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Christmas comes early for Massa (04:50)
Boullier exit talks do the rounds
With Twitter being awash with the rumours of the impending exit of Eric Boullier on Friday, all sorts of follow-up questions were conjured up. Who would replace him? What future does this leave for Romain Grosjean (given Boullier is his manager)? Why so out of the blue?
The many theories sent out in social cyberspace were amusing to say the least. One I particularly enjoyed was that this was the first signs of the Quantum deal being back on. The deal would be all signed off as long as Mansoor Ijaz and his merry men could install the driver they wanted in the 2nd seat at Lotus. Boullier was rightfully outraged and submitted an ultimatum of his team principal position at Lotus.
Boullier tweeted the above message to reassure all who may have been worried (assuming this is his real account). The normally highly active social media team have been oddly silent on the topic, when a solitary tweet could prove or disprove any rumours being banded about.
F1 may be a crazy sport – but surely not this crazy….right?
Christmas comes early for Massa
The winter love-in continues in Maranello as even the annual Christmas dinner attracts attention. Massa was present to receive a special gift from the red team. Il Padrino thought a fitting goodbye gift to be an engine from an F2008.
While this may seem like a kind memento of the time with the team, it does also seem quite an odd one. A reminder of the year you were so close to winning, until Timo Glock suddenly ran out of grip in the final sector, on the final lap, of the final race of the year doesn’t seem like the best thing they could be giving to the Brazilian (whether he did so on purpose to allow his old racing friend Hamilton to win the title I’ll leave for readers to decide).
The predictable family love was bound around in speeches. Massa described Stefano Domenicali as a “big brother.”
It’s in these circumstances that one understands what it means to be really loved and the atmosphere at Ferrari and the unique feeling of being part of the family is something I will miss a lot.” He continued to say, “Thanks also to you Fer. We will meet again on track and this time I will try not to let you through.”
No doubt Massa will be looking forward to being on a equal playing field to his teammate at Williams. Once again, it sparks the debate of how the 2014 power struggle will go between Raikkonen and Alonso. One thing for certain, it will be great to watch it develop.
McLaren and Brawn
TJ13 has been led to believe and stated since the sp[ring this year, that there was only 1 destination for Ross Brawn when he decided to leave Mercedes. The Englishman had on a number of occasions commented to associates his time living abroad was over – ruling out a Ferrari reunion.
McLaren boss, Ron Dennis, now admits there have been talks between the Woking team and Brawn. “We were having a chat and we’re mature motor racing people so of course you’re going to talk about life. But going beyond that, as you would expect, it’s normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible”.
Brawn confirms too that he will not be taking up a new F1 position in the New Year. “I am starting my fishing trips early next year and only time will tell if Formula One and me ever get together again.”
“My understanding is he intends to take a year off,” concurs Dennis. “That’s my understanding of his intention.”
Constantin v Ecclestone verdict
The Constantine v Ecclestone trial is set to run into the New Year before Judge Newey makes a final decision. He is ‘reserving judgement’ and expected to take several weeks to study the evidence.
Legal experts believe the judgement will depend on whether the judge believes the payment made by Ecclestone to Gribkowsky led to an under valuing of the shares sold.
Philip Marshall QC argued on the final day that Ecclestone wished to “get rid of the banks’ involvement” because he believed his position running F1 was at risk.
This case has served a purpose for other litigants in that both the Munich prosecutors and the German bank BayernLB now have access to certain documents made available during this trial which were previously denied.
Sauber new investors
TJ13 reported 2 months ago that the Russian deal to invest in Sauber and the imminent arrival of Sergey Sirotkin had fallen though. The Russian money men did for a while consider legal action which suggests Sauber were not happy with the offer and it was they who made the repudiation.
We also reported the ‘word’ at the time was that new investors from Dubai were showing interest in acquiring/investing in the Sauber outfit.
The arrival of Adrian Sutil brings dome $10m. Prior to sponsorship money, this provides Hinwil with just short of $70m for the 2014 campaign. That said, there are some 50+ writs filed with the Swiss courts against Sauber from suppliers who are claiming monies owed.
Giedo van der Garde is being strongly linked with a driver for Sauber and this too will bring at least another $10m in funds.
Leading Swiss F1 journalist, Roger Benoit, is critical of his nation’s F1 team. He believes, “the fans have a right to be informed about the delicate financial situation” but the “lights are out” in the Sauber press office.
Whether this is just paranoia or not – who knows? Yet, Benoit believes of the new investors; “They want to take over the team and install new management|”,
Benoit ridicules the teams assertion that they have had Sutil on their wish list for some months. He cites Peter Sauberin October stating, “”We would prefer to continue with the current drivers!”
For now, all we have is silence from Sauber.
Numerology in F1
Numerology is the study of the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding observed (or perceived) events. During the course of human history there have been many and varied systems developed.
Pythagerous in the 6th century BC believed that because mathematical concepts were more “practical” (easier to regulate and classify) than physical ones, they had greater actuality. St Augustine developed this idea in “Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.”
As did Pythagoras, Augustine too believed that everything had numerical relationships and it was up to the mind to seek and investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by divine grace.
