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That's how we're racing, then. Japanese GP

Congratulations must be in order for Sebastian Vettel on becoming the 2011 Formula 1 World Champion.

To be honest, Vettel has done more this year to deserve being a World Champion than tired old Michael Schumacher did in seven years because Vettel has been harried all the way, and apart from the very obvious and public statement from Christian Horner at the British GP, (telling Mark Webber to hold onto his horses and not challenge Sebastian for the win) Vettel has driven his heart out this season and throroughly deserves the F1 World Championship.

That"s not to say that his conduct has been impeccable this year - after all, he lost it big time at Canada when Jenson drove like a demon to win in incredible style in some of the worst conditions we"ve seen in many a GP - and he has made some very dubious moves throughout the season. We"ll agree that none of the things he"s done this year would ever win him a Fernando Alonso Award for fairness and sportsmanship (an award that"s technically impossible) but he has certainly driven his way to the World Championship, unlike his German counterpart Micky Cobbler who won (sic) his Championships mostly by being the F1 equivalent of Anakin Skywalker - "the chosen one" - when he was at Ferrari.

Sunday"s Japanese GP was, to be honest, a gripping Grand Prix. I think, like most of the fair-minded people in this world, that I would have liked to see more consistency in the application of the rules. Vettel"s move on Jenson Button at the start of the GP was considered "fair" by the stewards even though it was deemed worthy of investigation. Presumably the Stewards have similar "rose-coloured" spectacles to those worn by Eddie Jordan during the TV coverage because they completely failed to see the blatant two moves that the Cheating Spaniard Fernando Alonso made on the main straight on not one but two consecutive laps (42 and 43) whilst doing his best to look like the equivalent of an electronic metronome on Duracell batteries.

Did they investigate that? No. Because the Cheating Spaniard drives for the cheating Italian Ferrari team, that"s why. And as we all know, Jean Todt, the President of the FIA and a totally independent individual doesn"t like anything to be said against the Prancing Horse in case it smacks of favouritism by the FIA and that would suggest there was some corruption within their hallowed corridors, God forbid.

That"s probably why although the stewards were so busy investigating this weeks"s clash between Lewis and Felipe "I"ll never forgive you for embarrasing my family when we almost won the F1 Championship in 2008" Massa even though it was no more than a very slight clash of front wing versus rear tyre. Thankfully the stewards saw some rare common sense and decided no further action should be taken - however I was very disappointed to note that they didn"t consider investigating a number of identical incidents later in the race that didn"t involve Lewis Hamilton. That"ll be why then.

Kamui Kobayashi did himself oceans of good PR and is just a brilliant ambassador for the sport - he"s done so much this year it"s unbelieveable. He"s worked tirelessly to do his best to bring the people of Japan together following the dreadful Tsunami back in March and his efforts have been well rewarded - he is so very well thought of in his native country. A thoroughly nice bloke, and very passionate about Japan. That"s brilliant in my opinion because the Japanese are mostly all bonkers about motors and motorsport anyway, and that"s got to be good in my book as much as anyone else"s.

Going back to the Kindergarten Kid and his move on Jenson at the very start of this year"s Japanese GP - not only was it a very definite attempt to force another driver off the circuit - it was very telling that Vettel simply brushed off Jenson"s question in the pre-podium lounge when Jenson asked if he hadn"t seen him entering the first corner, to which Vettel said "you were behind". Funny how easy it is to decide that somebody was behind rather than alongside, and especially that it was far more aggressive than Lewis"s move on Massa. Also strange how when Massa clipped Lewis"s rear tyre with his front wing nothing was said despite the stewards giving Lewis a penaly for doing a similar thing at Singapore. If you wondered about Lewis Hamilton"s enthusiasm for the sport, and his committment to winning and being competitive, just look at how the rule-makers are ruining not only F1, but all motorsport across the country.

So I say to the rulemakers in Motorsport - stop interfering, stop making rule changes just for the sake of change, and let us all get on with it. Everyone will benefit, and we"ll get to see some amazing motorsport as a result.

