2016 Austria Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: At Monaco, Nico Rosberg's timidness allowed Hulkenberg to edge him at the line, costing two points. In Barcelona, Rosberg's mistake with the settings ultimately set the chain of events in motion to eliminate both Mercedes, potentially costing him an opportunity to extend his lead by seven points. Now, his utter refusal to accept a safe second wound up becoming a fourth place finish and another six points lost. Time and time again, we have given Rosberg the benefit of the doubt. Time and time again. We can no longer do that.
EVENT: More people showed up on Friday than at Baku on a Sunday. You can chase money all you want, but if you rip the heart and soul (which is traditional Europe and Brazil) out of a sport, it can't survive no matter how much money it has.
TRACK: Yeah, just telling the drivers to stay off the curbs will work. Yeah, sure...
QUALIFYING: If someone told you a Force India (and not Perez) would start on the front row, a McLaren-Honda would line up third, and a Manor made it to Q2 and nearly Q3, you would say there must have been some weird weather with a few grid penalties sprinkled in. And ... well ... you would be right.
START: Button in a McLaren (a McLaren!) jumps into second and stays there (stays there!), Hamilton doesn't flub it while Hulkenberg totally flubs it.
RACE: Looking back at it, it was one long buildup to a dramatic, climactic final lap.
HAMILTON: Let's face it, Lewis has what all great sporting champions have -- a killer instinct and damn what people think of it.
ROSBERG: Let's face it, Nico has what all bridesmaids have -- the inability to get out of the shadow.
MERCEDES: Let's face it, Mercedes has to do the unthinkable -- not renew Rosberg's contract.
VERSTAPPEN: A gutsy strategy call worked because of Max's driving.
RICCIARDO: While Daniel's excellent driving did not pay off.
RED BULL: Sixteen points now separates their drivers. Are they in for a Mercedes situation?
VETTEL: Say what you want Sebastian, it was an aggressive strategy.
RAIKKONEN: Kimi's job is on the line, and he gets a podium. Why does he need that kind of motivation to spur him?
FERRARI: Stymied by strategy. Again.
BUTTON: Flashback of his glory days.
MCLAREN: Flashback of their glory days.
ALONSO: No flashbacks, unless you want to consider his Minardi days...
GROSJEAN: A quiet and very effective drive back into the points.
HAAS: A much needed boost.
WEHRLEIN: Yes, when an underdog team gets into the points, they need a lot of help. However, Pascal was driving very well the whole weekend. This was not totally a gift.
MANOR: No matter how they got into the points, Manor will gladly take the FOM money it entails at the end of the year.
SAUBER: So now the team that Monisha Kaltenborn drove into oblivion is the only team without points.
WILLIAMS: Their Red Bull Ring mojo turned to goo.
HULKENBERG: Why did Nico go from second to 17th before dropping out...
PEREZ: ...While Sergio went from 16th to eighth before crashing out?
FORCE INDIA: It's obvious beyond any doubt now who Force India should keep and who they should look to replace.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Turn-in.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of people in the entire world not named Rosberg who thought it was Hamilton's fault.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: While lack of team orders produced this year's last lap controversy, it was team orders which caused major controversy at the 2002 Austrian GP when the track was called the A1-Ring. That's when Ferrari instructed Rubens Barrichello to move over and allow Michael Schumacher to take the win. It also caused jeers to be hurled at the podium.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Not a quote but an action -- Toto Wolff slamming his first on the table after his two drivers collided.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton summing up the situation perfectly, "I'm here to win."
SCHEDULE: And after all that went down to Austria, they head to England for Lewis' home grand prix. This should be very interesting...
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