2009 Belgium Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: It is by far the most wide open competition in F1 since 1982. Heck, it's like CART in their heyday...
EVENT: One of the F1 races that belong on your bucket list.
TRACK: Spa. 'Nuf said.
QUALIFYING: The craziest one, yet.
RACE: It's hard to follow the excitement of the qualifying session. But, the race did have the drama of whether Force India would fall all over themselves or actually produce a victory.
START: Bam. Boom. Crunch.
FISICHELLA: If it wasn't for a safety car period that caused a restart, Giancarlo would have won the race.
FORCE INDIA: So close. So, so close.
RAIKKONEN: How can you tell if Kimi is excited and happy? He talks every so slightly faster and ever so slightly louder. Ever so slightly.
FERRARI: Well, well, well, the prancing horse did turn out to be a winner this year. It was hard to comprehend it couldn't happen.
BADOER: We hardly knew ya, Luca.
VETTEL: Now, he's the "number one" Red Bull driver. For this week...
WEBBER: For a guy so focused on safety, Mark sure drives dangerously at times.
KUBICA: Now, that's more like it.
KOVALAINEN: Heikki just doesn't seem to be the guy McLaren can depend on, especially when Hamilton is out of the race.
BARRICHELLO: Two more points closer to his teammate.
ROSBERG: Would love to see Nico in a McLaren.
ALONSO: Good thing his team doesn't run the six-wheel Tyrrell design.
BUTTON: That squirt you heard is the sound of the championship slipping through the clenched hands of Jenson.
GROSJEAN: Romain, this isn't GP2.
HAMILTON: Paid the price for qualifying in the middle of the pack.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Insane.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 8 -- The first points in Force India's history.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND:
The last time there were six winners in a season was in 1982 when Keke Rosberg won the World Drivers Championship with just one victory. (Apparently, Deep Throttle's brain got fried after all that happened at Spa. Obviously, this historical fact is horribly wrong as it has happened much more recently ... like last year! We considered firing Deep Throttle, but then we figured that would make too many people happy. - Ed.)
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Giancarlo Fisichella couldn't believe it himself when his team told him he had pole position, responding, "Pole position?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel said what we are all thinking, "This championship is a bit crazy to be honest. When I was a little boy and followed the championships in Formula One, it was always pretty boring. You knew at the first race more or less who was competitive."
SCHEDULE: From Spa to Monza. This is always the best pairing of the season.
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