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“We really, really, reeeeaaaaally want a third car! Pleeease?”

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From Autosport:

Ferrari has expressed a keen desire to tie up with an American team in the near future if it can see through its idea to allows teams to provide a third car.

Ferrari is yammering about the whole “we want a third car” thing again! Has any other team ever expressed interest in that? I don’t think so. I think some were actually against it, if I recall correctly.

So what happens if the third car rule never happens? Will Ferrari NOT help any Americans in F1 or what? What a strange group, they are. I’m certainly happy to be on the Mercedes train now, let me tell you! There’s a lot less of this foolishness for sure.

Schumacher’s Penalty

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The Monaco Grand Prix finished under the safety car, yet Schumacher decided to pass Alonso for position, finishing 6th rather than 7th. Everyone condemned him for passing when he isn’t supposed to, myself included.

But then…

Around the time that Schumacher is handed a 20 second penalty, dropping him to 12th, word flies across the internet that Schumacher made the pass because a green flag was deployed. That’s right, the flag that indicates that the race is on was waved. Schumacher did exactly what anyone would do. He saw green, so he made a move on Alonso.

Many people are now against the penalty due to the whole green flag aspect of this interesting situation. This same people are criticizing the FIA for penalizing Schumacher while Felipe Massa, who mucked with the rules in both qualifying and the race, was not even spoken to. Massa broke two safety regulations while Schumacher did nothing wrong, due to the green flag being out.

It makes you stop and wonder, doesn’t it? Schumacher was a victim of circumstance it seems, while Ferrari continues to avoid the wrath of the FIA.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the little Frenchman running the show now?

This week in F1

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Three week breaks between races are almost unbearable. They drag on and on, and I wonder how I manage to keep myself sane. During these breaks, I entertain my F1 obsession by reading the news. Here are a few things making news which I found interesting and have summarized.

Gerard Lopez decided to shake the F1 world with a comment of epic magnitude. He stated something that has never been thought of by anyone. Ever. Gerard had the balls to say that… Robert Kubica… Could be world champion one day. Wow Gerard, you’re just regurgitating a fact that everyone has known for what, two or three years? Kubica is a true force to be reckoned with. Considering the fact that he has never driven an “appropriate” top tier car and almost won the championship once already is pretty telling. If he ever gets his hands on a Ferrari or McLaren, then I will fully expect him to win the championship immediately. I’m completely serious, I don’t joke about Kubica’s talent. He’s a beast!

Fernando Alonso has had his thumbs insured for ten million euros by Santander. Avoiding the fact Santander’s CEOs clearly have some kind of uncontrollable lust for Alonso, I found this to be incredibly shocking. Ten million euros if he hurts his precious little thumbs! If I break a thumb (which is unlikely since I’m yet to break a bone, let alone sprain anything), I’ll just get a few days off work. I guess it helps to be rich.

Stefan GP wants to enter F1 in 2011. While I supported their efforts to get on the grid this year (but only due to a certain Jacques Villeneuve), I find myself not really caring at this point. Stefanovic apparently has some kind of criminal connections and he also did a fantastic job of pissing off the FIA. Things basically went like this earlier in the year.
FIA: Sorry Stefanovic, but you’re not allowed to hang around with us.
Stefan: Well if you won’t give me permission, then I’ll just do it anyway!
And so they did! Stefan shipped their supplies to Bahrain and Australia just because they were convinced they would be on the grid, even before USF1 dropped out. Well, when USF1 did in fact drop out, the FIA refused to grant Stefan entry. Several weeks later and Toyota had to clean up Stefan’s mess by retreiving the shipping containers that the ambitious Serbian team sent all over the place. Now, why would the FIA ever want these guys on the grid? Maybe if a rogue pirate overthrows Jean Todt they might have a chance, but they certainly don’t at the moment!

Kimi Raikkonen is not dismissing the idea of returning to Formula One next year, or at least that’s what I’ve read… For the twentieth time. I can’t be the only one getting tired of these articles. It seems to be a biweekly tradition for one to suddenly appear on Autosport, GP Update, or some other site. Kimi has already made it very clear what his plans are, so maybe these journalists should respect his decision and also take Kimi’s advice and go take a shit.

Sidepod Mirrors Banned

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The FIA have decided that, in two weeks time, mirrors mounted on the sidepods of cars will be banned. This means that between the Malaysian Grand Prix and Chinese Grand Prix, a few teams will have to move their mirrors.

While it may sound a little drastic, it all makes sense when one sees where these sidepod mirrors are located. Here is a picture of the Ferrari that demonstrates where they’ve mounted their mirrors.

It should be very clear why the mirrors need to be moved. They’re a major safety concern.

