Friday, December 12, 2014

Paddock Notes – December 12th edition

A somewhat quick spin 'round some of the latest news from Der 'Vurld de Motersporten; Ja Ja!

2014 GP3 Series Runner-up Dean Stoneman has apparently thrown his hat into the growing field of would-be 2015 IndyCar suitors, claiming he's interested in trying his hand in America...

Longtime American F1 hopeful Alexander Rossi has apparently finally given up on his dreams of becoming America's next Formula 1 driver after five agonizingly close years of potentially getting his nod to race in thee pinnacle 'O motorsports after being teased with occasional Friday morning FP1 (Free Practice) drives for F1 Back-markers the past few years.

But with the apparent demise of both Caterham and Marussia, albeit Administrators are still trying to woo somebody into buying Caterham... Rossi, like many others has now switched his attention to Indy Cars instead...

As Mark 'Handlebarz Webber was quick to point out upon his personal website; "I'm a lucky boy!" After his 'Mega shunt during the recent Brasilia 6hrs World Endurance Championship (WEC) season finale, where the 'Aussie crashed his Porsche 919 Hybrid at a very high rate of speed! Now claiming he doesn't remember anythingy 'bout the accident, but appears to have escaped apparently injury free and has since been released from hospital...

While Mark Webber was busy playing "Pinball Wizard" with his No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid, the team's No. 14 sister car driven by ex-Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder pilot Romain Dumas, ex-Champ Car and Formula 1 Ace Neil Jani, and Marc Lieb were busy spraying champagne upon the podium's top step upon giving Porsche its maiden World Endurance Championship (WEC) victory,

As  naturally, Porsche hopes the win will carry over momentum-wise into 2015, most importantly at next year's iconic 24 Heurs du Mans, where the German auto manufacturer has announced  the addition of a third "Works" entry spearheaded by Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg...

Not surprisingly, IndyCar has decided to abandon Standing Starts in 2015, although not ruling them out from future seasons, along with the continuation of "Double Your Trouble;" Err Double Points finishes at both Mother Speedway, aka Indianapolis and the season finale, next year at Sonoma... As really IndyCar; WTF! Have Yuhs heard how F1 wisely decided to scrap their gimmicky season ending double points finale teaser, a la "Abu Double," in regards to the Fans NOT liking this contrived manipulation of the championship! Which makes me almost wish for a driver with fewer season wins taking the title by blitzing the field at "Snorehoma;" SHEISA!

As now I really-really-really wanna S-E-E Indy Cars worm its way out of a pickle when somebody wins the title via this twisted mockery of thy points system. I mean what's next; Green-White "Chequers or Wreckers" multi attempt finishes; BITE ME!