April 19, 2014
Rosberg was all set to be second, at least, on his final run when the wet pavement reached up and sent him into a spin at the last corner... so surprisingly, Mercedes was hurt by the rain. It certainly helped the Red Bulls, who are, apparently, 12mph slower than the Merc-powered cars on the long back straight. The thinking is that they need rain to fight for pole, and it worked this time. But look at those Williams lurking back there, and imagine them both finishing ahead of the energy drink team.
Meanwhile, who the heck knows what's going to happen with HWMNBN and Ferrari? Is that the legit pace of the F14T, or is that all down to the Spaniard behind the wheel. His Finnish counterpart was having problems with his steering and his downshifts, so his 11th might actually be GOOD.
Then there's the sad story of the Lotus mechanics and driver Crashtor Maldozer. In P1, he nearly drove into a wall as he fiddled with a knob on his steering wheel. As it was, he managed to only spin and humiliate himself. In P2, he drove into the pit entry... and directly into the protective barrier on the outside of the pit turn, snapping his suspension like a stale pretzel. "I crash," he called to the pit wall. "Oh. (pause) Okay," came the response like an audible facepalm. In P3, his engine broke... it was probably his fault. I don't know how, but it probably was. I have a feeling that Lotus would be happy to jettison his awful, awful driving arse, but he's got 33 million reasons for them to let him stay.
Since he DNQ'd, he races at the approval of the Stewards. Alas, they've decided to let him in.
Race in the very early morning... see you then!
Even with Mercedes engines, McLaren is having another stinking year. It's a sad state of affairs when McLaren's best driver (Button) is behind Hulk (driving for Force India) in the points.
And it's now blatantly obvious that Hamilton made the right move to abandon the sinking ship when he did.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 19, 2014 01:14 PM (+rSRq)
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