2010 Turkey Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: What happened in Turkey has been brewing for awhile now. And it's not just at Red Bull. You get the feeling a similar explosion at McLaren and Ferrari is just one corner away.
EVENT: Were those actual spectators in the stands? Or was it a Racer magazine Photoshop?
QUALIFYING: The Ferrari, and particularly Alonso, qualifying woes continue.
RACE: One of the greatest multiple intra-team on track battles in Grand Prix history.
TRACK: One of Tilke's best, but Austin will need to be even better.
START: An interesting start considering after all was said and done, the top ten starting order was essentially the first lap completion order.
RED BULL: Oh, to be a fly on the wall at their post race debrief...
WEBBER: Reputation can often supplant reality. Mark is the toughest guy to pass and the first to bitch when someone crashes into him. If you're not willing to leave some room even for your teammate, you can rightfully blame the other driver till the cows come home, but you still suffer the consequences.
VETTEL: Sebastien broke the cardinal rule of racing. If you're going to aggressively challenge your teammate, you better make it work. You lose way too many points continuously pulling these moves ... unsuccessfully.
MCLAREN: Don't be so smug that your drivers are an example on how battling teammates should do it. The fact is, they were a whisker away from the same fate as the Red Bull drivers.
HAMILTON: Sure, Lewis was gifted a win, but that's racing. What's lost in all the excitement is McLaren has now caught up to Red Bull and are once again a threat to win legitimately.
BUTTON: Jenson showed he can and is willing to battle with Hamilton, even if this time he didn't pull it off and had to back out and accept second place.
SCHUMACHER: Lost in all the commotion was Michael just missing the podium. Though, Mercedes is still not yet a proper frontrunner.
ROSBERG: Nico can say all the right things, but he has to know if he had the car he likes, he would be a championship contender.
KUBICA: Another fine run for Robert and Renault.
MASSA: A quiet race for Felipe, but he at least stayed in front of his teammate.
ALONSO: Getting frustrated at Ferrari's lack of pace is acceptable, but first Fernando has to stop making mistakes before the race.
KOBAYASHI: Good things can happen when you finish races, Kamui ... like score points.
PETROV: Vitaly might be someone drivers will have to contend with one day. Heck, he already is willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone out there.
ROSSI: A third and a fourth in GP3 for American Alexander.
AUSTIN: Talk about coming out of nowhere. Perhaps, this is better organized than originally thought, but we still need to be convinced Austin, Texas is really going to embrace Formula 1 before we feel it has any chance of success.
SCHERZINGER: It's quite obvious Lewis did not fall in love with Nicole's brains...
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Cluster.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 40 -- The lap Vettel and Webber came together, setting off what may be the story of the year, and possibly of their respective careers and Red Bull's legacy. Time will tell.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Feuds between teammates is nothing new in Formula 1. The most infamous one of course was between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at McLaren. However, the most tragic feud was probably between Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, which some believe (though his biographer does not) led to the Canadian's death.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber choosing his words carefully, "It was an interesting few meters on the track between the both of us."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mark Webber not choosing his words carefully, "That was a fucking disaster..."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP 2: Since we're having so much fun, Lewis Hamilton also enjoyed the view, "It was great to watch. It was like an action movie in HD or 3D. It was fantastic."
SCHEDULE: Welcome back Montreal. It's great to see Canada on the F1 schedule again.
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