It"s not like we"re asking for much. Just a chance to have some racing action, without you busybodies messing about with the rules all the time.

Oh, and congratulations Sebastian. Perhaps you could go out and buy yourself a personality now. One like Jenson"s would be nice.

Shut your Gob, Felipe. Singapore 2011

Well, I wasn"t always a fan of Felipe Massa, but after his accident when the Brawn"s spring hit him in the head at Imola, and his subsequent fight back to fitness, I had begun to warm to him and was beginning to think I had initially misjudged him.


However, after his utterley ridiculous comments about Lewis Hamilton at last weekend"s Singapore GP, I feel very disappointed with him. It isn"t just his misguided interpretation of Lewis"s driving, but the fact that he so obviously seems bent on jumping on the "Let"s Bash Lewis" bandwagon. Slapping Lewis on the shoulder and sarcastically congratulating him during the post race press briefing didn"t endear him to me any more either, as does saying Lewis doesn"t use his head, and suggesting the FIA need to penalise Lewis a lot more. Felipe is basically losing it these days. All I can say to him is "Lewis Hamilton, F1 World Champion" - "Felipe Massa - Not".


The incident in the Race when Lewis clipped the back of Massa"s Ferrari was nothing more than a slight misjudgement on Lewis"s part, and was as much Felipe"s contribution for pushing Lewis to the outside - after all they were level going into the corner - as it was Lewis"s locking up the front tyres momentarily as he turned in. A racing incident, nothing more. To get a drive-through penalty was extremely harsh, considering that Michael Schumacher had at least two other drivers onto the grass at Monza, and was moving sideways more than an Spanish Waiter"s hips at Sangria Time.


Did Michael get a penalty at Monza? No, because he is the Great Micky Cobbler and everyone knows he is a hard driver. Lewis didn"t dare attempt to overtake Schumi at Monza for ages because he was too concerned that he would get shoved into the wonderful Italian scenery, and what happens? He gets heavily criticised for being too cautious, and everyone asks what has happened to the hard driving Lewis we know. The man just cannot win.


Schumacher did not exactly cover himself in glory at Singapore when he misjudged the back of Sergio Perez"s Sauber on lap 29 and was more Red Arrows than Silver Arrows, scoring a maximum for the Double Axel and Triple Toe Loop before crashing into the barriers. At least he had the good grace to admit he cocked it up himself. Considered himself lucky not to get a penalty, for catching the back of another car and giving them a puncture. But that would be too consistent. As it was all he got was a finger wagging.


In another fabulous display of double standards, the FIA investigated Lotus after the race, following the unsafe release that put Kovaleinen into Vettel"s path, picking them up a €10k fine. Mike Gascoine should have a walk down the pit lane to ask Ferrari what the secret is, seeing as the red team never seem to get a fine for doing the exact same thing. Ferrari used team orders when they were banned, until the FIA decided that was OK and made it legal. But then Jean Todt is president of the FIA, he used to manage Ferrari, and his son Nicolas does manage Felipe Massa. Not that any of that has anything to do with it at all.


Paul DiResta on the other hand drove an absolutely magnificent race, finishing a career-best 6th overall, showing up some of the much more experienced drivers and exhibiting fantastic potential for the future. British, Scottish, call him whatever you like, it"s great to have such promising home grown talent producing such great drives. He"s definitely a man to watch for the future.


And what about Jenson? The man is an absolute legend. He had another fantastic day at the races, kept his head and drove a faultless race to come home second overall and only 1.7 seconds behind Vettel, who is beginning to sound more and more like an X-Factor audience member every time he whoops with triumph. Jenson was a little unlucky at the end to be held up by the two Williams drivers battling with each other and not looking in their mirrors, then again if Pastor Maldonado had seen the McLaren he might have had a swipe at Jenson thinking it was Lewis. As it was, Jenson looked after his tyres, made yet more of his superbly clean overtakes and generally showed what an incredible talent he truly has.

What a shame the race wasn"t another five laps longer......

