2012 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Five races. Five driver winners. Five constructor winners. No dominate team emerging. This is unbelievably fun!
EVENT: Alonso's qualifying success saved the attendance in a financially depleted country. However, there is no way two events in Spain can survive, and apparently they won't.
QUALIFYING: McLaren reaps the benefits of the Mugello tests as Hamilton grabs the ... oh, wait ... never mind.
RACE: The tension on whether Maldonado would take the lead on the second pit stop and then hold onto the lead on the third pit stop was exhilarating.
TRACK: The track took a backseat to the ever evolving crazy season.
START: Maldonado wastes time trying to block, Alonso thrills the crowd, Perez is a victim of Grosjean's poor start, and Hamilton begins his march.
MALDONADO: Who picked Pastor to be the next first time winner? He certainly deserved it, taking advantage of McLaren's mistakes, a much improved Williams chassis, and excellent pit work to get the lead and then keep Alonso at bay.
WILLIAMS: What a horrible thing to have your garage go up in flames after what should have been such an uplifting day. Racing can be so, so cruel.
ALONSO: It seems almost cliche to keep saying Fernando worked his magic again wresting the Ferrari to a runner up spot. But, it's true.
FERRARI: Maybe they did improve a bit. We'll see.
RAIKKONEN: No doubt, Kimi's comeback is going a million fold better than another World Champion on the grid.
GROSJEAN: No doubt, the next first time winner will most likely be Romain.
LOTUS: No doubt, this team is on the verge of a breakthrough.
KOBAYASHI: One of, if not the, best races of Kamui's career.
VETTEL: Was it just us, or was Sebastian a complete non-contender all weekend?
ROSBERG: Ho hum, another weekend of outperforming his teammate...
HAMILTON: Ignore the public statements. Lewis must be fuming over his team's constant and ridiculous screw ups.
BUTTON: Jenson is wondering why he never got things going in Barcelona when it counted.
MCLAREN: How many times is this team going to screw over their drivers with dump ass tactical and pit stop mistakes?
MASSA: One more race, and Felipe is done.
DI RESTA: Ferrari bound?
PIC: Cost Alonso the win.
SENNA: We're not blaming Bruno, but what was that jink?
SCHUMACHER: Ah, Michael, sucks to be an average driver that others don't have to move over for.
SHELBY: For the one feat -- of so many in his life -- of being the key reason why Ford kicked butt at Le Mans and humbled Enzo Ferrari, Carroll Shelby should be held on a permanent pedastel by all American racing fans.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Unpredictable.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- The number of liters of fuel lacking in Hamilton's car after qualifying.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Maldonado made Venezuela the fourth South American country to produce a Grand Prix winner during the modern Formula 1 era. Brazil, of course, leads the pack with 101 wins produced by six drivers. Argentina is next with three drivers combining for 38 victories. Juan Pablo Montoya gave Columbia all of their seven wins.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Pastor Maldonado on his achievement, "It's an unbelievable feeling winning my first race. To be the first Venezuelan to win a Formula One race is a big honor."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bruno Senna on being run into by Schumacher, "I didn't crash into him. Yes, I braked earlier with my old tires, but Michael should have enough experience to anticipate that."
SCHEDULE: What will the unpredictable nature of Monaco bring to this unpredictable season?
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