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Today: Formula One returns.

28 Mar

This weekend saw the second race weekend of the 2012 calender and what a couple of races it has been! Australia was full if drama right up until the flag, and Malaysia produced a surprise result that caught the entireity of Italy offguard.

A bonus for me as a Mark Webber fan is that he out-qualified Sebastian Vettel twice, and finished in the points both races, unlike the young double world champion, which after a season full of not being on the same playing field as his team mate, is a massive relief and makes this season even more exciting for me!

However the drama was nothing compared to what Felipe Massa is going through now, its now a case of ‘will he won’t he’ be racing for the entirity of the season, after finishing outside the points whilst Fernando Alonso took a surprising victory with a car that ferrari has admitted isn’t the best, and Sergio Perez of the ferrari young driver program took a second place in what was an epic battle for the line. Till he took a trip round the curb to add a few more seconds to the gap he had closed. This was after he got told to ‘be careful’ by his engineer, but we aren’t pointing any fingers at the young ferrari prodigy who drives for sauber who have ferrari engines. Nope…

It all kicked off with Sebastian Vettel and Narain Karthykaen (whose name I have spelt wrong… Sorry I’m on my phone!) When seb.decided to show an unfamiliar finger to the ‘young’ Indian driver, they then seemed to exchange insults via the media for the world to see. I can’t even remember the petty incident they are stropping about but for sure (I could be a formula one driver now) will this not be an easy thing to shake. Vettel has been called a bully, Narain has been branded a cry baby and neither of those is a good name to have. Personally I don’t really care what they call each other. As ling as they respect each other on the road. Yes that means moving out the way for the lapping car, but also not moaning if the slower car is in a fight for position. They should just cuddle and say that it was all heat of the moment, which it was.

I’m excited for China, if the current track of results is anything to go by then, for sure (driver in the making right here) it will be an awewome race.

Today: Monza’s Reactions

13 Sep

Although a race track generally doesn’t have a reaction to a race result, Monza is one of those places where the tifozo come out in so much force that even the drivers feel the track is alive. Felipe Massa said:

“All you could see was the fans, you couldn’t see the track”

I think this is a paramount atmosphere that you could only experience at Monza, the willingness of the fans for Ferrari to suceed, whilst having a fantastic race for everyone else, ending in a fantastic party can only equal a good time!

Indeed, this can’t be more apparent than when Fernando Alonso took the top step at the podium, although you couldn’t hear it on the tv all that well, the crowd went wild, infact i am sure that when the Italian National anthem came on every Italian in the circuit was singing along.

Far from the domination that was expected from Ferrari this weekend, it all seemed lost at the first corner when Jenson Button took the lead, and then lead till his pit-stop! Lewis Hamilton found out the hard way that bumping into the side of a Ferrari – which accordig to Martin Brundle are built for such collisions – breaking a part of his steering and retiring him from the race. Before the completion of Lap 1.

Kamoui Kobayashi had a pretty rough time of it as well, starting from the pit-lane he also didn’t complete the first lap, having to pull over on track.

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel dropped and made places all race, Webber had a tough time behind Nico Hulkenburg who cut as many chicanes as races he had raced in F1 and managed to get away with it. Jaime Algesuari on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky. Having cut the chicane once he then had to sulk down the pitlane for a drive through penalty.

Sebastian Vettel had all his fans hearts in their mouths as he left his pitstop till the penultimate lap of the race, i was worried that the young German would infact forget to pit -such being his luck and press at the moment – but he pulled a blinder. Managing to salvage 4th whilst Mark Webber salvaged 6th, and now leads the Drivers Championship.

 The race all in all was a race typical of common thought of F1, cars driving round and round. But the reprocussions it has on the championship will have every F1 fan sitting on the edge of their seats for the last 5 races of the season.

Today was the World Motor Sport Council.

8 Sep

D-Day, The Day of Reckoning, The Penultimate Day – Whatever you want to call it, today was meant to be the day where we saw ‘justice’ (or at least a public slap on the wrist) for the comotion caused by Ferrari at the 2010 German GP in Hockenheim.

Most people who have a deep understanding of the sport realised that scheduling the FIA hearing the week of  Monza (Ferrari’s home GP) would result in little or no punishment, for fear of alienating the masses and having a poor crowd.