British Grand Prix - Sunday 10 July 2011

The highs and lows of Formula One were never more evident than at last Sundays British Grand Prix, which had me jumping up and down in my seat I dont know how many times, but none more so than the very last lap when Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa were battling for fourth.

I have to take my hat off to Lewis who fought off Massa on the last corner of the last lap of the British Grand Prix to retain fourth place in front of his home crowd. Lewis was never going to give up the place easily especially after having been told he was to save petrol because there wasn"t enough in the tank. Easy to criticise McLaren for getting it wrong but the real culprits were the FIA who changed everything at the Eleventh Hour and gave McLaren no chance for any full fuel laps before practice on Saturday. What a surprise.

It was also very interesting that Sauber were handed a €20,000 fine for releasing Kamui Kabonkers into the path of another vehicle, (correctly, in my view) in particular knowing that the stewards have changed their minds about this type of incident since Turkey when none of them managed to spot Ferrari"s Felipe Massa being released into the path of Lewis Hamilton on lap 10. (As previously noted in F1 Rants on this website).

Ferrari must also be feeling very pleased with themselves after their win. Personally I think should give their designers the sack for the performance on Sunday, because for Ferrari to win a race by the margin they did from the man who has been absolutely dominating F1 this year the dersigners must have been swanning around quaffing the local Cavicchioli Lambrusco for the first half of the season and not working on making the car quick. I wait with baited breath to see what happens in Germany in a couple of weeks time to see them repeat the performance. Oh hang on, I think we go back to the old rules now.

Sergio Perez put up another excellent performance, wringing the last rites out of his tyres when all around were losing grip hand over fist, it surely is only a matter of time before he gets the good result that is inevitably coming to him. Michael Schumacher went up in my estimation once again, although as regular readers will know my opinion of him as a man has never been good, but he is a far nicer bloke now that he is not dominating the F1 scene as he used to in years gone by. He looks far more relaxed, and these days gives an honest opinion of his own performance, and saying that he simply ran out of brakes when he ran into Kamui Kabonkers shows a much more human aspect of the man than we are maybe used to.

Red Bull, however, have gone down massively in my book after the last lap instruction to Mark Webber. Christian Horner has always maintained that he runs an fair team and there are no team orders. All that was really missing on Sunday were the words "Sebastian. Is faster. Than you." When questioned why he told Mark to hold station he said that the team would look ridiculous if the drivers came away from the Grand Prix with no points because they would have crashed into each other. Well forgive me for stating the obvious, but Mark Webber is a seasoned, accomplished Grand Prix driver who has overtaken countless other drivers in his career without incident and knows how to handle both himself and his car on the GP circuit. The only time I can think of him coming to grief recently is when the Kindergarten Kraut drove into him last year at the Turkish Grand Prix because He thought. He was faster. Than Mark. So Red Bull have now decided they are not allowed to race any more.

Well forgive me, but that is race fixing, and that is cheating. Just as much as if you were Ferrari, and were telling Felipe Massa...... Oh yes. That has been done already. Perhaps Red Bull should stand for Complete Bull.

Thank God for McLaren. They may not be the best team out there, but at least they let their drivers race each other. And that is very important. It is the race that we all want to see. The fight to the finish, the last gasp braking move, the squirming of the car underneath you as you fight to keep control. Forget the team orders, it is ruining the sport.

Let them race!

FIA - More like a joke I say!

What the hell are the FIA on? I thought that hallucinogenic drugs were banned but not, it appears, in the hallowed corridors of the FIA.

How on earth can the general public, the motorsport fans, the teams and the drivers even consider taking this ridiculous organisation seriously when they make such an absolute pigs ear of running what is supposed to be the pinnacle of Motorsport worldwide?
Who on earth at the FIA thought it was a good idea to change the rules mid-season, just because somebody didnt like the way the season was panning out?

Now we are told that the rule changes that have been brought in for the British Grand Prix will probably be discarded after the event and everyone will be back to the setup and the rules that were in place beforehand. How on earth can this be good for F1, Motorsport or the general image of the whole industry whatsoever?

