2016 Great Britain Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Now the championship begins. The first 10 races were merely a prelude to the final 11.
EVENT: So, after Hamilton declared English fans don't boo like fans in other countries, they promptly booed Nico Rosberg.
TRACK: Fans in Turn 1 got their money's worth. They saw some of the most spectacular saves in F1. And then some that weren't saved...
QUALIFYING: Mercedes qualified like it's 2014 and Sauber, a.k.a., the team that Monisha Kaltenborn destroyed, qualified like 2014 Caterham.
START: Another start in the wet behind the pace car. Yawn! Rosberg had to have been the most ticked off about that decision.
RACE: From rain to dry, from spinouts to saves, from domination to frustration, from too much radio talk to too much time added.
HAMILTON: Absolutely dominating at home.
MERCEDES: Were they being the sacrificial lambs on challenging the radio ban rule? Considering they dropped their intent to appeal, perhaps not. It was more a case of cutting their loses with a penalty instead of a DNF.
ROSBERG: However, if Nico losses the championship by less than three points, he will certainly wonder.
VERSTAPPEN: No doubt, Max was making more than one move holding off Rosberg. But, he was so subtle about it, he got away with it. He could be the next Schumacher in this regard.
RICCIARDO: More bad luck for Daniel. However, when does this no longer become bad luck but the inability to take the fight to his upstart teammate?
RED BULL: When their driver benefited from the radio ban penalty to Rosberg, and the team principal still calls out the FIA for a rubbish rule, it truly is a rubbish rule.
FERRARI: Out to lunch. Again.
RAIKKONEN: But, they did resign Kimi, which will now extend the "Will Kimi be kept?" questions for another year.
VETTEL: Sebastian has his dream number two driver. Now, all he has to do is win like a number one driver.
FORCE INDIA: Finally, a consistent, strong effort from both their drivers.
PEREZ: Another podium looked like it was in the offering, but still a strong race for Sergio.
HULKENBERG: A strong race for Nico, too, but still behind his teammate.
SAINZ: Carlos will stick around Toro Rosso for another year, but then what?
KVYAT: Daniil finally scored a point again. It won't help his cause.
WILLIAMS: Another dismal showing for the second race in a row.
MCLAREN: They also took a step back.
HAAS F1: They took a massive step back.
HARYANTO: (Supposedly) found the money for the second half of the season. Whoopee doo...
ERICSSON: Considering how sore Marcus must have felt after the massive crash in FP3, he's probably glad his car only lasted 11 laps.
WEHRLEIN: From a point to DFL.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Crowdsurfing.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of standing starts this year in the rain.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first British driver to win his home grand prix was Stirling Moss in 1955 driving a ... Mercedes-Benz. However, this was the first grand prix after the Le Mans tragedy, and the French, German, Swiss, and Spanish Grands Prix had already been canceled due to this. This left just one race remaining on the schedule after the British GP, the Italian GP. Thus, Moss was too far behind his teammate, Juan Manuel Fangio, to be able to catch him.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Christian Horner actually defending his archrival, Mercedes, "I think the rule is rubbish."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Toto Wolff praising his driver Lewis Hamilton, "On a day like this a Lewis Hamilton is unstoppable."
SCHEDULE: A one weekend break, and then another back-to-backer in this marathon July.
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