2013 India Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Most drivers, when they are extremely successful, also have everything going for them. After all, that's a key reason they are extremely successful. But, there have been many very good drivers in history who had everything going for them, and only three of them ever won four championships in a row.
EVENT: A pathetic smoggy view. Massive empty grandstands. Ridiculous government rulings on taxes. Major hotels right next to open sewers. This has got to be the most useless F1 event in history.
QUALIFYING: The tire strategy for Q3 was all about setting up the tire strategy for the race, and nothing to do with actual qualifying.
RACE: The different strategies amongst many of the teams' two drivers made for great anticipation. However, problems with a number of single drivers on those teams somewhat spoiled that anticipation.
TRACK: The only saving grace to this wasted weekend on the calendar is a challenging track.
START: Vettel leads as usual, Webber falters as usual, Massa is extraordinary not as usual, and Raikkonen causes all kinds of problems.
VETTEL: It was nice to see a pure, joyous celebration. The FIA be damned.
WEBBER: That was a heck of way to help your teammate by bouncing around and taking out the only title contender...
RED BULL: They not only design the best car, they also put forth the best strategies.
ROSBERG: Nico's turn in the Mercedes lottery.
GROSJEAN: No doubt, he is past the wild days and poor decisions of last year. He is now a driver with confidence, speed, and successfully daring passes. All in preparation to be the number one man on Lotus.
RAIKKONEN: Is Kimi's reluctance to let an obviously faster teammate by signs of what his attitude will be with Alonso next year?
LOTUS: One more time. SIGN HULKENBERG!
MASSA: Felipe, if you drove like this all year, you would still be at Ferrari next year.
ALONSO: Will be interesting to see how hard Fernando drives now that the championship has been decided.
FERRARI: Slipped back behind Mercedes for third. Luca is having convulsions...
FORCE INDIA: They picked the perfect race, their home grand prix, to get both drivers back into the points and put a halt to Sauber's momentum.
GUTIERREZ: Rapidly becoming the most hated driver on the grid.
TORO ROSSO: So, they ended up signing a "no-name" Russian driver to replace Ricciardo. Is 2014 going to be the year of Russian no-name drivers?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Historic.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: We all know by now that Vettel is the third driver to win four consecutive driver titles, joining Juan Manual Fangio (1954-7) and Michael Schumacher who won five in a row (2000-4). The only other driver who came close was Ayrton Senna who won in 1988, 1990, and 1991. He was foiled in 1989 by Alain Prost in those years when the two had a bitter rivalry as teammates at McLaren.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Vettel's engineer to his driver after the race, "You've joined the greats."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Christian Horner giving Vettel, who always ignores team orders to go for the fastest lap, a dig when Raikkonen came in for tires with two laps to go, "He's going to obliterate your fastest lap."
SCHEDULE: The championship is decided. Now, for some fun in one of the richest places in the world.
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