Monday, October 22, 2018

Thee Iceman' Celebrates his Birthday in Style in Austin


As what's that 'Ol Song 'bout with a 'lil help from My Friends, eh? As somebody give Kimi an Ice Cream...

As I thoroughly enjoyed Kimi and His Oomphlats' Raikkonen and la Scuderia making thou Sky Sports Talking Heads, mainly Paul di Resta look like Blathering Idiots with their alternate tyre strategy!

As chiefly Di Resta's critically belabouring Scuderia Ferrari's decision to leave thee Iceman out during the race's lone Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period as the wrong move vs. Mercedes bringing in "Golden Child" (Hamilton)

As Raikkonen now etches his name in the History Books for the time being, breaking the current record for longest duration between Formula 1 victories at an astounding 113-races, previously held by a long forgotten named F1 Pilote Riccardo Patrese's 99 races when taking the Chequered Flag at the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix, an agonizing seven years since winning for Brabham at Kyalami.

With Sky Sports Kroftie', nee David Kroft noting it had been a staggering 2,044 Days since Raikkonen last won the 2013 Australian Grand Prix - Which I knew I'd watched; Err listened to, but forgotten it was with my two favourite Lap Hoonds Mad Molly and thou Pixolater', nee Pixie-the-Wonderdog; WUF-WUF! in Tacoma; CRIKEYS MATES!


As I spent the final 20 laps of the USGP thinking 'bout Kimi's Infamous radio Quip of "Just leave me Alone, I Know what to Do! Uttered during the finish of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!


Although I have mixed emotions over Raikkonen extending his Formula 1 career a further two years at Sauber to an unusual these Dazes in F1 41yrs young, nonetheless, I spent the final 20 laps of the Austin F1 race YELLING at the Telescreen G-O KIMI! G-O MAX! DON'T LET THE ARSEHOLE PASS YOU! PUCKER-UP BOYZ!

As I simply didn't want Lewis Hamilton winning Sunday, as Kimi's been in this position before, and ultimately either unfortunate or forced to move over, so it seemed that it would be the perfect way to celebrate his 39th Birthday the Wednesday preceding the USGP race as probably his last W' in Formula One!

As strangely, Raikkonen now becomes the most successful Finish Grand Prix Pilote  upon breaking his Deadlock with Mika "The Finn" Hakkinen who were knotted with 20 Grands Prix victories apiece, albeit Mika's got twice as many F1 World Championship titles vs. Kimi...

2017 USGP: Liberty Pulls Out All the Stops?




Tag-Heuer Promotional Grid Girls return at the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. (Image source: dailymail.co.uk)
As hopefully they didn't repeat this Farcical Roc-em', Soc-em' weekend theme this year, Eh?

Per Tipicali here on Nofendersville Isle, time has a nasty habit of  frothing away... As hopefully it was a decent USGP this year?

Since when I think of the Shot across thou Bow aimed squarely at Liberty Media in the Daily Mail's F1 Section earlier this year, albeit I don't recall who wrote it. Nonetheless it makes me chuckle, as the shot was the sentence proclaiming 550 Days and All Liberty Media's Done is get rid of Grid girls; YIKES!


And while I'm pretty certain Liberty's done more than that in its initial year and a half's ownership of Formula 1? Naturally as a Blind Open Wheel Racing Aficionado, I just enjoy the ability to hear/listen - "read" various British Rags', i.e.; the Guardian, Daily Mail etc selected F1 coverage upon my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service; but I digress...

Alas, nearly a year later, my mind still occasionally ponders the little blurb I heard in the Daily Mail's F1 coverage written by their F1 Correspondent Jonathan McEvoy.

In an article he wrote on Nov 24th, (2017) titled: Diminishing Prize Money among the problems mounting up for Chase Carey and Formula 1's New Owners

He mentions briefly that Liberty Media spent $12m on the Razz-Muh-Tazz at last year's USGP at COTA in Austin, for which I'm quite puzzled over what this outlay went towards?


As I was primarily curious over this report of said cash outlay - for which I sure Didn't SEE the results of that! Since it was the poorest Supporting Cast at Circuit Of The Americas since the USgP began racing there. whilst I've already lamented how I had ZERO interest in attending this year's event.

While I know that F1 Grizzled Journo Joe Saward, who's Joe Blogs F1 site proclaims Joe Knows F1... Which I read regularly, saw Joe mentioning he'd enjoyed the "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Hollywood Pre-race Show at COTA last year.

Yet being Thar Onsite, I must say as an F1 Aficionado of 30+ years, I was Dumbstruck at how appalling this Dumbing Down of Formula 1 for us "Yanks" was! 

Also, for all of the continued, or is it contrived? Hype over "Chevy Chase" wanting 21 Super Bowls, i.e.; F1 Race Weekends Dolled-up into super Bowl wonderment... Uhm, Me thinks there's a B-I-G Problema! albeit I haven't heard the Super Bowl motto for awhile now. But the 2017 USGP had the sparsest ever amount 'O entertainment, i.e.; Support Series, and that's for someone who'd attended the first five of six events, having only missed the 2016 race, before electing to forego this year's event.

As seriously? Does the Super Bowl make you wait FOUR Bleepin' Hours between events? err, Uhm, Commercials? Hut-Hut Omaha...

Although I know that COTA got special dispensation to delay Qualie' on Saturday so everybody could just roll in for "The Beaver; " Err Justin Timberlake, but Seriously! LAME ARSE Lassoe rope tossing by F1 Drivers to appease us?


OOPS! Sorry for pontificating, as what I want to know is what was the extra $12m spent on? As not just for Mr. Rumble's Pre-race Hype, righto? Did it go to Timberlake & Stevie Wonder? For which I thoroughly enjoyed the latter's Post-race performance.


As the Vintage F1 machinery was just plain slow, and the F4 cars didn't even run the whole racecourse. With the Daily entertainment for us, the Fans being pathetically meager at best! So Inquiring Minds wanna Know, what in thee Hell was the Bloody money, as in twelve million Smackeroos' spent upon?



Whilst sadly, this year's El Patheticoe' TV Coverage regurgitated on ESPN won't do anything to "Move the Needle" for Formula 1 in Americre'...

As I Fail to S-E-E how the fact that when I tried scouring 'N scouring my local TV Guide the Tuesday prior to the race, I could NOT find any listing whatsoever for either of Friday's Practice Sessions or Saturday's Qualifying; SHEISA!

Just a lone, solitary airing upon le Duesh? (ESPN2) STEE-RIKE 1 SISTER! Hmm? May be on ESPN, NOPE, STEE-RIKE 2! It's on ABC Sunday for a whopping 2.5hrs Airtime for the United States Grand Prix for Krist's Sakes JACK-ARSES!


Whale' lookie Thar, But of course, Silly Me! Since naturally I'd be inclined to check my Spectrum/Charter Cable TV's Channel 412 ESPN News for the USGP Qualie' session, Righto? As it's where you'd expect Americres' Formula 1 race coverage; Chirp-Chirp, Bueller?

So tell me once again how this overly Anemic, woeful lack of Stateside television coverage is gonna grab more Eyeballs? Especially if the Casual Fan Doesn't even know the Bloody race is on; Bugger!

To continue reading, see; 2017 USGP: A Porsche GT3 Showcar Steals the Show!