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This is a pretty cool video released by McLaren of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton going through an old warehouse looking at all of the McLarens from the past.

McLaren amd Vodafone have been releasing these types of videos for at least a couple of years now the first one I can remember seeing was for the 2008 Singapore GP. When you consider that it is Red Bull that has the reputation of being the really cool F1 team and that McLaren is supposed to have such a serious reputation it sort of turns that theory on its head. (Especially when the videos that Red Bull have released have been so serious!)

In a time where F1 drivers are said to have little personailty and be robot-like it’s good to see this sort of thing.


I first said this four or so years ago, but could the Australian media PLEASE GET OFF MARK WEBBER’S BACK?!!! I am really fed up with these clowns in the media who constantly criticise Mark Webber because he has not lived up to their expectations. Even after a stunning lights to flag victory in the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona the media still has to try to knock down the tall poppy instead of celebrating his dominant performance.

What shines through every time that morons such as Triple M’s Roy & HG or 3AW’s Dwayne Russell or the Herald Sun’s Daryl Timms criticise Webber is just how ignorant they are about Formula 1. I have watched every single Formula 1 race since the 1985 Australian Grand Prix, but it is obvious that these big-mouthed buffoons only ever watch one race, the Australian Grand Prix, a year. For instance all have made comments about Mark not finishing races, yet ever since he joined Red Bull he has only failed to finish a handfull of times. Last year he had just two DNFs. GUYS, 2006 WAS FOUR YEARS AGO!!!

As I said earlier, the big problem is that Mark never lived up to the knockers expectations. They wanted him to be a Schumacher or Prost yet are so ignorant about Formula 1 that they don’t realise there is no level playing field in the sport and that to win you have to be driving for the one of the best teams, which Mark has only done in the last couple of years. They will point to his stint at Williams as a time when he was in a top team but Williams have become a shell of their former self. When Mark was there Williams went through an acrimonious split with BMW, who were replaced as engine supplier by the horribly unreliable and underfunded Cosworth. Juan Pablo Montoya told Mark that he made a huge mistake going to Williams despite the fact that JPM won the last GP of 2004.

This year Mark is the clear second favourite for the World Drivers Championship. Adrian Newey and Red Bull have built the fastest car on the grid and despite the fact that I have tipped Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel to win the championship, I hope that Mark can do it just to shut all the idiots in the media up.

By the way, with three wins so far Mark has won more Grands Prix than…

  • Chris Amon (0)
  • Jean Alesi (1)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0)
  • Martin Brundle (0)
  • Elio de Angelis (2)
  • Stefan Johansson (0)
  • Patrick Depailler (2)
  • Patrick Tambay (2)
  • Eddie Cheever (0)
  • Derek Warwick (0)
  • Olivier Panis (1)
  • Jarno Trulli (1)
  • Mika Salo (0)
  • Alex Wurtz (0)

He has won the same amount of races as…

  • Didier Pironi
  • Thierry Boutsen
  • Johnny Herbert
  • Giancarlo Fisicella
  • Heinz Harald Frentzen

He is in striking distance of…

  • Keke Rosberg (5)
  • John Watson (5)
  • Michele Alboreto (5)
  • Ricardo Patrese (6)
  • Jacques Laffite (6)
  • Eddie Irvine (4)
  • Ralph Schumacher (6)
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (7)

Sebastian Vettel proved that he is the new rain master of F1 after a brilliant win at the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai. In fact it was a Red Bull sweep as Mark Webber took his best ever result with second place. Jenson Button was placed third in the Brawn Mercedes.

I feel/hope that this proves that Red Bull will be the team that challenges Brawn for the 2009 Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles. So far this season they have looked like the only team other than Brawn with consistent front running pace, with Vettel missing a sure fire podium in Melbourne because of his (and Robert Kubica’s) over exuberance, while Webber looked likely to take a podium in Malaysia until the race was red flagged just after his pit stop which put him down the order. Surely this will be the year that Webber finally scores a victory, with Monaco in May looking to be his best chance.

Ferrari’s horror run continued in China. Once again neither Kimi Raikkonen nor Felipe Massa scored a point. Massa once again suffered a mechanical failure, whilst Raikkonen seemed to have no confidence in his cars performance in the wet conditions. Lewis Hamilton also had a horror race with a number of spins which may tarnish his reputation as a wet weather specialist, but at least he scored points with a sixth placed finish.