We already know that the FIA have ruled that F1 teams can only have a certain number of engines, a certain number of gearboxes, no winter testing, etc etc to save money. F1 teams therefore spend millions developing their cars to fit within the rules as defined at the start of the season. Changing the rules halfway through is a total and absolute waste of money and just creates ill-feeling amongst the teams, the fans and the drivers.

For Gods sake FIA - get your stupid, entangled, disorganised and ridiculous minds together, and start acting like the governing body that you should be.
Create the rules at the beginning of the season. If a team sees an opportunity to gain an advantage (within those rules) then its just tough on all the others, they should have thought of it themselves. If you have to make changes, do it at the end of the season, so everyone knows whats happening for the next year.

You should stick to the rules you have made, even if it does not suit everyone. Rules are rules, and you cannot just change them to spice things up, or because some team bleats on about it being unfair.

And while you are at it, get rid of the software and the multitude of different tyre types. Have wet tyres, dry tyres, cable throttles and proper clutches and gearboxes. Allow teams to test as much as they like, whenever they like, as long as they are not doing it on a circuit being used for a Grand Prix.

I have no idea why the FIA is so concerned about wasting money. At least the developments within F1 have a knock-on effect on the safety of each of us motorists as those developments become part of everyday motoring.

Unlike the thousands of badly behaved, overvalued tossers that are paid a Kings Ransom each week for kicking a ball about at the weekend (and sometimes just sitting on a bench) and contribute absolutely nothing.

Jenson. You truly are a Hero.

With everything that happened in the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix you could be forgiven for thinking that the World had turned upside down again.

Torrential rain, safety car incidents by the bucketload, Team mates coming together, more Stewards enquiries than any sport should have a right to entertain, and the spectacle of Michael Schumacher driving like a man possessed - this GP had absolutely everything going for it!

But the Driver of the Day for me was Jenson Button - who survived a collision with Team Mate Lewis Hamilton, an unfortunate change of weather following his tyre choice, six trips into the pits, including one for speeding while following the safety car, and a collison with the Cheating Spaniard Fernando Alonso - who tried to take Jenson out and ended up beached and unable to take further part - Oh how I laughed!

Quite how you can be fined for speeding when following a safety car - which is surely supposed to be going at a safe pace, is quite beyond me, but hey, the Cheating Italians released yet another car unsafely and none of the Stewards seemed to notice, probably because they were all glued to their binoculars watching the McLaren cars waiting for somebody to sneeze and not put their hand up.

Still, the end result was a fabulous victory for Jenson Button and a thoroughly well deserved one at that, and if I said that I was literally jumping for joy when the Kindergarten Kraut slid wide in the very final stages it would be the truth.


Jenson Button - that was one hell of a race, and even if I had to flick from BBC1 to BBC2 to BBC iPlayer and youtube to catch it all because your programming bods cannot simply arrange to show the whole thing in one go, it was worth it in the end.

Fantastic result Jenson - the drive of a Hero if ever there was one!

Kamui. We need more people like you.

I will only say one thing. Kamui Kobayashi. The committment you showed through the last chicane in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix was awesome.
Keeping it completely lit and leaving black tyre marks all the way to the Champion"s wall and beyond - that"s what future Champions are all about.

My God the world needs more drivers like you.

 

Race 5 - Barcelona - Cheating Italians get away with it again!

F1 Unsafe release 2

I have a suggestion for Ferrari - why not just kill everyone else that competes against you? I'm sure that although it's technically against the rules, the FIA will allow it providing that there is no contact. Then you won't have to cheat as much, as you will just win everything. I'm sure that's just what the FIA really want.

The 'governing body' of Motorsport has simply reduced itself to a joke, with the way it simperingly fawns up to the cheating Italian team and allows it to do virtually anything it wants to.

