Category Archives: Formula One

Bahrain ready?

Bahrain say they are ready to host the GP that was cancelled due to the unrest in the kingdom at the start of the season. This is the first time they have actually said they are ready, rather than they ‘will’ be.

The FIA are meeting on the 3rd of June to decide whether to extend the season, and the proposal from Bernie is that the Indian GP will move to the end of the season, and Bahrain will take India’s slot.

There have been objections, notably from Ross Brawn, that the season pushing through to December is just too much for the teams.

I say bring it on, however there are good reasons for not allowing the Bahrainis back on the calendar, but let’s not get into that here, more F1 = good!

Bernie probably needs the money anyhow.

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Hot Air and Rubber Rings

So after the slight anti-climax of not being able to see how Seb, Fernando, and Jenson’s battle would have panned out in the closing stages of Monaco, what are we expecting from Pirelli’s little rubber rings of joy in Montreal? Last year saw a 4 stopper due to the very high wear rate brought about by the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve’ extremely abrasive nature – it’s covered in snow for months in extreme winters – so what might the Pirelli strategy be, looks like hards and mediums, and based on previous races this year, this could be our first five stop race!! We will know more a week on Friday!

Will we still have ‘off throttle’ blown diffusers by the time we get to Canada, probably so, but not for long, Charlie Whiting indicated they would probably be gone by Silverstone over the Monaco weekend, but you never now, stranger things have happened. It’s a bit of a shame if you ask me, which nobody is, F1 engineers will always find a way to claw back downforce and performance following a change in regs, but it seems like the blown floors are falling victim of the ‘green’ argument. Waste of fuel apparently when the engine is blowing exhaust gases ‘off throttle’! Really!! Come on, this is F1, I’m sure a few gallons of the high octane stuff can be factored in.

Blown diffusers have been around forever in one form or another, Hakkinnen used one to great effect years ago in one of the silver cars, I think the real reason is sour grapes, and not just from Mr Kolles and the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) boys and girls, me thinks!

Also, who knew that the CEO of Sauber F1 was a very amiable woman? Not I!

Seats down in the Sauber motorhome people!

EDIT: Softs and supersofts going to Montreal.

Petulant Child Overshadows Monte Carlo Classic

Hamilton seconds before spewing his 'Mind Vomit'

I’m compelled to have a bit of a moan!

One of the great gladiatorial heroes, a warrior of modern times, has – well embarrassed himself, his team, and brought our beautiful sport into disrepute.

Of course I am talking about the increasingly cringeworthy Lewis Hamilton, don’t get me wrong I believe Lewis is truly one of the greats behind the wheel on his day, however the constant blame game and overbearing arrogance have now been joined by the ‘race card’.

Yup, he pulled it out and shoved it straight into the face of the BBC’s lovely Lee McKenzie. However it wasn’t just her, as over her shoulder there was a camera with a worldwide audience of millions watching. The unrelenting tirade of, ‘poor me’ and ‘it’s everyones else’s fault’ was joined this time by the one card the boy Hamilton cannot afford to use if he wants to keep any respect and credibility he may have managed to hold onto since his championship year.

Unfortunately a classic weekend of F1 that had everything you could hope for from a weekend in the principality will now be remembered for an unnecessary and frankly childish rant about the FIA, the race stewards and his fellow drivers. A shame, but unfortunately now not completely unexpected from the boy in the silver car, thankfully the man in the silver car on the other side of the garage handled himself and his race weekend impeccably yet again. Now that’s a world champion.

Unfortunately Lewis you were WAY too late on the brakes this time.