Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but even back in 1950 when the F1 World Championship started the constructors tried to make the car the fastest and most technically advanced they could. Ok, the technology has got a lot better but the point still stands.
He’s saying that the driver makes no difference too. How the hell can he say that?! If that was the case then Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine and Rubens Barrichello would have won world championships alongside Michael Schumacher.
I have no doubt whatsoever that McLaren did not use this data for their own development, and I’m not a McLaren fan by any stretch of the imagination.
They have also had all of their constructors points up to now and for the rest of the season removed thereby losing all prize money for the season. Now, if my sketchy knowledge of F1 intricacies is correct here, they also forgo a percentage of the next two season’s prize money, they will not be eligible for as much support when it comes to logistics, they will be at the ‘wrong end’ of the pit lane for next season and they are likely to lose sponsorship money as many sponsors pay on a bonus scheme down to performance.
So, the fine will work out to be considerably more than the $100,000,000.
Rumour alert: Eddie Jordan was on the radio this morning talking about a supposed deal that was supposed to be mooted to the McLaren team. The deal was that if Ron Dennis resigned as McLaren team boss, the action would all be ‘forgotten’. Ron Dennis, quite rightly, said ‘bugger off’ to this. This was all down to a complete breakdown of the relationship between Ron Dennis and the head honcho at the FIA, Max Mosley. I don’t know what to make of that.
Anyway, the FIA are supposed to be making a statement as to exactly what McLaren have done wrong later on today. I watch and listen with interest.
Summer season is over now, we finished 2nd in our group in the league and so get a runner’s-up trophy. We reached the semi-finals of the team knockouts and so win another trophy. I get a commemorative set of flights for my 180 as well. Not a bad first season back overall! Pleased 🙂
Position: 1 (drawn out of a hat)
My Result: 2-1 defeat (it’s only best of 3 in K/O)
Team Result: 3-0 defeat (it got to 3-0 so we stopped, no coming back from that)
Season 180 Count: 1 (told you it’d stay that way!)