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OTD Lite: 1985 – De Crasheris crashes out in huge crash in Austrian race!!!
Andrea De Cesaris has the unwelcome distinction of having served the longest Formula One career – with no victories – of any driver in history. His 208 Grand Prix starts were largely thanks to his own personal sponsor, Marlboro, who first paid for his seat with the Alfa Romeo team in 1980 and the 1981 Ron Dennis run Mclaren team.
At the Dutch Grand Prix that year, Mclaren withdrew his car after he qualified 13th due to the fear of him wrecking another car. It is generally accepted that a Formula One driver will have between 1 and 3 accidents a year.
Yet it was around this time that he gained his new nickname – Andrea De Crasheris – as he had his EIGHTEENTH crash of the season, putting his long suffering mechanics through another tortuous routine of repairing his accident damage, or for all the number crunchers out there, the total time spent repairing his cars was around 120 hours or 5 working days..
His most celebrated accident is probably his somersaulting Ligier at the Osterreichring which occurred on this day. Following this event, the boss Guy Ligier dismissed him from the team citing that “he couldn’t afford to repair his accident damage”; which considering all his sponsorship was French government backed seemed a slight exaggeration…
In this ‘find’ we have a racing legend narrating the race and at 2m 30s, in a masterpiece of deliberate understatement remarks that De Cesaris has caused ‘just slight damage‘ to the car. What’s probably more sobering is the back of the driver. Down from his neck and across his left shoulder is the remnants of contact with the earth…
Paddy Lowe attacks Ross Brawn again
Paddy the Enforcer has spoken out against the whole wide world as he defends his kingdom against the naysayers of the international press and fans. As has become more evident over recent weeks – this study into an individual with ‘short man syndrome’ has been enlightening to say the least.
Teamed with two shareholders of the Mercedes AMG F1 squad, he has felt the necessity to diminish Ross Brawn’s input into the current dominant team in F1 by stating that he has recognised weak areas within the organisation that needed his input as they were lacking direction before. And that anything that had been laid down before December was in fact history now. Of course the December date carries some significance as that was when his predecessor, Brawn, left the squad.
Only last week, he felt it necessary to point out how much of an excuse Ferrari and Renault were making with “short term issues that they need to learn to manage“. Of course in Paddy’s world, the increasingly fragile Mercedes is still the best package and it’s their collective efforts that have secured their continued success despite the chink in the Silver Arrows armour widening with pressure from the “fizzy drink makers” – as Lewis once christened them…
In another selected swipe at Brawn he has now expressed that the Mercedes team was surprised by the expectation that it would employ team orders between its two drivers.
“People at the beginning of this season were surprised we weren’t running any team orders, and there was a bit of criticism against us as if we were idiots for not imposing them. By Bahrain, it was like ‘you’re going to have to stop it now, look what they got up to.'”
This way of thinking was clearly instilled in the Formula One community by none other than “Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari era in the 2000’s where Schumacher had undisputed number one status in the team. Before that no one had ever thought of that.”
Of course, mention of the dominant Ferrari-Schumacher era is, by association, a guilty verdict against Jean Todt and Ross Brawn himself and in itself demonstrates how effective the media have been at making Ferrari appear to have always favoured a number one driver policy – when “before no one had ever thought of that”…
Yet the Enforcer would do well to remember that it was in Bahrain that he instructed both Mercedes drivers over the radio to think of the finish when they were fighting after the late safety car period. Yet unlike in Malaysia 2013, when Ross Brawn’s authoritative voice demonstrably received the full respect of his drivers – Lowe has been ridiculed for his efforts.
It has also been reported by several journalists and news agencies that both Lowe and Toto Wolff want to instigate team-orders whereas the ex triple Champion, Niki Lauda, wants to see gloves off racing.
Marmorini’s lack of class in attacking Ferrari
There are times in life that a person shows so much class that any witness remains in awe. Irrespective of anyone’s view of the man, Felipe Massa showed what a classy individual he was when he accepted his huge disappointment of losing the 2008 title to Lewis Hamilton. Stood crying on top of the podium that day, he expressed his emotion to the crowd and afterwards congratulated the new champion.
