2015 Hungary Thoughts
BIANCHI: The saddest thing is, we'll never know. Forza Jules.
THE BIG PICTURE: The secret is now out. Get in front of the Mercedes at the start, and watch them get all discombobulated.
EVENT: To think, this event started as the first Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain. Now, it ranks tenth all time for venues hosting a GP with its 30th consecutive event. Who would have ever guessed?
QUALIFYING: The usual Mercedes front row, but not the usual pairings behind them. Alonso is relegated to providing manpower instead of horsepower.
RACE: This time, Ferrari took it to Mercedes, and the Silver Arrows had no answer.
TRACK: Once again, produced more racing action than we usually expect.
START: Magnificent start for Ferrari, Hamilton losses not one, not two, but three positions and then runs off track and blames his teammate, somehow Maldonado does not wipe out his teammate, and earlier Massa costs the field a lap.
PODIUM: Raise your hand if you predicted sometime this year we would see a podium with a Ferrari and two Red Bulls with no Mercedes. That's what we thought.
VETTEL: Most of us wondered if Sebastian was overrated after last year's debacle. Apparently, not so.
RAIKKONEN: Reboot. Nope. Sorry.
FERRARI: Just when it looked like the Prancing Horse was not going to get another victory this year.
KVYAT: Showed his worth.
RICCIARDO: Just when we thought Daniel was down and out, his trademark smile returns.
RED BULL: See what happens if you work hard instead of being Team Whining Babies?
VERSTAPPEN: Oh so close to a record setting podium.
SAINZ: Not his weekend this time.
TORO ROSSO: Highest finish since some guy named Vettel was running with them.
ALONSO: Everyone is all gaga over Fernando getting a fifth, while he looks at the top of the podium and sees Vettel in his former car.
MCLAREN: Button got it right. Let's be realistic. Circumstances helped them get two point scoring finishes. This team still has a long ways to go.
HAMILTON: A terrible race all around.
ROSBERG: The definition of an opportunity lost.
MERCEDES: One has to wonder how this team would handle the race day stress of real competition.
HULKENBERG: Who put the detonating device on Nico's front wing?
PEREZ: Nearly went for a second wild ride in Hungary.
WILLIAMS: A disappointing race.
SAUBER: A disappointing weekend.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Jules.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 16 -- The difference in the number of points Rosberg lost in the waning laps to his teammate by going from second to eighth and thus pushing Hamilton from seventh to sixth.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: That first Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986 was won by Nelson Piquet in a Williams-Honda on a daring pass on the outside of Turn 1 around Ayrton Senna in a Lotus-Renault, eventually pulling away for a 17.673 second victory. Piquet's teammate, Nigel Mansell, took third. Only 10 of the 26 starters finished.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton with a blunt self assessment, "Do I deserve any points? By the grace of god I got some. When you make a fool of yourself -- sometimes you just have to laugh it off and know you can do better."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: While team boss Toto Wolff said, "Great race for Formula One. Now I'm going to lock myself in the toilet and cry."
SCHEDULE: Now, the real summer break begins. By the time we return at Spa, there may be drivers lined up for different rides (and teams with different names) next year.
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