2010 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Did Red Bull lose their advantage on the high downforce tracks because of the changes to their flexible wings/floors due to the stricter tests? Or, has Ferrari simply made the necessary improvements to close the gap? Or, both? Meanwhile, McLaren seems to be losing ground ever so slightly.
EVENT: It's been said so many times, but it can never be repeated enough -- this truly is one of the most glamorous and spectacular sporting venues in the world.
QUALIFYING: Seems like Ferrari was sandbagging during practice.
RACE: A lot of interesting developments in the second half.
TRACK: Who's "bright" idea was it to modify the track with an absurd triple apex chicane?
START: Surprisingly clean considering the Turn 1,2,3 complex.
ALONSO: This is exactly the reason Ferrari brought Fernando onboard.
FERRARI: Fix the potential reliability issues, and this championship could go down to the wire.
VETTEL: A superb race by Sebastian. Now, let's see if he can do it back-to-back.
WEBBER: The hardest man to pass knocked his championship contender out. Just imagine Mark's whining if it was the other way around...
HAMILTON: It's a move Lewis had to make. When an opportunity presents itself, you have to try to seize it. You're not a racecar driver -- especially an F1 driver -- if you don't.
BUTTON: Like Webber, Jenson was admittedly off the pace of his teammate, but did what he had to do to salvage as many points as possible.
ROSBERG: Now, it's just sounding like a pathetic broken record -- Nico outpaces his "vaunted" teammate all weekend yet again.
SCHUMACHER: And Michael looks more and more lost and desperate out there.
BARRICHELLO: Rubens is laying credence to the theory you can still do well as you age ... if you don't take an extended sabbatical.
KUBICA: An absolutely amazing set of waning laps. Put Robert in a real contender, and we'll all forget about Vettel.
MASSA: The good part of starting last is you can change the gearbox (five spot grid penalty) and use your ninth engine (10 spot grid penalty) and not suffer any penalty. It's like getting years added to a life sentence.
PETROV: Right when it looked like Vitaly was doing enough to keep his job, he goes into a succession of mistake filled race weekends to cause Renault to revisit the question again.
ALGUERSUARI: Quite a strong run for Jaime considering the circumstances.
HEIDFELD: Welcome back to the grid, Nick.
KLIEN: Ditto, Christian. And what a return it was before you crashed out.
SENNA: When a teammate shows up at the last minute to drive for the first time this year and metaphorically runs circles around you, it doesn't bode well for Bruno's F1 career. Then, you go out and apparently do not understand the meaning of a waving yellow flag.
KOVALAINEN: Heikki may have reacted very calmly and professionally to the fire raging at the rear of the car. But, why didn't he pull into pit lane, even just the start of it, where most of the fire crew would be?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Spectacular.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4 -- Supposedly, the number of races left on the 2010 calendar.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel after qualifying, with a dry wit said, "The further up you are the more it helps but obviously the race can still change a couple of things. I think Fernando started here from 15th on the grid two years ago and won the race."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton before the race with the only sane answer to the question who will win this year's championship, "I don't know why people keep asking that. There's five races to go."
SCHEDULE: While everyone prepares for Japan, all are wondering about South Korea.
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