One week to go

The first Formula One race of the season is just a week away now.  I am practically twitching with anticipation. 

I have a lot on my mind as the new season gets underway.  First of all, is McLaren really uncompetitive, or are they sandbagging?  If they are sandbagging, this is truly an Oscar-worthy performance.  Assuming that McLaren really is in trouble, I am curious to see how Lewis Hamilton handles the situation.

We know he can win, but does he know how to lose?  I have no idea how things went for him in GP2 or any of the other previous categories.  So I don’t know what kind of adversity he may have had to deal with there, but he has had a pretty easy time of it in Formula One, dropping into a top car as a rookie and winning the WDC in his sophomore season. 

It’s true that he has not won every F1 race he’s competed in.  And it’s true that he’s had some bad races, and some penalties that pushed him down the grid.  However, I think there is a difference between having a bad race and knowing you have the car to bounce right back next time, and having a bad race and knowing that even with the car on the limit, it still isn’t fast enough. 

I’m sure he’ll be fine, he’s been well coached, but it will be interesting to see how it goes.

I have also been thinking about the latest farce that the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone, aka the toxic vampire, have treated us to.  Last week the FIA announced that they had changed the rules for this season, and whoever had the most wins would be world champion.  They would still award points in the old 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format, but points would only be considered in the event of a tie. 

Then, after the FOTA (the team’s organization) said the rule change was illegal because it was to close to the start of the season, and all the teams had not agreed to it.  Oops.  The FIA quickly backed down and said never mind we won’t use the winner take all system after all.

What the heck just happened?  The FIA said they had been told the teams were all on board with the new system, and that they had no idea the teams actually hated the idea until FOTA made a public statement saying the opposite.

So, it looks like Bernie Ecclestone just blatantly lied to the FIA to get his way.  Of course, the FIA also conveniently forgot their own rules to try to implement this system. 

Of course, some people think he knew the rule wouldn’t hold up, but he tried to put it through anyway to stir up some interest in Formula 1 before the first race of the season.  I’m not so sure about that.  Frankly, I have an easier time believing the FIA is that dumb than I do believing Bernie is that smart.  I swear, I’m not sure these people could run a bath much less the pinnacle of motorsport.

Ecclestone also says the system is “go” for next year, despite the fact that the teams, the drivers and the fans all hate it.  Nice.

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