2016 Bahrain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Lewis Hamilton doesn't appear worried, so Nico Rosberg shouldn't feel comfortable.
TRACK: Just because you run it at night does not make the track any better.
EVENT: Outside of the main straight, was anybody actually in the stands?
QUALIFYING: Q3 was a little better, Q2 was horrible, and the whole thing still sucks.
RACE: Quite hectic in the beginning, turned into a strategy affair, with the only suspense being whether Hamilton could get into second.
START: Once again Hamilton balks, then gets whacked; once again the Williams cars shoot through the field, then does the whacking.
ROSBERG: Five in a row. That equals the best Hamilton has ever done.
HAMILTON: Clutch out. Gas in.
MERCEDES: And the beat goes on...
RAIKKONEN: This time, Kimi is the sole Ferrari finisher.
VETTEL: Well, that didn't last long...
FERRARI: Here's a tipster -- you can't catch Mercedes with only one car finishing every race. Just thought we'd let you know.
RICCIARDO: Still not letting the Toro Rosso drivers get any thoughts.
KVYAT: Not the way to show up your teammate.
RED BULL: What, no whining?
GROSJEAN: Ya think Romain made the right move during the offseason? Ya think?!
GUTIERREZ: Is Esteban getting all the new pieces? Oh wait, everything is new...
HAAS F1: Well, well, well. This team is for real. Let the other mid packers get jealous. Heck, let the almost front runners get jealous!
VERSTAPPEN: Still wowing the fans.
TORO ROSSO: Can't wait to see this team progress this season.
MASSA: Beat Bottas again.
BOTTAS: Valtteri, you're supposed to be the wave of the future. Not second fiddle to a soon to be sitting on a rocking chair driver.
WILLIAMS: Will they ever make the next leap forward?
VANDOORNE: No doubt, a star of the future. Anyone following the junior ranks already knew this. Now, Stoffel is showing the world.
ALONSO: Fernando, we don't like to see you hurt, but can you stay on the sideline a bit longer, so we can watch Vandoorne instead?
WEHRLEIN: Another revelation. Bide your time Pascal till a better seat opens.
HARYANTO: We got nothing...
TODT: Jean is so horribly incompetent, it makes you pine for Jean-Marie Balestre.
FIA: The only organization in the world whose solution to shooting themselves in the foot is to shoot themselves in the other foot, so the first foot doesn't hurt as much.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Idiocy.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of fans in the entire world who are saying, "Wow, this new qualifying system is great!"
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The most consecutive F1 wins is nine set by Sebastian Vettel in 2013. Two drivers are tied with seven, set many decades apart. Michael Schumacher in 2004 and Alberto Ascari overlapping the 1952-53 seasons. Ascari won the last six races in 1952 and then the season opener in 1953 at Argentina. However, Ascari probably should be credited with nine, because the Indy 500 counted in the World Championship then, which of course he (nor essentially any other F1 driver) didn't run. But, he did win the subsequent 1953 Dutch and Belgian Grands Prix.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: David Hobbs on keeping an open mind on the new qualifying system, "I have an incredibly open mind. It was junk!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Romain Grosjean after slapping himself after a fifth place finish, "Yeah, this is real."
SCHEDULE: We can't wait for China because we're so giddy to catch qualifying again...
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