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Previously on The Judge 13:
OTD Lite: 1946 – Alan Stanley Jones is born
Only two Australians have managed to win the Formula One title. When Sir Jack Brabham won his third and last title in 1966, the second Aussie to follow him was just turning 20 years old – Alan Jones.
He made his F1 debut with a bought Hesketh car at the infamous 1975 Spanish GP at Montjuich, the race that became known for the driver strike, Ken Tyrell walking out on the track with a spanner, fixing the barriers because the track owners couldn’t, Rolf Stommelens crash that killed five spectators and Lella Lombardi becoming the first – and so far only – points scoring woman in F1. Jones’s race was however over after a collision with Mark Donohue on lap 3.
After 4 races his team withdrew and he was named Stommelens replacement at Graham Hill’s Embassy team. He ended the season with a best result of 5th at the fearsome Nordschleife. Stints with John Surtees’ team and Shadow followed, before he caught the eye of Frank Williams, who was looking for a driver to give his struggling team a taste of victory. Someone who scored his maiden victory at the Österreichring in a Shadow and won five out of ten races in Can Am while simultaneously driving in F1 seemed like the right guy for the job.
Results were initially hard to come by, with a second place at the Glen, a track he knew well from his Can Am days, being the best result. But he finally put Sir Frank’s team on the map in 1979, when he won four out of five races towards the end of the season at the wheel of the FW07.
He won seven races in 1980 on his way to win his and Williams’s first World Championship, becoming Australia’s second and so far last World Champion. He had a good chance at the title in 1981 as well, but a fierce rivalry with team mate Carlos Reutemann saw them stealing points off each other leaving the title to Nelson Piquet. After winning at Las Vegas in 1981, Jones called it a day and buggered off.
He came back for a one-off drive for Arrows in 1983 and full-time for the 1985 and 1986 seasons with Haas-Lola (Carl Haas, not Gene), but the asthmatic Ford turbo was never up to the challenge and after two fruitless seasons, he hung up the helmet for good with 12 race wins, 6 pole positions and one world championship to his name.
The Fat Hippo
Ecclestone admits he ruined F1, sort of
Just one day after he slammed the smaller teams as “people running around with a beggar’s basket”, who nobody needs, the toad from Suffolk made a complete U-turn and now sort of admits that he ruined F1.
“There is too much money being distributed badly – probably my fault.” (The word you were looking for is ‘definitely’, Bernard) “Like lots of agreements people make, they seemed a good idea at the time. (I made a truckload of money) I know what’s wrong, but don’t know how to fix it.” (It would cost me money to fix it. Can’t have that)
So could it be that the old hack has finally seen the light? No he hasn’t. The admission came on the back of Lotus, Sauber and Force India threatening not to race and already being weakened in his position by the lawsuits he had to bribe himself out of, such an upheaval is the last thing he needs as not even CVC could save his wrinkled arse in that case.
What’s even funnier is that Ecclestone claims he doesn’t know how to fix it. There is a simple solution, Einstein. Burn the contracts and make new one’s and if Horner or Wolff cry the latter, shove them aside and speak to Zetsche and Matteschitz. You didn’t use to have such problems eeking out deals in the past.
There is no sympathy coming from the waterhole for the short stuff. You broke it – you fix it. The ball’s in your court now.
Lewis finally sees reason
Lewis might be one of the best drivers on the grid, but he seems to be utterly clueless at selecting a competent management. After ditching his unhinged father as a manager, he now did the same with Simon Fuller and his company XIX Entertainment. Fuller and his crew, who were once responsible for hyping the Spice Girls, are mainly to blame for the Brit’s rather dubious image.
Nobody has brought more discussion to this site this year than Lewis Hamilton, mainly because once he started winning a horde of his fans came down on us like a pack of dogs on a three-legged cat. Those of us, who don’t jump on the Lewis bandwaggon do not necessarily deny his obvious talent, it’s the off-track hype, this constant push to make him a celebrity that turned most people off. It felt at times as if he was meant to be the David Beckham of F1 and it comes as little surprise that the pig’s bladder kicking posterboy for hair product was also ‘managed’ by Fuller and his infernal gang.
If I was Lewis, I would send Seb an SMS asking for a little chat over dinner. The German hasn’t got a management and considering that he ended up at Ferrari, I wouldn’t consider that a bad thing. He would surely be willing to give you a few pointers on how to sort out your stuff on your own with a little help from the Missus. Seb might be disliked for winning to much, but isn’t that a sort of dislike you could easily live with? And if Scherzy answers your mail in the future it would keep her from singing. Everybody wins.
Cornered Wolff barks at Ferrari and Red Bull
After prattling himself into a very tight corner during the Thursday press conference, Mercedes’ slightly clueless and very hippo-critical mouthpiece Toto Wolff hits out at fellow competitors Ferrari and Red Bull, accusing them of ‘willingly accepting the death of smaller teams’, as he theorizes the easing of engine freeze would drive up costs. Nevermind that they already were bankrupt beforehand.
“We constantly have to fight the resistance of our competitors,” the Austrian laments in an interview with ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’ in Germany. “Every day there’s a new topic.” Seeing that it is the main reason for their superiority, he reacts especially bad to calls for easing the engine freeze. “I think it is unbelievable rubbish. It costs much more money and some of them think they can hurt us with it.”
How much more two-faced can it get? In the further course of the interview he calls Marussia and Caterham ‘naive and overly optimistic’ and accuses Red Bull and Ferrari of driving up costs, when it was they, who outspent the competition by two-to-one. Even more damning is the two-facedness of Wolff himself. He is also responsible for Mercedes’ DTM program and after suffering a run of disastrous races in the early season, he gladly accepted BMW and Audi’s offer to ease the aero-freeze for them. In F1 however he isn’t shy to lie and obfuscate to deny the competition parity on the engine sector.
We have a worthy successor for Bernie.