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2010 Malaysia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Contrary to what Niki Lauda said (in fact, has Lauda ever said anything worthwhile in his life?), the championship battle is far from over for Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. Far from over.

EVENT: The monsoons held off for the race. But the late starts, even moving up an hour, is still playing with fate as qualifying showed.

QUALIFYING: A pair of brilliant laps by Webber. As for Ferrari and McLaren, well they're proof money can't buy you brains.

RACE: This is why many say the grid should be flipped before every race.

TRACK: Any track looks good when the top drivers start from the back.

START: Vettel gives the classic in your face to his teammate.

VETTEL: If his car holds together, he is definitely the favorite. Got that Lauda?

WEBBER: Let's face it, Mark cannot keep pace with his teammate, but he will be there whenever Vettel stumbles.

RED BULL: The best combination of chassis and driver on the grid. Right back in the hunt. Got that Lauda?

ROSBERG: Nico keeps getting better and gaining more confidence. And keeping in front of his teammate, who is supposed to be some famous champion or something...

KUBICA: While all the headlines are going to his competitors, Robert quietly gets another top finish.

SUTIL: Adrian continues to be the shining light for Force India.

HAMILTON: His excessive weaving was bush league. Pure bush league.

MASSA: Did what he needed to do to maintain the points lead.

BUTTON: The problem with luck, is it isn't always good.

ALGUERSUARI: Give credit where credit is due. Jaime's best performance of his career. Very solid.

ALONSO: Driving a broken car as fast and competitively as he did once again shows why Fernando may be the best driver on the grid today. Imagine him in a Red Bull. Or, if the Ferrari gets stronger.

PETROV: An aggressive, but extremely strong performance for Vitaly. While it lasted.

SCHUMACHER: A crew error on Michael's car and not his teammate's? That's got to be a first.

HRT F1 Team: Both cars finished, albeit three and four laps down, respectively. But they both finished. Maybe having team in your name twice helped...

VIRGIN: Fuel to the end.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Lobotomy.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Q1 -- Three World Champions (including Button who was unable to run Q2) and a Vice World Champion never made it out of the first qualifying session.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Malaysian Grand Prix has now been won by Germany more than any other country -- five times. However, with only two drivers as Michael Schumacher won four of those times (2000, 2001. 2002. and 2004).

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: More like the understatement of the weekend when Jenson Button said after qualifying, "We made the wrong call as did Ferrari."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Making sure he didn't throw his team under the bus this time, Lewis Hamilton was a bit more circumspect after the horrid qualifying decisions, "It's a great thing -- hindsight."

SCHEDULE: China -- wonder if the teams will be able to look up information using Google...

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 56
2. Webber 56
3. Rosberg 56
4. Kubica 56
5. Sutil 56
6. Hamilton 56
7. Massa 56
8. Button 56
9. Alguersuari 56
10. Hulkenberg(R) 56
11. Buemi 56
12. Barrichello 55
13. Alonso 54
14. di Grassi(R) 53
15. Chandhok(R) 53
16. Senna(R) 52
17. Trulli 51
R Kovalainen 46
R Petrov(R) 32
R Liuzzi 12
R Schumacher 9
R Kobayashi 8
R Glock 2
R de la Rosa 0

Time of Race
1:33:48.412

Margin of Victory
4.849 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber

Fastest Race Lap
Mark Webber

Pole Position
Mark Webber

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Massa 39
2. Alonso 37
  Vettel 37
4. Button 35
  Rosberg 35
6. Hamilton 31
7. Kubica 30
8. Webber 24
9. Sutil 10
10. Schumacher 9
11. Liuzzi 8
12. Barrichello 5
13. Alguersuari 2
14. Hulkenberg 1

  Team Pts.
1. Ferrari 76
2. McLaren 66
3. Red Bull 61
4. Mercedes 44
5. Renault 33
6. Force India 18
7. Williams 6
8. Toro Rosso 2
 
 

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2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
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2014 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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