“Look around you…
Just look around you…”
On the subject of sturdy 1980′s musical equipment, I used a PA yesterday that used to belong to my uncle’s band in the 1980′s. It’s been bashed about like hell and one of the horns is broken, but it still works a treat and outdoes the modern one supplied in the practice place! Thank goodness plenty of this gear is kicking during recessions! The new leads I bought to connect up the PA amount to about as much as I paid for the second hand PA itself!]]>
Force India was right to do what it did on Friday. In the absence of greater freedom in the paddock (the analogies outside are eerie), missing FP2 to ensure staff safety was not only prudent, but might have been a wise thing for others to copy. The other teams got through the Manama situation due to sheer dumb luck.
For the FOM to offer criticism of a move that was far safer than the behaviour of the other teams is foolish. To do so in a situation forced on them by the behaviour of powers-that-be that broke their own regulations is downright reprehensible. Bernie, for one, owes Force India a massive apology. It won’t happen, but he still owes it.
I recently picked up a Force India hat because they’ve been my favourite team since they were Jordan. Let’s say there’s an “I Feel the Force” t-shirt I’ve had an eye on in my local F1 shop, and if they’ve still got it I’m going to buy it next time I’m in the area. I may already have a Force India T-shirt, but at times like this showing them that there are financial rewards as well as supportive ones to doing the right thing feels right. By this point I’m tempted to start some sort of campaign on these lines…]]>
The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix decided it was a good idea* to market their race under the “UniF1ed” banner. A slogan linking F1 with politics. Licensees of the FIA are required to keep to the regulations set down by the FIA, including Article 1.
This problem was brought to the attention of the paddock during the China weekend. The reaction, apparently, was that it was a sound concept but the message had come too late.
One has to wonder how long it would have taken for the FIA to suspend a race while it investigates a situation. As it stands, the FIA has announced to the world that it’s drifted into being a political organisation that hasn’t come to terms with the consequences of that decision.
The tension is, as of this week, broken. F1 is inherently political, not just psuedopolitical.
* – I have discussed this with someone who’s a friend of the committee that decided this, and apparently it was a genuine mistake, one they wouldn’t have made had they known about the Article you quoted.]]>
I don’t understand the need to have ever more expensive and complicated cars other than some need to show off. They just need to be cars which can be tuned and adjusted by the drivers as they learn (which is much less the case with GP3 and F2 than it is for F3), without being too complicated. They don’t need oodles of downforce (technical measurement), they don’t need the latest and greatest technology other than in areas of safety.
They also don’t need to visit the GP tracks (except Silverstone – home ground). I argue taking such a car and setting it up for somewhere like Croft is a better representation of shoe-horning an F1 car around certain venues, scaled down, than running an F3 at full power low drag learning a few racing lines. Learn the skill in F3. Learn the lines in FR3.5 and GP2.
I can’t for the life me understand why Ford doesn’t offer a prize to the champion to help them move up the ladder. Isn’t that the point of the series?]]>