I’m actually a little surprised that certain teams (Ferrari and Red Bull especially) were able to get away with this for as long as they have. The mirrors are just too far out, and they’re positioned in very vulnerable spots. It wouldn’t take much for a Ferrari to lose a mirror, I would imagine.

A few drivers have even said that they don’t like the sidepod mirrors or worry about how the mirrors put them at a disadvantage and also endanger their safety slightly. The FIA heard these concerns and decided to take action.

Starting in two weeks, the sidepod mirrors will probably be relocated back to their original positions near the cockpit. I don’t have Paintshop Pro or anything at work, so this picture that I put together to show where the mirrors will be moved to is a little unsightly.

Of course, Ferrari will make the mirrors look more aesthetically pleasing than I just did, but this is probably where the mirrors will be – out of harm’s way and easily viewable by the drivers. They way the mirrors should be.

2010 Formula 1 Constructors Entry List

March 4, 2010 1 comment

Well, last night the FIA posted the full 2010 entry list and it’s pretty much exactly what everybody expected, though there’s one disappointment that I’ll get to after the entry list.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
1 Jenson Button
2 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
3 Michael Schumacher
4 Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Racing
5 Sebastian Vettel
6 Mark Webber

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
7 Felipe Massa
8 Fernando Alonso

AT&T Williams
9 Rubens Barrichello
10 Nico Hulkenburg

Renault F1 Team
11 Robert Kubica
12 Vitaly Petrov

Force India F1 Team
14 Adrian Sutil
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi

Scuderia Toro Rosso
16 Sebastien Buemi
17 Jaime Alguersuari

Lotus Racing
18 Jarno Trulli
19 Heikki Kovalainen

HRT F1 Team
20 TBA (Karun Chandhok?)
21 Bruno Senna

BMW Sauber F1 Team
22 Pedro de la Rosa
23 Kamui Kobayashi

Virgin Racing
24 Timo Glock
25 Lucas di Grassi

Now, there are just a few things that I’d like to point out or mention..

1. Mercedes’ team name is too long! I abbreviated the name and it’s still gargantuan. If I were to write out the full name, it would be Mercedes Grand Prix Petronas Formula One Team… Wow. Isn’t that a little bit too long? I’ll bet anything that it will just be shortened to Mercedes Petronas F1 on television broadcasts.

2. HRT is what became of the Campos Meta team. Unlike USF1, Campos has managed to crawl through and should definitely be on the grid next week. They still only have one announced driver, but the second is expected to be revealed within the next few days. Karun Chandhok is expected to drive for HRT alongside Bruno Senna, who it feels was announced as a Campos driver ages ago now. USF1 refugee Jose Maria Lopez is expected to be the teams reserve and test driver.

3. The Sauber team is still being called “BMW Sauber” despite BMW not being involved in Formula One at all. Since Peter Sauber obtained Ferrari engines for 2010, this technically makes the team BMW Sauber Ferrari. Hmm, two rival European manufacturers appearing to be running a joint team? I don’t think that BMW or Ferrari will like this very much, and I would not be surprised if BMW, Ferrari, and/or Sauber appeal to have the name changed before next weekend in Bahrain.

4. No Stefan GP. This also means no Kazuki Nakajima or Jacques Villeneuve. I don’t care about Nakajima because he’s slower than molasses on a cold day, but I really wished that Jacques Villeneuve would have taken to the grid. He is the only man fit to represent my country in F1 for at least a few more years (until someone such as Red Bull takes a good look at Robert Wickens from F2), so it was disheartening to see Stefan denied USF1’s grid spot yesterday. I can’t mourn about this for too long though, since favourite drivers come and go all the time. Other favourites of mine have departed, such as Olivier Panis who is certainly well out of F1 and Kimi Raikkonen will probably want to stay in the WRC indefinitely, so there’s no use crying over spilled milk. Jacques may not be on the 2010 grid yet, but he’s like a bad cold – you think that he’s starting to leave but then he comes back when you least expect, over and over again.

And with that, there are only ten days left until Bahrain. I don’t imagine anything else newsworthy will happen before then, except for HRT announcing Karun Chandhok. Ferrari and Red Bull are also appealing to the FIA to investigate McLaren’s rear wing, because they want to know if it is legal or not, though even the teams pointing their fingers believe it will be, so there’s not a whole lot to discuss there.

For now, I will just kick back and wait for the lights in Bahrain. 2010 is going to be an amazing show, the most exciting season since I have followed Formula One. I can hardly wait!

USF1 Out

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The title is self-explanatory, and it is exactly what I predicted I would write about next. It was plain as day that USF1 would not be reacing this year. Comments from the team have progessively gotten more worrying over time. I will paraphrase what they’ve said each month this year.

