Archive for September, 2007

Oh! Dear Ferrari

September 30, 2007

Dear Dear Dear – they say what goes around comes around!

At Fuji, F1’s moaning champions Ferrari got a little back of what they’ve been dishing out over the years. The latest bleating from Ferrari was that they were not told by the race director that all teams were to start the race on extreme wet tyres. Everyone else knew, the other teams knew, even the commentators knew, yet Ferrari were unaware!

On lap 9 or 10, with Raikkonen in position 4 behind team-mate Massa and with Massa ruled out of the drivers championship but with Raikkonen still in with an outside chance, I began wondering how Ferrari would get Massa to allow Raikkonen to overtake without giving team orders (a la Barichello and Schumacher). Then the problem was miraculously solved via Massa being called into the pits for new tyres, which with only 6-7 laps to go seemed to mystify the ITV race commentators as much as it did me.

I don’t blame Ferrari for what I believe was an unneccessary tyre change which allowed Raikkonen to gain an extra championship point, but when Ron Dennis evidently told Hamilton not to try overtaking Alonso at Monaco it was as if the roof had caved in. Maybe it’s the manner by which you arrange team orders that counts which I am sure Ron Dennis will keep stored away in his mind.

F1 – Hypothetical Situation

September 29, 2007

Following the Monaco Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone stated that he thought McLaren should have been banned for the rest of the season. The reason, Ron Dennis evidently telling Lewis Hamilton not to try overtaking Alonso. In my opinion that was the correct directive on a track where safe overtaking is virtually impossible. The McLaren drivers taking each other out would hardly have delighted their main sponsors, Mercedes Benz!

When Ferrari obviously told Barrichello to easy up, indeed virtually stop on the line, so as to allow Schumacher to win I can’t recall Bernie offering one word of criticism. And I don’t recall FIA boss Max Mosley offering critical comment!

On the grid at Monaco, Bernie was seen strolling around and holding court with none other than mega billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovitch. When questioned Bernie advised Abramovitch was interested in F1 racing. I imagine it would be good to entice Abramovitch into F1 racing as Russia does not currently stage a Grand Prix.

Now Max Moseley has let it be known that he wanted McLaren banned for the rest of the 2007 F1 season and for the whole of the 2008 season. The FIA duly imposed a hefty $100million fine.

On 29 September 2007, a number of UK newspapers carried comments by Ecclestone in which he is reputed to have stated he would be delighted if the 2007 drivers championship was decided by Alonso and Hamilton involved in a mighty crash. This is from a man who rarely has any comment worth listening to when interviewed on the grid by Martin Brundell. I can only assume Mr Eccelstone has lost it, how else could you possibly describe a wish for two F1 cars to crash? Ecclestone thinks it would be great publicity for ‘his’ sport – rubbish, what comment would Ecclestone make if both drivers were severely injured……better publicity?

The McLaren Charade

September 13, 2007

Having watched recent Channel4 documentaries on President Bush and his cohorts financial interest and involvement with oil companies currently working in wartorn Iraq, and then Lord Coe’s company’s financial benefits from his involvement with the 2012 Olympics, I can only surmise that the £50million fine imposed on McLaren by the FIA is intended as being a means by which a Russian mega millionaire could possibly buy his way into a very successful F1 team. Let’s wait and see!