Wednesday, June 28, 2017

INDY 500: Rookie Of the Year Kerfuffle...



Pole Day at IMS, Scoring pylon with Alonzo's name upon it. (The Tomaso Collection)
Son 'O A Bitch! Can you believe whomever the selection committee is, picked as this year's Rookie Of the Year (ROY) winner; Chirp-Chirp, Bueller?

Yeah, this is old news by now, especially since Indy Cars just finished racing at the fabulous Road America; But since I was Out 'N Aboot in the Bushes; Err surrounded by wild, ah-bloomin' Rhodys', nee Rhododendrons, Ya Sure Yuh Betcha! Nestled spectacularly in thee "Other Florence," aka Oregon's magnificent Sand Dunes,.


As  I chose the Little River Band's song in deference to Fernando, since it suits him better, albeit should have put Sinead O'Connor's 4th & Vine song Thar instead, since we Rocked Out to her on thou Oregonian Trail, where I learned that wild Rhododendron's are Pink, which matches the Dress she's gonna put on... 

And since I'm also NOT a Card Carrying member of any Social Media connections, I simply missed the memo regarding this until after the Dual Beat down the Graminator' (Graham Rahal) put upon the IndyCar regular's at Detroit's Belle Isle,  where he had competition from more than three cars Lewis; Hooah! Hence per usual here in Nofendersville, the News is slow to the press.


As it'd be interesting to know when and why IMS took away the eligibility for Co-Rookie Of the Year honours? As may be Sunoco didn't wanna have to pay two drivers for the award?

As Paul Dalbey of More Front Wing fame who actually voted points out, and I've known for a long time, it's not always the top finishing Rookie who's automatically anointed ROY, as case-in-point Me Thinks? Is the choice of the 1969 Rookie Of the Year (ROY) winner Mark Donohue, 10-laps adrift of the higher finishing Peter Revson.

As "Revvie" finished two places ahead of Donohue in fifth, but largely cruised around to his finishing place minus one cylinder, due to the race's high attrition! Whilst Donohue had to overcome a lengthy Pit stop and race his way forwards.

Although I'm not comparing Ed Jones impressive third place finish in any way, shape or form to this, but just sighting as an example that it's not always the top Rookie who wins the award.


As notably, the honour is bestowed upon a Rookie having an Outstanding Performance at Indianapolis, and not necessarily being the highest placed finisher...

As we'll never know where Fernando would have finished, albeit I don't think he would have won the race, even after having led 27-laps. But very likely could have crossed the line in the Top-5. As who knows, he might have even passed Ed Jones?

As I found Alonso's performance, attitude and demeanor throughout the entire Month of May very refreshing, being totally enthusiastic and enjoyable. Not the uppity Alonso who's so irked me in Formula 1 over the past how many years? Although I've softened on him immeasurably the worse the McLaren Honda goes...


As the video weighs in at 10mins, but it's very enjoyable and definitely worth watching. With Alonso being super funny, poised, gracious and ultimately exuding that Latin charm that's made me call him Fredrico Suave for years now...



(Photo Courtesy of No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer CARPETS')

Monday, June 26, 2017

F1: Prince Hamilton pushes 'lil Sid Viddle's button!



Did he just do what I think he did to my car? Doesn't he know who I am? I'm the Prince 'O Formula 1 and I'm leading this Waltz for Freakin' Sakes!

First of All, I'm not condoning who I'm now calling 'lil Sid Viddle, nee Sebastian Vettel's totally inappropriate action of ramming his competition under Safety Car conditions at the just concluded Azerbaijan Grand Prix in any way, shape or form.

Yet the part that sticks in my craw, is you know Lewis Hamilton was engaged in some sort of Skullduggery vs. his main championship title contender Vettel, as he'd been previously warned in a short In-car Radio message with his Mercedes Engineer about not following the Pace Car correctly, along with cutting the Start-line distance extremely close.

Not to mention his later broadcasted message asking the team, "Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge," to instruct his team-mate Valtteri Bottas running ahead of Vettel and him to purposely slow down in order to back the Ferrari into DRS overtaking distance for him...

All of which this behaviour makes my stomach turn over how Hamilton's always the "good Guy" who hasn't done nothing wrong, and it's everybody else's fault!