Pre-2010: “Everything is going according to plan. There is no need for concern.”

January: “We will be on the grid in Bahrain. We won’t be pretty, but we’ll be there.”

February: “We will not be ready in time and would like to miss the first four races of the season.”

March: “We would now prefer to have the entire year off.”

The above comment came at the same time as employees at the USF1 factory were informed that they were being put on unpaid leave. It was just yesterday afternoon that USF1 officially pulled the plug. I do not get any joy from the team not being able to make the grid, but I am certainly relieved as are many other fans I would imagine. I am just glad that the USF1 situation has finally been laid to rest.

However, I do not feel sorry for the USF1 boss Ken Anderson. He submitted USF1’s entry long ago and it was believed that the team had a good number of resources and would be on the grid come 2010. Teams such as Lotus, who only got the go ahead from the FIA at the end of last year, accomplished far more in less time than USF1 and will be on the grid next weekend in Bahrain. USF1 produced nothing in over a year to show the public except a picture of Peter Windsor standing with driver Jose Maria Lopez and President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Bravo, guys.

With USF1 now officially out, the Serbian squad Stefan Grand Prix (abbreviated SGP) looks set to take USF1’s spot on the grid as FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA conduct a business review of Stefan. If everything checks out, Stefan will line up on the grid next weekend with the rebranded 2010 Toyota car, represented by Kazuki Nakajima and Jacques Villeneuve. Stefan has a car and two drivers, and they supposedly have backing from the Serbian government. They are still hellbent on racing in 2010 and I say, hey, give them the vacant spot left by USF1. They are better equipped and better prepared, plus having Villeneuve back would give us FIVE world champions on the grid as he would line up with Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and Michael Schumacher.

USF1, exit stage right. Stefan, you’re up!

Ferrari’s war with the FIA not over, apparently.

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is an amuzing article that was posting on Ferrari’s official website yesterday.

The Horse Whisperer – For whom the bell tolls

Maranello, 22nd February – Only less than three weeks to go until the ultimate form of motor sport, the Formula 1 World Championship, gets underway, while celebrating its sixtieth birthday this year. For many of the teams, this coming week is a crucial one, as the bell rings to signal the final lap, with the last test session getting underway in Barcelona. It is one last chance to run the cars on track, to push reliability to the limit and to try and find some performance. That’s the situation for many teams but not for all of them. Of the thirteen teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year’s Championship, to date only eleven of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace. As for the twelfth team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumours which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal. However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfil the role of loyal vassal. All this means, it is hard to imagine the Dallara designed car showing its face at the Catalunya Circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.

The thirteenth team, USF1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, Lopez, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from chairwoman Kirchner, according to the rumours) and now has to start all over again. Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.

Next, we have the Serbian vultures. Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed. Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armour whom we mentioned earlier.

This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president. The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1. This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it. In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there’s not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?

Again, this came from Ferrari. Their official website. It is believed that Luca Cordero di Montezemolo wrote this, uh, eye opening article. However, whomever is responsible for this article deserves to be scolded by Ferrari’s PR department.

Why is this article a bad thing? Fans all over the internet are condeming it and rightfully so, because this article has many suspect phrases. “Serbian vultures” is probably the phrase that sticks out the most, and it has an air of xenophobia about it. The author (again, thought to be Montezemolo) should have known better! They have blasted entities in Formula One in the past over doing stupid things, but this article just reeks of wrong doing and hypocrisy. Shame on you, Ferrari.

While I respect Ferrari for bringing up Campos and USF1, I am not impressed by how they appear to slag Lotus and Virgin, two of the new teams who have very competent looking cars. They may not get very far off the back of the grid at first, but Lotus and Virgin are going to be on the grid and competing, and that is not something you should disrespect. Campos looks very likely to make the grid now as mentioned, but I still feel that Ferrari is being too hard on them.

As for USF1, I agree that they are certainly done for, and the way in which that team has mismanaged itself is apalling. This is the only point that I will agree with Ferrari on. I fully expect to write about the demise of USF1 in a few days when it is revealed that the team is no more.

The other side of the article is Ferrari’s obvious swipe at the FIA. It is a well known fact that towards the end of his term, Mosley was not well liked by Ferrari, and Luca di Montezemolo proved that. Now that Ferrari’s former team principal Jean Todt is the FIA President, you would think that Ferrari would be a little more lenient with their FIA bashing, but it appears not. I don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish, but I certainly hope that they don’t start a “crusade” against the FIA just over new teams.

Anyway, just wanted to talk about that ridiculous article. Ferrari, you upset quite a few fans today. For the sake of your reputation as a world class brand, don’t do that again!