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2016 Malaysia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Now Rosberg is up by 23 points with just six races to go. Now is it over? We said last time, no more predictions in such an unpredictable year.

EVENT: It's been 17 years now for Malaysia. Who would have predicted that?

TRACK: The circuit didn't just get completely repaved, it got reprofiled as well as camber changes (sometimes the "wrong" way), making it essentially a completely new track.

QUALIFYING: Hamilton doesn't need a last lap, Rosberg blows his last lap, but Mercedes still does something it's never done before -- locking out the front row at Malaysia.

START: Vettel pulls a Verstappen/Kvyat and rightfully pays the price, Rosberg is an innocent victim, and Kvyat once again rams someone from behind.

RACE: The Mercedes were doomed opening the door for the Red Bulls.

RICCIARDO: Sure, Daniel needed help with Mercedes' troubles, but if anyone deserved a victory this year, it's Ricciardo.

VERSTAPPEN: Max wasn't willing to play complete hardball on his teammate. Smart.

RED BULL: What is it with Malaysia and Red Bull intra-team battles? But, it was a great battle!

ROSBERG: From all lost to salvageable to all gain. Nico ran the emotional gamut.

HAMILTON: From all gain to all lost in one fell swoop.

MERCEDES: No clinching of the constructors' title. Like that's not inevitable.

RAIKKONEN: Saved Ferrari's honor.

VETTEL: For all the comments Sebastian has made about Kvyat and Verstappen first turn moves after the start, Vettel sure pulled a boneheaded rookie mistake.

FERRARI: Yet again, another "What if?" weekend.

BOTTAS: Valtteri saved the day for Williams...

MASSA: ...because Felipe did not...

WILLAMS: ...causing Williams to fall two more points behind in the tight battle for fourth.

PEREZ: Sergio finally signed and turned in a great run...

HULKENBERG: ...combined with Nico's points finish...

FORCE INDIA: ...kept Force India ever so slightly ahead of Williams.

ALONSO: Another great run from the back of the pack.

BUTTON: Not a bad weekend to celebrate your 300th start.

PALMER: Had a solid weekend and finally got his point.

MAGNUSSEN: Literally in the hot seat on Friday.

KVYAT: So much for that great weekend at Singapore...

HAAS: A horrible day for the American team.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Shoey. (Which we find just positively revolting.)

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 300 -- Jenson Button becomes the third driver to enter the 300 start club.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Exactly 50 years ago -- October 2, 1966 -- Jim Clark won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen driving a Lotus Type 43. The significance of the win was the engine in the back of the car -- a BRM H16, an engine fraught with failed promises throughout it's life. This was it's only win, lapping the entire field.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton at the devastating moment, "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Verstappen got to give it back to the veteran, "Sebastian is crazy."

SCHEDULE: The 2017 schedule is released -- provisionally -- and basically the same as 2016. Which means a conflict with Le Mans. Boo!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Ricciardo 56
2. Verstappen 56
3. Rosberg 56
4. Raikkonen 56
5. Bottas 56
6. Perez 56
7. Alonso 56
8. Hulkenberg 56
9. Button 56
10. Palmer(R) 56
11. Sainz 56
12. Ericsson 55
13. Massa 55
14. Kvyat 55
15. Wehrlein(R) 55
16. Ocon(R) 55
NC Nasr 46
NC Hamilton 40
NC Gutierrez 39
NC Magnussen 17
NC Grosjean 7
NC Vettel 0

Time of Race
1:37:12.776

Margin of Victory
2.443 sec.

Virtual Safety Car
2 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen

Fastest Race Lap
Nico Rosberg

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Rosberg 288
2. Hamilton 265
3. Ricciardo 204
4. Raikkonen 160
5. Vettel 153
6. Verstappen 147
7. Bottas 80
8. Perez 74
9. Hulkenberg 50
10. Alonso 42
11. Massa 41
12. Sainz 30
13. Grosjean 28
14. Kvyat 25
15. Button 19
16. Magnussen 7
17. Vandoorne(R) 1
  Wehrlein(R) 1
  Palmer(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 553
2. Red Bull 359
3. Ferrari 313
4. Force India 124
5. Williams 121
6. McLaren 62
7. Toro Rosso 47
8. Haas 28
9. Renault 8
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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