2010 Hungary Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Michael Schumacher is looking like the biggest comeback mistake since Lance Armstrong.
EVENT: Sure looked like a sparse crowd in the grandstands.
QUALIFYING: Complete and utter Red Bull domination.
RACE: It started out as the most boring race in F1 history, but turned into one wild and crazy affair. Hungary has a knack of doing that.
TRACK: Despite a much, much faster car, Vettel's inability to get by Alonso tells you all you need to know about how horrible this track is.
START: Another Red Bull losses a position on the start.
SAFETY CAR: F1 is turning into NASCAR -- a competition yellow, chaos in the pits, and wheels flying down pit lane.
WEBBER: One of the greatest drives in F1 history.
ALONSO: Once again takes the Ferrari by the scruff of its neck and brings it home second.
VETTEL: Once again, Sebastian does an incredibly stupid move to throw away yet another sure victory. Even stupider, he doesn't even know the rules. Going beyond stupid, he claims he didn't see the pace car lights were out (and this guy gets a Super License with such poor eyesight/observational skills?). What a complete and utter dope.
PETROV: Vitaly continues to show why he deserves to come back next year.
HULKENBERG: A fine run for Nico.
DE LA ROSA: Pedro seems to finally be coming around.
BUTTON: A lousy weekend, but at least Jenson salvaged some points. He was better off being luckier than his teammate rather than faster.
BARRICHELLO: Definitely still has that fighting spirit.
SCHUMACHER: Schooled by his former lackey. Michael is still up to his dirty, nasty, bush league tricks.
KOBAYASHI: A stellar run through the field.
MERCEDES: So, is the only way to get your Golden Boy to beat Rosberg, who was humiliating said Golden Boy, is to not put a wheel on properly...?
ROSBERG: Terrible break for Nico who was having a great race.
RENAULT: Got eyes?
ALGUERSUARI: One would have expected a better qualifying effort since this was the first track Jaime was making a second appearance.
GP2: Pastor Maldonado has got to be the luckiest guy in racing this year.
GP3: Hail, hail to the red, white, and blue! Alexander Rossi wins the sprint race. Josef Newgarden nearly made it a 1-2 American finish had his car not broke with two laps to go. Heck, with Robert Wickens behind him, it would have been a North American podium. Who says drivers on this side of the pond can't cut it in Europe?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Block.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 10 -- The number of car lengths one must be within the car in front of him at the restart.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Hungaroring may be currently the third longest tenured track on the F1 calendar at 25 straight years behind Monaco and Monza, but the first Hungary Grand Prix (and the only one before the resurrection in 1986) was in 1936 won by Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romero.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel in the understatement of the day, "It should have been such an easy race and win. I was sleeping at the restart."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Fernando Alonso, despite finishing second, on the superiority of the Red Bulls, "I felt like a back marker. I felt like one of the new teams."
SCHEDULE: A four-week break that even Deep Throttle needs. Then, to wonderful Spa.
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