2015 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This was just an aberration. Everybody stop going nutso. Now, if it happens again in Japan, then we can go all Whoa, Nellie!
EVENT: Beef up track side security, and it will be just fine...
QUALIFYING: Did you ever expect to hear this year, Ferrari, Red Bull, Ferrari, Red Bull, and then Mercedes, Mercedes?
RACE: Vettel started from pole and led every lap. Ricciardo stared second and ran in second every lap. Raikkonen started third and stayed in third every lap. Make of that what you will.
TRACK: There's no truth to the rumor that Ferrari and Red Bull will help pay Singapore's sanctioning fee next year...
START: Clean throughout, Verstappen "decides" to stay put, and Perez nearly takes out his teammate.
VETTEL: Sebastian of old: pole, led all laps, victory, immediately pulled away to avoid DRS, dictated pace at will, played with the rest of the field.
RAIKKONEN: Trounced by his teammate.
FERRARI: Gaining some swagger.
RICCIARDO: No doubt the safety car destroyed Daniel's entire strategy.
RED BULL: The engine watch continues for Team Whining Babies.
ROSBERG: He may not have won, nor get on the podium, but the next best thing happened to Nico -- Hamilton got zero points. However, Vettel is now within eight points.
HAMILTON: Kind of ironic the grid's most powerful car's most powerful driver screamed "No power" over the radio.
MERCEDES: Nobody is invincible.
PEREZ: Another strong race.
HULKENBERG: Ahead or not, where was Massa supposed to go? You had him easy by just going slightly wide. Just slightly wide.
VERSTAPPEN: An excellent comeback.
SAINZ: An excellent race.
SAUBER: After making a bit of a splash at the start of the season amidst all the courtroom drama, scoring 19 points in two of the first three races, Sauber has done virtually nothing since then, scoring just seven points in the past 10 events, being shutout in five of them.
MALDONADO: Yeah, it may not have been your fault, but why are you always involved?
BUTTON: A wee bit too aggressive.
MCLAREN: Gearbox problems? We are supposed to believe the team with the most unreliable engine suffered two DNFs and none were due to the engine? Both, coincidentally, were due to the gearbox? Seriously?
GROSJEAN: Is Romain really heading to Haas? It appears to be the case.
ROSSI: Welcome to F1, Alexander! It's been a long time coming. And you trounced your teammate. So far, so good.
MANOR: Looks like they will be getting a Mercedes engine next year.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Traction.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 56 -- Alexander Rossi becomes the 56th American to start a Formula 1 race (not including the Indy 500 when it counted for the World Championship).
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first American F1 driver (again, not including the Indy 500) was Harry Schell who competed in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, the second race of the newly formed World Driving Championship. He drove a Cooper-J.A.P., the first rear engine car to start a championship race. He started 20th out of 21 entries with no time in qualifying. He did not complete the first lap as nine cars had a huge pileup when a wave from the harbor flooded the track at Tabac Corner. He was classified in 19th place (two cars didn't start). All told, Schell entered 57 championship races over 11 years, started 56, notched two podiums, scored 32 points, with a best finish of second at the 1958 Dutch GP.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Spoken like any teenager in the world who doesn't want to do what's he told to do, Max Verstappen responds to the team's order to let his teammate pass on the last lap, "NO!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jenson Button responds to his team's long list of requests, "And rub your tummy and pat your head?"
SCHEDULE: Back to normal order at Japan or go all topsy-turvy?
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