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Something for the Weekend – X

By saltire | 24 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | 908 views

The time just seems to be flying in now and it’s less than 7 weeks now until the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, yipee! You’d think that this close to the new cars launches that start tomorrow and testing starting a week later that there’d have been some major F1 news stories about, it seems to have been quite calm though. Perhaps we are all saving up our energies for this weeks’ F1 fix.

With all that F1 goodness to look forward to here’s some of the articles that I’ve have found interesting this week. My first choice is from RG at his blog The Northern Waffler. RG has taken an in depth look at signing of Pedro de la Rosa as he takes the final race seat at Sauber alongside Kamui Kobayashi. Pedro hung up his drivers’ helmet in 2002 to take on a testing role at McLaren, and apart from a few drives in 2005 and 2006 to cover for injuries he hasn’t raced since. RG has had a proper look through his race statistics and they make surprising reading.

I think he has got it perfectly right with his title “Unknown Quantity”; I wonder if his signing is more to do with the money he can bring to the team in sponsorship rather than his raw talent as I can’t for the life of me see why Heidfeld would have been passed over in favour of Pedro.

Next up is this post from Adie at F1 Tailpipe about Alonso’s ambitions to bring the driver’s title to Maranelo. In suggesting that it will take time for Ferrari to regain their form I found Alonso’s initial quote to be quite surprising. Drivers are normally very vocal at “bigging up” their chances, so to see a two time champion suggest that success won’t be immediate is kind of refreshing, one wonders if last years’ Ferrari really was awful and having seen the newest car he’s just being pragmatic. I really enjoy Adie’s writing; he provides an opinion on the subject matter but it’s always backed up by appropriate detail, I really do recommend that you go there yourself for a look round.

Now for a post from James Allen. In this article James ponders the season ahead and considers who is favourite to win the F1 title. With Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all expected to be competitive this season it’s difficult to single out any one driver or team as there are just so many possibilities to choose from. The bookmakers have thus far decided that it could be Lewis Hamilton’s year; whilst James tends to agree he takes a look at all the main contenders but rightly points out that it could all change after testing begins.

I’d like to round up my little recommended reading list with some thoughts on Autosport International last weekend, well, not my personal thoughts, you can read those on blog comments elsewhere but here are four posts which detail their authors’ views on the event. First up is this one from Pat at I Watch Too Much Racing the new name for his relaunched blog. If you really want a comprehensive report on the Autosport show then this is the place to go. As Pat is a fan of all forms of motorsport and isn’t F1-centric like myself you’ll get a feel for all that was on offer, there are some great photographs and a little video from the live area as well.

I love the title of this next post, “A damp squib: Autosport International” by Dank from Motorsport Musings. I guess from the title you’ll know his opinion from the outset, but don’t let that stop you going for a read. I must admit I did smile reading this, especially with the comment likening the show to an ageing donkey but there were also some juicy facts about the costs exhibitors to the show faced to be there… I’d have to ask why; it doesn’t seem to have been a good fit for them either.

Now on to Zero Downforce and Scott’s views on the day. It’s nice to see that there are two sides to every story and whilst some complained that there wasn’t enough to see and do for the admission cost, Scott seemed to have enjoyed the day, and indeed the whole event, having also attended the trade days in connection with his work for Classic Team Lotus. I guess it just goes to show that the day is what you make of it, with plenty of memorabilia on offer plus the chance to take part in some SIM racing with friends it all added up to an enjoyable day out.

As one half of Viva F1’s admin I guess I’m allowed to shamelessly “plug” one of our own articles. In this one Maverick recalls our day out to Autosport International and explains why he feels that the show could have been so much more. I won’t go into much more detail as the story is right here awaiting your mouse click but it did seem to me as if the show mislead the fans with F1 cars which were not as they were labelled… see what you think.

So that’s it for this week, as always, if you have enjoyed an article then please do leave a comment on the authors respective blogs and if you have found an article that will be of interest to our readers then leave a comment and link below.

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  • Adie


    As ever thanks for the link, and thank you for your kind words. Really does mean a lot that my writing hits the right level with people!

    Cheers gang!

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  • str8y

    Love this from PlanetF1 ….
    “Lieblings pudgie wudgie donut face is not happy that I am returning to the grid, but at least she is happy that I won’t have to appear as The Stig on Top Gear any more. She has never been warm to that programme. “Jonathan Clarkson is boring, the small one looks like an ageing porn star and the other one is a man with a teenage girl’s haircut,” is what she thinks of it.”


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  • Pitmonster

    “In suggesting that it will take time for Ferrari to regain their form I found Alonso’s initial quote to be quite surprising. Drivers are normally very vocal at “bigging up” their chances, so to see a two time champion suggest that success won’t be immediate is kind of refreshing”

    Somebody more cynical than me might suggest that Alonso is puttng the team down so that he can be seen as the saviour, in an “I brought six-tenths” kind of way.

    However I don’t see Ferrari as being on a downward slump. Yes they had a poor year last year but they still won a race, compare that with their bad times in the early 90’s when they went something like 3 years without a victory. Why did they not win more races last year? Massa’s accident, the negativity of Badoer’s performance, and the decision to cancel all development on the ‘09 car will all have had a negative effect on how people expect Ferrari to perform in 2010 but i thnk they will be back.

    By playing down Ferrari’s chances, Alonso gets to say “I told you so” if they do poorly, or to say “it was because of me” if they do well. Under-promise and over-deliver seems to be his motto this year, which could be the opposite of Button for example.

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  • RG

    Thanking you for the link and the addition of my Timo blog into the blogroll, if I remember tomorrow evening, I’ll return the favour.

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