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Well, almost.  What a great example of quality intra-team battles that race was - for once NO team orders and ding-dong battles up and down the pack.  It was clear from Rosberg and Hamiltons reaction when they met up after the race that both had really enjoyed their clash over the last 10 laps, and its a credit to the Mercedes team bosses who obviously had enough faith in their drivers to let them fight it out.  Further down, the Force India, Williams and Red Bull race for that third spot was also pretty epic as they traded places (and dodged around Ferraris) at various points.  I was also so pleased for Ricciardo who continued his stellar start to 2014 and almost got back to the podium by the end of the race.  Although the Red Bulls dont quite have the Mercedes pace they are looking promising on lower fuel loads, despite not having this seasons "must have" accessory - the Mercedes bling.

Off the track a couple of stories caught my eye, the most amusing of which would have to be the effort which Ferrari bosses (and in particular Luca di Montezemolo - quoted in this ESPN article ) have been putting into trying to convince anyone wholl listen that the recent changes made to F1 regulations are bad for the sport (nothing to do with them being bad for Ferrari, obviously!).  This seemed to culminate with a series of conversations with key F1 people up and down the paddock pre-race yesterday where the words "taxi racing" were overheard on a few occasions.  It was kinda ironic then that todays race was one of the most enjoyable and interesting for many years.  Interestingly enough, there were a few comments via twitter and from Sky F1 commentators that a couple of the cars seemed louder this weekend - if they can continue to work on making the cars sound more like the old F1 were used to, then I think this might just be a cracking year.

In other news - how could Pastor Maldonado only get a 5 grid place penalty and a couple of penalty points for what he did to Gutierrez?  What will it take for him to either learn to drive responsibly or for him to be dropped from the main game?  I guess Lotus must really really need the money.......And to finish on a laugh, heres the funniest twitter take on the message from Paddy Lowe to Hamilton and Rosberg just prior to the epic battle in the closing race laps (with thanks to @PitlaneWB )

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