Today, numerology is often associated with the paranormal, astrology and other divinatory arts.
Drivers like Hamilton and Alonso – who believe in ancient wisdom – may have been expected to select their numbers in line with a numerological system in common with their beliefs.
Yet Fernando is understood to favour the number 14 because it is his lucky number. If this is in fact the case, Kimi may well steal a march on him in psychological terms. The Finn has told Ilta-Sanomat he has chosen the number 7 to wear on his helmet at Ferrari next year.
The number 7 has interesting Judeao Christian numerological symbolism. In both religions the number seven implies a totality of perfection or completeness. Alonso may wish to think again his frivolous selection and seek a more appropriate answer from his Samurai mentors.
Apparently, the Japanese numerological system of Angel numbers already states that Fernado’s compatriot – Rafael Nadal – has the number 33. It is representative of a transparent human lover who spreads the love asking for nothing in return.
Angel 33’s will have a significant effect on many people because their way of life will become a great example. Other A33’s are Albert Einstein, Stephen Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola
Then we have numbers which are from the dark side of the force. Damien Thorn. a fictional character and the primary antagonist in “The Omen Series” is the Antichrist, the sone of the devil. He was born at the 6th hour on the 6th day of the sixth month – bearing the ‘mark’ 666.
It is rumoured, Crashtor has requested the F1 driver numbering be extended to three digits as this is his preferred option.
Valtteri Bottas is opting for 77, not because he believes himself to be doubly perfection, but because he has started using the twitter hashtag #bo77as.
Some believe this may be JEV’s last season in F1, so with balls of brass, the Frenchman believes he can carry of the iconic number 27. Also making reference to history, Nico Rosberg has asked to carry number 6, which was raced to the 1982 title by his father Keke.
Sergio Perez for no apparent reason has plumped for 11 and a number of drivers wish to remain coy over the 3 options they have requested from the FIA. “For now I’ll keep mine quiet,” says Daniel Ricciardo, adding dreamingly: “it’s a beautiful thing F1 drivers will have freedom to choose what number they want to race from next year.”
Known for his antiestablishmentarianism and general bad boy rebellious attitude, Vettel should choose the number 69 and see what his marketing guru’s can then derive.
Lewis still has time to catch a wave of numerological biblical significance to psych himself up for 2014. The man with ‘Still I Rise’ emblazoned across his back could elect for the number 8 which as yet has been eschewed by others, In the Old Testament, this is the number of victory.
Jules Bianchi may not understand the pecking order regulations for choosing. He tweets to tell his followers he has opted for 7, 27 and 77, adding. “We will see what i will get …” Seeing as drivers further up the food chain have already opted for these, it may be the FIA leased some specialist equipemtn to assist Jules in the process
Pirelli Tyre test
The driver lineup for the Pirelli 3 day tyre test starting tomorrow is now complete.Red Bull – Sebastian Buemi Mercedes – Nico Rosberg Ferrari – Pedro de la Rosa/Jules Bianchi Friday
Toro Rosso are using 2 drivers equally
Tue – JEVWed am – JEV pm – Danill Kvyat
Thur – Daniill Kvyat
Red bull are the only team not providing a race driver. Brackley confirm Lewis’ absence is due to the fact he has begun his high altitude training.
Its at this time of the year when the teams’ PR folk are playing festive games with the fans, and most driver line ups are sorted. There is of course the small matter of the solvency of Lotus and Sauber to be confirmed, but we can turn our minds to less serious F1 matters.
F1 team mate duo’s. Of course there is Senna and Prost, Michael and Rubens, Lewis and Fernando, and more recently Webber and Vettel.
Back in September when the Richter scale 9 hit F1, we all began to salivate (for differing reasons) at the thought of the Kimi and Fernando team mate duo.
WTF1 suggests they may in fact have a lot in common with another none F1 duo, who had a very festive Christmas number one hit.
Red Bull for Formula E
The Formula E bandwagon is slowly building up a head of steam. During the early part of Autumn we had week on week reveals of where the 10 races straddling 2014/15 would be hosted. The as the nights drew in, the teams were announced one by one.
Big hitting names began to appear, Alain Prost associated with E. Dams, Andretti and Andretti racing, Audi and the much loved historic Super Aguri name is being revived. The in a fanfare of publicity, the big finale revealed Venturi Racing would be the final team accepted for 2014/15 with shareholder Leonardo di Caprio.
Sebastian Vettel revealed in Brazil, Formula E was not his cup of tea. “I don’t like it at all,” the Red Bull driver said. “I think the people come here to feel Formula One and there’s not much to feel when a car goes by and you don’t even hear anything else but the wind.”
Yet never one to miss a marketing trick, Mateschitz has ordered his faithful general – Helmut Marko – not to miss out on yet another global marketing opportunity. He told Bild, “We have been asked [to enter Formula E], but at the moment our full focus is on Formula One. We will look again at this series and re-evaluate after the first season,”
There’s plenty of time as the final race of the first season isn’t until 27th June 2015 and next up in the Fe razzmatazz will be the driver reveals.
The drivers will be next. Ex-F1 drivers and even young hopefuls and they will be rolled out week on week until all 20 names are in the public domain.