Last night, I stumbled across a piece of writing that made laugh, angry, laugh again, and finally, irritated enough that I thought I’d write about it. It all began with Vijay Mallya selling Force India to the Sahara Group and coming out of it still retaining a 42.5% shareholding. Instead of crying “liar” you’d think “swindler” would be more appropriate for this piece of conjuring but of course, Dr Mallya hadn’t really “sold” the team as is easy to explain – anyone who’s seen Dragon’s Den will know that. Or so I thought…
Because last night I found an attempt to do just that. The only problem is that they got so bogged down in their grave dancing and trumpeting their experience in “the business side of F1″ compared with bloggers that they totally messed that up. A careful explanation of how Sahara could own 50% of the team and Mallya and the Mol family 25% neglects the fact that the ownership resembles nothing like those ratios – by their own admission, that’s because they had to use easy numbers. Their business credentials are questionable but it’s certainly 1 out of 5 for maths (or presumably 95% if you are them.)
However, that was all mostly lost in the fit of giggles brought on by the fact that the site mocking bloggers compared with their own “professional journalism” is the same site that presumably considered using a picture of the Ku Klux Klan the height of journalistic quality. Before mocking the accuracy of other writers, maybe they should remember their exclusive about Mercedes firing Nick Fry which was quietly deleted in the hope nobody would notice their faux pas. Very professional. In short, they’re the last people who should be throwing stones, the irony behind it all is that they don’t actually have a pitpass.
And while they’re lambasting the blogger in question for his response to criticism, I’ll bring up their response to my politely phrased criticism of one of their articles back in 2009: ‘You claim that [sic] previously held us in “respect” and “high regard”, however, I don’t ever remember receiving a word of thanks or acknowledgement for providing our service free of charge.’ Thank you but don’t lecture us about “Stifling the fans’ voices in such a public and broad-brush way…” – stifling it in a non-public way is not exactly better you know.
And while all this was going on, the real story was totally missed – the dogs dinner that is now the Sahara Force India F1 logo. Seriously, just how many different typefaces do they need?
Credit: Sahara Force India F1