2011 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Can we ever satisfy everyone? There were those who complained about boring processionals. Now, we have the "purists" (whatever the heck that really means) who are bitching up a storm over the "fakeness" (whatever the heck that really means) of the races. All we know is if you are jumping out of your couch over the races this year as opposed to falling asleep on your couch, then what's there to complain about?
EVENT: The Canadians continue to support this event in full force. Even more impressive were all those who stuck through the downpour and red flag. Then again, if you paid that much money for tickets, you wouldn't leave either.
QUALIFYING: When it appeared Vettel would sit on his time, he decided to go out for one more hot lap. Just for laps. It's not like he needed it.
RACE: Has everyone caught their breath? What appeared to becoming a complete dud, it turned into a classic similar to a CART race during its heyday.
TRACK: The home of the Safety Car did not "disappoint."
START: Alonso intimidates Vettel to no avail, Hamilton drop kicks Webber, and the field behaves better than in the dry.
BUTTON: Hits cars twice, traveled down pit lane six times, was as low as 21st place -- last amongst the cars running with 30 laps to go, and still managed to win the race. Yeah, Formula 1 is so predictable...
VETTEL: Sebastian is actually human.
WEBBER: Nice race, but Mark's teammate clearly outdid him.
SCHUMACHER: By far Michael's best race since his comeback, showing off some of his rain magic. Yet, when the track dried out, he started losing ground.
PETROV: When all was said and done, Vitaly ended up in a fine spot.
MASSA: Felipe did not disappoint us, managing to throw away a fine race.
KOBAYASHI: Oh, it just continues being so much fun watching Kamui.
ALGUERSUARI: Jaime recovered from a poor qualifying effort.
ROSBERG: Not one of Nico's better races.
HEIDFELD: When a wing sends you flying...
ALONSO: Gee, thanks Jenson...
HAMILTON: The out of control Lewis was at it again. But, considering he got a hug from Rihanna, it was probably worth exiting the race early...
COURSE MARSHALL: Good heavens, did that Canadian course marshal spend the red flag period gulping down a few Molsons?!
LE MANS: Montreal was so thrilling, it seemed Le Mans was ages ago. Yet, this too was a riveting race that will go down in history. From scary to downright frightening to enthralling to inspiring, this race had it all.
AUSTIN: Signs of monetary trouble are brewing over the USGP. Let's see a show of hands over who is surprised? That's what we thought...
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Exhilarating.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 46.518 -- The average speed in mph of the race winner.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The previous record for longest grand prix in the World Championship era was the 1954 German GP. Juan Manual Fangio won in a time of 3:45:45.8 on the original Nürburgring's 14.173-mile layout. This was also the first World Championship race (not including the Indy 500 which was on the World Championship calendar at that time) to suffer a fatality. Onofre Marimón, the lead driver on the Maserati team, went over a banking and somersaulted to his death.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button spoke for all of us, "I really don't know what to say..."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mark Webber on getting punted off by Lewis Hamilton soon after the green flag waved, "I think Lewis thought the checkered flag was at Turn 3..."
SCHEDULE: Everyone, including the fans, takes a breather before returning to Europe and Valencia.
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