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Bahrain Grand Prix 2016

bahrain 2016Talk about murder on the dance floor the start to yesterday’s race was carnage on the racetrack!

There were bits of carbon fibre floating everywhere – and Bernie thinks this racing lark is too dull!!!

Well, actually the bit he’s trying to spice up, i.e., qualifying was the dampest squib of the weekend.

The elimination format is not working – 8 minutes of no cars on track in Q2, 5 minutes in the middle of Q3 (but that’s pretty much the same as the previous format) – the drivers hate it, the teams hate it and the fans hate it, but still the “lady is not for turning”, to coin a phrase.

The latest incarnation to spice up qualifying is to take an average of a drivers’ 2 runs – what?

It’s not really qualifying that’s the matter – there’s always going to be dominant teams, be it Ferrari, Red Bull and at the moment it’s Mercedes – it’s the actual race itself.

The drivers can’t drive flat out and actually race because they have to manage tyres (which seem incapable of lasting more than a few laps before the edge goes off and they affect pace) and they have to manage fuel consumption so they don’t run out of fuel 5 laps before the end. Also not many of these tracks nowadays seem to have many points for overtaking, and some don’t have any at all, which makes for a very dull procession after the first corner.

So, come on FIA sort it out. Take qualifying back to 2015’s format, which everyone was happy with and take time to sort out the real issues which is the fact the drivers can’t actually race flat out.

But I majorly digress, the race itself was brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

Aside from the carbon fibre being flung here, there and everywhere, there were scraps galore. For sure, not for the top 3 spots after halfway, but 4th place backwards there was some truly great wheel-to-wheel racing going on.

Teams that you don’t normally see making it up to mid-field really getting in the mix.

It was great to see Marussia up into 13th, storming past both Force India’s – a team that should be fighting around position 7/8, based on previous form.

Loved the fact that on Friday’s practice, Jenson found the “go faster” button on his McLaren Honda, just a shame it seemed to disappear again on Saturday. But amazing debut by Fernando’s replacement for the weekend, Stoffel (The Stoff) Vandoorne going like the proverbial clappers and earning a point and 10th place.

And what about the new entrant into the F1 world, the Haas team. Amazing results, 2 races andย 2 top 10 positions (6th (Australia)/5th (Bahrain)) places courtesy of Monsieur Grosjean.

Sure, Merecedes are still the team to beat, but only 3 years ago everyone was moaning about Red Bull being dominant, and then prior to that there were the Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari years.

It’s not the job of the FIA to conscientiously set about penalising the drivers of the teams who are dominant – to ensure a ‘fair fight’!

No, surely they need to ensure that all teams have a fair chance of developing their cars and coming up to the dominant team’s standard – whether that be by ensuring money is split more evenly throughout the field or giving teams more leeway to test and improve throughout the season itself.

But all the politics aside, I enjoyed yesterday’s race.

 

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So, who thinks F1 2014 is boring now?

bahrain grand prixWell, before today’s race in Bahrain, Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, described this season as akin to taxi driving.

All I have to say after watching (and I promise to try and not give any spoilers away for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet), is that I hope I never, ever get in a taxi like that.

OMG!

It was thrill a minute, riding by the seat of your pants, pure 100% adrenaline filled racing.

There was jostling for position from pole all the way down to the last car.

It was awesome.

Even the engines sounded great – despite people complaining about them not being V8s.bahrain grand prix 2

I literally was sitting on the edge of my seat. With 10 laps to go, my heart was beating faster than the rev in the cars and my adrenaline was pumping, so goodness only knows what the drivers were going through.

It has to be possibly one of the best Grand Prix’s I’ve watched in a very long time.

Roll on China ๐Ÿ˜‰

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