Something for the weekend – II
Who thinks that the off-season is boring after all the fun and games we have had this week? Brawn GP being taken over by Mercedes and the reigning World Champion signing for McLaren-Mercedes all in the space of a couple of days. Fortunately for us, this has meant a wealth of great blog stories about Button, Brawn and Mercedes and the tangled web they weave.
Since Jenson has been dominating the news this week I’ll start with a couple of posts about him. Did you know Jenson has signed for McLaren?
First off, is a great article from Adie at F1Tailpipe all about the switch to McLaren, Jenson’s motives for changing teams and his thoughts on the challenges that lie ahead.
This next one is the heart-warming story of one fan’s chat with Jenson at his book signing in London this week. F1-Lou, a long-time Jenson fan finally got to meet her man, get his autograph and have a chat with him about her career aspirations as an F1 photographer. For anyone who knows Lou, chatting with Jenson was probably the last thing we reckoned she’d be able to do… we assumed she’d be overcome in awe. It’s a touching story. Whilst you’re there, check out the links to her Flickr account where there are some superb photographs. Oh, you’ll want the URL? Head on over to Photo Finish for a look.
My final look at Brawn or Mercedes GP is an interview with Ross Brawn in this morning’s The Independent newspaper. The article looks at Brawn’s thoughts on the takeover and discusses the highs and the lows of the last year.
As ever, it wouldn’t be the off-season without some speculation about who goes where and even the BBC got in on the act with Eddie Jordan’s thought that Michael Schumacher could replace Jenson at Mercedes. Needless to say, no sooner were his words uttered than syndicated news sources worldwide (or at least in Australia) proclaimed “Michael Schumacher to race for Mercedes”. All it needed was the word FACT at the end. Personally, I prefer my journalism to come from reliable sources so that’s why for a balanced perspective I look to Joe Saward’s Grand Prix Blog for his take on the story.
The one “loser” in the Mercedes GP / McLaren-Mercedes saga is Kimi Raikkonen. After being touted to get the drive at McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton it came as a bit of a shock to many that he could be left without a seat in the new year. This article by James Allen considers “What next for Kimi Raikkonen?” Will he have an enforced sabbatical from F1 and concentrate on his rallying or look to return in 2010 with one of the new teams whilst waiting for better drives for the following year? James discusses his many options.
“A gap year means nothing for Kimi, he is more interested in fighting for wins and the world championship. F1 will miss Kimi. He worked hard over the summer – doing things in a Ferrari that only the best drivers are capable of.” – Steve Robertson
Changing topic now and onto aspirations for a future street race in Prague. This blog post from F1Wolf explains that although the F1 media went a bit OTT in hailing Prague as the next GP venue it’s all just a bit of a pipe dream in the mind of one press hungry businessman by the name of Antonin Charouz. It’s a great bit of investigative journalism that tells the real story behind the syndicated news stories.
Next onto another F1 team that’s been in the news this week. Frank Williams has just sold a small share in his team to release some of the equity for private purposes. This article from Mr C at Sidepodcast written before that news broke, looks at Williams mantra that it “exists solely to race” and considers whether the team should broaden their horizons beyond F1 and F2.
Finally there’s a quick roundup of the posts associated with the Thursday Thought question “Who should be the next boss of FOTA”. This week saw entries from Pardon The French ::: Gridwalk Talk ::: Making up the Numbers :::The Untitled F1 Blog ::: F1 Centric and Sidepodcast. As ever there are a couple who don’t have a blog submitting their entries as a comment in the original Thursday Thought thread so don’t miss out on those.
That’s it from me for another weekend. Don’t forget you can leave a comment and a link here if you have spotted any great reading that I have missed off my list and if you’ve enjoyed an author’s post why not leave them a comment, it’ll make their day.