Malaysia 2014 GP
Thursday, April 03
Malaysian Grand Prix, my first this season. Where to begin... Oh, the noise. Not the sound (that was before 2014), the noise. For the first time since I can remember, I didn't wear any ear protection. Nice for conversation, granted; but is that really an improvement? Yes, the music is gone, replaced by vacuum cleaners on steroids. Guttural Merc, smooth Renault, anonymous Ferrari. Muffle city. The cars are technological monsters, and the engines are fed with a lean supply of fuel; but not too much! That wouldn't be very green, would it. So we have low rpm engines, due to drastic fuel flow limitation. The cars are heavier, but the drivers are lighter; actually, some are bordering anorexia to allow the car + driver weight to be just at the legal limit. Not too much food for the drivers, not too much fuel for the cars, same logic. Very "modern", very politically correct. A thin world. During the race, some drivers were bad boys, and lost some points on their driver's license quota. Lewis Hamilton was impeccable, and won the race.
Singapore 2013 GP
Monday, September 23
The Singapore night race is unique, yes, but the race itself was not exactly exciting... Some will say that it was all Sebastian Vettel's fault, his domination unmerciful. But... Seb's domination was so absolute, his race craft so precise and masterful, that you have to say: respect. The crowd once again didn't think so, and was booing Vettel on the podium. Not nice. Vettel's comment: "They're on tour, they go around on a bus.". Not bad German humor... On a side note, Mark Webber's 10 place grid penalty for the next race, for hitchhiking his way back with Alonso after his car broke down on the last lap, really doesn't give Formula 1 a good image, and will not attract any new fans... (understatement). Perception is everything, and those responsible for this sad decision should really do a bit of soul searching. My advice.
Italy 2013 GP
Wednesday, September 11
Monza has in the past been the theater of many remarkable turns of events, but this edition of the Italian Grand Prix only confirmed what everyone feared: Sebastian Vettel is on his way to a fourth consecutive title, and his latest victory in the glorious Temple of Speed was one more nail in the coffin of his opponents' hopes and dreams. Time passes, seasons pass, and It's become fairly obvious that the recipee for success in F1is: Red Bull unlimited funds + Adrian Newey + the best joystick driver of this generation, Seb Vetel. With Kimi Raikkonen having now signed with Ferrari for next season, Fernando Alonso's future has taken a turn for the worse going into 2014: he will continue having a virtually unbeatable adversary outside, plus a formidable foe inside, his own team mate... Buena suerte Nando!