2014 Australia Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: There's a lot more to Formula 1 than the engine noise, no matter how important of a visceral aspect it is. Let's stop going so ballistic over this.
EVENT: Huge turnout and lots to cheer about ... until the amended results came out.
QUALIFYING: A thriller in the rain.
RACE: In the age of the Internet, things often get overanalyzed and overreacted to. Was it a great race? No. Was it a lousy race? No. It was a Formula 1 race. A very intriguing one at that.
TRACK: Not as good as Adelaide, but still one of the better street (park) circuits.
START: Rosberg was outrageous, Ricciardo nearly pulled a Webber, Hamilton's woes were immediate, Raikkonen gets balked, and Kobayashi is ... well ... Kobayashi.
ROSBERG: An absolutely perfect start allows Nico to dominate the race. His teammate will say otherwise, but this could be Nico's best year for a world championship shot.
RICCIARDO: A fantastic Red Bull debut, out qualifying his superstar teammate, driving a brilliant race while maintaining his engine, and having the opportunity of a lifetime to celebrate in front of his home fans ... what's that ... oh, never mind...
RED BULL: How could you screw up so badly and let down your driver so horribly? The rules clearly states what needs to be done if your fuel flow regulator is not calibrated correctly. But, your hubris finally made you look like asses.
MAGNUSSEN: Absolutely brilliant ... we can't say that enough times ... brilliant Formula 1 debut for Kevin. A definite star of the future who already outdid his father's F1 career in just one race.
VETTEL: Sebastian suffered the expected Red Bull retirement.
MERCEDES: Who would have thought a Mercedes engine would be the first to fail? Otherwise, a stellar weekend for the tri-star.
RENAULT: There goes one. And another. A third. Whoops, a fourth. Probably a good thing Kobayashi crashed out...
HAMILTON: Terribly disappointing for Lewis when he was certainly expecting to win.
ALONSO: Where have we seen this script before?
RAIKKONEN: Where have we seen this script before?
FERRARI: Are we in for another year of so close yet so far?
WILLIAMS: Not the results they wanted, but a lot of promise shown. Heck, they already doubled their point total from all of last year.
BOTTAS: One mistake but otherwise Valtteri drove a great race.
MASSA: Felipe was in position to show himself outside of Ferrari, and then he got kicked in the butt.
BUTTON: Nondescript race, and then Jenson got overshadowed by his rookie teammate.
RAIKKONEN: Another nondescript race. Kimi was never happy with the car.
HULKENBERG: Back at Force India, and naturally their top finisher.
PEREZ: Sergio grabs a point with his new team.
KVYAT: Nice F1 start and he broke a Vettel's record -- youngest point scorer.
LOTUS: Saddled with the Renault engine, loss of a lot of management, technical, and driving talent, and probably lack of money could result in a devastating year for Lotus.
KOBAYASHI: Kamui, Kamui, Kamui. Didn't you learn anything from your year off?
FIA: For once, they may have actually done something right.
SOCHI: With the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea escalating, talk of war on the horizon, and sanctions imposed by the USA and EU, our money is on the Russian Grand Prix never happening. No matter what Bernie says or thinks.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Reliability.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 5 -- The number of DNFs due to engine failures.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nico Rosberg's father, Keke, won the first Australian Grand Prix which counted towards the World Championship in 1985. Keke won in a Williams-Honda at the Adelaide street circuit. Just like his son, Keke started from the third spot. And, just like his son, Keke jumped into the lead on the first lap. However, Keke did not lead every lap as he was in front for 71 of the 82 tours.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Martin Brundle on Nico Rosberg's last pit stop, "They've got enough time to give that a wash and leather when it's in."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Kevin Magnussen on his third (then second) place, "I just can't believe it. It is a not a win but feels a bit like a win."
SCHEDULE: Off to the hottest, most humid race on the calendar, Malaysia. Yuck.
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