Sebastian can't seem to decide whether getting booed at every other race is a good or a bad thing. Yes, it's good when it happens at Monza because it means you've beaten Ferrari and enraged the tifosi (also: the Croats?). But it hurts your feelings to have British fans shower you with disaffection after a retirement at Silverstone. What's a three- (possibly soon to be four-) time World Champion to do? (In his defense: it's not like it's his fault for being fast.)
Regardless of how the fans took it, the Red Bulls were, as is typical lately, just too darn fast at a track where they assumed they'd be doing damage limitation. Fortunately Monza threw a few little surprises** at us to keep us going - Nico Hulkenberg qualified his Sauber on the second row (tying Valtteri Bottas for the 2013 "That's Not a Typo" award, previously won by Pastor Maldonado last year in Barcelona), Massa outqualified Alonso despite being forced to tow his teammate along, Lewis blamed himself for driving "like an idiot" despite being impeded, and Grosjean had an accident that wasn't his fault. Ricciardo, officially confirmed to take Webber's seat next year, drove well to finish 7th and justify Red Bull's faith in him; in 2014, his 1000-watt grin better be shining from the podium.
Speaking of wattage - onward to the night race in Singapore. Lewis has said that Mercedes will be strong here, which would make sense given that they've done well at tight and twisty tracks like Monaco (where Nico won) and Hungary (where Lewis won). It's a street track, so anything is possible - even if Red Bull are dominant, safety cars could reel them back in to the rest of the field and provide us with some drama. (Failing that, maybe Seb will sing a duet with Justin Bieber during the post-race concert.)
Benelux, 7:30am, you know the deal!
** - Personally the most interesting part of Monza was seeing the thermal tyre images that teams like Force India and Williams were so kind to release (I'm joking - Bernie forced them to do it, we know that). In Friday practice we got a cool glimpse of a rear-facing thermal camera, and as the car approached the first chicane, Matchett noticed a VERY small amount of heat showing up in the intake duct under braking. It was so miniscule that even upon replaying the DVR recording it was barely noticeable. This provoked the hysterical exchange:
Hobbs: "Did I ever tell you.. that you have eyes.. like a rodent that lives in the sewage system?"
Matchett: "I.. think.. that's a compliment??"
And laughter was had by all.