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F1 needs to fire its rule book writers

Posted in Transport with tags , on April 14, 2009 by Apollo

We’re only two races into the F1 season for 2009, and there is already more news coverage of the teams’ appearance in court, and of the drivers’ points position having more to do with rulings than their on-track performance.

I can work with learned people and apply the rules laid down in ISO and British Standards’ documentation, which is simpler, yet more important – and even life-preserving, than the content of the F1 rule book, yet the latter has more words and detail which seem to lead to more, rather than less, confusion.

There have been plenty of changes made to the rules in respect of the cars, in the name of making things “interesting”, and credit where credit is due, they have at last actually got around to doing what I said they should have done years ago, by finally reducing the aerodynamic aids, and increasing the mechanical grip.

They should look inwards now, and do something about the completely amateurish way in which they manage and apply their own rules.

Here’s a simple suggestion:

The cars/designs are subject to extensive review, examination and approval before the race. If those learned stewards and officials are doing their jobs in any way that suggests they should keep them, then a line should be drawn after that scrutineering session is completed and the results signed off and filed. The cars should be deemed legal at that stage, and remain legal for the following race. End of story – and any appeals etc would have to be submitted and completed prior to the race. Frivolous protests could be prevented by having a time limit, or excluding both protester and protested from the race, so there are no more “musical chair” race results as the drivers move up and down the points as official change the race order.

Appeals and rule changes can still follow – for race incidents – and subsequent rule changes and design changes would apply to following races, but would not be applied to previoius races that had taken place, and so avoid the stupid situation we have at the moment where the officials are doing little more than showing themselves as incompetent.

They must be, if they are changing their rulings, supposedly arrived at after they carried out competent pre-race inspection and scrutineering sessions.

I don’t suppose anything will change – unless folk get fed with this rule nonsense and vote with their feet, on the basis that they might as well throw dice as watch the races to their conclusion to see the outcome.


Parisian farce

Posted in Transport, Vermin with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by Apollo

The commentators say the “Man in the street” won’t understand what is going on in F1 after Lewis Hamilton’s appeal again his demotion after the Italian race was thrown out.

Having gone to Paris to make his case, he’s then told – after making the appeal – that the matter is not appealable.

What sort of a kangaroo court to they run in Paris?

If there’s an application of a rule from a rulebook in anything but a corrupt dictatorship, then the victim has the right to appeal that decision – even convicted murderers on Death Row in America have the right of appeal against their sentence. And that can go on for decades once it’s been started!

Then again, if the rule’s an unwritten rule, and just an understanding nod and a wink that’s applied when those in control see fit, then you can’t appeal it, because there’s nothing to appeal.

I’m sure there will be more than just the “Man in the street” shaking their head after the announcement of the unappealable incident, and more that one or two faithful who will no longer be watching, and who can blame them.

As with those who were overseeing Spa, one can only wonder as to how many plain brown paper parcels are being shunted from, let’s say Italy to, let’s say France, and are wrapped over shiny red cars that can go quite fast.

There’s a house somewhere that needs to be got into order, if it expects the world to keep pouring millions into it in order to finance the luxurious lifestyles of the occupants.