Archive for the ‘Monaco’ Category

The F1 BlogWe have been very keenly following the comments on two posts, Alonso’s keen to spoil Schu’s retirement party and Poll: In Monaco qualifying, did Schumi stopped deliberately ?. And there are allegations and cross-allegations flying every where.

The point that we saw in all the controversies was that there was no details available from FIA or any of the teams/drivers involved. Yes, we know that this has been the case for a long while now, but given the current storm the sport is facing, everything should be much more transparent.

If we take the Monaco incident, All Ferrari said was that they provided the telemetry data to FIA to go though & they tried to clear the doubts but stewards never listened. FIA on their part slapped the penalty. And all that remained after that were the unanswered question. What did the telemetry data showed that prompted FIA to slap the penalty ? What was Ferrari trying to tell the stewards ? Fast forward to Monza, and the same questions again crop up and again no answers were provided by FIA, except the stupid rule being changed.

But there was much more hue-and-cry this time because, first, Fernando Alonso is trying to retain his championship in a car that suddenly seems slower than Ferrari’s & McLaren’s and secondly because unlike Jean Todt & Michael Schumacher, Flavio Briatore & Fernando Alonso decided to be much more vocal about it [and in this process questioning the Formula-1 in itself, which even we believe was totally uncalled for].

The other problem has been that the people [FIA] who should be giving answers to the questions are the one who try to create more instability. Bernie Ecclestone & Max Mosely does not seems to be on the same page anymore, most of the time both are giving contradictory statements, if Max comes out in support of something, you can be sure Bernie will oppose it [most of the time].

The solution [again as we see it] is in fact very simple. First, make Formula-1 more transparent and provide complete data in support of the decisions that are taken. Second, all teams & drivers should be asked to issue a informal statement regarding the decision. Third [and most important], ask Bernie & Mad Max to think before they issue a statement, they are doing more harm than good to the sports, or take a step forward and ask both of them to retire and let young blood take Formula-1 to new heights.

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Jarno TruliAs reported on homeofsport

Jarno Trulli has vowed to be a championship challenger in 2007 as he insisted that he is still as good as his former Renault teammate, Fernando Alonso ….. “This year we have not been able to win,” said the 32-year-old, ‘”ut the only thing missing for Toyota is experience. In 2007 we will be really competitive. My final objective for my career is to win the title. I know I can do it.”

Trulli reminded readers that, in 2004, most observers agreed at mid-season that Trulli had the measure of teammate Alonso, who a year later was world champion. “I had more points (in mid-2004), I had won in Monte Carlo and I was nearly always in front in the tests. You can’t ignore these facts.”

Wow !! Some strong words !! Seems someone has taken out pages from Button’s book. Jarno, we never ignored any facts [we rarely do that], but there is huge difference in just “having the measure” and “winning the world championship”.

Like your pal Button, I think you also need to concentrate more on winning the races than speaking. Why not let your race speak for yourself ?

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As reported on dailyF1news

Mark Webber has confirmed speculation that the drivers’ ‘GPDA’ union will require Michael Schumacher to explain his Rascasse moment to rivals at Silverstone this week.

”We will see what he wants to tell us as fellow professionals about why he stopped,” Williams’ 29-year-old Australian driver told the Sun newspaper in England

Veteran of 256 grands prix Riccardo Patrese, who once was the German’s teammate (1993), said: ”Who do they think they are, going to heavily against a seven time champion? People say F1 is in a crisis; of course it is, with people like these.’

I believe enough is enough ! Stretching an issue uselessly will only hamper the sport. Even if he made a mistake, he was punished appropriately, end of story. PERIOD.

And why is Webber bouncing so much ? Shouldn’t he be concentrating more, alongwith Williams, on sorting out their engine problems first & winning a race before pointing fingers at others.

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Poll Results

And the results say the story.

Majority of votes[18 votes/40.91%] found Michael Schumacher guilty of the stopping deliberately in Monaco qualifiers, whereby 20.45% people [9 votes] stood with him, not ready to believe that he could do something like this.

25% of the people [11 votes] are of people like me, who saw & heard about everything that happened and believe that he “might” have stopped deliberately, but still are not 100% convinced. And rest 13.64% [6 votes] decided not to get their hands dirty!

I am not going to give a verdict here, since like most of you I don’t have seen the “evidence” which prompted the stewards to pronounce him guilty. In other words, I don’t believe myself to be capable enough to put in a final word from these stats point of view.

The results are in front of you, to make your own judgement. Feel free to have your say.

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As reported on

Max Mosley has refuted claims that Michael Schumacher’s blunder in qualifying in Monaco has tarnished Formula One’s image.

“I think this is all part of the sport,” he told the Motorsport News. “This no more hurts F1 than a foul in a penalty area in football. These things happen and it’s part of sport.”

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The FIA’s Statement:

“Having set a fast time in sector one, the driver lost time in sector two, arrived at Turn 18 at a speed little, if any, different from his previous fastest lap, and braked with such force that his front wheels locked up, requiring the driver to regain control of the car.

The driver ultimately did so without hitting the barrier on the outside of Turn 18. The engine of the car subsequently stalled, with the result of the car partially blocked the track.

Having compared all relevant data, the stewards can find no justifiable reason for the driver to have braked with such undue, excessive and unusual pressure at this part of the circuit, and are therefore left with no alternatives but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying, at a time at which he had thus far set the fastest laptime.

The video showing Schumi’s qualifier drive

So what are your views on the matter ? Was it delibrate or just another driver trying a little too hard ? Feel free to write down your thoughts.

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As reported on Reuters

"I would say that Formula One, in my opinion, does not need as its first priority technical challenge," Ferrari's Jean Todt told a Monaco Grand Prix news conference. "It needs show, it needs people fighting on the track. And very often, with the more technology you have, the less opportunity you give to the drivers to fight on the track."

"Everybody talks about technology and fighting for technology but it's the people who have never won a race, or its a team that won a race eight or nine years ago," Flavio Briatore said. "If somebody needs to talk about technology, then it is Renault and Ferrari... I believe like Jean says that we need real racing. What we need is overtaking, we need people enthusiastic to watch Formula One."

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