In a controversial move the World Wrestling Entertainment (formely WWF) is buying the rights to F1!
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Really?? A company which is notorious for rigging matches, and deciding a winner before the match, is taking over F1??
No. As always I am trying to put you into a frame of thought. Lately 2 things happened which completely made me shout out “Rigged!!” And no, I am not talking about the US elections where Trump tried to pre-cover up a defeat. (and on this side of the pond Trump wouldn’t even have gotten close to election), Alas, if only the leader of the free world was chosen by the free world, and not a subset of it?! I am getting side-tracked.
I am talking about Mercedes’ interest in Bottas and the returning of the French GP at Paul Ricard.
To start with the last: not that the location of Paul Ricard would be a nuisance: it is closer to what I call home than Magny-Cours. I have never even seen the Paul Ricard circuit, so it might even be a nice track.
No, what bothers what really bothers the freakin crap out of me, is that it is Ecclestone’s track. He bought it in 1999, and even back then he already mentioned that he wanted to organize the French GP there. At first this didn’t work out, as we all know, since the French GP has been organized on Magny-Cours until 2008. But now he got his wish.. How much money does Bernie need to make?
The track will probably be sold to either the French state or an investor in the coming time, but you can imagine the circuit’s price tag will be much more interesting now the French GP is organized on it. Why o why is it necessary to pull this sort of stuff? Why would Bernie even need this? He already is rich as Croesus? Why even go near this clear conflict of interest?
Which brings me to part 2. Mercedes’ interest in Bottas. In my last article I already mentioned that as formula 1 pilot, I do not hold him in high esteem. Yes, he beat Massa 4:17 in qualifying for the 2016 season. Yes, Bottas’ 85 points are more then Massa’s 53. But Massa already had 1 foot out of the door.. Not comparable IMNSHO.
Mercedes has set their mind to Bottas. The only reason which springs to mind is at Toto Wolff manages and Mercedes, and Bottas. Wolff already said “there is no conflict of interest, since there is no hands-on involvement in the driver’s career”. Eh.. This sounds like a Bill Clinton saying something like “Well, I smoked pot, but I did not inhale”. If only we were gullible enough to believe.
Again, why o why do we need this kind of conflict of interest. “Driver development programs” are bad enough without team principals getting into driver management as well. How much money does Wolff need to make?
The sport would feel so much better if things like these are avoided. F1 drivers could be selected for their skill, not for “development programs” or “well connected management teams”.
This sport is RIGGED!!
But I am planning a revolution (mwahaha, F1 will be mine!!), so watch this spot.