2010 Korea Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Can this season have any more dramatic turnarounds? Sure. There's still two more races to go!
EVENT: Many other organizers are able to pull off first-time events with little or no glitches. So, why does Korea get away with excuses over why grandstands weren't completed, crew members had to stay in brothels, traffic jams miles long prevented many fans from getting in, etc. Oh, that's right. It's all about the money ... in Bernie's pockets.
QUALIFYING: Too bad for Red Bull, points are not awarded for pole position.
RACE: Just when the race was about to "settle in" another jaw dropping, season changing event occurred.
TRACK: One would think with all the new F1 tracks popping up all over the world that the science of track design would have the basics down. Then, how do you explain a pit entrance at the same location as a blind apex to a corner with no runoff? Or curbing lower than the track surface?
ALONSO: This drive is a prime example why Fernando can win a championship without the best car.
MASSA: While Felipe cannot.
FERRARI: Just think, Ferrari was within one race of giving up on the season and concentrating on next year's design. Now, they can win a driver's championship.
HAMILTON: Maybe not completely right back in it, but certainly within pouncing range of anyone who makes a mistake. Too bad his slight mistake cost him the win.
WEBBER: Potentially watched his championship wash away.
VETTEL: Potentially watched his championship go up in smoke.
RED BULL: Castrated bulls.
SCHUMACHER: Even though Michael was once again outdone by his teammate, he did put in a wet performance reminiscent of the old Michael.
ROSBERG: Speaking of Nico, was aiming for a fantastic race (sure schooled Hamilton in the rain) until Webber made Rosberg a casualty.
LIUZZI: From 17th to sixth. Pretty darn impressive.
HEIDFELD: A professional drive.
HULKENBERG: Nice recovery into the points after the late race spin and tire change.
BUTTON: A very poor race for Jenson on all accounts.
SUTIL: A one-man wrecking crew.
PETROV: Gee, Vitaly crashed again. What a shock...
BUEMI: Ahhh, Sebastien, that was never going to work.
TRULLI: The Retirement King, mostly through no fault of his own.
DI GRASSI: You came in a million times to change tires, yet still couldn't figure out which tires to use and wind up crashing out of the race after just three green flag laps? What was the point of it all?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Unfinished.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 42 laps -- the moment the race went three-quarters distance to award full points and Webber knew he was screwed.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time Red Bull failed to have a car finish the race was the first event in 2008, the Australian GP, with David Coulthard and Mark Webber.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel talking about the long straights at Yeongam, "It's so long you could drink a couple of beers."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: This weekend was also the date for the Surfer's Paradise event, once a successful stop for CART/Champ Car only to have the IRL burn every bridge possible, is now a special international V8 Supercar event, whose boss, Tony Cochrane, said, "Indy will not return to the Gold Coast in the next 100 years."
SCHEDULE: Though it should be the season's finale (and will be next year), Brazil will still play a significant role in the championship in front of a rabid crowd.
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