2017 Austria Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: With all the talk about Hamilton and Vettel at Baku, Vettel has been quietly extending his lead.
TRACK: Beautiful, beautiful location. Nice, flowing track. No passing.
EVENT: For an event that is spectator limited due to local agreement, they sure pack them in.
QUALIFYING: Bottas wins the yellow-flag-on-the-last-lap lottery, the causee of that yellow, Grosjean, does splendid otherwise, and Williams is dreadful.
START: Bottas is perfect ... almost too perfect, Grosjean gets to play with a Ferrari, Kvyat screws up again, and Vestappen's lousy start gets him caught up in midfield crap.
RACE: Leigh Diffey cited examples of why the Austrian Grand Prix has had great races since its return. He's incorrect. The Austrian GP has had great moments since its return, not great races.
BOTTAS: By the rules of the FIA, Valtteri did not jump the start with a reaction time of .201 seconds. However, it takes an average human .2 seconds to acknowledge an input and another .2 seconds to react to that acknowledgement, for a total of .4 seconds reaction time. Considering Vettel was timed with a .367 seconds reaction time (an expected amount for a world class athlete compared to an average human), the FIA rules don't make sense.
HAMILTON: The good news -- your teammate kept points away from Vettel. The bad news -- your teammate is now in the championship hunt.
VETTEL: Russia all over again -- closing on Bottas only to not find a way around.
RAIKKONEN: Kimi, your boss thinks your a laggard...
RICCIARDO: Daniel knows how to clear a podium -- offer up a shoey.
VERSTAPPEN: Max wasn't entirely an innocent victim. His poor start was the first chain of events. Still, bad luck continues to follow him.
GROSJEAN: No complaints of brakes and a fantastic weekend.
HAAS: The American team now has 29 points before the season's midway mark. That's the same amount they scored all of last year. Watch out Toro Rosso and Williams.
PEREZ: Back to his old groove.
OCON: Stayed away from his teammate.
WILLIAMS: A great recovery in the race after such a poor qualifying effort.
STROLL: Third straight points finish further aggravating the Lance haters.
PALMER: Out of the points. Again. But hey, he beat his teammate...
HULKENBERG: Speaking of his teammate, Nico has been a bit quiet lately.
KVYAT: Apparently, Daniil is going to get to keep his ride next year. <shakes head>
GASLY: What did Pierre do to piss off Red Bull? Publicly say he preferred Monster...?
ALONSO: How cruel. Fernando was genuinely optimistic for a good race and a good result. Then, through absolutely no fault of the Honda or the chassis, he still completes only one lap. And on top of that, Mercedes and Ferrari said they are not interested in him.
SAUBER: They insisted they were going to name Kaltenborn's replacement during the Baku weekend. Two weeks later and two race events later, there is not a peep out of Switzerland. Could it be nobody wants the job because of the exact reason Monisha left...?
HEINEKEN: Was anyone else freaked out by that one camera shot showing the cars coming up over the hill around the corner with the Heineken billboard in the background when the image of the gigantic bottle appeared to rise from the abyss? All we could think of was the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie, Ghostbusters. Well, maybe something else, but this is a family website...
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Jump.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: .201 -- Or, more accurately, the .001 portion which was the savior amount under FIA rules.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Austrian GP has been run 30 times. Yet, only one driver has ever won more than twice. That was Alain Prost in 1983 for Renault and 1985-86 for McLaren-TAG.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Hey, Jolyon Palmer said this about himself, so don't yell at us, "I am the master of 11th place."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Red Bull is one F1 entity that firmly believes a contract is a contract. Or, as Dr. Helmut Marko said, "It is not the driver who decides what happens with the contract."
SCHEDULE: As we head off to Silverstone, there is no need to go ape shit (although the British press certainly will overreact) when the track activates their break clause. They have to do that in order to maintain their rights and options under their current contract. We doubt it will mean the end of the British GP.
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