Sandpanther (sandpanther) wrote,


Wow. Words fail me. The season continues being one of the most interesting that I've ever seen. I'd like to say that I'm surprised, but considering the personalities involved, it was almost inevitable. Perhaps something positive can come from all this. But honestly, I'm expecting the sport to continue to degenerate into a kids' shouting match.

Bernie Ecclestone may very well be the only person to be pleased by any of this. (No, I take that back; Michael Schumaker seems to have no problem with it.) Nothing brings viewership better than controversy. Though I suspect that all this just destroyed the US F1 market.

Tiego Monteira has some serious balls, spraying the champaigne. It's hard not to respect chutzpa like that. (Though it is maybe a little sad...)

The Michelin teams took the correct decision, under the circumstances. Driver safety has to be their primary concern. They were stuck between a rock and a hard place. And on the surface of it, it sounds like they tried to make every reasonable concession.

Michelin screwed up. (That's kinda obvious, isn't it?) Given the situation, I'm not sure what else they really could have done this weekend to remedy the problem, other than what they did already. They do need to be smacked around for screwing up so dramatically. (And, duh, fixt the problemI have absolutely no doubt that they are going to receive the natural consequences for their rather public failure.

(On a personal note, gee, I persist in being glad that I have despised Michelin tires for years now. I feel fully justified in persisting in avoiding them like the plague. But then, I would even if this whole kerfluffle hadn't happened.)

The Bridgestone teams that ran... Not much to say. A failure on someone else's part does, sometimes, constitute a crisis on their part.

The FIA proved themselves completely unable to cope with unexpected situations. Rule may be rules, but I think there is more to being a sanctioning body than just delivering strict interpretations of regulations. Particularly when we have another spectacularly public demonstration that the changes in rules are diminishing the value of the sport as a property. No one racing does not make a racing series attractive to, well, anyone. Oh, and in the real world? People figure out compromises.

The FIA and the manufacturers played a big game of chicken with this situation. It seems to me that neither of them blinked, and everyone ended up stuck in the crash. I find the whole thing a fascinating power struggle. But then, I don't care that much about F1.

Oh, and Michael Schumaker? Running your teammate off the road in a race which is totally not a race is lame.

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