Belgium Spa F1
I tend not to comment on Lewis Hamilton, primarily because it prevents me making any sort of comments about scummy creep Alonso, who shafted Hamilton so skilfully and denied him the title of rookie world champion – oops, there I go again, tut tut.
While the start of Spa’s race would justifiably have led anyone to dismiss Hamilton’s chances of a win after dropping everything as the race started, you can’t deny the head on his shoulders is that of a champion, able to lie in wait until the last few laps of the race until he pounced on his prey, with Raikkonen literally falling apart under the pressure and unable to do for less than three laps what Hamilton had done for almost 43.
Hopefully the little tussle at the end is also an indication of what the forthcoming mechanical, rather than aerodynamic, grip rule changes might bring in the future as well.
Who paid the stewards at Spa?
Nope, keep trying to see any justification for the 25 second penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton for supposedly gaining an advantage at the chicane, but all I can see in the reruns is his immediate returning of the place to Raikkonnen, and then rubbing it in by passing him for a second time.
It’s not as if he got the benefit of that advantage, if it ever existed anywhere other than some deluded steward’s mind, since Raikkonnen proceeded to demonstrate his superb driving skills a few seconds later, and drove himself into a wall on a perfectly good piece of track than Hamilton had seemed to be able to drive over without the same difficulty.
A few weeks ago, the F1 officials didn’t hand out any penalties when a Ferrari endangered another driver by pulling out of his pit into his path, and narrowly avoided a collision. Although the Ferrari driven had clearly broken the rules by making this move, no penalty was issued, and there was talk along the lines of “Well, nothing happened as a result”.
I’d like to try the same if I ever get snapped by a Speed Camera: “Well your honour, I broke the rule, but nothing happened, so I shouldn’t be fined”. Amid the laughter, I suspect the fine would not only still have to be paid, but would have a little extra thrown on top to teach me a lesson.
I’ve commented earlier about the “Golden Boys” like Schumacher and Senna, who not only crashed into other drivers to put them out of races – and were never penalised – but went on to tell the stories of those crashes in their memoirs and interviews in the years after the races concerned.
I may just be a cynic, but it seems to me that if you drive a Ferrari, you can leave a trail of crashed and wrecked competitors in your wake, and the rule book and sportsmanship are forgotten, but you drive something else, no matter how talented, you’d better watch your back, and not place a wheel wrong or even make someone reach for the rule book.
If they do reach for that book, then it looks like the old “Honour of the Sword” will apply, and just as the sword must taste blood if drawn, then a rule had to broken if the book is consulted.
McLaren, and Hamilton, are still to be victimised following Alonso’s treachery last year.
I wonder too, if the ink is dry on the import papers for a few new Ferrari’s on their way to new homes in Belgium?
F1 took a real downturn into the gutter this week.
McLaren have announced their appeal, but at the moment, you can’t help but feel that they’d have more chance of justice or success if they lodged under the name of Ferrari.