Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix Sunday but the race itself had so many twists and turns that it's hard to pick out a highlight.
Mark Webber, for instance, who finished second to Rosberg by 0.07 seconds and would have won the race if there had been a few more than the scheduled 52 laps, had his usual stinking start and sank like a stone from his fourth-place starting spot.
During this disaster, he was sideswiped by Romain Grosjean (gee, what a surprise) and by the time he recovered he was out of the Top Twelve. That he battled back to finish second was nothing short of a miracle.
Talking of miracles, the pole sitter and early leader, Lewis Hamilton, had a left-rear tire blow out. That left him last. He finished fourth and might have been on the podium if - again - the race had been a bit longer as he was closing in on third-place finisher Fernando Alonso at the checkers.
Then, of course, there was Sebastian Vettel. The three-time world champion had inherited the lead when Hamilton's tire blew out and seemed to be heading for a sure victory when his gearbox gave out on Lap 42. His failure to finish and Alonso's podium tightened up the points race.
The highly entertaining race featured something you rarely - if ever - see in a Grand Prix: a safety car period in which dozens of marshals were out on the circuit, finding and picking up pieces of shrapnel (tire bits and bits of carbon fibre bodywork) that were left as the result of left-rear Pirelli tires blowing out.
Four blew out during the race - Hamilton's, Felipe Massa's (which completely ruined the Brazilian's race after he made an absolutely incredible start and was up among the leaders; yes, he battled back to finish sixth but he could have done much better), Jean-Eric Vergne's and Sergio Perez's (which was his second blowout of the weekend, his car suffering one during practice earlier in the weekend).
The teams, understandably, were up in arms after the race demanding that Pirelli fix the problem pronto and that a full-on tire test be scheduled as early as possible. We shall see.
Rosberg had some sweating after the podium. During an interview, he was heard to say that he gained some time by not slowing down all that much for local yellows and somebody snitched to the stewards.
He was hauled onto the carpet and asked to explain. Whatever he said was apparently satisfactory and the stewards let him off with a repirmand. I suggest the next time that Nico will keep his mouth shut.
The top ten: Rosberg, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton, Kimi Raikonen, Massa, Adrian Sutil, Daniel Ricciardo, Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.
Other action Sunday.
NASCAR got that rain-delayed race in at Kentucky Speedway and Matt Kenseth won - his fourth in the Sprint Cup series this season - with Jamie McMurray second, Clint Bowyer third, Joey Logano fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.
Jimmie Johnson is having as much trouble with NASCAR restarts these days as Mark Webber is with original starts in F1. Once again, Johnson got snookered on a late-race restart and was overwhelmed by passing cars. In the heat of the action, he wound up spinning and was lucky to finish in the top ten.
He still leads the points race but Carl Edwards is catching him quickly.
At Watkins Glen, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi drove a Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Six Hours of the Glen.
John Edwards and Robin Liddell drove a Camaro GT to win the GT class. Second was the No. 69 AIM Autosport of Woodbridge Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro and Leh Keen. The second-place finish was a season-best result.
Valentino Rossi won the Moto GP race in the Netherlands at the weekend, with Ryan Dungey winning the Lucal Oil Motocross event in Southwick, Mass.
There was another auto racing death this weekend.
Italian driver Andrea Mame, 41, died in Sunday's Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France. The other cars on his team were withdrawn from competition, his next-of-kind were notified, and the show went on.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Motor Speedway was rained out Saturday night. They'll try again Sunday at noon but the weather forecast is the same: showers and thundershowers. Maybe they'll have to wait till Monday.
Friday night, Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide Series race at the same speedway. He was leading when, with 30 or so laps remaining, it started raining and NASCAR called it a race. Elliott Sadler was second and Matt Crafton finished third.
With July about to make its entrance, the annual visit by the World of Outlaws sprint cars to Ohsweken Speedway near Brantford is just around the corner, so time to start keeping a closer eye on how the drivers in that series are doing.
The tour is in the U.S. midwest at the moment and Friday night at LaSalle (Illinois) Speedway, Tim Kaeding won the 30-lap feature, with Donny Schatz second and Craig Dollansky third. Saturday night at Beaver Dam Speedway in Wisconsin, Dollansky won his fifth feature of the season, with Daryn Pittman second and Kaeding third.
Speaking of sprint cars and tough racers, seven-time U.S. Auto Club national champion Levi Jones surprised everybody this week by announcing his retirement to spend time with his family and concentrate on his business. He drove for Tony Stewart in the USAC sprint car wars.
Racing drivers, particularly Formula One Grand Prix drivers, tend to be an arrogant lot.
Jonathan Williams took the cake (one race, for Ferrari, in 1967 - his other claim to fame was driving one of the camera cars for the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans). He once ordered a three-minute soft-boiled egg and kept sending it back because it was only a two-minute egg, or a four-minute egg. Finally, the owner of the restaurant invited him into the kitchen to cook it himself.
Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Graham Hill, Jacques Villeneuve - all arrogant. One or two weren't. Jim Clark was too shy to be arrogant (he would just have eaten the two-minute, or four-minute, egg). Jackie Stewart and Emmerson Fittipaldi were/are too commercially savvy to let it show.
And there's a difference between being arrogant and demanding, and being rude. Williams kept smiling when he told the waitress that when he asked for a three-minute soft-boiled egg, he really wanted an exactly three-minute egg. And most of the others, particularly Schumacher, could win you over with cheerfulness.
The exception is Lewis Hamilton. Lewis always looks like someone peed in his cornflakes. At the Canadian race in Montreal earlier this month, he qualified second and finished third. Yes, I know he's competitive but the way he behaved in the media conferences after qualifying and again at the end of the race made you want to walk up to him and slap some sense into him.
He's a world championship contending Grand Prix driver and he couldn't be bothered to answer any of the questions asked of him with either a smile or more than 15 words, max.
Way to win friends and influence people, Lewis.
It wasn't always like this. He used to be a happy guy. I don't believe he's been the same since he fired his father as his manager. Sometimes, exceptionally talented people like him need a guiding and calming influence and he seems to have been a little adrift ever since he severed the professional relationship with his dad.
That he is an incredible driver, however, let there be no doubt. He snatched pole for tomorrow's British GP today on the last flying lap, dispatching his teammate Nico Rosberg to second-place on the grid. Sebastian Vettel will go off third, with Mark Webber fourth and Paul di Resta fifth.
Sentimental hometown favourite Jenson Button will start 11th for McLaren.
Webber has his fans, too, and they will be rooting for him to win because he has announced his retirement from F1 as of the end of this season. He'll drive Porsche sports cars for awhile and then retire.
Here's the lineup for the British GP:
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.607s
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m30.059s + 0.452s
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m30.211s + 0.604s
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m30.220s + 0.613s
5. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m30.736s + 1.129s
6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m30.757s + 1.150s
7. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m30.908s + 1.301s
8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m30.955s + 1.348s
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m30.962s + 1.355s
10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m30.979s + 1.372s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m31.592s Gap 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m31.649s + 0.659s12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m31.779s + 0.789s13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m31.785s + 0.795s14. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.082s + 1.092s15. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.211s + 1.221s16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m32.359s + 1.369sQ1 cut-off time: 1m32.512s Gap 17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m32.664s + 1.669s18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.666s + 1.671s19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m33.866s + 2.871s20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.108s + 3.113s21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m35.481s + 4.486s22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m35.858s + 4.863s