mclarenwins.jpgI must thank sugarpuff for pitching in and writing the race review. I have to confess that I started on it but couldn’t go beyond “The Ferrari drivers…” without gnashing my teeth and having to log off to restore the blood pressure to normal levels. Moreover, I have also been very busy sending Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa a spate of bricks by post, not to mention thanking heavens that the Bahrain grand prix is just a few days away (so the rather vivid imagery of Ron Dennis and Fernando Alonso on the podium will not stay on my mind for a month). That said, I am assuming Ferrari can set right whatever it is that went wrong before this weekend…otherwise I shall just have to skip watching the podium ceremony next time around. I might be a F1 fan, but I am no masochist. And really, where is the fun in watching an entire F1 race with no smoky McLaren during the course of it? If this trend continues, before long the audience will be wanting their money back I am sure, so Bernie better watch out.

The key thing here of course is tolerance towards our drivers…however overwhelming the urge is to find a stout stick and hit them over the head with it… Just kidding of course, last Sunday was certainly not a display of Kimi and Felipe showcasing their talents, but no one has perfect weekends all year round, and I am confident our drivers will bounce right back – we have an excellent driver lineup after all. Anyway, it appears there were some ‘compromises’ that were made, apart from attending to Kimi’s potential engine problem (which according to Jean Todt cost him just 0.1 seconds per lap), though of course the team did not provide us with much details on just what those ‘compromises’ were. Hopefully, the Bahrain race will bring us better fortune.

Meanwhile, it has always been known that Formula 1 teams are by nature a rather secretive lot and especially so when it comes to car design. Understandably, they do not advertise what it is that is makes their cars go faster than that of their rivals, and I imagine blueprints of currently used Formula 1 car parts would be quite hard to come by. So when Christian Horner learned that Colin Kolles has been going around distributing copies of design drawings of the Red Bull and STR cars to the stewards and the media, he must not have been exactly thrilled. And then there is this small matter of how Colin got his hands on the blueprints in the first place, as far as Horner knows he had not issued any instructions on printing out pamphlets of the same and letting the rival teams have a copy each. The documents were apparently sent to Spyker ‘anonymously’ (which is always a prudent way of going about it if you are indulging in dubious behavior), and Horner would very much like to know just who it is who is being rather generous with the information exchange. “We were somewhat surprised to hear that Spyker have in their possession drawings of our cars” says Horner, “And inevitably we will look into it following the Sepang Grand Prix”. And that would be about now.

After Renault, it is now Honda’s turn to be working on a B version of the car, which is expected to be ready in time for Canada. It appears that the reason for their problems is that they have been designing the car by trial and error method rather than really understanding what they were attempting to do. “I don’t think we can say hand on heart that we fully understood the problems we had at the start of the 2005 season, when we raised the front wing of the car” says Nick Fry, “Although we improved the situation I don’t think we even understand now how we did that. And if those kind of issues are coming back to bite us again it would not surprise us”. Well no, it wouldn’t surprise us either. It’s the kind of thing they warn you against in the first year of an engineering degree. “We are pretty good at digging ourselves out of holes and I am sure we will dig ourselves out of this one” says Nick. Good luck to them on that.

Keeping fingers crossed for Bahrain. 5 days to go.

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