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2015 United States Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Truly is the big picture this time. Considering what Hurricane Patricia was capable of doing to Mexico puts in perspective what it was causing in Texas. In the end, the Occidental Mountains saved Mexico, and we did get a race in Austin.

EVENT: It's hard to criticize an organization when extreme weather wrecks havoc on their plans. And, they did do their best to please the fans by opening up pitlane Saturday evening. But, to keep the gates locked when cars were on the track and then open the facility when cars could no longer run is open to criticism.

QUALIFYING (FIRST ATTEMPT): Ricciardo and Kvyat win Dancing With The Stars, Force India takes the breakdancing title, Rosberg wins the World Cup, and Sauber claims the rowboat regatta.

QUALIFYING (SECOND ATTEMPT): Even with all the rain and cancellation of Q3 Mercedes still takes the front row, Vettel does anything but, and Williams still sucks in the rain.

RACE: Changing conditions always produces exciting racing, and this race was exceptionally exciting. Then, the last 10 laps were sheer insanity.

TRACK: Not so good for boat racing.

START: Hamilton plays a little dirty pool to his teammate, Kvyat is electrifying, and Sainz is out of this world.

HAMILTON: Hail the champion!

ROSBERG: There's no two ways around it. Nico choked. Again.

MERCEDES: Is there an end in sight to their domination?

VETTEL: Perhaps a winner if not for some of the safety car periods.

RAIKKONEN: Using his rallying skills.

VERSTAPPEN: With all the talk about Max possibly getting promoted to the big team, does Max really want that considering what engine Red Bull may end up with?

SAINZ: Perhaps the drive of the year.

PEREZ: The momentum continues as he heads to his home grand prix next week.

BUTTON: The lesser Honda did great.

ALONSO: The faster Honda didn't last.

MCLAREN: Don't look now, but McLaren may catch Sauber. We're all tingly inside.

MALDONADO: Breaking news -- Pastor did not crash in horrid conditions.

ROSSI: Oh, so close to a dream finish in his home grand prix.

KVYAT: Turn 19 is fast and looks like it can be taken even faster. But, when you exit the turn, you realize that's not true. Too late. As was the case with Daniil.

HULKENBERG: Nobody to blame but himself.

RED BULL: From fighting for the lead to fighting for points. A microcosm of the season for Team Whining Babies.

GUTIERREZ: The worst kept secret this week will be revealed in Mexico.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Drenched.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 20 -- The amount of rain in inches some areas of Texas got on Saturday.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first British world champion was Mike Hawthorn driving a Ferrari in 1958 with just one victory. He won by one point over Stirling Moss in a Vanwall (Cooper-Climax in the first race) who took four wins and a second but retired from all the other rounds. The top five that year were British. Following Moss was Tony Brooks (Vanwall) with three wins, Roy Salvadori (Cooper-Climax), and Peter Collins (Ferrari) with one win. Only Salvadori did not win a race amongst them. Collins was killed in the German GP, prompting Hawthorn to retire after the season. Hawthorn was then killed in a road crash three months later.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: NBC commentator Leigh Diffey about using this weekend as the standard when people talk about bad weather on a future F1 weekend, "How does it compare to COTA?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Daniil Kvyat relaying to his team what happened in the most succinct manner, "I crashed."

SCHEDULE: We are looking forward to the enthusiasm of the Mexican fans after a 23-year hiatus and with their countryman coming in hot.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 56
2. Rosberg 56
3. Vettel 56
4. Verstappen(R) 56
5. Perez 56
6. Button 56
7. Sainz(R) 56
8. Maldonado 56
9. Nasr(R) 56
10. Ricciardo 56
11. Alonso 56
12. Rossi(R) 56
NC Kvyat 41
NC Hulkenberg 35
NC Ericsson 25
NC Raikkonen 25
NC Massa 23
NC Grosjean 10
NC Bottas 5
NC Stevens(R) 1

Time of Race
1:50:52.703

Margin of Victory
2.850 sec.

Safety Car
4 for 16 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo

Fastest Race Lap
Nico Rosberg

Pole Position
Nico Rosberg

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 327
2. Vettel 251
3. Rosberg 247
4. Raikkonen 123
5. Bottas 111
6. Massa 109
7. Kvyat 76
8. Ricciardo 74
9. Perez 64
10. Verstappen(R) 45
11. Grosjean 44
12. Hulkenberg 38
13. Nasr(R) 27
14. Maldonado 26
15. Sainz(R) 18
16. Button 16
17. Alonso 11
18. Ericsson 9

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 574
2. Ferrari 374
3. Williams 220
4. Red Bull 150
5. Force India 102
6. Lotus 70
7. Toro Rosso 63
8. Sauber 36
9. McLaren 27
 
 

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2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
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Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
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2013 Thoughts
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2012 Thoughts
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2011 Thoughts
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2010 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
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Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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