2019 Germany Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The races keep getting better and better ever since that stinker in France. But of course, as soon as another boring race occurs, the sky will be falling amongst F1 fans.
EVENT: If this turns out to be the last German GP, it was one heck of a swan song.
TRACK: In the wet, it certainly produces excitement. Especially Turn 16.
QUALIFYING: Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for Ferrari, Hamilton takes advantage, Verstappen is back on the front row, Grosjean redeems himself (for now), it's happy days for Stroll, but Perez still outshines him.
RACE: Rain creates havoc. Havoc creates entertainment. Entertainment creates fun. Fun creates bizarre results.
START: The quick lights appear to catch Red Bull off guard, Hamilton makes the most of a clear track, Bottas slides wide, Raikkonen is at home with a slippery track, everybody else tiptoes, and Vettel grabs positions by the handful.
VERSTAPPEN: His own version of spin-and-win (and bouncing over the curbs for good measure) in a wild and crazy race.
VETTEL: Matched Juan Pablo Montoya from 2005, going from last to second in the German GP.
KVYAT: Daniil could be writing one of the best F1 comeback stories. And to grab that podium less than 24 hours after becoming a dad makes the story even better.
TORO ROSSO: Their second ever podium, even going back to their Minardi days.
STROLL: He almost pulled another Baku thanks to playing the strategy game perfectly. And give Lance credit, he didn't fold under pressure once he was put in that position.
SAINZ: The race was so crazy, Carlos' excellent performance has been overlooked.
ALBON: The biggest question mark coming into this season was on Alexander. He has consistently answered those doubts. Today, he was simply brilliant despite the one restart issue.
HAAS: Good heavens! Even after the riot act was read to the drivers, they still couldn't last an entire race without hitting each other.
HAMILTON: Lewis essentially did the same as Vettel last year -- crashed out of a comfortable lead in the wet.
MERCEDES: A Keystone Cops pit stop. Then, a terrible decision not to pit under a safety car because they got too hung up on the five-second penalty. Stroll proved them completely wrong.
WILLIAMS: Williams scores a point! Williams scores a point! Williams scores a point!
KUBICA: And it's Robert who gets it.
RUSSELL: The one time George doesn't beat his teammate.
ALFA ROMEO: Tsk, tsk, tsk. It's going to be hard to get the FIA to agree with your appeal.
GASLY: Consistently passed by Albon in a Toro Rosso. Easily beat by Kvyat in a Toro Rosso. And then crashed into a Toro Rosso. At that rate, why not just put him in a Toro Rosso.
BOTTAS: He couldn't even beat Stroll. In fact, Valtteri crashed trying to beat Stroll. Not a good look at all.
HULKENBERG: It's really hard to feel sorry for Nico anymore as being the record holder for most starts without a podium. This is not the first time he had a sure podium position thrown away by his own mistake. At a certain point, you just have to say it's Nico's own darn fault for not having a podium finish yet.
LECLERC: Here's a tipster Charles -- if you think the runoff area is not suitable for a F1 track, don't go on it.
NORRIS: No driver error. Just no power.
RICCIARDO: The rain was keeping the mosquitos away. No need to smoke out the track.
PEREZ: The first victim.
FIA: Now, when it is a clearcut infraction, one they even acknowledge, and a dangerous one at that, they let Ferrari off with only a fine instead of a proper time penalty.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bonkers.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 -- The most number of pit stops taken by some drivers in a race where changing your mind was the norm.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Mercedes was celebrating their 125 years in motor racing, going back to the first auto race, the 1894 Paris-Rouen, sponsored by Le Petit Journal. It was more of a reliability run than an actual race. The first driver to cross the finish line was Jules-Albert de Dion in a steam power De Dion-Bouton. But get this, he was disqualified! One of the rules stated entrants had to be "easy to drive." The De Dion-Bouton needed a stoker, and thus the officials ruled it was not "easy to drive." Somethings never change.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: We all know the infamous put down of Honda by Fernando Alonso in the 2015 Japanese GP stating his F1 engine to be a "GP2 engine." Honda took a swing back, posting on their Twitter account after Verstappen's second victory with a Honda engine, "He's done it again. GP2 victories in 2019." Honda then followed that up with, "2 GP victories, *Autocorrect."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In Q2, the eighth to 13th fastest times were separated by a mere .033 seconds, which meant the difference between advancing to Q3 and not was so miniscule, some could put it down to bad luck. Not Daniel Ricciardo who wanted nothing to do with luck as an excuse, "I have got two sayings about luck. Luck is for losers, and f--- luck."
SCHEDULE: Sadly, after all this excitement we're off to the Hungaroring which is not synonymous with excitement. Do your rain dance.
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