2011 Hungary Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Practice and qualifying continued to indicate McLaren and Ferrari have caught up to Red Bull, but the race was too chaotic to see for sure if this is the case in race trim.
EVENT: It is amazing to think the Hungary GP is now 25 years old. It seems just like yesterday when it made worldwide news for being the first GP behind the Iron Curtain.
QUALIFYING: Still Red Bull's domain.
RACE: If you like anarchy, this was the race for you. Nothing wrong with that, but in reality, the track still prevented much passing action. It was the weather conditions which provided that.
TRACK: Still crap.
START: Perfect for Vettel, McLaren drivers attempt to smash each other out, brilliant moves by Rosberg, and considering the conditions, quite clean.
BUTTON: A well deserved victory for a driver who seems to excel in the damp, rain on and off conditions.
HAMILTON: Meanwhile, Lewis and his crew completely -- as bad as you possibly can -- screwed up the race strategy.
MCLAREN: The inconsistency in decision making this season is astounding.
VETTEL: Quite frankly, Sebastian didn't deserve second place with his driving mistakes. But, champions find a way to steal as many points as possible when they are not at their best.
WEBBER: Can't figure out whether we expected more out of Mark or he ran a good race...
RED BULL: The pressure just continues to grow.
ALONSO: Not as bad as Hamilton, but Fernando also got caught out with the tire swapping conundrum.
MASSA: Well, Felipe got the fastest lap of the race...
FERRARI: Squandered an opportunity.
DI RESTA: Mighty fine race for the rookie.
ROSBERG: Very disappointing considering Nico's start and early pace.
SCHUMACHER: Do we have to say it again...?
WILLIAMS: Now, it's becoming downright painful to watch this team.
HEIDFELD: Nicky, grab the marshmallows!
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bewildered.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 88 -- The number of total pit stops in the race, a record previously set at this year's Turkish GP at 82.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first two-time winner of the Hungary GP was in the first two years of the race when Nelson Piquet won in 1986 and 1987, driving a Williams-Honda.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber put it best: "It was quite an enjoyable grand prix up until when you make the wrong decisions from the cockpit. You look completely stupid when you are only on the intermediates for two laps."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The I'm-not-stopping-for-anything attitude of racecar drivers from Nick Heidfeld, "My first thought when I saw a little bit of smoke was 'let's go, maybe the wind will put it out.'"
SCHEDULE: With a four week hiatus coming up, all the talk has been about next year's proposed schedule -- no more Turkey, three back-to-back races (which the teams have already rejected), and the USGP moving to the Fall. Ummm, better check the University of Texas football schedule, because you will never be able to compete with that.
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