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The Nasty Word
Benzindurchflussmengenbegrenzung is a very naughty word. I challenged Richard to try to pronounce it on the podcast, but he didn’t take the bait. And it was just as well. After nine hours of test reporting, waiting for and then listening to the podcast, I was so hogwashly bladdered I wouldn’t have been able to pronounce it myself.
This seemingly chaotic sequence of letters is the German word for ‘fuel flow’, a truly nasty word because it has turned F1 into the limp-wristed spectacle we’re seeing every other weekend. And the sad bit is, it is entirely unnecessary. We already have a limit of 100kg, don’t we? Why do we need a limit on how much of it is used and when?
Because that would enable the manufacturers to mobilize 1.500 horses or more over a single lap. So what? How utterly cool would that be? The manufacturers would strictly limit that ‘overkill mode’ to very few laps over a weekend. But it could be used for quali and overtaking. We could finally do away with the horrible DRS and the 100kg fuel limit would make sure there’s only so often you can use that mode. And on top of it we would finally start breaking some lap records who’d been standing for over ten years.
A rule that isn’t there cannot be circumvented. So do away with it and start fixing F1. I’m looking at you, Strategy Group.
Genii doesn’t sell
It has been known for some time that Renault has been looking at four teams for a takeover and a return as a works team. The candidates are Lotus, Sauber, Force India and Toro Rosso.
While Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost has been sympathetic to the idea, expert were expecting Lotus to be the prime candidate despite the fact that the Enstone based team has the highest debt of all four candidates. According to Motorsport Total Gerard Lopez had offered Renault to take over the team for free and passing it back debt-free after the 2019 season, an offer that Renault unsurprisingly declined.
Matthew Carter, Lotus CEO, made it clear yesterday that Genii is not interested in selling the team now that the switch to Mercedes power has put the team back in competitive shape. Lotus is currently sixth in the constructors championship and the investors obviously expect the team’s financial fortunes to turn around with more Bernie money on the horizon.
Rosberg racing for charity
Every Grand Prix Weekend there are people making money off the race by betting on several forecasts, but it is fair to assume that nobody earned the eclectic sum of €27.930, except for Laureus’ “Sport For Good” children charity.
AMG Mercedes decided before the season to donate €100,- for every kilometre that Laureus ambassador Rosberg would spend in the lead this year. So far the German had not been able to collect much in that regard, not being able to overcome his team mate, but a near perfect weekend in Barcelona meant he collected 60 laps with 4.655km each.
Next on the calendar is Monaco, where Rosberg is traditionally strong and could well add to that tally, were he to grab pole position again.