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Something for the Weekend – VIII

By saltire | 10 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 828 views

So much for the off-season being quiet, no sooner have we seen in the new Year than the F1 news has started flowing. Of course the big story of the week has to be Flavio Briatore’s legal battle with the FIA over his lifetime ban from the sport. I was somewhat surprised that he won his case but I’m also expecting that his “victory” will not be the end of the matter… surely someone should be punished for bringing the sport into disrepute shouldn’t they?

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Several authors have written on this topic but I’d like to start with this one by F1 journalist Stuart Codling on his blog Who are you, Anyway?* Stuart discusses whether or not justice was really served by the Tribunal de Grand Instance’ judgement or if the original punishment did fit the crime. He makes the very valid point that “no person or body should have the power to impose a punishment that is not properly enshrined in law.” Even if you don’t agree with the Courts’ ruling it has to be right that a person’s legal rights are protected or else we really are at the top of a slippery slope.

Following on from that, but still on the topic of Mr Briatore and that judgement is this post by fellow journalist Joe Saward. Joe takes a look at the “fallout” after the ruling and the possibility that team principals and senior engineering staff may have to be licensed by the FIA in the future. The comments are well worth a read as well.

Time now for something different and onto the other side of the big pond with this open letter to Peter Windsor from Racing Eagles. Dan makes the point that he “criticizes because he cares” passionately about American motorsports, engineering, technology and talent but that USF1 just isn’t cutting the mustard over their dealings with the public and the media. It’s a hard hitting piece and must have been difficult to write for someone who has admired Peter Windsor’s work as a journalist in the past. Dan makes the very astute observation that it isn’t just about putting out any old story to keep the fans happy, the team should be building a brand that has credibility, something that he feels is currently lacking.

Still on the theme of the media is this article from James Allen’s blog about the move into 3D sports coverage, starting with the football World Cup later this summer. James points out that l though F1 is at the forefront of engineering technology it does tend to lag behind in its media performance. Whilst many forms of sport already have their coverage broadcast in HD, F1 is not scheduled to try that out until next year so 3D F1 is just a bit of a pipedream for now.

Now, onto a guest article from Steven Roy which has been published by Sidepodcast. Steven is a bit of a history buff and this look at the life, career and tragic death of Francois Cevert makes for fascinating reading. It’s so sad that a young talented driver, on the verge of taking over the reins from Jackie Stewart at Lotus was killed so tragically. Steven’s writing has the knack of transporting you back to that time and place, of setting the scene and reminding us just how difficult it was to be a racing driver at that time… If you only read one piece today it simply has to be this!

Finally I want to point you in the direction of a blog that Maverick told me about this week; it’s from Professor Mark Jenkins whose research interests include “the role of knowledge and innovation in the development of Formula 1 motorsport.” In this post Mark looks at the return of Michael Schumacher, not just what it will mean for the man himself but also from the point of view of whom it will affect; who will be the winners and losers from the rainmeister’s return. It’s really interesting stuff and there’s quite a bit there that caught my eye, I’ll be heading back again soon.

That’s it for my round-up for this week (a bit later than usual as I have been engrossed in Viva F1). As always, if you have found an article you would like to point our readers to leave a comment on site here, and if you have enjoyed a post I’ve mentioned then the author’s would love you to comment on their respective blogs. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, Happy New Year.

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