As that's So Rich Lewis, 'bout telling Vettel to Man Up...


Therefore, I say Bravo to JYS! Err Sir Jackie' (Stewart) for publicly pointing out the obvious, as the saying that screams thru my cranium is that It Takes Two to Tango!


As I find it akin to some sort of appropriate Divine Intervention towards Prince Hamilton for having his Headrest Bolster work its way loose, forcing him to Pit in order to rightly secure his safety equipment, not allowing him to get away with his loud pedal's foot accidentally slippin' off during that Safety Car period...

Oh wait a My-nute', it's Nico Rosberg's fault, Ja Volt!

F1: Sauber Sacks Monisha Kaltenborn under Cloud of Misery...



Who put out those Bloody press releases ARSE-Backwards? As we like both our drivers...

In what seems to be a fairly universal feeling in the F1 Paddock, I myself intoned Thars' Somme-thun' Fishy going on at the 'lil Himnwil outfit Sauber. Since it seems at the very least the press releases were issued in the wrong order regarding team principal Monisha Kaltenborn's dismissal! Not to mention in the Wee hours of nothingness...


As Grizzled Journo' Joe Saward was the first to point out the awkwardness of the situation, followed up by the Peacock-lite (NBCSN) Booth Boyz' and Pitlane reporter, the Wee Willie Buxom (Will Buxton) pointing out how Sauber's press release over Marcus Ericsson not getting equal treatment was basically answering the question nobody had asked!



Although I found the Swede's assessment of how he & Pascal Wehrlein would never go on Holiday together not exactly a ringing endorsement of his feelings towards his current team-mate...




Hmm? Wasn't that an interesting In-car Radio conversation that FOM played during the Azerbaijan GP, when Wehrlein asked if He was "Free" to race Ericsson ahead of him, eh?


 
As the part that smelled the most fishy to me was the innuendo over Monisha not tolerating the rumoured request to start favouring the Swede over the better German driver currently on Sauber's roster, especially since Kaltenborn isn't known for her Bedside manner, as in just ask "Guido Duh Dutchman," Ja Volt!


As I've turned my backside upon the female Indian lawyer ever since her wreck-less handling of driver contracts regarding Giedo Van der Garde's, which is sad, since I'd been a fan of Sauber's Forever, especially since founder Peter Sauber had the Kahoonas to hire Kimi Raikkonen over his Red Bull Benefactor Deeter Majestic's (Dietrich Mateschitz) prized pupil Enrique Bernoldi Wayback in 2001!

And in fairness to Monisha, she's kept the  Minnowesqe F1 Team on the grid thru some very trying times financially, as they now seem to be on the upswing, regardless of what we may perceive 'bout the Honda Power Units they'll begin utilizing next season.

As Will Buxton suggested that an announcement regarding Frederic Vasseur as new Team Principal may be eminent during the Friday (Free Practice) FP2 TV Broadcast, and he categorically does NOT believe in favouring drivers!

As Y'all may recognize the name Fred Vasseur, who was le Reggie's Debutante Team Principal upon Renault Sport's return to Formula 1 in 2016, before he subsequently quit the Enstone based team.

As Vasseur, co-founder of ART Grand Prix has led the premiere French racing team to multiple championship winning efforts, albeit in the lower Feeder Series, nee Formula 3 Euroseries, along with leading ART Grand Prix to consecutive GP2 titles with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton from 2005-06, Timo Glock in '09 and somebody named Stoffel Vandoorne in 2015. Along with decimating the GP3 series, winning the championship from 2010-13 and 2015-16 to date!

Thus, when this happens? As Vasseur sounds like a far better choice over another named being bandied about, as in Dr. Colin Kolles, who once reportedly tried Blackmailing Mercedes and Toto Wolff; SHEISA! Does Sauber really want  that type 'O headache?

as perhaps this changing of team boss simply makes me believe that Sauber's new owners wanted a new leader instead, as I hope they can improve their position with the much lamented Honda PU's next season.

Hmm? With Longbow SA being an Equity firm, headed by Pascal Picci, who's currently running the Show, I'm wondering if this could be some backdoor way for ART Grand Prix to become a future Formula 1 Constructor?