2015 Brazil Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: If only Nico fought this hard at the beginning of the season.
EVENT: It's Brazil. It's always an event.
QUALIFYING: Rosberg continues to own Interlagos ... barely, Vettel once again has to settle for third, Bottas splits the Ferraris before his grid penalty, and Nasr is a bit clueless.
RACE: Another snoozer, Max Verstappen not withstanding.
TRACK: This new formula still doesn't work on this track which is just too difficult to pass.
START: Rosberg matches Hamilton's aggressiveness, Bottas immediately makes up his grid penalty spots, Verstappen losses then gains, and Sainz should have stayed in the pits.
ROSBERG: Nico remains hot ... when the pressure remains off.
HAMILTON: For all the denials and attempts to present a new Lewis, he still seems very petulant when he losses.
MERCEDES: Opinions on their strategy don't matter. The Silver Arrows is allowed to do whatever they want to insure a one-two finish.
VETTEL: At least it was a lot better than Mexico.
RAIKKONEN: Over 30 seconds behind your teammate? Really?!
FERRARI: Are they regretting keeping Kimi?
BOTTAS: No Finnish coming together this time.
HULKENBERG: Got the upper hand back from his teammate.
FORCE INDIA: An excellent year as they clinch fifth place in the Constructors' standings. They have taken the next step up and now may become Aston Martin.
VERSTAPPEN: Super aggressive all race as usual. Making it work all race as usual.
ERICSSON: Yet, another victim of Maldonado.
SAINZ: Carlos' luck can't possibly get any worse. Right?
ALONSO: Fernando teaches the world how to get a tan during qualifying.
RED BULL: So, after all this, Team Whining Babies may end up with Renault power in 2016 after all? Excuse us, while we pass out from laughing so hard.
ROSSI: Alexander's 2015 F1 season is over. Now, he will concentrate on wrapping up the GP2 season ... and finding an F1 ride for 2016.
MANOR: Yeah, it's a short track, but four laps behind the leaders? This team really needs to up its game next year.
FIA (MASSA): So, let's get this straight. You measured one tire a whopping 27 degrees Celsius above the maximum. Let's ignore the fact that three of Williams independent instruments, including the exact same type the FIA uses, measured the tire in spec. How could a tire which is a whopping 27 degrees Celsius over the limit be only 0.1 PSI above the limit? Something doesn't add up. And that's FIA's common sense.
FIA (ENGINES): Let's face it, the low cost independent engines is never going to happen. Just another FIA blowhard attempt to appear to be doing something when it never can do anything.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Strategy.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 -- The number of consecutive point scoring races by Max Verstappen, breaking the Toro Rosso record set by Sebastian Vettel.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton clinched his first championship here. Fernando Alonso clinched both his titles here. Yet, neither one of them have won the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton has now been on the podium four times while Alonso stood on it eight times (not including the post-qualifying joke).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Nico Rosberg throwing a zinger Lewis Hamilton's way when asked about Hamilton's reasons for Nico winning, "He's a smart guy. So he will find good arguments when he needs them, looking for some excuses."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Kimi Raikkonen said, "It was quite a boring race for me." Maybe if you go faster and compete with your teammate, it will be more exciting for you.
SCHEDULE: This is it. One more to go.
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