Well, it seems to happen at least once a year, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that Patrick Friesacher is struggling to find the money to keep him in that Minardi car. Possibly the least impressive driver of the year; Minardi probably won’t be too unhappy to see him go. Robert Doornbos seems to be the most likely replacement to me. But hands up who’s ever heard of Can Artam, because I haven’t. He’s languishing in 17th place in the GP2 series…
Elsewhere in F1-land, would David Richards really buy Jordan? It seems to be received wisdom that Alex Shnaider is already bored with Formula 1 (or didn’t realise how expensive it would be). But I found the Eddie Irvine thing more likely.
Today’s F1 Racing magazine landed on the doormat today and it has a massive piece on what has become known as ‘Indygate’. I quote some of it below.
Has the FIA president, Max Mosley, been at Indy, rather than “looking forward to a long lunch and an afternoon with a good book” at home in Monte Carlo… a solution might have been found…
One NASCAR journalist said… “We always say, ‘NASCAR rules are writ in pencil.’ It’s true. They are. But it helps us fix things when there’s a cluster-fuck like this.”
By contrast, FIA spokesmen proudly trumpet their claim that they “didn’t change [the FIA’s] position…” Perhaps that was the problem…
Was [the proposed chicane] really more dangerous than, say, the Harbour Chicane at Monaco, whose principal run-off area is the Mediterranean Sea?
…At Montreal, the weekend before Indy, large areas of concrete were laid on the apexes of various corners overnight… despite the fact that neither the teams nor the tyre companies had been consulted, nor full FIA simulations carried out…
[Peter Sauber said]: “I never understood [the speed limit] idea. It was very, very dangerous. It was a nonsense, in fact… A crash — a big crash — [would have been] 100 per cent certain. It was an unbelievably dangerous idea.”
We quote Sauber because, of all the Michelin-contracted team principals, he is usually by some margin the least outspoken.
Now here is where Max’s idiocy comes in once again, when he tries to defend his ridiculous speed limit idea.
“During the detailed planning that would have followed any decision to impose a speed limit, no doubt someone would have said there needed to be a point at which the speed limit would have to start… somewhere after Turn 12. So you would have had waved yellow flags [ie, no overtaking] from somewhere after 12 to the end of the speed limit. End of problem.”
I just about had a fit when I read that. Not only did Max Mosley propose a speed limit, but he also proposed that no overtaking would occur on Turn 13. That would have been a much better race!!! Idiot. And of course, if there is no overtaking and one car is going faster than the other, the only place the car could possibly go is into the back of the other, causing a massive crash.
F1 Racing goes on:
Well, Max, no. Not “end of problem”. A car might not overtake, but it might unintentionally be driven straight through the gearbox of the car ahead.