2010 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Just think, Red Bull hasn't even introduced their own version of the F-Duct. Adrian Newey is able to outthink his fellow designers without the gimmicks. What happens when he starts putting those innovations on the car?
EVENT: Now this is better. A Grand Prix where the place is packed for qualifying, never mind the race, and the fans are fervently enthusiastic.
QUALIFYING: Maybe the Red Bull cars really do have wings.
RACE: Ignore the frontrunner which is what the TV coverage did because there was plenty of action behind the leader.
TRACK: Did all the stones cause the problems with some cars, namely Vettel's and Hamilton's?
START: A thriller up front that miraculously did not end in tears.
WEBBER: How many people thought it would be Mark who would be the first to lead a race from start to finish this year?
VETTEL: Once again, mechanical bad luck cost Sebastian points.
RED BULL: Note to rest of field -- be afraid. Be very afraid.
ALONSO: A gifted second place, but in front of his enduring fans, Fernando will take it.
SCHUMACHER: Michael has been awoken.
ROSBERG: Welcome to the world of Schumacher's teammate. You may now join the support group to commiserate with Brundle, Patrese, Lehto, Verstoppen, Herbert, Irvine, Barrichello, Massa...
MERCEDES: Their obsession with Schumacher's success may cost them a championship possibility with Rosberg.
BUTTON: Well, Jenson is still leading the championship...
MASSA: Is Felipe getting intimidated by his teammate?
KUBICA: The latest in Ferrari's early signings?
BARRICHELLO: The old static in my earpiece distracted me during qualifying excuse...
ALGUERUARI: Whoa, Jaime pulls off another impressive performance.
KOBAYASHI: More than quadrupled his season's total laps completed count. Amazing what can happen when you stay out of trouble.
HAMILTON: Pop goes another tire.
GP2: Lots of new faces. Lots of the same crazy action.
ROSSI: American Alexander kicks butt in GP3. Who says Americans can't take on the Europeans?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: F-Duct.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2 -- The reason the driver points is so close despite Red Bull's technical superiority is because no driver has been on the podium more than twice so far this year.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Webber is the second Australian to win the Spanish GP, but the first to get points for that win. Alan Jones won in 1980 during the height of the FISA-FOCA war. The race was run with only the FOCA teams as the FISA affiliated constructors stayed away because FISA declared the race illegal. FISA did so because the FOCA drivers refused to pay fines imposed after boycotting driver briefings and thus had their licenses revoked. King Carlos insisted the race proceed, so it did without FISA. Afterward, it was announced no World Championship points would be awarded.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber on his joy after dominating Spain, "Unfortunately, I can't get too drunk now because we're at the track again on Wednesday in Monaco."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel on when he first experienced the brake problem in Spain, "I was braking for turn seven – boom! And then I went straight on."
SCHEDULE: Qualifying will be more exciting than the race at Monaco. Can you say chaos and tempers exploding?
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