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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