2011 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: For those F1 elitist who believe Formula One is nothing like NASCAR, then how do you explain the rules tinkering during the season?
EVENT: The second most prestigious race on the F1 calendar behind Monaco? Only because the French Grand Prix hasn't existed for awhile.
QUALIFYING: So much for the latest rule changes aimed at Red Bull...
RACE: Red Bull's pit mistake turned this into an exciting race.
TRACK: The changes and upgrades are finally getting Silverstone into the elite class of F1 tracks. Funny how Bernie always seems to get his way...
START: Webber squanders the pole, Alonso takes a peek, Massa losses a position as usual, all in very tricky track conditions.
ALONSO: Backed into the win? Perhaps. But just reward for a competitively fast car, and the hardest working driver without a dominant car this year.
MASSA: How many actually believed Felipe would be able to get by a (crippled) Hamilton?
FERRARI: So, Ferrari benefits from a mid season rules change. Hmm... But then, thanks to the early rain conditions, Ferrari never had to run the hard tires, which has given them fits all season.
VETTEL: Let down by his team, and then handed second place by said team.
WEBBER: Mark is truly owned by his teammate ... and his team.
HAMILTON: Thrilling, thrilling fight for fourth place. However, next time Lewis, fill your own car up.
BUTTON: Jenson must have the worst luck of any F1 driver in history at their home grand prix.
MCLAREN: Performed like HRT.
ROSBERG: Another points position for the number one driver on Mercedes.
SCHUMACHER: Michael is yet again at fault for another collision.
PEREZ: The effects of Monaco are long in the past.
ALGUERSUARI: Jaime now has more points than his teammate in this "titanic" team battle to keep their seat.
DI RESTA: Paul is showing himself to be a future F1 star.
RICCIARDO: Daniel made Karthikeyan look good.
GP2: The championship leader jinx is over. Romain Grosjean extends his lead.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Exhaust.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 60th -- the anniversary of Ferrari's first World Championship win, also at Silverstone.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Much was said about the above mentioned Ferrari victory 60 years ago, their first World Championship Formula 1 win. Here are the details. Silverstone was a 2.888-mile track at the time as the race ran for 90 laps (253.774 miles) on a dry track. From pole position, Argentinean driver José Froilán González took the win, 51 seconds over Juan Manual Fangio, the only other driver on the lead lap. (González's only other victory was also in the British GP in 1954 also in a Ferrari.) Italian drivers drove a Ferrari to third (Luigi Villoresi) and a DNF (Alberto Ascari). Ferrari also finished ninth with American Peter Whitehead.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button telling his team what happened when his right front wheel came off, "The left front wheel is off."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Red Bull's team principal, Christian Horner, on whether he was surprised Mark Webber ignored team orders, "Erm... yes."
SCHEDULE: The blown exhaust ban is no more, reverting back to the rules at Valencia. So, back to the same old, same old at Germany?
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