Now I'm not a particular fan of Micky Cobbler, but I have to say he's starting to behave a lot more like a normal bloke - and even admitting to his failings (and that's never before been heard of) and almost becoming a likeable German. (Now that's something I didn't think I'd ever hear myself say)

So - he didn't do brilliantly well, but he did all right and managed to acquire a very respectable sixth place and beat his team mate for the first time this season. OK he's an old geezer, but he's still a canny old geezer and despite the fact that he's getting on a bit he managed to keep a lot of younger upstarts at bay. Not bad for an old fart.

As a second aside, (and as you all know, I'm not a fan of the cheating Spaniard Fernando Alonso) - I have to take my hat off to him at the start of the Spanish GP, for taking full advantage of Baby Vettel's insanely immature attempt to prevent Lewis overtaking him by weaving at least three times (or none, in the eyes of the FIA) and yet still managed to look like a Drunkard in Tesco's Drinks section at midnight on Saturday, trying to find the Top Quality Diamond White Cider - and then being completely outsmarted by Alonso as he whacked up his inside. Vettel? What a donkey.

Baby Vettel must have thought - VTF? as he watched the cheating Spaniard rocket into the distance. So what did he do? Sat there for 66 laps thinking of what ridiculous phrase he could come up with if he won that would make him sound like a twat.

Unfortunately for us all he could think of was the Crazy Frog. Which is a shame, as the only real Crazy Frog was Alain Prost when he took matters into his own hands many years ago by deliberately driving into one of the Gods of F1 - Ayrton Senna.

Not that it made any difference as the pair of them did exactly the same to each other and traded places in successive years by each putting the other out of contention - oh how I miss those days.
Not as much, I might add, as I miss the days when Graham Hill would sit down in Monaco after a GP and have a pint with Jim Clark while still wearing his race suit.

F1 Graham Hill

Not that I have any strong views on the matter, but what on earth is going on at the FIA?
Once again, Ferrari released the cheating Spaniard from his pit into the path of another car - but hey! It's Ferrari, and so the rules just don't apply.

Do I miss the days when men were men and the FIA were just a bunch of incompetent French idiots?
Well I miss the days when men were men.
But then the FIA haven't changed a bit.....

F1 Barcelona - Spot on Martin Brundle!

OK I know that a lot of you aren't Formula One fans, but Martin Brundle said exactly what a lot of us thought on Saturday when he was watching cars running wide over the green tarmac on the outside of all the bends now.

Martin said he thought it was just 'too easy' to run wide and gain an advantage, and I for one was totally with him when he said that in the old days if you ran wide you should be 'thinking about hospital food'. These days, he said, you could run wide and get a better slingshot and you'd be quicker. And that was just 'Too Easy' for the drivers.

David Coulthard's opinion was that it was just another way that the sport had evolved, and that Martin should learn to move with the times.

Personally, I think that David Coulthard should try a few stages in Kielder, and see what the consequences of 'running a bit wide' are then. I suspect that he wouldn't so much gain a slingshot advantage but would be more likely to gain a tree upside the head.

Come on FIA - you keep saying it's the pinnacle of Motorsport, yet you mess around with the rules, you suddenly ban things that you think aren't in the spirit of racing, yet you allow things such as the green tarmac and let the cheating Italians get away with murder every race.

Is it any wonder that Fans turn away and watch something else?
Get some stability back into the sport, reduce the aerodynamics and grip, give the teams as much power as they want and make the tyres completely free.
That way, we'll get a lot of sideways action, the teams that manage their tyres could do well or badly depending on their interpretation of the strategy, and the spectators will get what they want - action, excitement, and racing!

Race 4 - Turkey - Stevie Wonder triumphs again!

For those who don't recognise the animal below it is a Guide dog for the Blind - or, according to the Americans, a 'Seeing Eye Dog' which is a stupid name, but then, so are many Americans.

F1 Guide Dog

The dogs themselves are fabulous creatures, helping Blind people to lead a somewhat normal existence despite not being able to see. Whilst Guide Dogs are very clever indeed, they really only understand how to help blind people go about their day to day existence without walking into roads, trees and lamp posts, and help them get to the pub (and often home again) without major mishap.

