nando.jpgWe all know Adrian “Alonso-is-God” Campos of course. For those who don’t, he happens to be Fernando Alonso’s former manager who.., let’s just say, thinks highly of his protege (Campos on Nando). No he has not resurfaced to shoot down the Hamilton hype, but FFN sources reveal that he has been having a quiet word with Nando that he should really learn from Rubens Barrichello. “It is not wrong to have occassional bad days” he is rumored to have adviced Nando, “It is just wrong to have bad days and not have an excuse for it”. Especially when he has a teammate who, the British press is trying to convince us, is the next best thing to happen to the world after the invention of sticky tapes. I really like Hamilton, mind you, and I am quite convinced he is the real deal and no flash-in-the-pan, but honestly isn’t it a little early to be saying “Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton…”? Anyway, Nando must have been giving this some thought and has probably realized it was a little rash to dismiss the ‘lighting pod’ incident like he did after the race, and now feels that it might have had something to do with his surprising lack of pace. He claims apart from the simultaneous understeer and oversteer, the car became tyre-independant as well, with no discernable difference between the hard and medium tyres. “Maybe a mistake was made while re-assembling the car after that mishap” Nando says, “The fact is the car had a strange behaviour from then on. It was as though there was no difference in grip between the hard or medium tyres. If I had raced on intermediates it would have been the same”. Yes that sounds like strange behavior all right, rather a mystery eh?

Meanwhile Robert Kubica’s involvement with F1 is bringing Polish journalistic creativity to the forefront, and no one following F1 should miss out on this hilarious bit – (Source: Autosport – “The story of the punch-up in Bahrain revolved around Vettel and Heidfeld nearly colliding on the track, returning to the pits for a fisticuffs, getting dragged apart by Alain Prost – who was then punched in the face himself, before Mario Theissen stepped in and banished them to their driver rooms.The story ended with the two drivers shaking hands before they left the paddock – only for Heidfeld to sneer: ‘I’ll see you at the hotel later…'”). Alain Prost getting punched in the face??! Whatever next?

The media has now replaced the question “Are you missing Michael Schumacher” with the question “Did you receive a call from Michael Schumacher?”. With the net result that every time Schumi calls someone in Ferrari, meticulous records of the same are maintained to answer related questions. (Q: When did you last speak to Schumacher? A: On 16th April 2007 at 16:00:43.21 GMT. We spoke about recycling plastic). Poor Michael must be wondering just what he ought to do to stay out of newspapers. We know he called Kimi in Melbourne, then spoke to Felipe before and after the race in Malaysia, spoke to whole  bunch of people during the Bahrain race according to Stefano Domenicali (Q: Did he phone at the end of the race again? Domenicali: “Yes, yes, he spoke with a lot of us”), and now Felipe informs us “I received a phone call from Michael after the race. He congratulated me and said I had a very good race”. Not even Kimi Raikkonen has been spared the telephone question, and he has tried various answers like “I have not spoken to Michael”, “Yes, we spoke about general things”, “I have spoken to him a few times”, “I think it was Michael, but I could not hear him”….but the questions never stop. Poor Fisichella is a little behind times though, he says “Michael is a good champion, but I do not particularly miss him on the tracks”. Oh good for you Fisi, but that discussion went out of fashion a goodish month ago. Never mind that, just let everyone know if and when he gives you a ring, and remember to note down the time.