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Previously on TheJudge13:
Hamilton wants a fair fight on his terms
“Lewis Hamilton wants a fair fight with Nico Rosberg” was the BBC’s headline story. Yet nowhere within this British website was any mention made of Hamilton’s underhand tactics in recent races.
The article continued with Hamilton commenting that – “This weekend went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. I’m aware of it now. I’ll make sure I’m aware in the future.”
Hamilton himself stated after qualifying, “I wish you could have seen the data, I saw something late last night and all I could do was smile”
Oh boo hoo hoo. As Christ once said, let them without guilt cast the first stone…
It emerged over the weekend – from non-British sources – that Hamilton had ignored team orders in Barcelona to win the Grand Prix. Both Mercedes drivers were instructed to change their engine mapping to a specific lower setting towards the end of the race and yet Lewis kept to his original map to beat Rosberg.
Obviously the wounded child within Lewis made it clear that he was simply doing what Nico had done in Bahrain when he didn’t change his setting apparently. This tit for tat has brought about a change from the Mercedes management, “In the last couple of races we had some little fouls left and right, this is not happening ever again” Toto Wolff said.
So, the German manufacturer wants Rosberg to be World Champion, they give him ‘secret’ information to counter Hamilton’s runaway Malaysian victory, they get Lewis to test Rosberg’s clutch system… is this a pattern developing here? Is this the traditional unbalanced reporting that implies the Germans can’t be trusted?
In 2013, the early season scandal was Red Bull telling Sebastian Vettel to remain behind Mark Webber in Malaysia with the now infamous ‘multi 21’ instruction. Vettel ignored team orders and countless column inches were given over to his hollow victory. Most people were not bothered by his hard steel core but by his blatant dishonesty after the race when he apologised – yet barely two weeks later he stated he would have done it again and Mark didn’t deserve to win.
The fact that Vettel hadn’t turned his engine down in his pursuit of Webber – whereas the Aussie had – suggested unfair competition yet it seems Lewis was perfectly entitled to perform in this manner in Spain.
In fact you could go back to the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix when a similar situation arose with Red Bull. Vettel was close behind Webber, they were both instructed to reduce their engine mapping and whereas Webber complied with team orders, Vettel ignored them. A collision between the two when Vettel running at tracks edge and alongside Webber turned into him caused a collision which initially made the squad blame Webber and only the media’s reaction made them re-think their public uttering.
More specifically Hamilton has repeated his blatant disregard of team orders and team ethics over his career. We will probably never be told the full story of the 2007 Mclaren teams behaviour towards Alonso. A double World Champion had been promised multiple things by Ron Dennis, but observers such as Montoya knew he would have problems when Hamilton was confirmed as his team-mate. Not because of his inherent speed but because of the paternal relationship he shared with Ron Dennis.
In 2007, qualifying was run with start fuel aboard. The drivers would burn off as much as possible, come in take new tyres and qualify. Their fuel would be re-filled prior to the start of the race.
In Hungary that year, the two Mclarens went out in qualifying with Hamilton knowing Alonso had more fuel on board and the team told him to let him through to burn it off. Hamilton thought otherwise and stayed ahead to disadvantage him. Alonso replied angrily by staying in his pit slot and causing Hamilton to lose an opportunity to take his final qualifying lap. Incredibly the FIA decided to get involved in an inter team battle and relegated Alonso five places on the grid.
In more recent years he found he couldn’t deal with Button’s subtle political machinations and got to the point he was tweeting secret data in a quite frankly childish manner and it was only in the last couple of days that he suggested he was quite happy to cause an accident to get his own way…
When he first entered Formula One, a TV clip of him racing radio control cars was shown in various interviews/ features and when he lost a race the petulant child came out. Sports psychologists spoke about his inherent competitive qualities upon observing this and suggested he had a natural winning mentality. What was not immediately obvious but has since become the ‘norm’ is that this petulant child has not grown up.
F1 could be destroyed without a ‘dictator’ – Briatore (GMM)
Formula one “needs a dictator”, according to the flamboyant former team boss Flavio Briatore. Embroiled in a corruption scandal that could end his reign, F1’s current ‘supremo’, Bernie Ecclestone, has hinted that his bosses at CVC could be about to replace him.
“I feel sorry for him,” Briatore said on his customary trip with his yacht ‘Force Blue’ to Monaco, “but if I was Ecclestone, I would have left five or six years ago.” Reports suggested Italian Briatore, who left F1 amid his own scandal some years ago, might be a potential successor for Ecclestone, but the 64-year-old played that down. Asked if he wants to be the ‘new Bernie’, Briatore told Auto Motor und Sport: “I prefer the old Bernie.”
