Monaco 2014 GP
Tuesday, May 27
Truth or lie? That question will forever linger in the F1 paddock, and we'll never know if there was foul play on Nico's part, or if he really missed his braking point for Mirabeau. That's the problem with suspicion, it never dies. Regardless, what happened in Monaco was written on the wall or Racing, and we can now be certain that no nice guy is going to take the World Champion crown at the end of the season. George Orwell wrote, in 1945: "Serious sport is war minus the shooting". Men have not changed, and racers certainly haven't, so let's not act surprised: we are just witnessing games of power.
Spain 2014 GP
Thursday, May 15
Nico Rosberg is probably thinking that he should have abstained from that comment alluding to the fact that he was "quicker than Lewis in the dry"... With five races of the 2014 Championship now completed, it is becoming obvious that Lewis Hamilton is quicker than Nico, not by much, but a bit, especially in qualifying. On top of that, Lewis has a massive killer instinct, which also gives him an edge in racing dogfight. Only psychological destabilisation could now undermine his conquering march towards the World Title. Will Lewis trip upon one of his rare weaknesses, and will Nico be able to master the mind game, and give himself the slight advantage he needs? That is the question.
Malaysia 2014 GP
Thursday, April 03
Malaysian Grand Prix, my first this season. Where to begin... Oh, the noise. Not the sound (that was before 2014), the noise. For the first time since I can remember, I didn't wear any ear protection. Nice for conversation, granted; but is that really an improvement? Yes, the music is gone, replaced by vacuum cleaners on steroids. Guttural Merc, smooth Renault, anonymous Ferrari. Muffle city. The cars are technological monsters, and the engines are fed with a lean supply of fuel; but not too much! That wouldn't be very green, would it. So we have low rpm engines, due to drastic fuel flow limitation. The cars are heavier, but the drivers are lighter; actually, some are bordering anorexia to allow the car + driver weight to be just at the legal limit. Not too much food for the drivers, not too much fuel for the cars, same logic. Very "modern", very politically correct. A thin world. During the race, some drivers were bad boys, and lost some points on their driver's license quota. Lewis Hamilton was impeccable, and won the race.