2010 Japan Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Suzuka is perfect for the Red Bulls. Fine. Now that the race is over, the remaining schedule has tracks that tend to favor the Red Bulls. However, these are also the type of tracks where Ferrari, and to a lesser degree McLaren, have been catching up. Let the stretch run begin!
EVENT: It is always amazing to see how dedicated Japanese racing fans are.
QUALIFYING: That's what you call raining cats and dogs.
RACE: Up front, the excitement ... and suspense ... was over after the restart.
TRACK: For the drivers' enjoyment, let's hope Suzuka continues to stay on the schedule for years to come.
START: The answer to the question, why it's best not to start in the middle of the grid.
VETTEL: Sebastian reasserts his position as the fastest Red Bull driver. Just not the smartest over the course of a season.
WEBBER: Wins don't matter anymore right now. All Mark has to do is stay ahead of his closest pursuers. Mission accomplished with Alonso. Not so much with his teammate. Yet, his lead expands to 14 points.
ALONSO: The best he could hope for.
BUTTON: One spot better than the best he could hope for thanks to this teammate's gearbox issue.
HAMILTON: Lewis suffers a five position penalty for switching gearboxes, only to have the new gearbox lose third gear. The definition of adding insult to injury.
SCHUMACHER: Outqualified ... yet, again ... by his teammate, Michael redeems himself this time with a fine race, making aggressive passes. But, without the help of team orders, could only get by Rosberg after Rosberg's car failed.
ROSBERG: Suffered the mysterious wheel disengaging virus.
KOBAYASHI: First we had Sato-Mania. Now, have Kamikazi-Koba.
HEIDFELD: A fine race by Nick. Makes you wonder why he was without a ride at the start of the season.
BARRICHELLO: Once again, Rubens mixes it up with his former teammate.
SENNA: Bruno's days are probably numbered.
KUBICA: What must Robert be thinking when he saw a potential fantastic finish disappear as fast as his disengaging wheel?
PETROV: Vitaly, you have to clear the car you are passing before you move over. Just a little tipster.
RENAULT: Who placed an ancient Japanese curse on Renault?
HULKENBERG: Nico, it's best to usually get off the line right away so as to avoid causing mayhem.
MASSA: A pathetic weekend.
LIUZZI: Is Vitantonio going to set the record for number of times being an innocent victim?
DI GRASSI: What the ... ?!
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Deluge.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The torque amount to properly attach a wheel to a Formula 1 car.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Perhaps it is fitting the Japanese Grand Prix took place the same week Peter Warr passed away. It was Warr that won the first Japanese GP back in 1963. The non-points sportscar event, which took place at Suzuka, was won by Warr in, appropriately, a Lotus 23 powered by Cosworth.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kamui Kobayashi after his action filled race, "My car is rather damaged!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: BBC commentator Martin Brundle after hearing Webber purposely tried to wrest fastest lap away from Vettel on the final go around, "The team must have great angst with the risks of this unnecessary mind-game late in the race."
SCHEDULE: So, it looks like South Korea really will happen. But, how well will the just laid down pavement hold up? And, how confident is F1 that the pavement is even top quality after all the delays may have forced them to rush the final days of construction?
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