2010 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: First Button and now Webber, two championship contenders you never would have picked at the start of 2009 and 2010, respectively. Many fantasy teams are going to be busted if this keeps up.
EVENT: Surprised to see so many empty seats at Monaco.
QUALIFYING: At Monaco, this is the race.
RACE: The front runners outsmarted Ferrari and Alonso by pitting early enough for their tire change before Alonso could close any gap after his first safety car stop.
TRACK: Every year, you look at this track and shake your head. And every year, you just love it.
START: A clean start! For a whole lap--nope, there's Hulkenberg doing the honors...
WEBBER: Absolutely buried his teammate. Absolutely buried him to the point where it was an old fashion smackdown.
VETTEL: What must Sebastian be thinking?
KUBICA: A great drive for a [apparently] future Ferrari driver...
MASSA: He beat his teammate only because of a practice crash keeping Alonso out of qualifying.
HAMILTON: Considering everything, probably not a bad result for Lewis.
ALONSO: A brilliant drive early on to work his way through the field.
ROSBERG: Had the car he wanted, but the Mercedes was not properly equipped for Monaco.
SCHUMACHER: Up to his old self...
MERCEDES: Yes, there are two rules that do appear to contradict each other. But the last lap with the safety car rule seems pretty plain to us and the one that supersedes the other.
TRULLI: Did Jarno force the issue? Maybe. But this is Monaco, and sometimes you have to do that. He was alongside Chandhok, so the real question is did Trulli slide out or did Chandhok squeeze him? Or, was there just not enough turning radius left for Trulli to even have a prayer?
CHANDHOK: One very, very lucky guy. Very lucky.
BARRICHELLO: We call BS to his excuse. Throwing that steering wheel into the path of other cars, especially coming from the guy who's spring nearly killed Massa, is pathetic.
BUTTON: What a way to lose the race and the championship lead. One would expect that sort of mechanical brain fart from a club race.
HULKENBERG: Pulled a Kobayashi.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Tight.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 78 -- For you numerologists out there. The Monaco Grand Prix ran for 78 laps, and when it was over, the top two, Webber and Vettel, are tied for the championship lead with 78 points.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Webber's victory has now allowed Australia to tie their neighbors, New Zealand, in Monaco Grand Prix wins. Webber and Jack Brabham (1959) won for the Aussies while Denny Hulme (1967) and Bruce McLaren (1962) stepped into the Royal Box for the Kiwis.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber in his elation, "For sure the greatest day of my life today."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Webber on the incident that nearly cost him the race, "I saw Jarno [Trulli] going for a lunge down the inside of Rascasse and I thought 'what the hell is going to happen here.'"
SCHEDULE: A well needed break after the jam packed Spain-Monaco ordeal, and then off to the Nobody Gives A Damn Grand Prix, a.k.a., the Turkish GP.
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