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2011 Australia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Everybody had all winter to catch up to Red Bull. Instead they lost ground. Now, they have a bigger gap to close during the season. If Red Bull does not shoot themselves in the foot like they did so many times last season, when they do catch up, it will be way too little, way too late.

EVENT: The most nebulous event on the calendar, year after year. At least they don't have to worry about a people's uprising. Well, at least not a violent uprising...

QUALIFYING: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull simply embarrassed ... no ... humiliated the entire field. And he never used KERS.

RACE: Ignore Vettel's runaway, and there were a lot of exciting battles in the rest of the field.

REGULATIONS: Are we the only ones who think the rules governing the use of the movable rear wings are a wee bit too complicated? Even by F1 standards?

TRACK: 140 mph on a street course. Not too shabby...

START: It sure looked like Webber had Hamilton at the start. By not forcing the issue, the race for second was over.

VETTEL: Picked up where he left off last year. Actually, he is even further ahead than last year.

WEBBER: Same car, but was no better than the rest of the field. Are we seeing the return of head case Mark?

RED BULL: They signed all their top technical staff, including the most important cog, Adrian Newey, to contract extensions. Now Ferrari is going to have to work at catching up the old fashion way instead of stealing the technical talent.

PETROV: We said many times last year Vitaly deserved another year. We were right.

HAMILTON: Obviously happy with the results, all things considered.

BUTTON: The two-time defending race champion was not treated very well this time around.

MCLAREN: Considering the lack of winter testing miles and the dismal prognosis heading into Australia, McLaren may be in the best position to be able to close the Red Bull gap.

ALONSO: Must be wondering if it's déjà vu all over again.

MASSA: Fought like a ferocious badger to keep Button behind and then let Alonso by without even a hint of a fight.

FERRARI: Can't wait to hear the next sore losing comments out of Montezemolo's mouth.

PEREZ: Quite a debut by the Mexican rookie. Too bad his team apparently didn't give him a legal car.

KOBAYASHI: A tame race by Kamui.

HEIDFELD: One has to wonder how Nick feels after being upstaged all weekend by his sophomore teammate.

BARRICHELLO: Hopeless, dumb-ass move by Rubens on Rosberg.

ROSBERG: Once again upstaged his teammate. Once again played second fiddle in the press to his teammate.

SCHUMACHER: Which excuses will Schumacher fans come up with this year?

HRT: Welcome to the new, tougher world order. Anybody for an over/under on how many times they get to race?

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Impressive.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first time Sebastian Vettel ever finished the Australian Grand Prix.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button's two race Australian Grand Prix winning streak is over, missing an opportunity to tie Michael Schumacher's three year consecutive winning streak (2000-2). Only one other driver won more than once in a row, Damon Hill in 1995 and 1996.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Fernando Alonso putting the race into perspective, "Once again today, Vettel seemed to be on another planet."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Alonso putting the ever more complicated steering wheel into perspective, "We are professional drivers. Last year with the F-duct, people were doing a lap with one hand. So, I don't know why this year it's a problem to touch one button."

SCHEDULE: With Bahrain canceled, maybe for good, and Japan questionable due to the horrifying disasters there, the exotic races don't look so good anymore. In any case, onto Malaysia. Hopefully...

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 58
2. Hamilton 58
3. Petrov 58
4. Alonso 58
5. Webber 58
6. Button 58
DQ Perez(R) 58
DQ Kobayashi 58
7. Massa 58
8. Buemi 57
9. Sutil 57
10. di Resta(R) 57
11. Alguersuari 57
12. Heidfeld 57
13. Trulli 56
14. d'Ambrosio(R) 55
R Glock 19
R Barrichello 48
R Rosberg 22
R Kovalainen 19
R Schumacher 19
R Maldonado(R) 9
DNQ Liuzzi -
DNQ Karthikeyan -

Time of Race
1:29:30.259

Margin of Victory
22.297 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Felipe Massa

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 25
2. Hamilton 18
3. Petrov 15
4. Alonso 12
5. Webber 10
6. Button 8
7. Massa 6
8. Buemi 4
9. Sutil 2
10. di Resta(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 35
2. McLaren 26
3. Ferrari 18
4. Renault 15
5. Toro Rosso 4
6. Force India 3
 
 

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

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

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
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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