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2020 Eifel Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: For a professional racing series to be successful, it needs factory support. For a professional racing series to survive, it needs independent support. For a professional racing series to thrive, it needs the proper balance between the two. F1 has been at the mercy of factory support since the hybrid engine rules. And that's becoming more precarious now that they are down to three engine manufacturers.

EVENT: F1 got an unplanned test run for a two-day weekend. Fog will do that.

TRACK: Drivers like it, but the new Nürburgring never really produces great racing.

QUALIFYING: Mercedes remains perfect, Verstappen gave it his best, Leclerc pulls an amazing lap, Albon is solid, Renault impresses again, Giovinazzi finally gets out of Q1, and Vettel is useless again.

RACE: The suspense was for third place.

START: Hamilton tries to shove, Bottas brushes that off and repasses, Albon locks them up, and despite everyone "missing" the first turn, it's all clean.

HAMILTON: Eventually it became inevitable. But it's still amazing Lewis was able to match Michael Schmacher's career win total.

BOTTAS: Showed a whole new side of himself. Then, Valtteri resorted back to the old self.

HONDA: After all that, they will just up and leave. They certainly have done it before, always with bad timing.

VERSTAPPEN: Studying all his out clauses in his contract...

RED BULL: Once again, left powerless.

ALBON: A sloppy race. Then the punctured radiator "saved" him.

RICCIARDO: He really seems to be enjoying racing on the Renault team. Yet, he is going to leave.

RENAULT: For the fun factor alone, Renault would probably rather have Ricciardo than Alonso next year.

PEREZ: Thought he had third place in sight until the Safety Car.

HULKENBERG: Another super drive by supersub Nico. From last to eighth.

RACING POINT: Leaped up into the lead for the great three-way battle for third place in the constructors standings.

GASLY: Continues to make a statement.

LECLERC: Continues to be the only Ferrari point scorer.

VETTEL: Does Sebastian even care anymore?

FERARRI: Will Ferrari get caught by AlphaTauri...?

GROSJEAN: Finally got his first points of the year. Maybe Romain should get whacked on his fingers by gravel trap stones more often...

GIOVINAZZI: Strong weekend all around. But probably too little, too late for Antonio.

RAIKKONEN: Breaks Rubens Barrichello's record for most starts with 323. And Kimi, being Kimi, doesn't give a damn.

WILLIAMS: The last time F1 went to the Nürburgring in 2013, Williams qualified 17th (Bottas) and 18th (Pastor Maldonado). This year, they qualified 17th and 18th.

FIA: Another safety car fiasco.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Brrr.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 24 -- That was the original standard for career victories in F1 set by Juan Manuel Fangio. Then, it slowly crept up -- 25 by Jim Clark, 27 by Jackie Stewart -- until the sport became much safer, seasons got larger, and driver careers lasted much longer. And the old standard was blown out of the water.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Eifel GP is the fourth named grand prix hosted by the Nürburgring. There has also been the German GP, European GP, and Luxembourg GP. The latter was held twice. In 1997, Jacques Villeneuve won in a Williams-Renault, his last career F1 win. In 1998, Mika Häkkinen won in a McLaren-Mercedes. Both times, the winner of the Luxembourg GP went on to win the world championship that year.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Not so much a tweet, but a photo in a tweet showing fans holding up a sign which read, "HULKENBACK."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Max Verstappen on the future engine prospects for Red Bull, "I hope I’m not going to end up like Fred Flintstone and pedal it myself! It’s quite physically demanding."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: After Daniel Ricciardo was genuinely shocked he completely forgot about the shoey on the podium, he said, "I'm actually sad right now."

SCHEDULE: Off to another track F1 has never been to, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, and the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 60
2. Verstappen 60
3. Ricciardo 60
4. Perez 60
5. Sainz 60
6. Gasly 60
7. Leclerc 60
8. Hulkenberg 60
9. Grosjean 60
10. Giovinazzi 60
11. Vettel 60
12. Raikkonen 60
13. Magnussen 60
14. Latifi(R) 60
15. Kvyat 60
NC Norris 42
NC Albon 23
NC Ocon 22
NC Bottas 18
NC Russell 12

Time of Race
1:35:49.641

Margin of Victory
4.470 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Virtual Safety Car
1 for 2 lap

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Fastest Race Lap
Max Verstappen

Pole Position
Valtteri Bottas

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 230
2. Bottas 161
3. Verstappen 147
4. Ricciardo 78
5. Perez 68
6. Norris 65
7. Albon 64
8. Leclerc 63
9. Stroll 57
10. Gasly 53
11. Sainz 51
12. Ocon 36
13. Vettel 17
14. Kvyat 14
15. Hulkenberg 10
16. Giovinazzi 3
17. Raikkonen 2
  Grosjean 2
19. Magnussen 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 391
2. Red Bull 211
3. Racing Point 120
4. McLaren 116
5. Renault 114
6. Ferrari 80
7. AlphaTauri 67
8. Alfa Romeo 5
9. Haas 3
 
 

2020 Thoughts
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2017 Thoughts
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2013 Thoughts
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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
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2011 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Europe
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India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
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Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
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2009 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
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Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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