The result that came in today was poor and heartbreaking to be honest. If any other team had done this, general concensus is that there would have been a penalty of some kind – grid drop, point drop, exclusion from the constructors championship – to name a few.  However people are saying that because Ferrari are the  old horses in the yard, they got away with it.

Tell me, if you were caught speeding, would you have to face the concequences?

I knew it was going to be a difficult one to call. There were many outcomes that could happen:

  1. The team could be ducked constructors points from the race – They were going to get the 1-2 anyway
  2. The drivers could be ducked race points – Though Massa was the only one who completed any action
  3. Grid drop at Monza – At their home race? Then who for?
  4. Team being banned for # of races – F1 without Ferrari? It’s like Pizza without the base.

**DEEP BREATH**

It’s been done now. Decision has been made to not do anything with them.

I guess i can look forward to Mark Webber beating Fernando Alonso properly now.

“Fernando is faster than you, can you confrm you understand?”

“I Do. I’ll go faster.” – MW

In Other news on the F1 front, No new teams will be on the grid in 2011, none of the teams were seen to be financially viable, and the lack of any points from the 3 current new teams and the speed at which they race at were seen to be a negative indicator to bring a new team in.

A new rule describing the driving of the teams OFF TRACK, humerously named as “Lewis’ Law”, Summarises that action will be taken if they undertake illegal actions. With the worst punishment being the indefinate cancellation of the drivers super license. ie, they won’t beable to race.

Another story is that Flavio, dear dear Flavio, has had his punishment over the Nelson Piquet Jr Incident in Singapore 2008 OVERTURNED. Yes that is right, he has effectively been freed of any wrong doing in probably one of the most  dangerous examples of team orders i think i have ever seen.

All that is for the FIA to bring in a sort of “approved staff member” card. So the top dogs in each team have to meet certain criteria. Like the super licence, this will give the FIA CHOICE over who can run teams. I’m still undecided on this suggestion (which thankfully they have’t submitted yet).

What are everyone elses’s opinion? I can just imagine all the team principals having suitability ratings out of 10 or something…..

Page last updated at 13:16 GMT, Wednesday, 8 September 2010 14:16 UK

FIA rejects new team applications

Jacques Villeneuve

Villeneuve had hoped for a return to F1 next season

Formula 1’s governing body has turned down all the entries from teams hoping to fill the vacant 13th slot in 2011.

The decision ends for now ex-world champion Jacques Villeneuve’s hopes of returning to the grid as the Canadian had lodged one of the rejected entries.

The FIA said on Wednesday: “None of the candidates meet the requirements to be granted an entry.”

It also released a 20-race calendar, with the new Indian race set for 30 October, two from the season’s end.

In other changes, Brazil replaces Abu Dhabi as the final grand prix of the season, which will end on 27 November.

The longest F1 season in history – with one race more than in 2010 – will start in Bahrain on 13 March before moving on, as this year, to Australia, Malaysia and China.

Turkey replaces Spain as the first European race of the year on 8 May, with the Spanish race following two weeks later.

The British Grand Prix marks the halfway point of the season on 10 July.

There are four back to back pairs of races: Malaysia and China, Spain and Monaco, Germany and Hungary, and Japan and Korea.

The 13th slot arose as a result of the collapse of the US F1 team before the start of the 2010 season.

Among the teams applying for the vacant slot were Villeneuve’s, which was in partnership with the Italian ex-GP2 team Durango, and another bid from the Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi, which was one of the teams who were rejected in 2009 when the FIA approved the applications of Manor Motorsport (which became Virgin F1), Campos Meta (which became Hispania) and US F1.

Lotus, the third of the new teams on the grid this season, took the slot vacated by Toyota when the Japanese car giant pulled out at the end of the 2009 season.

None of the three new teams this season have scored points, and they remain some way from the pace of even the slowest of the established teams.

The decisions came at Wednesday’s meeting of the FIA World Council, the organisation’s legislative and disciplinary body.

It also announced its intention to push on with plans to licence certain specified staff members of all teams competing in its championships.

This is a reaction to the controversy over Renault’s attempt to fix the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix by asking their driver Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash to increase the chances of his team-mate Fernando Alonso of winning the race.

The FIA’s decision to ban Renault bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from taking part in any FIA championship was overturned in the French courts so the two have effectively not been punished for their actions.

A statement from the FIA read: “The World Motorsport Council will submit a proposal to the General Assembly that a specific licence is created for a restricted list of members of staff of the competitors entered in the FIA World Championships.

