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Lewis vs Nico, Spa 2014 and why I have left the Hamilton fan club #F1

As of last evening, Sunday August 24th, I am no longer a member of the Lewis Hamilton fan club. Continue reading

so were MWR really in the wrong at Richmond?

So what if MWR had just raced it out last Weekend? How many armchair crew chiefs would have been pointing out what they could have done? Would there not have been a question or two asked as to whether or not they were sharp enough to have seen the opportunity? Continue reading

so Truex out, Newman in as MWR are penalised, but don’t NASCAR manipulate races too?

So NASCAR have penalised MWR for their actions in manipulating the race results last weekend at Richmond. Fair enough, but it was only a case of team orders being used to change both the race result and the outcome of the championship and that sort of things is as old as racing; it got banned in F1 for a while before being re-instated as a tactic, so were MWR wrong? Continue reading

way to go JenJo #jenjocobb #nascar

Well done Jennifer Jo Cobb for walking away from a start and park job. I can understand, maybe, where an owner/driver is playing that game, but when you have a contracted driver on board who has brought sponsorship to your team in the expectations of running the race then no way.

So this is a vote of favour from JJB to JJC. You did the right thing and I wish you luck in getting a ride with someone who’ll let you race.

F1 Team Orders OK for 2011

So they have dropped the ban on team orders in #F1. No surprises really as the situation between team cars could have been manipulated in all sorts of ways besides telling one driver that the other was faster.

But it is an interesting situation. There was a time when drivers would do things for the benefit of the team anyway; Peter Collins handing his Ferrari to Fangio at Monza in ’56, giving up his own title shot so that the Maestro could take the championship being a classic example.

For many years the concept of the team hierarchy of a number one and a number two driver was standard. The second seat at Lotus was something of a poisoned chalice during the Clark years, although they did embrace the joint number one package for a while (Clark & Hill, Fittipladi & Peterson). Jackie Stewart was the de facto number one at Tyrrell and so on.

Ferrari have generally always leaned towards a number one with supporting drivers (remember that two cars per team is a fairly recent limit). Phil Hill tried to push Moss into retirement at the final round in ’58, then gave up second to Mike Hawthorn just before the end to gift the latter the title, Bandini let Surtees through to second place and the ’64 title in Mexico (despite actually scoring one point less than Graham Hill who Bandini had also punted off (accidently)). So the Schumacher era at Maranello was nothing new.

Over at Lotus, Peterson helped Andretti to the title in’78. Instances of teams chucking away a championship becuase they let the drivers race are fairly rare. The Alonso & Hamilton thing at McLaren where they raced each other and gave the title away by a point is one example, and Mansell and the Brazilian bloke at Williams in ’86 is another, but it isn’t something you see often, hence all the exitement at Red Bull as the 2010 season drew to a close; would Webber and Vettel race each other out of contention and let Alonso sneak it?

As we know, Vettel walked off with the race and the title after a great drive from him, a less great drive from Webber and a bad call for Alonso. The fuss was that a team who let their two drivers go at it could have given the title away to a team that had played the team orders game, but were the fans really in danger of being cheated? Of course they weren’t.

As for betting scandals, well, there is a precedent, but you have to go all the way back to Tripoli in the 1930’s to find it. I doubt that you could pull that off in modern F1, despite the Alonso/Renault win that followed the Piquet jnr accident the other year.

Team orders are a fact of life and I always felt that the ban was silly as regular readers here will know. Now it’s gone. Roll on 2011.

FIA decision on Ferrari – the right thing to do

Well done the FIA. A very sensible decision, now let’s move on. Monza here we come, and let’s have another sensible decision to keep the Italian GP at Monza for ever.

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Weekend round up 23 August 2010 #NASCAR #DTM #BTCC #F1 #indycar

So Shrub (small Busch) got a couple at Bristol. Can’t stand the boke myself, but there you go. Good job Rootie for a fine second despite helath issues, and best wishes for a full recovery to Brian Vickers after his heart surgery. Hopefully you can come back next season and take up where you left off. The Double M had another bad night and is now just over 100 points out of the Chase; doesn’t look like he’s gonna make it. Shame. I’m looking forward to being over next month and seeing some racing on TV in my den plus all of the other round up shows.

Another strong UK day for the DTM boys and girls at Zandvoort. Well done GP and PdR for a great one two. Audi in trouble over team orders! Where would this championship be without them (I know they have ruled them out, but come on)?

Also on the team order front the outher double M has apparently said that Ferarri, Alonso and Massa should all lose their points from the German GP. Personally I think that this is nonsense. The most that should happen is that the result should be reversed, but I don’t care if they just tell them that they’ve been naughty and don’t do it again. There wouldn’t have been much of a fight if Alonso had had to make the pass unaided as he was so much quicker by that stage. The only possible other outcomes were that; a) they would have had eachother off, or b) that they would have slowed themselves down a bit and allowed Vettel to catch them. Ah! That must have been it; they wanted a German to win the German GP! Stupid of me not to have thought of that. Oh, yes. How do team orders not come into play when you want to take a part off one car and put it on the other one? Answers on a postcard please.

Fords rule at the Silverstone BTCC. I just can’t get excited about these hatchbacks pushing each other off. It’s not really racing to me somehow.

Will Power dominant in Sonoma. Looking good for the title Will; all ovals from now, so keep it going. Simona de Silvestro impressive again even if a couple of incidents left the final result looking less worthy.

Spa next week for the Belgian GP. One of the better tracks even if it’s a bit shorter than it used to be, and why oh why do they continue the stupidity of releasing an F1 pack of the start and into the slowest corner on the track? Why not move the start back round La Source and let them charge off down to Eau Rouge like in the old days? Anyway, it’s been a wet August so far so what are the chances of a wet race next Sunday? Should shake things up a bit.

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