2014 Italy Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Do you have the same sneaking suspicion we have? That this championship is going to be decided by the double points rule?
EVENT: Thankfully, the tifosi stuck around after Alonso's exit, providing us with that great post-race atmosphere.
QUALIFYING: No surprise as Monza master Hamilton easily grabs pole, Raikkonen preludes Ferrari's disastrous home race performance, Williams shines again, and McLaren gets a surprise.
RACE: The intrigue was whether ... or is that how ... Hamilton was going to comeback from his poor start, the wild mid-points battle, and of course, whether Ricciardo was going to beat Vettel, again.
TRACK: A brake test.
START: Electronics lets Hamilton down, ditto for Bottas, Rosberg doesn't need any bumping to jump into the lead, and Magnussen flies into second.
HAMILTON: Brilliant, patient drive. Though, it helps to remain calm when you are clearly the fastest guy in the field.
ROSBERG: How many times can you say choke? At least twice.
MERCEDES: Breathing easier. If ever so slightly.
MASSA: Finally, a podium finish for Felipe with Williams. Well deserved.
BOTTAS: A fun time to watch Valtteri drive through the field.
WILLIAMS: Back in control of third place, looking to keep Ferrari behind them for good.
FERRARI: Speaking of the prancing horse, ironic the guy you dropped scored the crucial points to overtake you for third place. And to make matters worse, the tifosi cheered wildly for Massa.
RICCIARDO: It just keeps getting better. Another in-your-face moment for Daniel against Vettel.
VETTEL: Sebastian, Sebastian, Sebastian ... what can you do about your teammate...?
PEREZ: Another driver who showed up his old team, getting the better of Button in a great duel.
HULKENBERG: Surprisingly, unimpressive.
FORCE INDIA: I'll take some brake dust sprinkled on my fries...
BUTTON: Sadly, we think Jenson is on his way out of McLaren.
MCLAREN: But, who will they get? Alonso is apparently not moving. Nor is Vettel. And, Bottas just signed an extension with Williams.
MAGNUSSEN: Another penalty, but Kevin will tame his youthful ways without limiting his talent.
KVYAT: Nice run after his grid position penalty.
LOTUS: They're still in F1...?
CATERHAM: Now Albers quit as Team Manager (do not believe his quotes in the press release). This outfit is a complete sham.
DI MONTEZEMOLO: Congratulations Luca. Only you could be dumb enough to make a quote that gets the FIAT boss, Sergio Marchionne, who is never quoted in F1 news to be quoted in F1 news, essentially bitch slapping you.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Brakes.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 86 -- The consecutive race streak for Alonso without a mechanical DNF comes to an end.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Hamilton joins John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, and Damon Hill as British two-time winners of the Italian GP. Only Stirling Moss has more wins for an Englishman with three. They came with three different cars: Maserati (1956), Vanwall (1957), and Cooper-Climax (1959).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Nico Rosberg in the understatement of the weekend, "...just made a mistake."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mercedes' Toto Wolff on the Monza conspiracy theories, "Only a paranoid mind could come up with such an idea."
SCHEDULE: Europe is done, so on to Singapore, our favorite night race. Just six to go.
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