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Monday, 28 June 2010

Two Wins for Germany

As Germany cruised past England in the World Cup last 16, Sebastian Vettel led home two Brits in the Grand Prix at Valencia.

England equalised with a disallowed but clear Lampard goal. It seemed an incident that will finally silence the shouts of 'Kein Tor' in the 1966 World Cup final. That was a far less clear cut goal so maybe the books are balanced at last.

Meanwhile Mark Webber's Red Bull truly gave him wings as he launched off the back of Kovalainen's Lotus and disappeared into the air.

Germany spotted the frequent disappearance of England's full backs as being a hole to be filled. Our would be wingers seem to forget they are defenders and were caught out by intelligent counter attacking - unable to run back to their duties for the third and fourth Germany goals.

What can be learned from all this? Stay on the ground, do what your job description dictates. Generally less battles will then be lost.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Vettel Dominant in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel takes his fourth pole of the year in front of team mate Mark Webber and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Compatriot Michael Schumacher came in 15th, his worst qualifying result of the year.

As England face Germany in the last 16 World Cup match, will the result be a Vettel or a Schumacher for Germany?

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Lewis and Jenson are Top Two Canadian Podium Mounties

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton brought home his McLaren in first place today in Canada capitalising on his excellent pole position yesterday leading home his team mate Jenson Button.

Montreal is where Lewis first mounted the top step of the winners podium.

Just 15 points separated the top five drivers in F1 tables before Canada.  That left Webber retaining his lead but by only five points ahead of Button. Now 19 points split the top five with Hamilton leading ahead of Button.

The 2010 championship has long lost its 'boring' status that followed the first race.  Five separate drivers have won races.  There is no runaway leader or team as yet with McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari all competitive.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Racing Drivers Race Drivers

With McLaren now apologising for communication errors contributing to their drivers battling for a place and Red Bull seeing the need to reassure the public that their drivers can still race despite their recent collision in Turkey- a question arises.

Is not the purpose of motor racing for drivers to race?  Under normal circumstances the closest racing is likely to be between drivers with exactly equal machinery.  Team orders are expressly not allowed.

Clearly the teams will always have an interest in maximising manufacturers points.  However the fact that each team has two drivers would be of no interest if they always followed each other in line like ducks in a row.

Motor racing excites as a competition between individuals.  The technology between teams is interesting but with increasing standardisation enforced by the rule makers, the days when a fascinating innovation such as those often initiated by Lotus or Brabham are long gone.  Any variation is persecuted by other teams as a potential unfair advantage.  The diffuser controversy last year is a good example of this.

Now no team can turn up at a race with a new ground effects system, a rear mounted fan, twin front wheels or any other similarly exciting innovations from past years.  These innovations were once what made F1 such an interesting sport for those fascinated by mechanical engineering and design.

For these reasons racing between individuals must continue and the teams have acknowledged this with the caveat that neither driver should compromise the other.