Ferrari replaced him for Kimi Raikkonen this year, but even at the time of the announcement were gracious enough to allow him to inform the world. Just a few months later, Stefano Domenicali resigned/ was made scapegoat (eliminate as per your beliefs) but has demonstrated pure class in his lack of attacking the team he led for so long. Even when asked about other jobs in F1 he returned the statement that he could never do that because his heart would be with Ferrari.
In recent weeks, rumours in Italy had been intensifying that Luca Marmorini would be ousted under the new Marco Mattiacci regime which was confirmed a few weeks back.
Unlike some of his predecessors – including the engaging Aldo Costa who spoke with no malice just a resigned air in regards his dismissal from a Ferrari that was being badly managed by Luca di Montezemolo – Marmorini had no compunction in telling his ‘friend’ Turrini what really happened in Maranello.
“I do not speak out for myself but there are people at Maranello who like to apportion blame when it would be best they remained quiet – basically I am defending myself.”
“These people are stating that all the problems of the F14 T are due to the power unit. Get serious, a company with the history of Ferrari does not forget how to make engines! I’ll accept any accusations but not that Maranello doesn’t know how to design engines, turbos, etc..”
“Let’s set the record straight. With my colleagues we built a power unit to fit a certain size blue print. It is smaller than the Mercedes and Renault designs because we were asked by the car’s project manager Mr Tombazis.”
“They asked for a small PU, with small radiators. The main purpose was although it would have less power they guaranteed an advantage with its aerodynamic solutions over the competition. It transpired exactly like that, except when we ran against the competition there was no aerodynamic advantage either.”
“I don’t want to accuse anybody, but it has to be pointed out that Ferrari has entrusted its plans to an inexperienced, unskilled person who has blind faith in others who have achieved nothing – Pat Fry and James Allison.”
“Marco Mattiacci was put in place of Domenicali but in three months I exchanged just a few words. Our initial greeting when we met for the first time and when he gave me my letter of dismissal.”
“Ferrari is also demoralising several key engineers who have been the foundations of the many successes the team has had. I remain calm, I have now left but I’m sorry for the engineers who are still there.”
A bitter man – no doubt. An insightful individual – only time will tell. The politics of Ferrari are only beginning to be played out, but this disingenuous individual has possibly given away within his words why Mattiacci felt he was not the right man for the task.
To blame Fry and Tombazis is probably reasonable as they have been at the helm and directing the design of the red cars for a few years but to bring in to the equation the name of Allison who has been a title winner with Ferrari between 2000-2004 and with Renault in 2005/6 is remarkable – especially considering that Allison only rejoined Ferrari on the 1st September and would have no input in this season’s design..
A popular saying in Italy is “Don’t spit on the plate that you ate from” (don’t bite the hand that feeds you) – in effect with non-disclosure agreements you tend to be less attractive to other employers. Far better to have the class of a Costa and prove your value elsewhere..
(sourced from GMM and with TJ13 comment)
Di Resta ‘determined’ to return to F1
Former Force India driver Paul di Resta is not ready to give up on his formula one career. The 28-year-old Scot lost his seat with the Silverstone based team at the end of last year and returned to the German touring car series DTM with Mercedes.
He was linked with a potential F1 reserve role with the German marque’s Brackley based team this year, but for now he is committed to improving in DTM. “When I came back (to DTM), I thought I might be able to get to the front straight away, but that clearly hasn’t happened and we are not where we want to be just now,” said the former series champion.
“It’s too early to say what my plans are for 2015 and my thoughts are completely devoted to chasing better results in DTM and helping Mercedes in any way I can,” he told Scotland’s Herald newspaper. “But I am positive I can gain another drive in F1 and, if anything, I am even more determined than I was. The decision isn’t up to me, but I delivered good, steady performances and I have no doubt I can build on that,” di Resta added.
TJ13 comment: Paul Di Resta has proven to be a dour, cheerless individual. He had a tendency to attack the team if he felt hard done by and in a short Grand Prix career proved good and steady as he pointed out himself.
Except ‘good and steady’ in a world that is watching Daniil Kyvat, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas highlight the talent coming through into Formula One just doesn’t cut it any longer. Although if the BBC F1 team continues to employ more Scottish staff – he may have a new position alongside his main supporters club!