The biggest loser in China would have to be Nelson Piquet Jr, who again seemed out of his depth in F1. He spun several times even though he did not seem to be going very fast. I know that Piquet’s job description says that he has to play second fiddle to Alonso, but he has to at least keep the car on the road and get the car into a points scoring position. Then again perhaps this says more about Fernando Alonso than Nelson Piquet, as we know that Renault has once again produced an awful car, yet Fernando is driving the wheels off the thing and making it go faster than it really should go.

Chinese Grand Prix – Race results
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 56 laps 1hr 57m 43.485s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 10.9s
3. Jenson Button Britain Brawn-Mercedes +00m 44.9s
4. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Brawn-Mercedes +00m 63.7s
5. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes +00m 65.1s
6. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 71.8s
7. Timo Glock Germany Toyota-Toyota +00m 74.4s
8. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +00m 76.4s

Driver Championship Standings
1. Jenson Button – 21 points
2. Rubens Barrichello – 15 points
3. Sebastian Vettel – 10 points
4. Timo Glock – 10 points
5. Mark Webber – 9.5 points
6. Jarno Trulli – 8.5 points
7. Nick Heidfeld – 4 points
8. Fernando Alonso – 4 points
9. Heikki Kovalainen – 4 points
10. Lewis Hamilton – 4 points

Constructors Championship Standings
1. Brawn Mercedes – 36 points
2. Red Bull Renault – 19.5 points
3. Toyota – 18.5 points
4. McLaren Mercedes – 8 points
5. BMW Sauber – 4 points
6. Renault – 4 points
7. Toro Rosso Ferrari – 4 points
8. Williams Toyota – 3.5 points
9. Force India Mercedes – 0 points
10. Ferrari – 0 points

Last week Honda announced its imminent withdrawal from Formula 1, causing fans, administrators and some of the teams themselves to panic and state publicly that Formula 1 is in crisis may be on the brink of collapse. In my opinion this is just a load of rubbish and we should not panic just yet.

Firstly Honda’s situation cannot be compared to any of the other teams. For the last two seasons Honda has not had any sponsorship, meaning that all of the money that they have had to spend on developing and running their car has had to come from Honda. They have instead been running the car in the much ridiculed Earth Dream livery that is supposed to promote environmental friendliness, which is very ironic since F1 is an environmentally unfriendly sport. In reality if they had of been able to get a sponsor to help pay their bills they would have remained in F1, which is really an indictment on the way that their CEO Nick Fry has been running the company.

It seems like the Honda F1 team is going to be bought out by David Richards’ Prodrive operation, who currently run the Suburu team in the World Rally Championship as well as Aston Martin at Le Mans. It will be quite ironic if Richards does buy the team as he was ousted from the CEO position by Fry. (Karma’s a bitch ain’t it!)

There has been a rumbling that another Formula 1 team will disappear from the grid before the circus arrives in Melbourne in March, but again I feel that this is rubbish. The team that is most likely to disappear is Williams, yet they have publicly said that have a new sponsor and that they almost have a full budget for 2009. Williams are a Formula 1 company and will compete in F1 as long as they have $1 in the bank.

Williams themselves have cast aspersions at rival Red Bull Racing saying that they will most likely be the team that will disappear next year. This just seems like Williams’ way of taking the heat off themselves. Red Bull has just bought back shares of Toro Rosso from Gerhard Berger, and promoted Sebatian Vettel, the hottest driver in F1 at the moment, into the main Red Bull team. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitzhas said that bothhis teams will continue in 2009, and he certainly has enough money to keep both teams affloat considering he is the 317th richest person in the world.

Then we have the debate over which engines will be used from 2010. FIApresident Max Mosley has apparently signed an agreement with Cosworth to produce cheap engines to all teams from 2010, something that has the support of independent teams Williams, Force India, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, but naturally enough not from Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes, BMW and Toyota. It is rumoured that Renault may have sided with the independent teams, somethingthey have denied. Mosley says that this is something that F1 needs to bring costs down, yet it seems to be one of his more hair brained ideas as I cannot see Ferrari, Merecedes, BMW or Toyota wanted someone elses engines to power their cars. (It’s not good for advertising!) Mosley has sort of compromised saying that they can make their own engines as long as they follow the blueprint set out by Cosworth, which is not really much of a compromise, although Max has said that after a couple of years when the financial crisis has passed, F1 will return to being the high tech’ sport it should always have been.

As I have said, Formula 1 will survive this crisis.