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2014 Russia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The driver championship is beginning to wind down ... unless that asinine double points rule intervenes.

EVENT: The crowd looked decent and it appears they enjoyed themselves. Now, we'll have to see what the staying power is.

QUALIFYING: A "traditional" front row, Bottas' mistake prevents him from crashing the party, and Kvyat wows the home crowd.

RACE: There are some good passing opportunities at this track, but this was not one of the better races this year.

TRACK: The Russians sure know how to build sporting venues. Of course, it helps that Putin is willing to spend his people's money.

START: A glorious move followed by glorious tire smoke.

MERCEDES: Inevitable? Sure. But still a great accomplishment.

HAMILTON: Rosberg made it easy for Lewis, but one suspects the result would not have been different.

ROSBERG: A fantastic recovery for Nico to get his tires to last all but one lap.

BOTTAS: Once again, knocking on the door.

MASSA: Complaining, again.

WILLIAMS: Stretching that lead over Ferrari ever so slightly.

BUTTON: A great run by Jenson.

MAGNUSSEN: Ditto.

MCLAREN: Their finest performance of the year.

FERRARI: They're just phoning it in now.

VETTEL: Already checked out.

KVYAT: Quickly brought back down to reality.

ALONSO: Vagueness, amplified.

CATERHAM: A useless race from a useless entity.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Mercedes.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 5 -- The top number of places a Mercedes powered car finished, a first for the Silver Star.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Three for three is Mercedes Benz record in Russian Grands Prix, with a 100 year gap in between victories. The only other Russian GPs took place in 1913 and 1914 in St. Petersburg, both won by Benz cars. The first was driven by Russian Georgy Suvorin. The second winning driver was German Willy Scholl.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Marussia CEO Graeme Lowdon, "Jules [Bianchi] is an exceptional Formula One driver but he is also an exceptional human being."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Toto Wolff responding to Ferrari's Marco Mattiacci's claim that ending the engine freeze will not cost money, "I don't know how they make their calculations, but we probably need to send them a calculator."

SCHEDULE: Ironic how we go from the Russian GP to the American GP.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 53
2. Rosberg 53
3. Bottas 53
4. Button 53
5. Magnussen(R) 53
6. Alonso 53
7. Ricciardo 53
8. Vettel 53
9. Raikkonen 53
10. Perez 53
11. Massa 53
12. Hulkenberg 53
13. Vergne 53
14. Kvyat(R) 52
15. Gutierrez 52
16. Sutil 52
17. Grosjean 52
18. Maldonado 52
19. Ericsson(R) 51
NC Kobayashi 21
NC Chilton 9

Time of Race
1:31:50.744

Margin of Victory
13.657 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
None

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Valterri Bottas

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 291
2. Rosberg 274
3. Ricciardo 199
4. Bottas 145
5. Vettel 143
6. Alonso 141
7. Button 94
8. Hulkenberg 76
9. Massa 71
10. Magnussen(R) 49
11. Perez 47
  Raikkonen 47
13. Vergne 21
14. Grosjean 8
  Kvyat(R) 8
16. Bianchi 2

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 565
2. Red Bull 342
3. Williams 216
4. Ferrari 188
5. McLaren 143
6. Force India 123
7. Toro Rosso 29
8. Lotus 8
9. Marussia 2
 
 

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