Formula 1 Insight

Promises Broken

I must apologize for the lack of posts over the last week or so. The problem has been that events have left me speechless, Mosley's twists and turns so obviously a deliberate ploy to sabotage the agreement reached between the FIA and FOTA that there really has been no way to adequately express my disgust. What is the point of unravelling his nonsense when he changes his position from day to day and produces one spurious excuse after another for his evasion of his promises?

GP start
Remembering what it is all about...

We have a Grand Prix coming up in a few days, in Germany, I believe, but Mosley has succeeded in souring the whole business of F1 for me. Somehow I will have to forget all the politics while attempting to enjoy the race. It looks as if it could be a good one too, with the track said to suit the characteristics of the Brawn but forecasts predicting cooler temperatures and perhaps rain, which should favor the Red Bulls. And there is always the chance that one of the other teams has stumbled upon a tweak that puts it amongst the leaders.

It is so hard to care while the future of the sport hangs in the balance, however. And all because of one man, ably assisted by the idiotic pronoucements of his odious sidekick. Time for the little men in white coats to enter the stage, I think...


Guilherme Teixeira
I miss the times when in-track action was the subject of posts in blogs and articles in news sites, instead of political controversies. Let us 'try' to focus on the race.

Also you don't need to apologize Clive. A lot of people have been left speechless during the last weeks. Me too...
Date Added: 09/07/2009

Indeed, but every twist and turn of the mad one only sets the hook more securely. So long as FOTA stay together - and I can see no reason why they won’t - they are looking better every day. If they intend to break away - and hopefully so - they are fulfilling their legal obligation to do everything they can to work with the FIA before finally doing so. However, if they merely intend to reform the FIA, the reasons to do so are increasing daily, and those responsible for providing these reasons cannot complain too loudly when they are eventually dismissed.

If I’m right - but I have been wrong on the odd occasion - we’ll all be laughing at the end of the day. Patience is a virtue - or so I am told.
Date Added: 09/07/2009

I amuse myself trying to predict the next Mosley move... I never get it right, I suppose I'd had to be stupid and insane.
Date Added: 09/07/2009

Lack of posts is perfectly understandable. What is there to be said really, either a groan or a scream.

But if you feel the need to write---or perhaps to refresh, why not retreat to some of the better (or lessor known) moments past?

Chin up. Shoulder back.
Date Added: 09/07/2009

Date Added: 09/07/2009

thank god for the tour de france
my interest for f1 is on an all time low
yes that is since 1972!
vive la tour!
Date Added: 09/07/2009

Are we missing something? Ignoring the same-old-same-old with the Max & Bernie-show? Are these two looking down the road and seeing something we are not? Are they in fear of something happening to the F1 brand which we in our understandable believe that these two men must bow out NOW are not able to see because of all the "mist" (meaning mist in both the English and German sense) Is their fear the fact that the F1 brand is headed into blandness a watered down circus run by Car-Manufacturers and not by Frank Williams type engineering & make-due men & teams? Is there something even if only ever so whimsical something good in their actions but not seen by us because of their actions? I mean, we all (I at least) love to complain about drivers not being like lets say Villeneuve outspoken and feisty. Just look at McLaren play back any soundbite from Whitmarsh and Co and we have a glimpse of what is to come - man and motor in sync with blandness, nothingness pure salesmanship and nothing else - or am I missing the point? We are fighting for something good but I am guessing we are doing so on the back of something not so good. all the best
Date Added: 10/07/2009

Steven Roy

Ari Vatanen has decided to run for the FIA presidency.

Go Ari.
Date Added: 10/07/2009

Guilherme Teixeira
There's a race weekend here, y'know... can't we talk about it? ;)

Autosport revealed some rummors about Bourdais being replaced by Alguersuari after the Hungarian GP. They don't write about meaningless rummors often... could it be true?

Sea Bass ain't delivering the goods this year, but to replace him for Alguersuari? The guy joined the team a week ago and is going to be promoted for a race seat already? Also, to have two rookies in a team? They should look for a more experienced guy to work on their cars instead...

There's also rummors abour Rosberg in BMW next year... Could be interesting
Date Added: 10/07/2009

Steve Ellis
Too true Clive. I couldn't agree with you more. These two disgusting cretins need to be reminded most forcefully that people don't watch F1 for thier nonsense but in spite of it. I think if FOTA doesn't get Mosley's agreement to stand down in October they should just break away. Come next season then the FIA will regret its intransagence as will the greedy gnome.
Date Added: 10/07/2009

Nick Goodspeed
As a protest I wonder what effect it would have if all the teams were to put mufflers on their cars, and race around very quietly.
I have read that Australia is getting ready to cancel their GP due to the shenanigans. Montreal isn't interested in coming back under these circumstances either. Something's got to give soon.
AS for the race, let's hope for rain to toss in some wild cards. A good wet race might give Heidfeld a chance.
Date Added: 11/07/2009

Thanks for the encouraging comments, everyone - I needed them this week!

As for the race, you have your wish in qualifying at least, Nick. Unfortunately, the rain came at just the wrong moment for Heidfeld...
Date Added: 11/07/2009

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