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2016 Italy Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Seems we were a bit quick last week on Hamilton's coronation. But hey, it makes it interesting for the fans.

EVENT: Sure, Monza is special. Perhaps, the most special of them all. But that crowd at Spa sure looked a lot larger than Monza's.

TRACK: Lots of speed. Not much passing.

QUALIFYING: Hamilton humiliates Rosberg, Ferrari gives their fans some hope, and Haas finally makes it to Q3 but not with the driver everyone expected.

START: Hamilton plays to the 2016 script going from pole to seventh, Rosberg plays it perfectly, the Ferraris give their fans a cheer, and Verstappen and Gutierrez go backwards.

RACE: Speed doesn't win you races. Lack of mistakes does. And thus, the fight came down to second place.

ROSBERG: Sure, another win was "gifted." But eventually, these gifts could turn into the big prize.

HAMILTON: Lewis' Achilles' heel this year has definitely been the start. Or the clutch. Depends on who you listen to.

MERCEDES: At least they got back to a 1-2 finish.

FERRARI: The Prancing Horse got the better of Red Bull on a track where they should. It gets tougher now for the remaining circuits.

VETTEL: Finally, a drama free race.

RAIKKONEN: Back behind Sebastian when nothing goes wrong.

RICCIARDO: What a pass on Bottas. What a pass!

VERSTAPPEN: A controversial free weekend.

WILLIAMS: No surprise at this track they went back ahead of Force India in the standings.

FORCE INDIA: The fight for fourth in the constructors' championship is going to do down to the wire.

PEREZ: Where oh where is Sergio going to drive in 2017?

GUTIERREZ: Turned a Q3 qualifying position into naught after losing 10 spots at the start and eventually out of the points.

GROSJEAN: A suspect tire strategy.

ALONSO: Wait, what?! The fastest lap by a Mclaren-Honda? On a pure horsepower track? Wait, what?!

KVYAT: The days just keep numbering down...

NASR: Felipe's attempt at a jigsaw puzzle fit with Palmer failed.

VANDOORNE: Another young gun to enter F1 in 2017.

MASSA: Say what you want about Massa, but you will be hard pressed to find a more dignified sportsman like Felipe the way he handled his world championship loss in 2008. And who can forget how the tifosi cheered his name on the 2014 Italian podium after he left Ferrari and was in Williams' colors?

BUTTON: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck ... then it's just like Jenson's "retirement."

GP2: Another thrilling race.

F1: Whether the latest rumored sale goes through or not, one thing you can be sure of -- Bernie Ecclestone will still be in charge.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Start.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 8.5 billion -- The rumored amount of dollars John Malone and Liberty Media is going to buy F1 for.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Before there was Max Verstappen, Jenson Button was one of the first drivers in modern F1 to be pulled from the junior ranks with barely any races under their belts at a very early age. Button was 20 when he signed with Williams in 2000 after 36 car races. Kimi Raikkonen was 21 when he signed with Sauber in 2001 after just 23 car races. They both ended up winning a championship.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne gives the most depressing pep talk in the history of sports, "I don't think there's a doubt in my mind, there's no use putting sweeteners on the stuff. The car isn't there. I think we started well in Australia, I think that we failed in developing the car during the season which is due to a variety of reasons. Post-mortems on this thing have been done ad nauseum now, we're done."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Talk about throwing your driver under the bus. Haas team principal Gunther Steiner on Esteban Gutierrez's poor start, "It was a driver problem, missing the start. I guess the pressure got to him. It's a missed opportunity for us but also for him."

SCHEDULE: Europe is done. Now onto the Malay Peninsula with Singapore and then Malaysia.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Rosberg 53
2. Hamilton 53
3. Vettel 53
4. Raikkonen 53
5. Ricciardo 53
6. Bottas 53
7. Verstappen 53
8. Perez 53
9. Massa 53
10. Hulkenberg 53
11. Grosjean 52
12. Button 52
13. Gutierrez 52
14. Alonso 52
15. Sainz 52
16. Ericsson 52
17. Magnussen 52
18. Ocon(R) 51
NC Kvyat 36
NC Wehrlein(R) 26
NC Palmer(R) 7
NC Nasr 6

Time of Race
1:17:28.089

Margin of Victory
15.070 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Fernando Alonso

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 250
2. Rosberg 248
3. Ricciardo 161
4. Vettel 143
5. Raikkonen 136
6. Verstappen 121
7. Bottas 70
8. Perez 62
9. Hulkenberg 46
10. Massa 41
11. Alonso 30
  Sainz 30
13. Grosjean 28
14. Kvyat 23
15. Button 17
16. Magnussen 6
17. Vandoorne(R) 1
  Wehrlein(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 498
2. Red Bull 290
3. Ferrari 279
4. Williams 111
5. Force India 108
6. McLaren 48
7. Toro Rosso 45
8. Haas 28
9. Renault 6
10. Manor 1
 
 

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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