A $100,000,000 fine and final darts update of the season

There’s some bloke on Five Live right now who’s saying that “There’s too much technology in Formula One. It’s all about the car. It should be about the driver.”

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.

Fernando Alonso
Anyway, that’s an old boring story that’s been going on for years. The big story is the ‘spygate’ row. McLaren have been fined $100,000,000 (about £50 million) for using Ferrari’s technical data which they obtained between a Ferrari engineer and one of their own engineers.

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.

Lewis Hamilton
The legal action was supposed to have been over a few months ago but new evidence had come to light, namely emails between the drivers. These emails (allegedly) contained conversations as to how the ill-gotten information should be put into practice, mainly tyres and brake information. If this is the case, why have just the team been punished? I feel that if the drivers are involved, then they should be punished too (if any punishing has to take place at all). Now, I’m a big Fernando Alonso fan and the last thing I want to happen is for his title challege to be derailed, and Hamilton’s for that matter, but if they are involved then why should they get off scott-free?

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.

Darts Update:
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 🙂

Summary:
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!)

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