2014 Hungary Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The weekend started out looking like Rosberg would expand his lead out to once again a healthy margin. It ended with Hamilton closing the gap, if ever so slightly. Now, they both have to fret around for four weeks before getting back to it.
EVENT: It's Hungary. You go to visit Budapest, not the track.
QUALIFYING: Hamilton goes up in flames, Ferrari puts Raikkonen in sleep mode, Magnussen goes slip sliding off, and Rosberg snatches pole on last lap.
RACE: A fun one to watch. And watch again.
TRACK: The rain, differing strategies and tires made this otherwise boring track an exciting one.
START: Surprisingly clean with all the spray, but it was Hamilton, who had the clearest start, who nearly dorked it up.
RICCIARDO: Part of it was not having passed pit entry when the first safety car came out. Part of it was strategy. Part of it was fresher tires. But, Daniel still had to get past two world champions. And, he did it in fine style.
RED BULL: They sure are starting to turn things around ... just not with their four-time world champion...
ALONSO: What an amazing performance by Fernando on what became useless tires at the end of the race.
RAIKKONEN: Kimi did well. If only his team were able to perform this time.
FERRARI: Well, they did jump back in front of Williams.
HAMILTON: Circumstances helped, but coming from a pit lane start to a podium is one for the record books.
ROSBERG: Unable to pass Vergne. Took too long to get by Raikkonen (and only did so on a poor move because Kimi avoided the crash). Wasted his one shot to get by Hamilton.
MERCEDES: What were they thinking? Hamilton was not going to just stop the car for Rosberg to catch up and pass. Both drivers had an opportunity to win the race. It was a dumb team order. Get with it, Mercedes.
MCLAREN: Speaking of dumb strategies. They totally screwed up their drivers' races by staying on the wets.
VERGNE: A strong race.
PEREZ: Ouch, II!
VETTEL: Just missed by a whisker of becoming Ouch, III!
GROSJEAN: Crashing out during a full course yellow is one of the more embarrassing moments for a driver.
HULKENBERG: Nico's 12-race points streak, including all 10 this year, comes to an end.
MEXICO: Haven't we heard this before? Like just last year. And they still have not even started the work on upgrading the track.
AZERBAIJAN: The 2016 Grand Prix of Europe ... in Asia.
BEST HEADLINE OF THE WEEKEND: From grandprix247.com: "Mercedes 9, Ricciardo 2 and The Rest Zero."
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Ricciardo.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 77 -- The number of points Ricciardo has scored in the past five races, three less than Rosberg and four more than Hamilton.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Ricciardo is now the second Australian to win the Hungarian GP Mark Webber did it in 2010, also in a Red Bull-Renault. Those are the only two victories Red Bull has there.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton upon receiving the team order, "I'm not slowing down for Nico. If he gets close enough to overtake, he can overtake."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Germany's Sport Bild's journalist Ralf Bach at the FIA press conference questioning the team owners morality when "Bahrain is killing their own people" then asking, if they would also blindly go "to North Korea."
SCHEDULE: Four weeks for the press and social media to go crazy over non-consequential stories. Then, finally, Spa arrives.
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