Renault and F1
Each year I look forward with actual excitement to the Formula One motor racing season. And about a third of the way through the series I get distracted and forget to watch it. To be honest, the bit I enjoy the most is the pre-race banter - the pontification, the bitchery and the mild curiosity about who Martin Brundle will manage to bag an interview with on the grid. I love it when he gets Bernie, who is the funniest man on the planet and can deliver the most outrageous lines totally deadpan. The races themselves are interesting to watch on a small screen for about ten minutes, max. I would of course love a pit lane pass and a hospitality package with one of the drivers, but knowing my luck it would be Kazuki Nakajima.
Team principle Flavio Briatore and Technical Director Pat Symonds have left the pit lane.
They will, quote: "not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix"
As good an admission of guilt as there is. Bernie said, "I am surprised" (just like Captain Renault in Casablanca, just like that.) Deadpan, but very funny, considering he has admitted he knew all about it from Piquet months ago.
I am not surprised about Briatore, or his initial reaction, which amounts to the threat of a malicious prosecution against Nelson Piquet. Briatore is a thug. But Pat Symonds is for me the man who will lose the most out of this. He seems to me to be a decent bloke. How he could have been a party to this is a mystery to me.
Sport is big business. The rugby world and now this have been rocked by stories that would be thrown out of the first script meeting if they had been fiction.
I suppose the real crime is that we take it far too seriously.
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Wednesday, September 16, 2009