2016 Spain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: There were so many storylines, so many, that it makes one's head explode. Head exploded.
TRACK: Great for testing, not for passing.
EVENT: Remember the days when attendance was an issue at Spanish Grands Prix? Not anymore.
QUALIFYING: Hamilton comes back with a vengeance, Red Bull tells Ferrari "Whoa!", once again Perez outdoes Hulkenberg, and Alonso finally gets McLaren in the top ten.
RACE: Sure it might have taken Mercedes wiping themselves out, but anyone who thought this was not a thrilling race should just stop watching F1.
START: Hamilton finally nails it, but Rosberg declares not so fast, so Hamilton says, "I don't think so--- OH SHIT!"
MERCEDES: It finally came down to both drivers wanting to prove once and for all they are the alpha dog on the team.
ROSBERG: That sure seemed like a sudden move reacting to your mirrors despite what the FIA said.
HAMILTON: That sure seemed like a shortsighted insistance just as Niki Lauda said.
VERSTAPPEN: Hail to the future king. Now we get to watch another young phenom develop an unbearable sense of entitlement.
RICCIARDO: In the lead and he gets put on a three stop strategy? WTF?! Daniel, talk to your fellow Aussie, Mark Webber, about what happens when Red Bull management declares a favorite son on the team.
RED BULL: Well, they look like geniuses...
KVYAT: Attitude, Daniil. Attitude. You just don't seem to understand that. Fastest race lap won't overcome that.
SAINZ: The one Red Bull driver who was never mentioned the whole week. Yet, he did exactly what he needed to do -- out qualify and out race Kvyat while getting his best personal finish. Carlos is also the real deal, but could get lost in the shuffle.
FERRARI: They finally get what they wanted -- Mercedes out in the first lap. Yet, it happens the one race when they aren't even up to par with Red Bull. That's got to be devastating.
RAIKKONEN: If he could have done the third sector faster, Kimi would have won the race. But, he never got close enough to draft by the kid.
VETTEL: Stop complaining about how others are trying to pass you and run faster.
BUTTON: An excellent drive at the end.
ALONSO: Back to DNF territory.
WILLIAMS: Same old, same old ... an unspectacular mid-points finish.
SAUBER: Where's Monisha? Not that we care...
HAAS: Facing the realities of F1.
GUTIERREZ: Maybe Haas should pull a Red Bull and replace the ungrateful Esteban with Jean-Eric Vergne ... or even Alexander Rossi.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: STRAT, a.k.a., strategy mode. That's the setting which Rosberg screwed up, causing his car to lack power after passing Hamilton, allowing Hamilton to close back up so quickly, causing the chain of events which led to the most talked about crash amongst teammates since Senna and Prost.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of laps the Mercedes team completed.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Max Verstappen may now be the youngest grand prix winner in history, but it took him longer than some of the recent drivers who won their first race at a very young age. Verstappen won in his 24th race. Sebastian Vettel took his debut win in his 22nd race, Michael Schumacher did it in his 18th, and Lewis Hamilton only needed six races to claim his first checkered flag.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kimi Raikkonen, who himself came into F1 with very little racing experience, puts Max Verstappen's age in perspective, "I raced against his father. That actually sounds even more scary."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton, never missing a chance to get into Nico Rosberg's head, said after winning pole position, "It's three out of three for me."
SCHEDULE: Monaco, where Red Bull (again), Toro Rosso, and McLaren could shine.
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