2013 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Is the new Ferrari strategy -- go all out, tire wear be damned -- a game changer for 2013 or unique to Circuit de Catalunya?
EVENT: We still don't understand how Spain can afford a Grand Prix these days. And Barcelona doesn't want to alternate with Valencia? Good luck going it alone...
QUALIFYING: Rosberg again, this time with his teammate alongside. However, it's Perez putting the smack down on Button which had everyone talking.
RACE: Predictable in the sense you knew Mercedes never stood a chance. Thrilling in the sense of watching the native son excite the locals.
TRACK: Love that straightaway.
START: Rosberg hangs on, Vettel does what he needs to do, Alonso is superhuman, Hamilton fades, Sutil gains the most, and Webber (shockingly...) drops the most.
ALONSO: Fernando gave his country something to cheer about amidst ravaging unemployment and massive national debt.
MASSA: Felipe's strongest race of the season on his son's birthday.
FERRARI: The Prancing Horse used an "old fashion" strategy -- an aggressive, flat out attack.
RAIKKONEN: Was Kimi dueling with his future teammate early in the race?
LOTUS: A falling out with the Technical Director may cause a falling out with their top driver.
VETTEL: A disappointing race especially after how it started out. Sebastian's lead is now reduced to four points.
WEBBER: A quiet fifth place.
RED BULL: Just when it appears they are becoming dominant...
ROSBERG: Frustrated doesn't even begin to describe Nico's feelings.
MERCEDES: Classic case of starting out with a bang (qualifying) and ending with a whimper (race).
DI RESTA: The failure of his DRS activation electronics is what prevented Paul from challenging Rosberg at the end.
SUTIL: Once again, foiled by wheel nut problems during a pit stop.
BUTTON: Outdone by his surging teammate even though Jenson finished ahead of him.
PEREZ: Sergio was faster at the end, but mysteriously was told to hold back from attacking Button.
MCLAREN: They're happy just to score points? Is that how low this team has fallen?
RICCIARDO: Daniel is starting to take control of his destiny.
GUTIERREZ: Fantastic race by Esteban, leading his first Grand Prix and actually taking fastest lap. Sure, he didn't score his first points, but Mexico may now have two drivers to be reckoned with.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Olé!
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 82 -- The number of pit stops in the race. A dry race, no less.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Fernando Alonso won his second Spanish Grand Prix, the only Spaniard to win it when it was a proper Grand Prix. The only other native to win the Spanish GP was the first year it was held in 1913 which was a sports car race. Carlos de Salamanca won it driving, of all things, a Rolls-Royce, on a 300-kilometer road circuit at Guadarrama, near Madrid.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton, clearly displaying the frustrations of the Mercedes drivers, "I have just been passed by a Williams ... I can't drive any slower."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Will Buxton perhaps putting the problem at Mercedes best, "When you consider the fact they got about 37,000 technical directors at the team..."
SCHEDULE: Will Monaco be easier on the tires? Will marbles play a key role to an already difficult to pass circuit? Will Webber return to his master form of the Principality?
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