“The aim is to introduce a system that ensures they are subject to the criteria set out in a new FIA code of good standing.

“This would apply to a minimum of six people per competitor, including the team principal, sporting director, team manager, technical director and two race engineers [or equivalent].

“A new mechanism will be introduced to control access to areas under the jurisdiction of the FIA and no pass of any kind will be issued to any person or body who is not in good standing for the purposes of the FIA International Sporting Code.

“Entrants will also become responsible for their staff, meaning any person connected directly or indirectly with the entrant in connection with their participation in an event.”

Today: I Read a Guardian Blog for the First Time

7 Sep

Well after an eventful weekend in Spa Where new dislike and insults were added to the up and coming Sebastian Vettel, I was of course in a very grumpy mood!

I did infact write a 4-page blog (on Word as i was at work at the time!) Which unfortunately…. didn’t get saved! So i did what any other student would do – i stropped and played playstation and went to visit my Mum.

So here is my general summary of the Spa weekend!

Red Bull had a great qualifying with Mark Webber on pole and Sebastain Vettel in 4th, with a strong showing from Lewis Hamilton and the blisteringly quick Renault of Robert Kubica between them, Jenson Buttin managed 5th, whilst the Ferrari’s of Massa and Alonso could only manage 6th and 10th with season best qualifier for Barichello on his 300th GP in 8th.

The first lap was all but uneventful, Drizzle across half the track meant that the slicks sped through the dry and skidded through the drizzle! Barichello was an unfortunate victum of the Spa microclimate where he locked both wheels and skidded straight into Alonso, finishing his 300th GP before finishing the first lap. The general chaos from this bought out the safety car.

Few laps on and Vettel makes the move on the slower Button, and doesn’t get it right. AT ALL. He manages to salvage his race and hobbles into the pitlane whilst Button is forced to retire, furious at the event that has just occured.

Skip to the pits and Kubica makes a mistake and is distracted whilst pulling into his pit box, totally overshooting it and taking out one of his mechanics in the process, Allowing the Terrible start Mark Webber had to be ‘undone’ as he took second position from Kubica.

Vettel had his drive through, puncture, and about 40 pitstops….

The race finished with the Brit Lewis Hamilton on the topstep, Mark Webber’s salvaged second step was a relief after his poor start, and Kubica maintaining his 3rd place qualifier to take the third step.

Petrov and Schumacher drove crakers to make up 14 places each and kamoui Kobayashi made it into the points as well.

The next race is at Monza where RBR are said to struggle with the long straights whilst Mclaren and Force India are said to thrive. The Mercedes engine – which has more horsepower than the Renault engine- showed itself at Spa and teams with this engine are looking pretty smug!

The next big thing however is the WMSC on Wednesday this week, where the fate of the long standing Ferrari will be decided. General concensus from in the F1 camp is that they deserve a punishment, but won’t get anything substantial after their $100,000 fine. The fans who feel robbed (Ferrari fans as well) want them to be banned – constructors points removed -driver points re-dished out from the race – Alonso to be made to wear a dress, you name it they want it.

Richard Williams posted a erm intersting article [here] on The Guardian about the up and coming WMSC defending Ferrari’s actions, whilst it’s all well and good saying that team orders have helped people in the past, most of these instances have been in the FINAL race of the season, where the other guy in your team has NO chance of winning the WDC. Nowadays team orders are against the rules. Just like KERS for the 2010 season, just like ride height, just like anyother rule in the book.

Ferrari broke this rule, and hence should be punished!

He goes on to say that team orders are in place for team principals to control their drivers. Then goes on to use RBR and Turkey as an example. Now at the time, as an RBR fan i was very very very annoyed. But then After i went to Germany to watch the GP and experienced first hand the ‘team orders’ debacle, i am glad to say that RBR crashed into each other. Woul i prefer it not to happen? Yes. Would i want to be robbed of a race? No. I feel i was robbed by Ferrari.

I dislike Alonso and i make no attempt to hide it, however if he had won fair and square by properly over taking Massa i would have been annoyed yes. But i wouldn’t have felt the anger and dissapointment that Ferrari made me feel.

“Team orders that interfere with a race result are strictly forbidden”
This is the rule for the sport today. They aren’t racing 50 years ago. Yes this is a buisiness, but we as the fans are the clients. You race to please us.