2015 Mexico Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Ferrari vetoes engine cost caps, FIA green lights low tech customer engine specs, Red Bull is still searching for an engine, Ron Dennis vetoes Honda giving them one, and even Manor is back in turmoil. In other words, same ole, same ole for Formula 1.
EVENT: After 23 years, the Mexicans sure were hungry for an F1 event.
QUALIFYING: Rosberg grabs his fourth pole in a row but has very little to show for it, Perez channels the home crowd to top his teammate, and who knows what McLaren does.
RACE: Whatever happened to that 90% chance of rain? This race desperately needed it.
TRACK: We always thought Mid-Ohio was the greasiest track when wet in the world, but after practice, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez now takes that prize.
START: Rosberg is calm under pressure holding off Hamilton, and former teammates, Ricciardo and Vettel, try to occupy the same spot.
ROSBERG: Nico tried to throw it away, but this time he held on.
HAMILTON: Strategy may have cost him a chance at a win.
MERCEDES: Rolling along.
BOTTAS: Back on the podium complete with some sweet revenge earlier.
RAIKKONEN: Payback's a bitch.
VETTEL: Overdrove the entire race, and it finally caught up to Sebastian.
FERRARI: A terrible race. This time it was purely the drivers' fault.
RED BULL: Surprisingly good results from a track with such tremendous speeds.
PEREZ: Perhaps not exactly the results he wanted in his country, but still a memorable experience.
HULKENBERG: Nico finally beat his teammate.
BUTTON: Hey, Jenson beat the Manor drivers...
NASR: He wasn't the only one whose brakes alit over the weekend.
LOTUS: Is Renault going to buy these guys or not? Let's face it, if this deal falls through, Lotus is done for.
MANOR: They finally get their financial act together, moving forward on the technical front for next year, and turmoil amongst the management structure erupts.
FIA vs. DENNIS: The FIA has a rule that an engine manufacturer must supply two teams in its second year if the demand is there. Ron Dennis has a contract with Honda allowing him to veto any team from running a Honda. Who do you think is going to win this battle?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Brakes.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 90,000 -- The number of fans who showed up on a Friday. That's more than many of the useless Asian races get for the whole weekend!
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sergio Perez is the first Mexican to score points at his home grand prix since 1970 which was the last year of the first incarnation of the Mexican GP at the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit. That was the year which saw an unmanageable crowd of 200,000 literally sitting on the edge of the track sometimes running across it. Miraculously, no one was killed, except a dog that Jackie Stewart hit. Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari won followed by his teammate Clay Regazzoni. Pedro Rodríguez finished sixth to grab the last point. F1 did not return until 1986.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton sends both a compliment and a dig Rosberg's way, "Nico drove well today -- no mistakes, no gust of wind."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The war of words between the Finns continue. Raikkonen said, "I'm sure he's going to blame me," while Bottas said, "Of course I'm not going to back off."
SCHEDULE: From one passionate country to another.
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