Sunday, June 29, 2008
"Bringing it back": the act of sneakily tying a previously discussed theme or fact (often popular) into a seemingly unrelated conversation.
The other day, PlanetF1.com ran an article entitled "Trying to Burn Bernie." It's all about the falling-out which seems to be happening between the Baby Eagle and Max and how it's turning into an all-out war in which the latest attack has been the introduction of a feeder series (F2) by the FIA to rival GP2. I imagine it to be like The Clash of the Titans, as you can see in the picture above. By now, the vast majority of F1 aficionados (excepting those who have been residing in caves or comatose) are very much aware of Mosley-gate. Bernie deplored Mosley's refusal to resign his role in light of the scandal surrounding him. In the event the reader has been in a cave or comatose, the aforementioned scandal revolves around the revelation that Max enjoys Nazi-themed S&M orgies (although he vehemently disputes that first bit). Since then there have been rumors of a split between F1 and the FIA and untold bad feelings between Max and Bernie. Are these speculations in fact true? Well, frankly, I haven't the foggiest. But anyways, back to the article!
How does Andrew Davies begin another editorial masterpiece? By employing a genius allusion:
The FIA's announcement this week that they are to launch a new F2 series to rival GP2 is the most visible of opening shots. To use a WWII analogy, Max Mosley has just stormed across the border into Poland with his Panzer divisions.Oh, how many ways can one link Max to Nazism? But you must admit that slipping that in took some verbal finesse...
Friday, June 27, 2008
On second thought, that front wing doesn't look right...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Lol, Stefano Domenicali summed the whole thing up perfectly:
For sure we were very worried, no doubt, it was a long race to finish, maybe lost a lot of years and a lot of hair but that's part of the game. Extremely happy. In that condition you never know. It may stop any lap, it's too difficult, it's critical.
To make up for the aging and hair loss, let's do well with the new engine at Silverstone (provided we do switch it)!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Why this analysis on my feelings towards one of the up-and-coming drivers of my generation? Lol, because I stumbled across this today:
Some people really despise Lewis Hamilton; despise him enough to make business cards..
"We just missed the points, so that's three races now without scoring points. [. . .]"
So says Lewis Hamilton. But wait a minute... It seems that Lewis has forgotten that he won Monaco two races ago! How does one forget that? Apparently it was kind of important. The French announcers sure seemed to think so (I was not of the same mind). Several possibilities with the error, then:
a) Lewis Hamilton has been misquoted.
b) Lewis Hamilton is being melodramatic (comme d'habitude).
c) Lewis Hamilton is already anticipating being pwned by Ferrari at Silverstone.
Hmmm, now I just have to guess between B or C...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The tinkling crash was probably the saddest sound in the history of the world.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"Going forward the mood is strong. The fact is we destroyed everyone this weekend. With the car we have right now there is no stopping us."
Actually, Lewis, you just destroyed Kimi Raikkonen (below 2). And yourself (below 1). Probably not the "destroy" you were going for.
I'm sorry, Adrian Sutil may be a great F1 driver with balls of steel, but the little run he did between his car and the track exit gate was that of a hairdresser in a hurry. It was a camp, mincing little run, ill-befitting the macho status of an F1 driver. He needs to be sent to macho running school before he gets in the car again.
I also like how he has a hard time getting over the wall. :)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Emily: Oh! Oh, oh! OMG! No way! What!? Robert Kubica won a race! OMG, he actually won a race! And Nick Heidfeld got second?! No! Whoa! He totally looks like a Jedi! ...And what did Lewis Hamilton do to Kimi Raikkonen?
How incredibly well-deserved. I did say ("Those Three Points") that I would be cool with a Kubica win. I'm so glad. It's about time. And with Kimi Raikkonen pretty much saying he's out of F1... oh, I am SO excited for 2010. Or maybe even next year! Hopefully sometime in the future.
I'm so sad I missed watching it live.
Now that I've given Kubica his due, let's deal with the Hamilton incident. He's getting a 10-place grid penalty for the FR GP, which is realistically the best I could hope for. Unfortunately, Nico Rosberg is getting one, too. I hope the discussion that Kimi and Lewis had was particularly unpleasant/uncomfortable. I know Hamilton said sorry, but it wasn't terribly sincere. Cue my mother here to twist his arm and say, "Say it like you mean it!"
I'm comforted by the fact the Massa was at least able to finish 5th and get some points (4). That puts him in 3rd in the WDC, tied with Hamilton. Hang in there, Felipe.
What an idiot!
Looks like Lew gets his driving skills from dear ol' dad after all.
The Hamilton family has completed the trifecta of destroying a Porsche, Ferrari and a Mercedes this week.
Somewhere in Kansas is a very astute man.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
No, I did not make them. I like Felipe Massa too much. Today I calculated all the pictures I have of him on my computer that I have intended to use in blogs and haven't gotten around to. That number is seventeen (17). Plus. Pretty certain I need to have a devotional blog post, so I can use them all.
I definitely think Kubica is coming to Ferrari, one way or another. BMW will probably use their automatic resign thing to hang onto him for next season. Then if Kimi retires in 2009, I've got a feeling he'll be into the F2010! Well, hopefully. I know I wouldn't say no.
Doesn't this look like a great team to you?
But I will really miss this... :(
And "champagne-does-not-belong-in-the-eyes" moments...
And coming across things like this...
Oh, well, only time will tell. Unless you're Niki Lauda, predicting the future is a tricky business.
