2016 Russia Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Nico Rosberg said it best when he looked at the big picture. It's only "four races from 21."
TRACK: Still blah.
EVENT: We have to admit that Sochi is definitely enticing enough to want to go to a Russian GP.
QUALIFYING: Hamilton's engine goes pfft again, Ferrari can't put the fight to Mercedes, Williams does wonderful, and McLaren nearly has a breakthrough.
RACE: Once the first lap was over, you knew the race was over.
START: Rosberg says see ya, Vettel says a lot of bad things, Kimi says hey nobody hit me, and Claire says super duper.
ROSBERG: It's not like Nico is complaining that his teammate keeps having problems. He's doing what he's supposed to do -- run the best he can regardless of what goes on around him.
HAMILTON: The petulant Lewis returns. We knew the new, mature, calm Lewis couldn't last long.
MERCEDES: You guys really need to fix that engine problem which is ruining a good championship fight.
RAIKKONEN: It's interesting how Kimi's best drives come when Vettel is out of the picture.
VETTEL: Talk about taking it up the backside.
FERRARI: The war is over. You have no chance of beating Mercedes for the constructors' title. Now, the only hope is to win the race battles.
BOTTAS: A safe nondescript drive.
WILLIAMS: They continue to be content to rack up the points.
ALONSO: Sure, some top cars had problems, but for Fernando to finish sixth after the disaster of last season is worth writing home about.
BUTTON: And Jenson even squeezes out a point.
VANDOORNE: Stoffel, you are no longer the "number one" driver for McLaren...
MAGNUSSEN: Heck, if a McLaren can surprise everyone, why not a Renault also.
GROSJEAN: And throw in Haas with another points finish.
RED BULL: While Team Whining Babies (okay, okay, they have been pretty good this year, but it's hard to drop such an enjoyable nickname) is completely shutout.
PALMER: First Jolyon finishes dead last in China even losing to Rio Haryanto. Then, he gets beat in FP1 by an 20-year-old who has never driven an F1 car ... by a second. In the race, he had the slowest fastest lap amongst all the finishers. That doesn't bode well for his F1 future.
KVYAT: If this were hockey, Daniil would have gotten a game misconduct and a suspension for hitting from behind and targeting.
FORCE INDIA: We're trying to understand this. Sahara Group's Subrata Roy owns 42.5% of the team, but he's in jail for financial troubles. Kingfisher Airlines' Vijay Mallya owns 42.5% of the team, but India just issued an arrest warrant and revoked his passport for financial troubles. So, just how is this team able to put a budget together?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: F---!
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of victories Lewis Hamilton has this year so far.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nico Rosberg is now tied for third for most consecutive wins to start the season with Ayrton Senna (1991) and Michael Schumacher (1994). He is one behind the record of five held by Nigel Mansell (1992) and Michael Schumacher (2004). Lewis Hamilton has never won the first two races of a season.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel after letting out an expletive filled tirade when he was knocked out of the race on the first lap concluded with, "What are we f------ doing here?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mercedes' Toto Wolff on the "lunatic" conspiracy theorists especially after the team's incredible work to get Hamilton's car on the grid Sunday, "I think it's very difficult to take people seriously out there who are lying in their bed with their laptop on their chest. You wonder what goes through people's minds."
SCHEDULE: It's May, so it must be the start of the European season with Spain and Monaco.
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