“We stand on the threshold of a new beginning. In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society, which I assure you will last for ten thousand years. An Empire that will continue to be ruled by this august body and a sovereign ruler chosen for life.”
Having led the revolt for the republic against Emperor Ecclestone, almost pulling off a three team race boycott at the 2014 US Grand Prix, Bob Fernley appears to have been turned. To mix Sci-fy metaphors – he has been assimilated by the ‘Borg’.
(Whilst the Borg analogy is most attractive, for the purposes of continuity, we will assign Bob Fernley to the Star Wars character, Lando Calrissian)
On his first trip up to ruling council (F1 strategy group), Lando turned on one of his fellow F1 strugglers and his latest comments may give an indication as to why this happened.
In the interview Darth Vader (Ecclestone) gave to Jar Jar Binks (Eddie Jordan) in Bahrain, he was blunt when the daft Irishman enquired as to whether he wanted Manor in F1 – A gruff, “No,” was his dismissive response.
Of course Ecclestone is haunted by the sight of Manor F1 investor Justin King, who at various times has been tipped to replace the F1 warlord.
The plot thickens…
Ecclestone has been banging the drum over the new F1 engines for what seems an eternity, and as TJ13 observed two weeks ago, this is déjà vu for those who were around in 2006.
Bernie just does not like them Hybrids. The problem is that at his age without his hearing aid turned up to ‘MAX’ he just can’t hear the V6 Turbo power units. Imagine a world where a car travelling at 300 kph creeps up on you. The prospect is terrifying.
Yet the Ecclestone rhetoric has changed recently. Having lost certain old allies who spoke out against the silence of the new F1 power train, it seems for Vader – Green is the new black.
The argument Bernie is now deploying for engine change is based on cost. The new hybrid systems are too expensive and Vader believes there should now be a two tier engine Formula One.
Max Rebo (aka Adam Cooper) reports that Lando Calrissian is now being deployed as the voice of reason for Vader’s new proposal.
“What Bernie is looking at is that the independent teams will be offered a ‘parity’ engine, possibly a V8 with KERS, at a half of the price at least of what we are paying today. If say Cosworth brought in a V8 with a KERS system it would be a very, very good unit. The advantage to that is we’ve got an independent supplier, and there’s nothing wrong with that for the health of F1”.
However, Hans Solo (Toto Wolff) who has taking the brunt of Ecclestone’s not so lightning witted sabre – having been accused of “killing F1” – is having none of it. He maintains all four of the current F1 warp drive providers are happy with the new hybrid power units. So apart from tweaks to fuel flow for 2017, that appears to be that.
For those who believe in truth, justice and the Galactic New Republican ‘way’ it seems Fernley has been lost to the dark side.
“At the end of the day the teams cannot survive on the current cost base. So I think Bernie’s initiative has got tremendous merit”.
Vader’s powers though are on the wane, and a return to the nuclear powered intergalactic power units of the twenty second century – is just something he is going to fail to make happen.
But for now – The Empire strikes back.
(Mmm. Maybe the Star Trek metaphor would have worked better with hindsight…. Fernley would be cast well as ‘Valeris’ methinks)