2012 China Thoughts
[EDITOR NOTE -- Deep Throttle is going on a forced hiatus starting in August. However, apparently he thought that meant all year. Then, everyone wrote and complained, so we insisted he come back until August. We don't know why. The only thing Deep Throttle ever accomplished was receiving a nasty note from Alex Sperafico. Oh ... on second thought...]
THE BIG PICTURE: Three races. Three winners. No dominate team emerging. This is fun!
EVENT: So, how many college students did they force to attend this year's event to make the attendance look good?
QUALIFYING: A wild one. Vettel doesn't make it out of Q2, Button mistimed his last laps, and Rosberg finally gets a pole.
RACE: Behind first place, the wheel to wheel and interlocking wheel to interlocking wheel battles were some of the best in Formula 1 history. And no one touched anyone. That's a season's worth of highlights right there.
TRACK: It's interesting how this track produces some great passes when it shouldn't be able to.
START: Super start by Rosberg, Perez reaffirms his standing on the team, Kobayashi wastes his great spot, and Button jumps into the fray.
ROSBERG: It may have taken seven years and 111 races, but no one can deny Nico did not finally deserve it. It was nice to see his competitors genuinely happy for Nico.
SCHUMACHER: Certainly is driving better this year. Though, it doesn't help when your team forgets to tighten a lug nut.
MERCEDES: All of a sudden the Silver Arrows is easy on tires.
BUTTON: Talk about out performing your teammate. Once again, Jenson shows the way on McLaren.
HAMILTON: However, Lewis did get his third straight third place for the points lead.
MCLAREN: Another screwed up pit stop cost a top position.
WEBBER: Nice wheelie!
VETTEL: Umm, Sebastian, your teammate is kicking your ass this year.
RED BULL: Sucks not to have blown exhausts.
GROSJEAN: Romain's return to F1 has gone pretty well.
RAIKKONEN: How do you fall from second to 12th in two laps, then to 14th in two more laps? That's a faster fall than a politician caught with a prostitute.
LOTUS: Renault, Lotus, whatever you want to call them, has gotten off to a good start.
SENNA: Still can't figure Bruno out. Worthwhile or not?
MALDONADO: Pastor seems to have something this year.
ALONSO: What Fernando is doing with a lousy car is remarkable.
MASSA: What Felipe is doing with a lousy car is pathetic.
FERRARI: What the Scuderia is doing with a lousy car is criminal.
KOBAYASHI: Once again, Kamui is fun to watch in this race.
PEREZ: Last year, we laughed at the idea of Sergio in a Ferrari. This year ... not so much.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Exhilarating.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 111 -- The number of F1 races it took Nico Rosberg to win his first and the number of years after Mercedes won their first race at the 1901 Nice Speed Weeks.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: All the talk was how this was Mercedes' first F1 victory since 1955. That last win was full of tragic irony. Juan Manual Fangio won the Italian GP at Monza, the last race of the season, on September 11, after the horror of Le Mans in June. Contrary to popular belief, Mercedes did not withdraw from racing for decades after Le Mans, but rather after the season was completed. When they did pull out of the 24 Hours race after one of their cars driven by Pierre Levegh flew into the crowd killing an estimated 83 spectators, it was Fangio who was leading at the time. Fangio won the F1 drivers title and in sports cars Mercedes won the constructors championship
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: The always in touch with the world Bernie Ecclestone after being told about a teenage boy shot by police during a funeral in Bahrain, "Nobody has been shot. What are you talking about?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: We thought we were tough. Italian journalist Stefano Mancini: "Massa is a useless presence; not yet scoring a point and only wasting petrol."
SCHEDULE: Let's see a show of hands. Who wants to help out in Bahrain?
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