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2020 Turkey Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: A record many thought would never be equaled was equaled. People say that a lot about records.

EVENT: Perhaps it would have been a good idea to let Formula 1 and Pirelli know you were going to repave the track just before the race? Perhaps?

TRACK: One would think by now Formula 1 would realize paving a track just before a race is a really bad idea. We've seen it so many times. COTA. Portimão. And now, most disastrously, Istanbul, resulting in no grip whatsoever.

QUALIFYING: Wait! What? Stroll on the pole? Racing Point 1-3? Mercedes nowhere to be seen? Both Alfa Romeos in Q3? Verstappen fastest all weekend, but not in qualifying? Yeah, like we believe any of this...

RACE: Everyone thought there would be numerous safety car periods and over half the cars out of the race. However, the best drivers in the world do (sometimes) prove that moniker.

START: The Racing Points sail away, Verstappen goes nowhere, The Renaults touch, Ocon and Bottas are spinning tops, Vettel goes from 11th to fourth by the second turn, and Giovinazzi's streak comes to an end.

HAMILTON: He has the best car on the grid, but this race shows Lewis is a lot more than just the car. A lot more.

BOTTAS: Six spins! SIX! So much for all that rallying experience and Finnish DNA.

MERCEDES: Their car was just not suited for these conditions ... until it had to be.

PEREZ: A huge statement race (not that he really needed it) to show he deserves to be on the grid in 2021. Are you listening Red Bull? Oh, and Sergio is fourth in points, despite missing two races.

STROLL: Rain is the great equalizer. And talent is on display in low grip conditions. Despite Lance's late race fade, he was excellent all weekend. Much to the chagrin of his naysayers.

RACING POINT: Unlike their baseline, the Mercedes, the Racing Point cars shined in these conditions.

VETTEL: Still a mega talent in the rain.

LECLERC: From third to second to fourth in just the last few corners of the last lap.

SAINZ: Carlos flew under the radar, but he had an excellent error free race. He has definitely been coming on lately.

VERSTAPPEN: Impatience got the best of Max in conditions that should have been to his advantage.

ALBON: The first Thai driver to lead a Formula 1 race.

RENAULT: Not made for these conditions.

ALPHATAURI: Ditto.

HAAS: Just save some money and skip the rest of the season...

LATIFI: This weekend really showed how Nicholas is out of his element in Formula 1.

FIA: If the rules for a local double yellow in qualifying means you have to abandon the lap, then simply delete that lap time. Simple as that. Why make it so complicated?

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Gripless.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 7.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Counting the current Alfa Romeo team as the Sauber outfit, including when they were BMW Sauber, this was their 500th grand prix. They ran all sorts of engines during that timespan -- Sauber (Ilmor), Mercedes, Ford, Petronas, BMW, and Ferrari. Their first race was with the Ilmor, a 3.5L V10, in the 1993 South African GP. JJ Lehto qualified sixth and finished fifth, two laps down. Karl Wendlinger qualified 10th and dropped out after 33 laps with engine failure.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: During the part of the race when Racing Point was dominating up front and Mercedes was struggling, the Silver Arrows team tweated, "What if we were the black Racing Point all along?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lando Norris after the first day of slip sliding practice sessions, "It was drift school today — that was my birthday present and it was my first day of drift school ever! So most laps you're crapping yourself a bit."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Valtteri Bottas when told there are only four laps left in his miserable race, "I wish it was less."

SCHEDULE: A last break and then the last back to back to back run. This time in the Middle East.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 58
2. Perez 58
3. Vettel 58
4. Leclerc 58
5. Sainz 58
6. Verstappen 58
7. Albon 58
8. Norris 58
9. Stroll 58
10. Ricciardo 58
11. Ocon 57
12. Kvyat 57
13. Gasly 57
14. Bottas 57
15. Raikkonen 57
16. Russell 57
17. Magnussen 55
NC Grosjean 49
NC Latifi(R) 39
NC Giovinazzi 11

Time of Race
1:42:19.313

Margin of Victory
31.633 secs.

Safety Car
None

Virtual Safety Car
1 for 2 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lance Stroll, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Alexander Albon

Fastest Race Lap
Lando Norris

Pole Position
Lance Stroll

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 307
2. Bottas 197
3. Verstappen 170
4. Perez 100
5. Leclerc 97
6. Ricciardo 96
7. Sainz 75
8. Norris 74
9. Albon 70
10. Gasly 63
11. Stroll 59
12. Ocon 40
13. Vettel 33
14. Kvyat 26
15. Hulkenberg 10
16. Giovinazzi 4
  Raikkonen 4
18. Grosjean 2
19. Magnussen 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 504
2. Red Bull 240
3. Racing Point 154
4. McLaren 149
5. Renault 136
6. Ferrari 130
7. AlphaTauri 89
8. Alfa Romeo 8
9. Haas 3
 
 

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2019 Thoughts
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2018 Thoughts
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2017 Thoughts
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2016 Thoughts
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2015 Thoughts
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2014 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
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
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Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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