2012 Bahrain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Four races. Four driver winners. Four constructor winners. No dominate team emerging. This is really fun!
EVENT: Should we even call this a sporting event? A political event? Or, more likely, a money making event. Which is all F1 really cares about.
QUALIFYING: The most unaggressive qualifying session ever.
RACE: Even though Vettel virtually led from start to finish, you never knew if he was going to pull it off due to the huge concern over tire wear. That suspense made the race.
TRACK: Once again this year, a track which should produce a parade had lots of passing opportunities throughout the field.
START: Vettel gets it done, Webber doesn't blow it, Rosberg does, Grosjean is very aggressive, and Massa is a driver possessed.
VETTEL: You're not going to keep down a two-time World Champion for long.
WEBBER: Back to his normal role...
RED BULL: Still work needed, but give Adrian Newey some more time, and watch out.
RAIKKONEN: We're so glad Kimi is back on the podium. We missed his sunny disposition, emotion filled voice, and prefect enunciation during the press conference.
GROSJEAN: Who at Renault was dumb enough to let Romain go after his first year in F1?
LOTUS: Not the Lotus of last year, and not Lotus in the true spirit of the legacy, but still very nice to see this team under any name do so well.
ROSBERG: From first time winner to Schumacher-like dirty blocking tactics.
SCHUMACHER: Outdone by his teammate again, mechanical problems or not.
MERCEDES: Back to reality in this topsy-turvy season.
DI RESTA: Nice to see Paul showing his stuff again.
FORCE INDIA: The true dictator during this whole weekend is Bernie himself, as Force India very quickly learned. They went from publicly stating the reason for skipping the second practice session was due to safety reasons to receiving a backroom reprimand from Bernie to publicly stating skipping the practice session was a strategic move. Then, their cars never showed up on TV during qualifying. In true dictatorship fashion, Bernie denied everything.
ALONSO: Fernando could only work his magic to seventh place.
MASSA: We'll give Felipe credit when he deserves it. He ran a great race.
HAMILTON: Lewis isn't very happy.
MCLAREN: More pit stop issues.
TODT: Jean showed no leadership qualities at all during the whole sordid affair. Appeared to be nothing more than Bernie's puppet through the whole ordeal.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Protests.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- Number of protesters reportedly killed in clashes with security forces.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first predominantly Muslim country to host a Grand Prix was Morocco. Their one and only World Championship event was in 1958. Officially dubbed the Casablanca Grand Prix, Stirling Moss was the winner in a Vanwall. Stuart Lewis-Evans died in a London hospital six days after receiving severe burns in the race.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton on Nico Rosberg's blocking move, "He pulled really to the right ... I thought it was Michael for one second."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In true Bernie fashion, "You know what they say -- there is no such thing as bad publicity." True. But there is such thing as ethics and morals.
SCHEDULE: Way too long of a break for this year as they embark on the European portion of the calendar.
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