2015 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This was just a fun race to watch. No need to put it in any greater context.
EVENT: This is what F1 passion is all about. Not Malaysia. Not Abu Dhabi. Not Bahrain. And sure as hell not Azerbaijan!
QUALIFYING: Unlike last race, no drama this time. The only surprise was there was no surprise. Mercedes, Williams, Ferrari at the top. McLaren, Manor at the bottom.
RACE: F1 is boring. F1 is predictable. F1 is a procession. Not this time!
TRACK: Bring back the gravel traps. Make drivers pay for their mistakes.
START: Williams stuns Mercedes, the Lotus drivers crash into each other, and Alonso spears his teammate.
HAMILTON: Monaco taketh away. Silverstone giveth back.
ROSBERG: Making tremendous ground until the rain fell harder.
MERCEDES: The fake pit stop had nobody fooled. Did the Silver Arrows really need such a cheap tactic?
WILLIAMS: The rain "saved" them from being raked over the coals more than they are. They made the wrong call, no matter how much they are trying to spin it.
BOTTAS: Had the race stayed dried, Valtteri had this race won if his team let him.
MASSA: Definition of counterintuitive -- The best starter in F1 resulted in his team losing the race.
VETTEL: If not for the rain, never would have had third or even fourth. Lucky? Well, you have to put yourself in a position to be lucky.
RAIKKONEN: The opposite of Vettel luck. Even more unfortunate considering how well Kimi did over the weekend.
FERRARI: Lost in all this is the Prancing Horse losing ground to other teams...
FORCE INDIA: ...Such as Force India who's new car appears to be exactly what the doctor ordered...
HULKENBERG: ...And The Hulk took full advantage of it.
ALONSO: Such a big deal over a single point as if he was back on Minardi. Oh, never mind...
VERSTAPPEN: Max is starting to experience the frustrating side of F1.
NASCAR: Austin Dillon is one very, very, very, very lucky driver. Thankfully.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Showers.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2.4 -- The time in seconds of Lewis Hamilton's first pit stop, allowing him to stay, barely by like a tenth of a second, ahead of Sergio Perez, instead of being held up by him, which effectively won him the race.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: British drivers have won their home grand prix 24 times (counting a shared win between Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks in 1957 as two). Jimmy Clark won the most times overall (5, tied with Alain Prost) and consecutively (4, 1962-1965).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton stating the obvious, "I think for the first time in my career I made the perfect choice tire-wise."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Williams test driver, Suzie Wolff, texting her husband, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, on the fake pit stop, "You guys think you can fool us? Ha ha ha."
SCHEDULE: Don't expect the Hungaroring to give us a race like Silverstone. But then again, last year's was a fun one to watch.
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