2009 Turkey Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Yes, Brawn and Button continue to dominant, but we still believe there's got to be somebody capable of eventually catching them. Though, right now, Red Bull appears to be the only hope.
EVENT: Why is there a Grand Prix in Turkey? The country doesn't give a rat's ass about the event. Judging from the flags and banners, there appears to be more people at the event from other European countries than the host country. Bernie rents the track, so he can't possibly be making the huge sanctioning fees he rapes traditional facilities for. So, just why is there a Grand Prix in Turkey?
TRACK: We would love to experience Turn 8.
QUALIFYING: Vettel once again shows he and the Red Bull car are fast.
RACE: Decided on the first lap mistake by Vettel. It would have been a lot more interesting had Sebastian held the lead for longer.
START: With all the predictions of front wing parts spraying the countryside, this year has seen the cleanest collection of starts in a long, long time. Knock on wood...
BUTTON: Has Jenson made a mistake this year? Any mistake? Sure, he has a super car (but how many mistakes has Barrichello made with the same car?), but even the greats in unbeatable cars, like Hamilton, Schumacher, Senna, have made a mistake or two in a championship year. Jenson has been pressured. He has not always started from the pole. He has run electrifying pole position times on final qualifying laps. He simply has not made a mistake, while forcing others to do so. Does Briatore still think that Button is an unworthy potential champion?
BARRICHELLO: Speaking of mistakes, blew the start with a faulty clutch, but then drove like a desperate young, immature driver.
BRAWN GP: Omigosh! A DNF! Is the world coming to an end?
WEBBER: If there is a driver all F1 fans would love to see win a Grand Prix, it's Mark.
VETTEL: First race he lost from the pole. Probably because it wasn't raining....
TRULLI: Hey, the Toyotas are back to doing something again.
ROSBERG: Speaking of doing something again, Nico had a much, much better weekend. But, we don't see Williams being able to hold onto him.
FERRARI: Were there Ferraris in this race?
KUBICA: Can you believe it took till the seventh race for Robert to score some points?
GLOCK: With American racing fans following Bourdais so closely, it's Timo who has done so much better going from Champ Car to F1 (albeit, with a stop in GP2).
RAIKKONEN: Expect Alonso to have his seat.
ALONSO: Fernando is in a Ferrari next year. Mark our words.
HEIDFELD: Second 11th place in a row.
HAMILTON: Did not get lapped ... barely. Hip, hip, hooray!
NAKAJIMA: Hamilton couldn't even beat Nakajima.
PIQUET: Start putting your Renault fire suit up on e-Bay.
TORO ROSSO: A useless weekend.
GP2: After a relatively Plain Jane season, the Turkish rounds reminded us why GP2 is one of the most entertaining open wheel series to watch.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Empty.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 out of 7 -- An amazing run so far by Button.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Talk about consistency. This is the third straight year the race ran in an hour and 26 minutes plus change. If you include the first two years, the average time per year is also 1:26 plus change.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber on the lack of support for the Turkish GP, "I am looking forward to Silverstone because I think it will be a great atmosphere, unlike here. There was no one here."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jenson Button describing his car after winning, "Outrageous!"
SCHEDULE: Which will be more entertaining at the British GP: the action on the track or the quotes from Bernie?
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