2014 China Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Be careful what you wish for. Everybody so desperately wanted Red Bull to be beaten. Well, now they are. We suspect people are now pining for someone to beat Mercedes...
EVENT: Got to love those large, empty grandstands. But, they are large.
QUALIFYING: Yet again a rainy qualifying and yet again Hamilton displays his wet mastery, the wet hides the Red Bull's lack of power, and Raikkonen continues to struggle.
RACE: We're not going to get a Bahrain every race. There was some intrigue down the field, but that's about it.
TRACK: The long straights gave us some passing.
START: Massa once again gets a mind-blowing start, his former teammate doesn't see him and BANG, his current teammate chops Rosberg and BANG, all while Hamilton pulls away.
HAMILTON: The points differential is merely a technicality. This is Lewis' title to lose.
ROSBERG: Yes, Nico leads the points, but he has to start beating his teammate head-to-head.
MERCEDES: Unlike their predecessors, Brawn, one does not expect a drop-off as the season goes on with far superior resources than Brawn had.
ALONSO: It is truly amazing how many times Fernando can carry a car on his back.
RAIKKONEN: It is truly amazing how badly Kimi is getting his ass kicked by his teammate.
FERRARI: Now that Domenicali was fired -- whoops, resigned -- will it really make a difference?
VETTEL: The punk strikes again.
RICCIARDO: The newcomer strikes again.
RED BULL: The team orders headache strikes again.
HULKENBERG: Nico was able to show his stuff this race for Force India.
PEREZ: Another points paying position for Sergio.
MASSA: Smashing wheels with Alonso did not cost Felipe the race, but his pit crew not knowing which wheels to put on did.
BOTTAS The saving grace for Williams.
WILLIAMS: Is there any team with so many missed opportunities than Williams so far this year?
MCLAREN: Is McLaren the next team to see heads roll?
KOBAYASHI: Why is Kamui back in Formula 1?
SUTIL: How many times can Adrian finish in last place?
CHECKERED FLAG: For all the talk about how many engineers China is churning out, they apparently don't teach their citizens how to count.
FIA: Red Bull thought they could make up their own rules. The FIA properly told them no way in hell.
HAAS FORMULA: Hopefully, this American effort can get on the grid and then hopefully it can do better than the previous and completely unrelated Haas effort.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Cakewalk.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- Lewis Hamilton wins three in a row for the first time in his career and he becomes the first three time winner of the Chinese Grand Prix.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Speaking of three, here's an interesting stat we stumbled upon. Nelson Piquet won three World Championships (1981 and 1983 for Brabham and 1987 with Williams). For every title, he won three races in each of those respective years.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel once again showing his true self when asked to move over for his teammate, "Tough luck."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Vettel again for stating the obvious after the weekend, "There's a lot of things in my head."
SCHEDULE: Back to Europe and real F1 fans.
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