China F1

They had an F1 race in Shanghai, China, this weekend.

It rained a bit, the cars didn’t go round as fast as usual, so it wasn’t too interesting, but folk that like to see bits getting knocked of cars as they slid off the track were probably happy.

The results are still probably not representative of what will settle down later, and KERS is proving less than impressive – only three on the grid this time round. Will it persevere? Not even hazarding a guess at this stage. The short 80 hp boost period versus the weight penalty is a tough equation to balance in the real world.

Most interesting issue seems to be that of Ferrari’s bad grace because no one is allowing them to win. What a bunch of sore losers.

It’s little short of pathetic to throw insults at past team members, whether or not they are arrogant.

And what’s happened to their former method of winning points and races by appealing to the stewards?

Perhaps delivering anonymous brown paper parcels around the world, with shiny red cars discreetly secreted within them only works once – or it’s time to start wrapping up some new models.

(Only funning now, really.)

I knew two people once able to afford new Ferraris.

The first was back in the yuppy days of the early financial boom. He made a packet and decided to splash out on a new Ferrari and run it as his daily car.


The service intervals on the highly strung V12 were so short, and his annual mileage so high, that he suddenly discovered that the combined cost of buying and running the thing just about took all his “spare” cash. While his paper wealth was impressive, he simply didn’t have the loose cash to flash – and then the yuppy bubble burst. He learnt the hard way.

The second fared a little better, and bought his as a toy.

Unfortunately, he never really got to play with it, as a problem (probably his ham-fisted gear changing) wrecked the box, and back around 15 years ago that amounted to about £30,000 in bills. I always remember that figure, as you could buy a new Porsche for the same amount.

I don’t think he saw his “new” car for over a year as he argued with the factory and fought for the work to be carried out under warranty. He said it just blew up one day, they said the driver downshifted at speed and missed a gear. Sequential boxes were yet to become an option.


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