Wham, bam, thank you ma’m

So Seb has gone, Carlos and Danny have shuffled and Renault have a spare seat, all for next year. And we haven’t started this year yet. Talk about silly season.

The speed of these announcements suggest that the deal was sorted in advance and that Seb’s departure was, in effect, a firing. The way that it was done is brutal, but Ferrari have done the right thing.

The Vettel you get in the car is not the one you see out of it. There is a red mist that descends and he lacks reason. Multi 21, Turkey and many more incidents point to a problem that few team managers can afford and whilst he clearly has talent, the dark side is coming through too often.

If you can remember his qualifying performance for Red Bull, emerging in Q3 with just enough time for one flying lap and bagging pole race after race. That skill was a major factor in those four consecutive world titles. That record shows that he was something special and it is a record that will endure.

But like the equally talented Alonso before him there is that corrosive aspect that can ruin a team. Ferrari could see that and had no desire to keep him. They have a potential world champion in the team and in Carlos Sainz they have a very strong support driver with the potential to pick up wins. A classic number one and two situation.

That is why Danny Ric would not have been a good choice even if a lot of us would have loved to see him, with his Italian heritage, in one of the red cars. Instead we will have him in a McLaren and that should be an interesting combination. It will do Lando no harm either.

What happens to Seb remains to be seen, but I am not sure that there is room for him anywhere. Maybe his time has come to walk away, for certainly he deserves better than tooling around in midfield. He is pretty toxic though and who would take a chance?

The short 2020 season is going to be interesting though. If I were running Ferrari I would bench Seb and bring in Hulkenberg to see out the year in the second Ferrari. But it isn’t my decision.

Lewis vs Nico, Spa 2014 and why I have left the Hamilton fan club #F1

As of last evening, Sunday August 24th, I am no longer a member of the Lewis Hamilton fan club. Continue reading

so were MWR really in the wrong at Richmond?

So what if MWR had just raced it out last Weekend? How many armchair crew chiefs would have been pointing out what they could have done? Would there not have been a question or two asked as to whether or not they were sharp enough to have seen the opportunity? Continue reading

so Truex out, Newman in as MWR are penalised, but don’t NASCAR manipulate races too?

So NASCAR have penalised MWR for their actions in manipulating the race results last weekend at Richmond. Fair enough, but it was only a case of team orders being used to change both the race result and the outcome of the championship and that sort of things is as old as racing; it got banned in F1 for a while before being re-instated as a tactic, so were MWR wrong? Continue reading

way to go JenJo #jenjocobb #nascar

Well done Jennifer Jo Cobb for walking away from a start and park job. I can understand, maybe, where an owner/driver is playing that game, but when you have a contracted driver on board who has brought sponsorship to your team in the expectations of running the race then no way.

So this is a vote of favour from JJB to JJC. You did the right thing and I wish you luck in getting a ride with someone who’ll let you race.

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