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2011 Europe Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Could very well change when the blown exhaust systems are no more. Or, maybe not...

EVENT: The Monaco wannabe has the beaches but not quite the number of yachts.

QUALIFYING: We don't need no stinking engine mapping system.

RACE: The European journalists are going apoplectic over the "boring" race. Gee, we had seven excellent affairs, and one step backwards, and it's suddenly the end of the world. I thought the Europeans were so much more sophisticated than us American racing fans. Then, why couldn't they figure out when the leader is running away with the race, to look elsewhere in the field for exciting battles, where there were plenty.

TRACK: 25 turns. 'Nuf said.

START: Webber finally gets off strong, Alonso excites the home crowd, Rosberg takes advantage of Hamilton, and Petrov surprisingly has a terrible start.

VETTEL: Even if the blown exhaust ban starting at the next race affects Red Bull the most, it's probably too little, too late for Sebastian's competitors.

WEBBER: Clearly, last year was an aberration for Mark. He is being completely hammered by his teammate.

RED BULL: Pit stop masters.

ALONSO: Willed on by his fellow countrymen, Fernando will now be wondering what will happen at Silverstone.

MASSA: Ho hum.

HAMILTON: Lewis' string of second place finishes at Valencia comes to an end in a frustrating fifth place finish.

BUTTON: No Canada-like repeat.

ROSBERG: Nico is back to making his teammate look like a second rate driver.

SCHUMACHER: Michael is actually taking blame for collisions now? This comeback really has been a complete failure...

ALGUERSUARI: Another solid race, but Jaime needs to qualify better.

PEREZ: Welcome back Sergio.

KOBAYASHI: They should have a separate channel with dedicated cameras on Kamui. That would be more entertaining than the race itself.

KARTHIKEYAN: Everybody finished the race which means Narain truly did finish dead last.

ENGINE: Well, that new engine of the future didn't last very long. Now we have a new, for sure, this time we really, really mean it engine of the future.

GP2: The very interesting jinx continues. Every championship leader heading into the first race of a weekend (so you have to count Charles Pic's two points for the Valencia pole to make this work) has not scored any race points for that weekend. Good luck at Silverstone, Romain Grosjean...

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Inevitable.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 56 -- The number of laps Sebastian Vettel led out of 57.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first time a driver won back-to-back European Grands Prix (not including honorary designations) was in 1994-95 by Michael Schumacher, driving a Bennetton, the first year with Ford power, the second with a Renault engine. In 1994, the race was in Jerez, while in 1995 it moved to Nürburgring GP-Strecke.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Independent's David Tremayne describing the layout of the Valencia circuit, "For heaven's sake, even kids with their Scalextric come up with better layouts."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Hamilton once again showing his frustration with his team, "They didn't want to take the risk. The question is whether or not we would have finished (the race) if we had taken the risk, but then that is what risk is all about."

SCHEDULE: Everyone is eagerly awaiting the next race at Silverstone to see the affects of the new rule "interpretation."

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 57
2. Alonso 57
3. Webber 57
4. Hamilton 57
5. Massa 57
6. Button 57
7. Rosberg 57
8. Alguersuari 56
9. Sutil 56
10. Heidfeld 56
11. Perez(R) 56
12. Barrichello 56
13. Buemi 56
14. di Resta(R) 56
15. Petrov 56
16. Kobayashi 56
17. Schumacher 56
18. Maldonado(R) 56
19. Kovalainen 55
20. Trulli 55
21. Glock 55
22. d'Ambrosio(R) 55
23. Liuzzi 54
24. Karthikeyan 54

Time of Race
1:39:36.169

Margin of Victory
10.891 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 186
2. Button 109
  Webber 109
4. Hamilton 97
5. Alonso 87
6. Massa 42
7. Rosberg 32
8. Petrov 31
9. Heidfeld 30
10. Schumacher 26
11. Kobayashi 25
12. Sutil 10
13. Buemi 8
  Alguersuari 8
15. Barrichello 4
16. Perez(R) 2
  di Resta(R) 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 295
2. McLaren 206
3. Ferrari 119
4. Renault 61
5. Mercedes 58
6. Sauber 27
7. Toro Rosso 16
8. Force India 12
9. Williams 4
 
 

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