F1 teams are a competitive lot, like a bunch of mischievous schoolboys they just can’t seem to stick to the rules if the prospect of getting one over on their rivals rears it’s head.
The season hasn’t even begun and already there are cries of “cheats” and “boo hiss” echoing down the pitlane. Mind you that happens every season at least once or twice, remember the Mass Pampers (I mean Dampers) affair?
‘Villains’ of the moment are Super Aguri and Toro Rosso who it is rumoured intend to turn up in Melbourne with cars they have not designed or constructed themselves. Customer-made cars are not allowed within the current FIA rules, rival teams Williams and Spyker are insisting they will take Toro Rosso and Super Aguri to court if they persist in turning up with vehicles that are not their intellectual property.
Of course Toro Rosso can’t see what all the fuss is about as long as it has four wheels and its a vehicle….team principal Gerhard Berger claims the reason Williams and Spyker and stamping their feet and throwing a wobbly is because they are “scaredy-cats and frightened of getting beaten”.
One has to wonder if there is any truth to that considering Toro Rosso hardly set the world alight last season….still while your fighting it out at the bottom end of the grid it must all seem like a big deal….
Meanwhile Ferrari have been looking on slightly bemused, and rumour has it that Sporting Director Stefano Domenicali even turned up at the FIA like clockwork to put across his team’s side of events to actually find it had nothing to do with Ferrari for once…which must have been a novelty.