at McLaren) makes Fernando a spoiled brat.
MASSA: Look as sad as you want Felipe, but you signed the contract. Nobody forced you to.
RED BULL: They are certainly enjoying this sort of spotlight being shone on someone else...
HAMILTON: Lost in all the controversy up front is how Lewis got the most points he could under the circumstances to keep a strong lead. (Take note of that Vettel.)
BUTTON: Ditto Jenson. But the biggest news for the defending World Champion is he may be back with the gorgeous Jessica Michibata. Remember, she's a lingerie model.
WEBBER: All that momentum from Silverstone gone just like that for Mark.
ROSBERG: Beat that guy Michael again...
SCHUMACHER: We know your car is not up to championship standards. But that's not the excuse you can use when you consistently cannot beat your teammate.
PETROV: Not that anyone asks us. Sure Vitoly has made a bunch of mistakes, but all in all, he has proven to be F1 worthy. Certainly a lot more so than other buy-a-riders.
ALGUERSUARI: Jaime, are you trying to get Toro Rosso added to the list of teams who's teammates dislike each other? Don't crash into your teammate!
YAMAMOTO: Sakon stuck around. Well, more importantly his money stuck around.
SENNA: Bruno is back. Somehow, we don't think that's going to last. And it has nothing to do with money.
GP2: Pastor Maldonado has now won a record four consecutive feature races, turning one of the more thrilling open wheel series in the world into a bore.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Orders.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 49 -- The lap Alonso "passed" Massa.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: A German has won the German Grand Prix more than any other driver. But it's not Michael Schumacher (with four wins). Rudolf Caracciola won the race six times (1926, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1939).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Felipe Massa about the controversy, "I don't need to say anything about that..."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Massa's engineer Rob Smedley just before his driver obviously lifted off the throttle, "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?"
SCHEDULE: Off to Hungary where extra couple therapists are being hired.
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