Pressed as to whether he is interested in the job, however, Briatore just “grinned, turned around and left”, recounted correspondent Michael Schmidt. But before he left, Briatore admitted he knows the kind of person that needs to be running F1.
“What formula one needs is a dictator,” he said. “He makes the rules and the teams have to follow. If you don’t want to, look for another job. Formula one is a strong brand, Bernie took 30 years to build it, but without him, it could be that it is destroyed in two or three. What is needed now is a man who has a clear plan for the formula one of the future.”
Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Daimler, also said that amid the corruption scandal that could end Ecclestone’s reign, the next steps for the sport are crucial. “It is very clear that Bernie Ecclestone is responsible for the success of formula one,” Zetsche, whose Mercedes camp is utterly dominating the 2014 season, told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “That is why it is in everyone’s interest that his incredible work, ‘formula one’, which he has built up over the years – the story that he wrote – is not damaged,” he added.
Gerard Lopez confident Maldonado and PDVSA will stay with Lotus
TJ13 reported last Tuesday that Pastor Maldonado’s time in Formula One may be at an end. Venezuela’s Sports Minister – Antonio Alvarez declared that not another dollar would be provided to sponsor a F1 drive.
Despite having won a Grand Prix on merit – Maldonado’s stock at the pinnacle of world motor-sport is still unknown – coloured by the substantial oil dollars provided by his principal sponsor PDVSA.
It has become obvious in 2014 that all the skills Chemical Boullier learnt whilst at Enstone are thriving and, in fact, developing in a new direction as Team Principal at Mclaren. What was not apparent at the time was he had left behind the detailed dossier from Crescent Investment Management which he had memorised whilst dealing with the company’s chairman – Mansoor Ijaz.
Gerard Lopez of Genii Group, and Lotus team owner, has continued in similar vein to Boullier and denied over the weekend that Lotus could be losing their lucrative PDVSA sponsorship. The media had made a “..very big misunderstanding. PDVSA, as with Maldonado, is staying with us. In Venezuela, it is this company that has the final say, not the government.”
As TJ13 often stated last year, a quick perusal of Google would have unearthed countless articles of Ijaz’s questionable business ethics – yet the team blindly declared investments would arrive in days. Whilst the senior figures sought the generous trough to feast upon, many foot soldiers within the team decamped and left for pastures new.
Once again a simple google search reports that Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) is the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company.
Maldonado’s primary supporter was Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan President. But since Chavez’s death, the landscape in the country has changed and last year in October, investigations began into the nations motorsports teams for defrauding the government of millions of dollars.
At the time, then sports minister Alejandra Benitez told ‘Ultimas Noticias’ her signature had been forged on more than 60 requests for US dollars by race car teams. One athlete, she said, claimed $66 million over a year and a half…
Bianchi hopes to ‘ride wave’ to better team (GMM)
Marussia crowned its hero Jules Bianchi in Monaco, after the French driver on Sunday delivered the backmarker team its first-ever F1 points. Maintaining the spot in the constructors’ chase ahead of Caterham and even Sauber would now be worth dozens of millions of dollars in F1 prize money to the struggling team. Ironically, however, Frenchman Bianchi’s feat could also cost Marussia the talented, Ferrari-backed driver.
“It felt like a victory to me,” the 24-year-old said on Sunday. “Even if it does not mean so much for others, for us this ninth place is like a win,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.But Bianchi also admitted that Monaco 2014 could be the turning point in his career. “It can only help,” he said, “but as for the future, we will have to see as the season progresses. I do feel ready for a top team.”
Bianchi’s result earned praise even from arguably the very best driver on the grid, Fernando Alonso. “He is not only a Ferrari junior driver,” said the Spaniard, “but also a friend. We spend a lot of time together at Maranello,” Alonso is quoted by Speed Week. “We play football and basketball and also travel together a lot. I am so pleased for him. I have no doubt that he will have a very good career and so I hope that this result helps him to find a competitive cockpit for next season,” he added.
The task now for Bianchi’s manager, Nicolas Todt, is obvious. “It is often said that Monaco is a driver circuit,” said the Frenchman, the son of FIA president Jean Todt and also Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado’s manager. “Yes, he benefited from what happened in the race but when you see his lap times, he had the pace. My job now is to try to ride this little wave,” Todt is quoted by BFMTV, “as they do not come along every day.”
Twitter observes Maldonado leaving Monaco after early retirement