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2022 Saudi Arabia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Two races down and still a positive vibe on the new technical regulations. Keep it up. Keep it up. We want this to be the greatest year ever.

EVENT: Missiles fired near the track. An oil storage facility goes up in a massive explosion, flames, and black smoke. Host country threatens to not allow competitors to leave the country if they don't race. And people wonder why some consider F1 the most morally unethical sport in the world.

TRACK: Minor changes were made to address some of the safety issues. But this is still a fast, blind, dangerous street circuit. Just ask Mick Schumacher.

QUALIFYING: Which is more shocking: Perez's pole or Hamilton failing to get to Q2; Schumacher's crash or Ocon's fifth; McLaren's speed or Tsunoda's no time?

RACE: An absolutely riveting game of high speed chess between Verstappen and Leclerc.

START: Perfect Perez, Leclerc hangs on, Verstappen gets by Sainz, Gasly nearly gets into Magnussen, Zhou's car let's him down.

VERSTAPPEN: This time, he tried not get outsmarted by Leclerc. Can't wait for the next move.

LECLERC: Will have to come up with a new way to out think Verstappen.

SAINZ: Still lagging behind his teammate.

PEREZ: Totally boned by the safety car, brought out once again by our "favorite" safety car whisperer.

RED BULL: Fixed the reliability issue. Now have some catching up to do.

FERRARI: Their powerful engine allowed them to setup the car for downforce.

RUSSELL: Was able to get the Mercedes to work better than Hamilton. But, still a long ways to go.

HAMILTON: Just missed the time to pit which cost him a better position.

MERCEDES: But the Silver Arrows is still way off the pace.

ALPINE: Amazing they allowed their drivers to fight it out so intensely. But it was clean. And it was great for us fans.

OCON: A combination of speed, handling, and other's troubles gave Esteban a great fifth place finish.

MCLAREN: This track worked for them.

NORRIS: Which gave Lando a points finish, but he is not confident about other tracks.

MAGNUSSEN: Also screwed by the safety car. His strategy was partially recoverable by good timing during the VSC, but still deserved a better finish.

ZHOU: The car kicked into anti-stall off the start, five-second penalty for leaving the track, faulty jack on his pit stop, mistakenly served the penalty during a safety car period, so also got a drive-through penalty. And he still finished just one position out of the points.

ALBON: A desperate move there.

ALONSO: A great race. And then kaput on lap 36.

BOTTAS: A great race. And then kaput on lap 36.

RICCIARDO: A decent race. And then kaput on lap 36.

TSUNODA: No time in qualifying. No laps in the race. Sometimes, the car is your worst enemy.

SCHUMACHER: Ouch! Glad Mick is okay.

FIA: We are just speechless at the behavior of the FIA.

F2: Kiwi Liam Lawson won the sprint race with hardly any green flag laps while Dennis Hauger got screwed by the officials. Brazilian Felipe Drugovich took the feature win while Lawson's pit crew fails to put a wheel on properly.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Missiles.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 11 -- The driver with this number won his first pole on the 11th anniversary of his F1 debut in 2011. Oh, and this race started in Mexico at 11:00.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This weekend marked the 28th anniversary of Max's father's F1 debut. Jos Verstappen subbed in for an injured JJ Lehto in a Benetton-Ford for the March 27, 1994 Brazilian GP with Michael Schumacher as teammate, qualifying ninth. He was involved in a multicar crash which resulted in an Eddie Irvine three-race suspension, causing Jos to somersault. He was not hurt.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From Red Bull: "Phew, that was fun!" It sure was.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Charles Leclerc said what we are all thinking, "Oh my God, I really enjoyed that race! It was hard racing but fair. Every race should be like this."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Esteban Ocon: "You can follow so much better through high speed corners in these cars."

SCHEDULE: The Australians are chomping at the bit to finally see F1 in person again. And this year, they are in for an amazing treat.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 50
2. Leclerc 50
3. Sainz 50
4. Perez 50
5. Russell 50
6. Ocon 50
7. Norris 50
8. Gasly 50
9. Magnussen 50
10. Hamilton 50
11. Zhou(R) 50
12. Hulkenberg 50
13. Stroll 49
14. Albon 47
NC Bottas 36
NC Alonso 35
NC Ricciardo 35
NC Latifi 14
NC Tsunoda DNS
WD Schumacher DNS

Time of Race
1:24:19.293

Margin of Victory
0.549 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 4 laps

Virtual Safety Car
2 for 6 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen

Fastest Race Lap
Charles Leclerc

Pole Position
Sergio Perez

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Leclerc 45
2. Sainz 33
3. Verstappen 25
4. Russell 22
5. Hamilton 16
6. Ocon 14
7. Perez 12
  Magnussen 12
9. Bottas 8
10. Norris 6
11. Tsunoda 4
  Gasly 4
13. Alonso 2
14. Zhou(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Ferrari 78
2. Mercedes 38
3. Red Bull 37
4. Alpine 16
5. Haas 12
6. Alfa Romeo 9
7. AlphaTauri 8
8. McLaren 6
 
 

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
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
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
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
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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