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2012 Europe Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The different winner streak has finally ended, but this race perhaps more than any other showed why this season is the wildest and most fun one ever.

EVENT: The Spanish venues may have agreed to alternate hosting the Spanish Grand Prix moving forward, but we're betting that Formula 1 never returns to Valencia.

QUALIFYING: Third pole in a row for Red Bull. Are they starting to build speed dominance once again?

RACE: Once again, the order with 10 laps to go has hardly any bearing on the order at the checkered flag. No longer can you turn away from the TV thinking the race is set.

TRACK: Who would have ever thought Valencia, where passing moves go to die, could produce so many passing moves?

START: Vettel jumps ahead as usual, Alonso leaps forward as usual, Grosjean is aggressive, Raikkonen is even more aggressive, and Rosberg has a horrible start.

ALONSO: A win on home soil is emotional for the best of them. Fernando thoroughly enjoyed that victory.

FERRARI: It's official -- the prancing horse is back.

RAIKKONEN: A win has got to be just around the corner for Kimi.

SCHUMACHER: Michael's podium was not just due to attrition. He earned it with a great drive.

WEBBER: From 19th to fourth. Mark was in 10th with 10 laps to go. In today's Formula 1, you never give up.

FORCE INDIA: A very strong weekend for the entire team.

ROSBERG: The last two laps saved an otherwise miserable race.

DI RESTA: The one-stop strategy didn't quite work. But, it still worked better than some team's two-stop strategies.

VETTEL: A heartbreaking mechanical failure.

GROSJEAN: An even more heartbreaking mechanical failure.

RENAULT: Damn those alternators.

BUTTON: Jenson is still struggling.

HAMILTON: Sure it's admirable to fight tooth and nail for every position. But, when your tires are shot, it's inevitable you are going to lose some positions. Take the small losses instead of throwing away all possible points. Lewis continues to make the wrong decision in this regard six years into his career.

MCLAREN: Is it even possible for this team to get any worse on pit stops if they intentionally tried to blow them?

MALDONADO: Pastor was blamed for that crash with Hamilton? Really?

KOBAYASHI: Despite the bonehead decision by the Stewards, it was Kamui who made the bonehead move. And just to make sure the Stewards got it, he went out and made another bonehead move.

STEWARDS: They were clearly out to lunch this race.

VERGNE: Just where the heck did Jean-Eric think he was going? Kovalainen was right next to you. You can't just move over.

PETROV: So much for that first point for Caterham...

MASSA: Even when things are going well for Felipe, they go bad.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Repeat.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 11 -- The Valencia winner has always started from an odd numbered position. Three times from pole, once from third, and now 11th.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel moves into a three-way tie for third with Jim Clark and Alain Prost on the all-time list of pole winners with 33, behind Schumacher (68), and Ayrton Senna (65).

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: SPEED commentator Leigh Diffey summarizing the emotions of the podium finishers, "Alonso full of emotion. Schumacher full of surprise, And Kimi ... well ... he's still just Kimi."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton's engineer on informing his driver to save the tires, "We do not want to be stopping again." Perhaps that was actually his wishes for the rest of the year...

SCHEDULE: Why not return to a new winner at Silverstone. After all, Raikkonen and Grosjean are knocking at the door.

Copyright 2012 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Alonso 57
2. Raikkonen 57
3. Schumacher 57
4. Webber 57
5. Hulkenberg 57
6. Rosberg 57
7. di Resta 57
8. Button 57
9. Perez 57
10. Senna 57
11. Ricciardo 57
12. Maldonado 57
13. Petrov 57
14. Kovalainen 57
15. Pic(R) 57
16. Massa 56
17. de la Rosa 56
18. Karthikeyan 56
19. Hamilton 55
R Grosjean 40
R Vettel 33
R Kobayashi 33
R Vergne(R) 26
  Glock DNS

Time of Race
1:44:16.649

Margin of Victory
6.421 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 6 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso

Fastest Race Lap
Nico Rosberg

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Alonso 111
2. Webber 91
3. Hamilton 88
4. Vettel 85
5. Rosberg 75
6. Raikkonen 73
7. Grosjean 53
8. Button 49
9. Perez 39
10. Maldonado 29
11. di Resta 27
12. Kobayashi 21
13. Schumacher 17
  Hulkenberg 17
15. Senna 16
16. Massa 11
17. Vergne(R) 4
18. Ricciardo 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 176
2. McLaren 137
3. Lotus 126
4. Ferrari 122
5. Mercedes 92
6. Sauber 60
7. Williams 45
8. Force India 44
9. Toro Rosso 6
 
 

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