I have published this particular picture for the benefit of the FIA, who have obviously now stepped up their policy of employing blind people as Stewards, as it was patently obvious that only a 'seeing eye dog' could have made the decision last Sunday to totally ignore the frankly suicidal release of Felipe Massa into the path of Lewis Hamilton during their pit stop on lap 10 of Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

The cheating Italian team's latest excuse from the official Ferrari book 'Howa to getta away with a bending of da rules, because the FIA she loves da Italians' was that as Felipe hadn't caused an accident, and 'let Lewis past' there was no offence. Presumably it must therefore be perfectly acceptable to fire a shotgun in a Napoli shopping Mall - but hey, if nobody's hurt, that's OK, eh? No offence, officer.

Well, I make no apology for bringing this up, but once again the FIA have been inconsistent in their application of the rules. Article 23.1.i of the Sporting Regulations states that: 'It is the responsibility of the competitor to release his car after a pit stop only when it is safe to do so' - and I don't see anything in that statement about whether or not an advantage is gained. In fact, the crux of the matter is the safety aspect, and that seems to have been forgotten. But then again, are we surprised? What have we learned over the years from the 'Ferrari International Assistance' apart from the Red Car Rule that seems to favour Ferrari.

Suffice to say, the race itself was a really good one, with a damn sight more overtaking than we've seen for a long time, although it does appear that the combination of KERS and DRS in Turkey made overtaking a far easier job than in previous races. Too many times the leading car was little more than a sitting duck, and the challenging driver just breezed past. Having said that, while Jenson's overtake of Nico Rosberg at the start of the pit straight wasn't exactly Mansell's 1990 Mexico move on Berger it was certainly a brave move and one of the highlights of the race.

Still, it's nice that they are back in Europe, we don't have to get up so early in the morning, and the Championship looks like it's going to be a bit more interesting again this year.

Roll on Barcelona!

Race 2 - Malaysia - Welcome to Planet FIA

Well done FIA for providing us with yet another chance to evaluate just how stupid you can be whilst being paid unbelievable amounts of money.

It's no wonder that the RACMSA are incapable of making sensible decisions when the ruling body of motorsport are ruled by such imbeciles.

Now you all know that I am no fan of the cheating Spaniard Fernando Alonso but for him to get a penalty for clipping Lewis Hamilton's rear tyre just defies belief. Everyone who races or rallies knows that the only way to win or at least be competitive is to work to the tiniest margins when trying to make time up or overtake.

When Alonso went to overtake Lewis he simply got it slightly wrong, and suffered as a result. He lost the front wing endplate, which affected his handling, slowing him down, and he suffered a further penalty when he had to pit to replace his front wing.

OK, I admit I laughed at his misfortune but to then decide to penalise him 20 seconds for 'causing an avoidable accident' is just rubbing salt into the wound, and on this occasion, I felt it was a stupid penalty to apply.

However, once again we saw a fantastic example of double standards with regard to Lewis's penalty.

The Stewards decided that, when defending from Alonso, Lewis moved more than once, or, to quote the Stewards decision in full:

Facts: The Driver of car 3 made more than one change of direction to defend a position
Offence: Breach of Article 20.2 of the 2011 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Penalty: Drive through penalty, imposed after the race in accordance with Article 16.3 (20 seconds added to elapsed time).
Stewards’ decision 51 (Lewis Hamilton)

So it's not about weaving, or making dangerous moves, or driving in a manner likely to cause an accident, but it's about moving more than once.

Now, don't think that I'm one to pick on baby Vettel, but take a look at the start of the race: http://bit.ly/eHfIoe and watch Vettel carefully as he realises that Lewis is all over his back end approaching the first corner.

If that wasn't moving more than once to defend a position then I simply don't know what was. Apart from the fact that he got away with driving halfway to Ballarat during his overtaking move on Jenson in Australia without penalty, it seems that the Stewards cannot see that his moves were far more severe than the ones that resulted in Lewis's penalty on lap 45 http://bit.ly/h3aaAw

If you are going to penalise one driver for an offence, make sure you apply that rule to ALL the others.

