2015 Malaysia Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: We said Albert Park is never a good indicator of the season to come. That turned out to be very true. However, we also don't think Ferrari has completely caught up to Mercedes just yet. Nonetheless. their performance adds an interesting wrinkle to this young season.
EVENT: Once again, another race in Malaysia ... with no fans.
QUALIFYING: The weather doesn't matter to Hamilton but it does for Vettel, Raikkonen gets caught out, and Rosberg is beginning to lose his mojo.
RACE: An extremely intriguing race of strategy while you kept waiting for Mercedes to exert their power.
TRACK: Well, it didn't rain...
START: Hamilton is perfect, Vettel is aggressive, Rosberg is conservative, and Hulkenberg is amazing.
VETTEL: Now, we have to rethink everything we thought about Sebastian last year.
RAIKKONEN: Considering his luckless qualifying and the flat tire, this was a fantastic drive for Kimi.
FERRARI: We knew they were much better than last year. But we didn't think they were this much better this soon.
HAMILTON: There will now be some red, besides silver, in your mirrors.
ROSBERG: Nico, stop worrying about whether Ferrari can be competitive. Worry about whether you can beat Lewis again.
MERCEDES: They panicked and choked under pressure, causing poor decisions.
BOTTAS: Good to see Valtteri healthy and fast.
WILLIAMS: They may have just dropped to being the third best team.
VERSTAPPEN: A fine drive for the 17-year-old.
SAINZ: A fine drive for the other youngster.
TORO ROSSO: Are they now the senior team?
KVYAT: Is Daniil now the Ricciardo of 2014?
RICCIARDO: Is Daniel now the Vettel of 2014?
RED BULL: Dear Red Bull, your junior team is better than you. Get a clue. It's not (just) the engine. It's (also) your car!
RENAULT: Giving it right back to Red Bull.
GROSJEAN: That had no hope of working.
ALONSO: Welcome back, Fernando. For a whole 21 laps...
HONDA: Ooh, they are not as slow this race. We feel all tingly inside...
MANOR: We guess it's progress. Maybe next time, you will actually get two cars to start. But don't worry, once you get it all sorted out, beating McLaren is a very attainable goal...
MERHI: Roberto, you started the race. And finished it!
STEVENS: Poor, Will. Still has yet to turn a qualifying lap, let alone a race lap.
ERICSSON: How many gravel traps are there at Sepang? Yet, you found one.
FIA: Once again, the Stewards have their collective heads up their butt. Grosjean put himself in no-man's land and Hulkenberg is not capable of making his car disappear.
GERMAN GP: A goner!
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Scuderia.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 17 years, 180 days -- The youngest points getter which is yet another record set by Verstappen which will likely never be broken with the new FIA rules. Next record available -- youngest podium.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 38 -- Sebastian Vettel becomes the 38th Ferrari driver to win a Formula 1 race. It is the second Italian team he has won with, gaining his maiden victory with Toro Rosso. He is the third German to win with Ferrari along with (obviously!) Michael Schumacher and Wolfgang von Trips. The first driver to win with Ferrari is José Froilán González in 1951 at the British GP, which was also Ferrari's first pole position.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: From the pit wall after the checkered flag, "Ferrari is back!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel putting it all in perspective, "I was shitting myself in final laps."
SCHEDULE: We can't wait for China to see if the Mercedes-Ferrari battle is truly a mano a mano duel.
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