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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.

Brown paper parcels, red cars

Posted in Transport with tags , on September 25, 2008 by Apollo

I almost failed to see the news item which reported that the FIA had turned down the appeal regarding Lewis Hamilton’s penalty at Italy.

We shouldn’t really be too surprised, appealing against anything that might overturn a decision in Ferrari’s favour is never a very good plan for success, and trying it in Italy has to be likened to expecting a snowball to win a bet in hell.

I won’t anyone’s waste time commenting further on it, but I do wonder how they’re getting on with the transport around Europe of all those plain brown paper parcels with red cars inside them, and if anyone has noticed how many of them there are out there at the moment?

Italy F1

Posted in Transport with tags , on September 14, 2008 by Apollo

It’s hard to write while avoiding the smell blowing across the land from the direction of Belgium, and the Spa track – apparently customs officials there have threatened to go on strike if they don’t get a bonus for passing a number of large brown paper parcels through unchecked, after the paper was accidentally torn on one and someone suggested the contents looked like red cars made in Italy, bound for anonymous recipients around the area of Spa.

A week later and there was farcical round of interviews, which fell into two distinct camps. Those who were in competition or hostile to Lewis Hamilton (surprise, that includes all the other drivers) – universally in favour of the passing penalty, and those who had nothing to do with him or were ambivalent – universally in condemnation of the penalty.

This week’s race in Italy shows how silly the ruling was, as everyone is suddenly following the rule that was invented last week, and faithfully avoiding any possibility of getting penalised for overtaking too quickly after giving back a position if gained by sliding past when missing or cutting a corner.

Getting back to the real business, the rain did indeed make things more interesting again this week. I should mention Vettel, who seemed to to a good job by holding things together after getting all the benefits going this weekend, but let’s not get carried away, and not forget that this is down to circumstances – but well done nevertheless.

McLaren and Hamilton have to go away and have a think about their combined performance this week at Italy – whatever they have to do to address their consistency needs to be done quickly as they simply to not have the time left in the season to start dropping things. It may just have been an unfortunate combination of a bad week and negative mental attitude after Spa, combined with a similarly unfortunate combination of weather, tyres, engine, and brakes – it can happen. But they can’t let it happen again, and need to get things in order.

That said, they were also lucky, and things could have gone a lot worse very easily, but as it was, all they really did this week was mount a successful damage limitation exercise, and you can’t win if that’s all you do.

One serious observation, and that’s to note that I find it incredible that the stewards are part-timers, and there’s no permanent members that travel with the F1 circus to ensure consistency from race to race – that has to change, and I’m surprised, given the money involved, that the drivers and manufacturers put up with such an amateur setup. It’s an understandable situation for local and domestic race meeting, but not at the level of F1.