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2011 Turkey Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The battle for second in the championship looks to be a very exciting one...

EVENT: If racing occurs on a track and nobody shows up to see it, does it make any noise?

QUALIFYING: Red Bull is just toying with everyone else now.

RACE: It would have been impossible to top China. However, beyond first spot, this race kept you alert.

TRACK: So long Turn 8?

START: Vettel disappears, Webber stutters, Rosberg has his moment of the race, and Hamilton slides.

VETTEL: Just think, Sebastian nearly destroyed his car and missed Friday's track time. Like it mattered...

WEBBER: A much needed repeat solid finish for Mark after his impressive run in China.

RED BULL: They keep improving without the need for the fancy exhaust system others are utilizing.

ALONSO: Ferrari should have been counted out this race, but Fernando and the strategists got him on the podium.

HAMILTON: McLaren was unable to keep up with their China momentum, and now may have fallen behind Mercedes. A lousy pit stop didn't help Lewis either.

MERCEDES: A huge leap forward for the Silver Arrow. However, one thing remained the same -- the fastest driver on the team is still the younger German.

ROSBERG: A disappointing race for Nico after the weekend seemed so promising.

SCHUMACHER: An even more disappointing race for Michael which started going downhill in the Q3 session. But hey, at least he made it to Q3.

RENAULT: Perhaps in honor of last year's multiple intra-team squabbles at the Turkish Grand Prix, Renault paid homage with their own intra-team coming together.

MASSA: Was Felipe in Turkey?

KOBAYASHI: They should have a dedicated camera just to follow Kamui the whole race.

DI RESTA: Poised to take Schumacher's seat at Mercedes?

MURDOCH: So, if Rupert buys Formula 1, does SPEED revert back to being a real racing channel?

BAHRAIN: Let's see a show of hands of those who believe this Grand Prix will ever take place this year. That's what we thought.

GP2: It was another wild and crazy (and scary) start to the GP2 season.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Takeover.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 24 -- The legal drinking age in Turkey, forcing Sebastian Vettel, who is only 23, to forgo drinking the victory champagne.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Turkey was the site of Felipe Massa's first F1 pole and victory in 2006. Then, he went on to win the race three consecutive times, the record for the Turkish GP.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Apparently, SPEED commentator David Hobbs has not been paying attention since Michael Schumacher mounted his comeback last year when he said, "I can't understand why Schumacher is slow today."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bernie Ecclestone, when asked by a reporter whether he is worried about relinquishing his role in F1, answered in his usual form of ignoring the intent of the question, "Yes, because I can't do my job when I'm dead."

SCHEDULE: Off to Barcelona, where perhaps Fernando Alonso can catch some magic in front of his fellow fans.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 58
2. Webber 58
3. Alonso 58
4. Hamilton 58
5. Rosberg 58
6. Button 58
7. Heidfeld 58
8. Petrov 58
9. Buemi 58
10. Kobayashi 58
11. Massa 58
12. Schumacher 58
13. Sutil 57
14. Perez(R) 57
15. Barrichello 57
16. Alguersuari 57
17. Maldonado(R) 57
18. Trulli 57
19. Kovalainen 56
20. d'Ambrosio(R) 56
21. Karthikeyan 55
22. Liuzzi 53
R di Resta(R) 44
R Glock 0

Time of Race
1:30:17.558

Margin of Victory
8.807 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button

Fastest Race Lap
Mark Webber

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 93
2. Hamilton 59
3. Webber 55
4. Button 46
5. Alonso 41
6. Massa 24
7. Petrov 21
  Heidfeld 21
9. Rosberg 20
10. Kobayashi 8
11. Schumacher 6
  Buemi 6
13. Sutil 2
  di Resta(R) 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 148
2. McLaren 105
3. Ferrari 65
4. Renault 42
5. Mercedes 26
6. Sauber 8
7. Toro Rosso 6
8. Force India 4
 
 

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