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Previously on TheJudge13:
OTD Lite 1975 – Argentinian GP kicks off perfect start to year
Is it just me that feels the winter break is too long? We pore over scraps of news and rumours rebounding the internet whilst waiting for the short pre-season tests that are weeks away and the start of the season in Australia in March.
During the summer, the three week break is obviously welcomed by the whole of the F1 circus but for the fans once again it is fighting for scraps of news. Maybe it was easier in teh past without the all seeing eye of the web, 24 hour news service and social media.
Or maybe, as on this day in history, the season started in January and finished nearer Christmas. None of the massive car launches we endure these days, none of the bullish rhetoric from consummate professionals – just pure bred racing machines stretching their raucous noise for the benefits of the public.
The point – you’d think I’d have one – is that back in 1975, F1 started the season in Argentina. As they say, back in my day…
The Grumpy Jackal
Christian Horner, honest as ever: TJ13 exclusive (from 11-1-15)
As the F1 world anticipated Christian Horner’s first child in celebratory fashion during the autumn of 2013, the team principal of the Red Bull team was already having an affair with ex-spice girl Geri Halliwell.
Within weeks of his baby daughter Olivia being born, Christian left the family home to pursue his new relationship.
Horner’s adopted son was apparently behaving like a renegade, in particular using drugs, which Christian was concerned – should this become public knowledge – would compromise his position in Formula One.
Of course the timescales are neatly presented, however, the bottom line is Horner accepted the congratulations of the media and F1 colleagues and associates on the birth of his first child, whilst he was conducting a relationship with another women.
This is of course no crime, but merely adds to the already prevalent perception that Horner is ‘situationalist’ – an all things to all men kind of guy – but with self-interest at the core – to his approach in dealing with whatever kind of situation, in which he finds himself.
Geri is another example of the modern cult of celebrity and professional marketing as her solo career following her time with the Spice Girls has been a failure by musical and artistic critical and popular standards.
Apparently Christian has been working hard behind the scenes to deliver a financial settlement that ensures his ex-partner will not go public with the dirty details of the last two years goings on.
Despite this, one of Horner’s angry relatives has stated, “You can say that his parents are absolutely devastated. We won’t be going to the wedding.”
All this will not alter the opinions of Formula One fans, who have come to know Horner from his regular pronouncements – for who he really is.
K-Mag possibly destined to race State-side
With Kevin Magnussen sidelined by the return of Fernando Alonso – his options for 2015 are limited. As the official third driver for the Mclaren concern he knows that he won’t get any time in the new Honda powered car in testing or FP1 sessions.
But it has emerged that he may be signed to race in the American IndyCar series with Team Andretti whose cars are powered by Honda engines. The team is looking to run 5 cars throughout the year and the Dane would be a part-time runner for the team.
The three main seats are taken by Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz. Also being considered for the other seats are Justin Wilson and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Of course possibly the biggest stumbling block could be the team owner, Michael Andretti who raced for the Woking concern in 1993. He was dropped by Ron Dennis’s team three races from the end of the season and by all accounts the parting was not amicable.
Of course, if K-Mag ends up in an Andretti car, it will be Honda pulling the strings in the same manner that they pushed for the Spanish Samurai in the Mclaren.
Mcnish wants to make Formula One harder to drive
Allan Mcnish was speaking at this weekend’s Autosport International show about the current Formula One and his desire for it to showcase the greatest drivers in the world properly.
Asked about the possibility of having 1,000 bhp engines in the future, he remarked, “I think a modern F1 car possesses quite an extensive performance window. The reason is, if you look at the Silverstone test last year, there were three or four rookies from the lower categories who were all immediately fast.”
“Of course, there will always be the Kimi Raikkonen’s coming from Formula Renault or Max Verstappen’s from F3 but there should not be three or four at the same time. Therefore I think the cars should be a bit more difficult to drive.”
“They’re talking about 1,000 horse power for 2017 but these cars should require a greater effort to drive because currently they are too easy. Just remember back to the difficulties someone like Nigel Mansell had in controlling the car which no longer proves a problem. We have to decide whether to peruse efficiency or strategy and always we have to bear in mind the spectators at the track, since it is they that create an atmosphere.”
Stoneman question’s Verstappen’s ascendancy to F1
2010 Formula Two champion, Dean Stoneman, has added his voice to the current arguments in support of the FIA’s more stringent Superlicence criteria.
Following time away from the sport to recover from testicular cancer, Stoneman resumed racing in 2013 in GP3 and finished runner-up last season. He will need a further season below F1 to meet the new regulations but remans skeptical of Max Verstappen’s debut.
As a prize for winning the F2 championship, he ran in a Williams F1 car at the 2010 Abu Dhabi young driver test and set fifth best time of the week but talking to someone last year he was told: “F1 is a dream and the chances of getting there are a million to one. But look at Verstappen, he has not shown anything. Okay, he’s fast but is still relatively unknown in the higher categories. It’s not unjust, he’s obviously good but to skip so many levels in a single time is not right.”
“Of course he should keep his contract in F1 but should be made to drive in GP3 or GP2 for a couple of season to gain promotion. I think you should give young drivers the chance to follow a path X,Y and Z instead of jumping directly from F3 to F1.”