2015 Italy Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: So now Formula 1 has their own Deflategate controversy. Thank goodness Roger Goodell is nowhere near the sport.
EVENT: Let's allow Sebastian Vettel to put it so succinctly, "If we take this away from the calendar for any shitty money reasons, you are basically ripping our hearts out."
QUALIFYING: An older engine puts Rosberg behind the Ferraris, Kimi surprises Vettel, Ericsson is a surprise, and Toro Rosso decides tightening Dzus fasteners is a frivolous activity.
RACE: Once Raikkonen stalled and Hamilton easily kept Vettel at bay, the race was over.
TRACK: Six years in a row the race was won from the pole. For a track with such long straightaways, there isn't much passing.
START: A disaster for Kimi, nice and clean for Hamilton, while Rosberg drops, and the Williams duo gains.
HAMILTON: Never in doubt ... until it was in doubt.
ROSBERG: Never in contention ... until he was out of contention.
MERCEDES: They turned Rosberg's engine up, and it blew up. They didn't turn the air tank up enough, and it nearly blew up in their face.
FIA: If the FIA technical delegate measured the tire pressures before the race and if low pressure was such a safety concern, then why did the FIA even allow the cars to leave the grid in the first place?
VETTEL: For Sebastian, this was like a victory in front of the tifosi.
RAIKKONEN: Signs a new contract and then flubs the start.
FERRARI: No Enzo magic from the heavens this year.
MASSA: The Ferrari reject once again shows, when he's on, he probably should not have been rejected.
BOTTAS: While the potential future Ferrari driver gets outdone by the reject.
WILLIAMS: They will retain their two drivers for next year. Consistency can only be good for this rising team.
PEREZ: Sergio has been quite impressive lately.
HULKENBERG: And Nico has not been.
NASR: Felipe was all the rage at the start of the season, but...
ERICSSON: ...it's Marcus who has scored points in the last three races and outdid his teammate on Saturday and Sunday.
VERSTAPPEN: An amazing move past Nasr.
LOTUS: No laps. No results. No money.
GROSJEAN: Talk about the highs and lows of racing -- from a podium finish to just one lap.
MALDONADO: Another crash. Another DNF.
MCLAREN: Is there a purpose to this team?
RED BULL: Wouldn't it be hysterical if Team Whining Babies wound up with no engine for next year?
ROSSI: Another GP2 win and this time Gene Haas was in attendance.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Inflation.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0.3 -- The PSI below the mandated minimum for Lewis Hamilton's left rear tire.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last driver to win back-to-back Italian Grands Prix was Damon Hill in 1993-4 in a Williams-Renault. The only driver to win three in a row was Juan Manual Fangio from 1953 to 1955. The first year was in a Maserati, the latter two in a Mercedes.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Felipe Massa joked after the race where he held off a charging teammate for third, "I'm too old for that, too old."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The F1 grid paid a fitting tribute to Justin Wilson. So, let's use one of his quotes to illustrate why he was so beloved by fans. "I don't think I'd have dealt well with all the political bullshit in F1. I've always wanted to put my effort into driving and helping a team to move forward, not stabbing my teammate in the back!"
SCHEDULE: Red Bull and Ferrari could be contenders at Singapore.
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