2013 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Just when we said last time the championship is all but over, the championship is all but not over. Good thing nobody reads Deep Throttle anyway.
EVENT: No mud infested ground? Did they move Silverstone?
QUALIFYING: Hamilton wows the hometown crowd ... and gives a smackdown on his teammate.
RACE: It was like an old fashioned CART race during their heyday. A thrilling, fun, entertaining, "you had no idea what was going to happen next" race. Left us breathless. And wishing the race would never end.
TRACK: Silverstone sure brought out some racing!
START: Beautiful for Hamilton, fantastic for Massa, solid for Vettel, and after a retirement announcement, still suckage for Webber.
PIRELLI: We think they are finally going to get to change the tires...
ROSBERG: Survived a puncture thanks to a safety car period, did not stay in front of Vettel at the start, lost a large lead thanks to a safety car period, but held off a furiously charging Webber. All in all, a deserving victory for Nico.
HAMILTON: The first to suffer the tire fate, Lewis made a great recovery for fourth.
MERCEDES: Who would have thought after eight races, Mercedes would be second in the Constructors' standings?
WEBBER: Say what you want about Mark and his F1 career, but when he gets the bit between his teeth, he's as fun to watch as anyone out there.
VETTEL: Sebastian, did you hear the massive roar from the crowd when you slowed? The locals didn't even have a British driver in contention anymore, but they sure were glad you were not going to win.
RED BULL: With tires exploding left and right (well, actually only left) and even Vettel's coming oh so close to failing, it was a gearbox which put your leader out. How the racing gods love to play games...
ALONSO: Once again, another great race after a lackluster qualifying.
MASSA: Sixth place isn't bad considering what happened.
FERRARI: Two finishers, and you still slip behind Mercedes.
RAIKKONEN: The answer to your question Kimi on whether your team made a mistake not changing tires during the last safety car period is yes. But, Kimi still broke the record for consecutive point scoring races at 25.
GROSJEAN: Even when it's not really his fault, Romain still manages to be the one to hit another car on the start.
LOTUS: You guys need to think quicker on your feet. You cost Raikkonen a podium finish. And possibly lost him to Red Bull next year.
SUTIL: A fantastic weekend for Adrian.
DI RESTA: A frustrating weekend for Paul.
FORCE INDIA: What's the over/under on the number of times you guys are going to screw your own driver?
RICCIARDO: Responded brilliantly to his teammate's success the past two races.
WILLIAMS: Missed out on points. Barely. Again.
BUTTON: Jenson, you should be thankful your teammate retired.
PEREZ: The unlucky king of tire blowups.
MCLAREN: After 64 straight point scoring races, they get shutout for the second race in a row.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: BOOM!
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 5 -- The number of exploding tires , not counting punctures or near failures.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the second time Mercedes won the British Grand Prix. The first was in 1955, the fateful year when Mercedes pulled out of racing after the season due to the Le Mans disaster. That win came at the hands of Stirling Moss at Aintree. Moss won again two years later also at Aintree in a Vanwall (the first world championship race victory for a British built car) sharing driving duties with Tony Brooks. It was the third and final time two drivers shared a victory in a Grand Prix.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber on the whole tire situation, "When you have something like that, itís Russian Roulette."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Niki Lauda on Kimi Raikkonen's possible move to Red Bull, "Yes, he might have to do a few more working days, but all that means is a few less drinking days!"
SCHEDULE: There is no way anything can be done in time for Germany. And, the drivers are talking about boycotting...
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