Hamilton Snr crashes £330,000 Porsche
Thursday 5th June 2008
Lewis Hamilton's dad made a rather embarrassing blunder on Thursday when he crashed a Porsche Carrera GT into a children's playground 200 metres from his home in Tewin.
Displaying none of his son's talent, Hamilton Snr careered across a grass verge and through a hedge into the playground. He reportedly tried to reverse out of the mess but instead sent dirt flying as he beached the car even further.
The £330,000 Porsche, which has a top speed of 205mph, suffered damage to the bodywork and a broken rear light. Thankfully, though, the playground was empty at the time and no one was injured.
Eyewitness Daniel Winn told the Mirror: "I was working near his house and saw him leave in the Porsche. He started revving the car really hard and wheel-spinned off.
"He had the roof down and looked at me before he put his foot down. He roared off and 50 yards down the road lost it on the corner.
"The car spun around at 180 degrees and left the road. There was a terrible bang. I ran over and I asked if he was alright. He just said 'yes' and staggered off, looking really shocked.
"A bit later he drove back in a 4X4 to take a look at the Porsche. I rang to report the accident."
Neither father nor son has commented on the incident.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
1) Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, or Heikki Kovalainen can win.
2) Anyone of the drivers above can finish second.
3) Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen, and anybody else but the Ferraris and Lewis are allowed to finish third.
4-9) Lewis Hamilton is allowed to finish in any of these positions, but is encouraged not to.
Simple as that.
"I didn't like it at all to come ninth, without points," he added. "It was the first race of the season where I didn't gain any points and we can't have another one like that because the fight is extremely fierce."
Attaboy, Kimi Raikkonen.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The results for a motion of confidence in Max:
For the motion: 103
Against the motion: 55
Invalid votes (blank): 4
He didn't do too bad for himself! However, this really does create a few problems. For starters, the ADAC (Germany's national motoring body, according to Autosport) has pulled away from the FIA, the AAA (American Automobile Association) is considering bailing, and word on the street is that everyone else is "planning their next move"/pretty damn disgruntled. One has to ask, is this really going to pull motorsport apart? Paul Stoddart sees the vote's outcome a sign that the FIA will soon be going the way of the dodo:
"This is a sad day for motorsport because this is the beginning of the end of the FIA [. . .] The damage done is irreparable and we will now see the demise of the FIA."
It seems unlikely, but you never know. Although the snafu that started this really isn't anyone's business and never should have become public discussion, that doesn't change how much it weirds out teams, sponsors, Sir Jackie (below left, three-time WDC; permanent fixture in the paddock, always with a ridiculous checked cap) and the Dutch (among others).
Exactly how is Mosley going to effectively administer F1 if virtually no one in the paddock wants anything to do with him? Even Bernie Ecclestone (below, second from left [srsly, he's probably the shortest man EVER]) has some cautionary words on this subject, and he and Max are BFF! Essentially, he says, give Mosley an inch and he'll try and take a yard:
"The problem is, if he stays until 2009, he will run again. [. . .] I am 100 per cent certain about that; no, one million per cent certain. That's what he said. He says: 'I don't have to do anything. There'll be another election and I can stand if I want.'"
So, wait, Max, what was all that you said earlier this year about knowing to leave when the party was over, even if people were asking you to stay? I think it'd be terribly foolish for him to run again. Almost as foolish as being "one million per cent certain."
And that's your live report from Paris!
Monday, June 2, 2008
He wrote back to me:
Quite frankly, that's making me tear up a little. In reality, it would be quite impossible for me to ever do anything like that. But having my dad believe in my ability to make it happen really chokes me up. He's never actually said anything that positive about my interest in motorsport before, so this is a pretty big deal. Usually he just looks at me like I'm crazy, lol!
You are right. You need to find work in that field as I see the pashion for the sport in every one of your e-mails. Work hard and you will get in there.
Hot on the heels of strong speculation that Fernando Alonso has penned a Ferrari agreement for 2010, it is being rumoured again that the Italian team's current star driver Kimi Raikkonen could be soon to retire.
Please, no! Anyone but Alonso! If this is true, well, I thought Ferrari had more sense! Although the fact that we were going after Kubica is reassuring, even though BMW is most undoubtedly going to hang onto him for another season. However, if Raikkonen truly does intend to retire in 2009... Well, that's a whole year to put together a deal with Robert, which I personally would be very enthusiastic about.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
At the train station when I was waiting to get my return tickets, this guy cut in front of me in line. He was an English speaker. Unfortunately, the woman at the ticket counter was not. This is how their conversation went:
Man: "I need..."
SNCF Woman: "No English!"
Man: (tries to proceed in English) "I need..."
SNCF Woman: "No English!"
Man: (failing to see that this woman doesn't speak any English) "WHY!?"
(They proceed to yell "No English!"/"WHY!?" at each other a few more times.)
Man: (to another Anglophone behind him) "Why must she force me to speak French?"
SNCF Woman: (In French) "Because this is France and I am French!"
Then it got too ridiculous, so I intervened. English-speaking man didn't say thank you. A nice American couple thanked me instead. So there you go: I, Emily, savior and protector of Anglophones everywhere.
Later that night we had a discussion about the Blue Screen of Death. Then a virus ate Inge's computer (questionable subject matter had been searched). Actually ate. Little cockroaches came out and started to much on the screen! We took the computer to FNAC and got it fixed... for free! And the guy fixed lots of other stuff too on the house!