There are those that think that Baby Vettel is the new Schumacher, and he certainly seems to be getting the benefit of the doubt from the Stewards in exactly that same way that Micky Cobbler used to for many years before it got just too embarrassing for the Stewards and they had to finally admit he was a cheat when he tried to centrepunch Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez in the '97 European GP.

Schumacher got his come-uppance that day, and had to admit he had done it deliberately, but to be honest, looking back at those days when the likes of Alesi, Berger, Hill and Villeneuve were going wheel to wheel, the racing was real and the only true controversy was how far Eddie Irvine would have to hold back by to let Schumacher win.

Driver of the Day

If I had a choice, I would award the 'Driver of the Day' award to Vitaly Petrov, Firstly, for getting more air than Jimmy Knox at Otterburn, and Secondly, for continuing to try and steer his car even when faced with a steering wheel that simply wasn't fixed to anything at all any more!
http://bit.ly/hgKL6P

Go Vitaly - you're a breath of fresh air in the 2011 Grand Prix Season

Race 1 - Australia 2011

Interesting to see that Formula 1 has once again started off on the wrong foot by making conflicting decisions.

Sunday's first race of the season brought another raft of changes to the sport, including a Drag Reduction System that can only be used on the main straight, and then only if you are attempting to overtake, (you can't use it to defend yourself, though) and also you have to be only one second behind the car in front at a point two corners before you want to use it.

As if the sport wasn't complicated enough, it seems the Governing body just can't stop fiddling with it. KERS is back, only a year after they decided they didn't like it, but it seems they thought it would bring back a bit of overtaking, and therefore a bit of excitement.

I just don't understand the whole thing about trying to introduce things to allow the cars to overtake each other more. Especially if they are going to insist on double standards, once again, as they seem to do so well.

In particular, I'm talking about the incident where Jenson tried to overtake Massa and the Ferrari driver ran wide pushing Jenson off the circuit, so JB took the cut across the slip road. Obvious thing is to give the position back, but Jenson didn't, and Felipe allowed Smelly Alonso to overtake him which would have meant Jenson would have to allow the cheating Spaniard past. No, I wouldn't have done either. Then the cheating Italian Team pitted the pair of them so JB would have to take a drive through. Typical. Still, what do you expect from a Team that blatantly gives team orders?

Reason for the drive-through penalty? Gaining an advantage by effectively using the surface outside the track limits. Or something like that.

OK I can understand that. If you overtake somebody, or otherwise get past them by going off the circuit, you get a drive-through penalty. I don't have a problem with that, and Jenson wasn't really in front, but he was pushed off the edge and really should have given the place back, no matter how distateful, and especially as it was the cheating Spaniard.

F1_2011 SBvsJB_1

However, let's look at the picture above, taken just a few laps later, as Vettel (right) was trying to get past Jenson. The top one shows Sebastian Vettel overtaking Jenson by going, er, exactly where? From this angle, it certainly looks like he's off for a MacDonalds Quarter Pounder Deluxe or something but that's definitely not the accepted line I recognise at the Melbourne F1 circuit.

F1_2011 SBvsJB_2

And the lower one taken a few seconds later? Yes, he's definitely off the track there, but strangely I don't remember hearing or reading about the German getting a drive-through penalty for that.

Martin Brundle got it right when he told David Coulthard that Vettel had done the same as Jenson, and gained an advantage by going off the track to overtake, but obviously cross-eyed David didn't see it the same way, saying 'Sebastian didn't go off as far as Jenson, and still had two wheels on the circuit'.

We can only assume that the two wheels he was referring to were on Mark Webber's car, because from the pictures above the only two wheels on the circuit at that corner, at that time, belonged to Jenson.

Well done the FIA Stewards. You should fine yourself €10,000 for bringing the sport into disrepute.

While we're at it, why not fine the FIA itself €1,000,000 for making Team Orders official. That's cheating. If you can order one driver to let another driver past, that's not a race. It's race fixing. And that's illegal.

I just have to hang my head sometimes and wonder why we bother.

 
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