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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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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 57
2. Raikkonen 57
3. Grosjean 57
4. Webber 57
5. Rosberg 57
6. di Resta 57
7. Alonso 57
8. Hamilton 57
9. Massa 57
10. Schumacher 57
11. Perez 57
12. Hulkenberg 57
13. Kobayashi 57
14. Vergne(R) 57
15. Ricciardo 56
16. Petrov 56
17. Kovalainen 56
18. Button 55
19. Glock 55
20. de la Rosa 55
21. Karthikeyan 55
22. Senna 54
R Maldonado 25
R Pic(R) 24

Time of Race
1:35:10.990

Margin of Victory
3.333 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
4 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta, Romain Grosjean

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 53
2. Hamilton 49
3. Webber 48
4. Button 43
  Alonso 43
6. Rosberg 35
7. Raikkonen 34
8. Grosjean 23
9. Perez 22
10. di Resta 15
11. Senna 14
12. Kobayashi 9
13. Vergne(R) 4
  Maldonado 4
15. Ricciardo 2
  Hulkenberg 2
  Schumacher 2
  Massa 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 101
2. McLaren 92
3. Lotus 57
4. Ferrari 45
5. Mercedes 37
6. Sauber 31
7. Williams 18
8. Force India 17
9. Toro Rosso 6
 
 

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