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2014 Japan Thoughts

BIANCHI: It was not a case of ignoring yellow flags. It was a case of rapidly deteriorating conditions, diminishing light causing the inability to see where the water buildup was, and horrible, horrible circumstances. Fight on Jules!

DE CESARIS: As if there wasn't enough bad news, we lost one of the good guys from F1's past.

THE BIG PICTURE: Before tragic Sunday hit, the F1 paddock was turned upside down on Friday with Vettel's announcement. 2015 will be a whole new ball game.

EVENT: The most loyal, diehard fans in F1. Even a typhoon couldn't keep them away.

QUALIFYING: Rosberg reverses the weekend trend, Williams continues to shine, Vergne does very well after not getting promoted, and Lotus turns in an ugly performance.

RACE: The rain made it an intriguing race until it turned it into a tragic one.

TRACK: Great in the dry. Dangerous in the wet.

START: Spoiled by the rain.

VETTEL: Sebastian changes everything. Now we will truly see if it was the car or him.

KVYAT: Christmas just came early for Daniil.

VERGNE: Jilted again. Just what does Jean-Eric have to do?

RICCIARDO: The de factor number one just became the actual number one.

RED BULL: They didn't waste anytime. 2015 will be a true test of their abilities.

SAINZ: Suddenly Carlos, Jr. possibly gets a chance after all.

ALONSO: Fernando lost his bargaining chip.

MCLAREN: Are they actually going to hire Alonso back? Or will they use the same knife Fernando used to stab him in the back?

HONDA: Will it ultimately be Honda's call?

FERRARI: Once again, the Scuderia teaches the lesson it is always about Ferrari, never about any driver.

HAMILTON: Yes, there was actually a race run, and Lewis, once again, put in a world championship performance.

ROSBERG: At this stage, Nico has to hope Lewis suffers problems, because he is not going to out drive him.

BUTTON: Jenson's experience allowed him to perhaps put in the drive and strategy of the race. Maybe he won't be the odd man out.

MAGNUSSEN: Kevin's poor performance did not do him any favors in the eyes of Honda ... or is it McLaren...

BOTTAS: Perhaps it was the chassis, but expected more from a Finnish driver in slippery conditions.

MASSA: Not a rain driver, and once again it clearly showed.

RAIKKONEN: Just when it appeared Kimi had turned the corner...

MALDONADO: Of all the drivers not to go off the track, no one would have expected Pastor to be one of them.

KOBAYASHI: No repeat of the 2012 miracle for the Japanese fans.

SUTIL: Though totally blameless, Adrian must be feeling terrible right now.

FIA: You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. But we do know, cranes don't belong inside the walls without a safety car.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Horrible.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3:00 P.M. -- The local start time for the race which any true leader of integrity and strength would have changed.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Andrea de Cesaris started 208 grands prix over 15 years with 10 different teams, scoring points with nine of them. The most starts for any driver without ever winning.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Everyone said it, one way or another, "Right now we're all thinking about Bianchi and that's the biggest concern for us."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Fernando Alonso topping even his own political mumbo jumbo, "I repeat now. Whatever I want to do I will do, and in the moment I want to do it."

SCHEDULE: The conspiracy in us says the FIA did not change the start of the Japanese GP, so they would not be able to get to Sochi in time with the typhoon and thus could cancel the Russian GP without saying it was political. In any case, this race should not be run.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 44
2. Rosberg 44
3. Vettel 44
4. Ricciardo 44
5. Button 44
6. Bottas 44
7. Massa 44
8. Hulkenberg 44
9. Vergne 44
10. Perez 43
11. Kvyat(R) 43
12. Raikkonen 43
13. Gutierrez 43
14. Magnussen(R) 43
15. Grosjean 43
16. Maldonado 43
17. Ericsson(R) 43
18. Chilton 43
19. Kobayashi 43
20. Bianchi 41
21. Sutil 40
NC Alonso 2

Time of Race
1:51:43.021

Margin of Victory
9.180 sec.

Safety Car
2 for 12 laps (2 red flags)

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Nico Rosberg

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 266
2. Rosberg 256
3. Ricciardo 193
4. Vettel 139
5. Alonso 133
6. Bottas 130
7. Button 82
8. Hulkenberg 76
9. Massa 71
10. Perez 46
11. Raikkonen 45
12. Magnussen(R) 39
13. Vergne 21
14. Grosjean 8
  Kvyat(R) 8
16. Bianchi 2

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 522
2. Red Bull 332
3. Williams 201
4. Ferrari 178
5. Force India 122
6. McLaren 121
7. Toro Rosso 29
8. Lotus 8
9. Marussia 2
 
 

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