2015 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Let's wait till after Montreal before we declare this championship a fight amongst the Mercedes teammates.
EVENT: Hurt by the hard recession in Spain and Alonso in an uncompetitive car, but it will be around at least through 2019.
QUALIFYING: Rosberg so dominated Q3 his first hot lap was good enough for pole, Kimi flubs again, and Sainz shines at his home track.
RACE: Hamilton's poor start and the ensuing strategy differences were the (somewhat) saving grace.
TRACK: Does a track that possesses all types of turns not really suited for any of them?
START: Rosberg waves goodbye to the field, Hamilton is surprisingly slow, allowing Vettel to split the Silver Arrows, and Bottas can't make it stick.
ROSBERG: Despite all the ravings of pundits, there was no way Rosberg was never again going to dominate a weekend. The key is whether he will be consistent again.
HAMILTON: The other key is how Lewis will respond.
MERCEDES: Dominate as ever.
FERRARI: Took a step back after the break.
WILLIAMS: While they made enough of an improvement to nip at Ferrari's heels.
VETTEL: This third place didn't seem like recent podium finishes.
RAIKKONEN: Beginning his swan song at Ferrari ... and F1?
BOTTAS: Might be seeing red soon, but that's a good thing in F1.
MASSA: has anyone noticed Felipe lately?
RICCIARDO: We figure Daniel wasn't all that excited to be the top Red Bull sponsored driver...
KVYAT: Daniil has got to be getting nervous about his lack of relative performance.
RED BULL: Meanwhile, Team Whining Babies continue to bore us with their incessant ... well, whining.
TORO ROSSO: While the junior team continues to make fools of Team Whining Babies.
SAINZ: Carlos is probably thinking, "Everybody kept talking about my teammate, but you know, I'm pretty good, too."
GROSJEAN: What did the jackman ever do to you, Romain?
MALDONADO: Who needs a rear wing support plate? Especially when he passed a McLaren.
SAUBER: The lack of money is starting to show as the season wears on.
FORCE INDIA: Well, they do have points, which is about the only thing you can say about them so far this year.
MCLAREN: While there is nothing you can say about McLaren after taking two (massive) steps backwards.
STEWARDS: For once, the Stewards did the right thing, by doing nothing, over the Sainz/Kvyat get together. It was hard racing for position on the last lap.
FIA: Was the crackdown issued on the morning of the race on fuel-flow rates and pressure the real reason for Ferrari's poor performance? Conspiracy theorists would like to know...
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Return.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 9 -- the number of different Spanish GP winners in the last nine years.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: You want to know just how bad this race's version of the McLaren was? Jensen Button called it, "The scariest 30 laps of my life."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel telling us truly what all racers think, "...as a racing driver, you need always to complain about something."
SCHEDULE: Monaco, where Rosberg always does well no matter how good the car is. He's awoken just in time where this could start getting very interesting.
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