Hockenheimring will leave a bad taste in many mouths

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Astrologically speaking this weekend, the moon moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius, this shows a need to cling on to a belief and seek the truth, so many will cling to the belief that they are right, that their way is right and a need to find a better way.

The sun is also on the move, it moves into Leo on Sunday, this will see a lot of posturing, playing to the crowds and possibly tantrum throwing as the need to be the centre of attention takes over.


What can we expect to see for the German Grand Prix?

Mood for the weekend – Seven of Swords

What to look out for – Queen of Swords

Outcome – Ace of Coins 

Mood for the Weekend: Seven of Swords

On the card, Samwell Tarly steals his family’s sword Heartsbane as he leaves for OldTown.

The suit of Swords represents the element of air; this also shows us logic, challenges and communication.

This card traditionally shows deceit, breaking agreements, manipulation and theft. Things are not what they should be this weekend, there is a lot of murky goings on in the shadows this weekend, things are being manipulated in someone’s favour, agreements broken and advantages being taken due to others misfortune.

Samwell stole his father’s sword to help in the war against the Night King against, so you could say the theft was for the greater good, but after the argument with his father, the insults made against Gilly, you could also say he did it out of spite.

This weekend the manipulation and deceit going on in the shadows can be seen both ways too, taking advantage of situations to further a cause or cheating and breaking agreements to further that same cause, line will be blurred at some point.

What to look out for: Queen of Swords

On the card, Queen Cercei sits on the Iron Throne.

This Queen is rational, logical, single minded, cold and cutting.

Queen Cersei has lied, cheated, manipulated and murdered to get where she is today, she is the epitome of what the Queen of Swords is, but with the Seven of Swords is here was well, Cersei’s true nature comes to the fore.

This card is backing up the seven; someone is manipulating events to serve their own ends, single mindedly, with a cold and logical grasp of the situation, they will do anything and everything to get what they want.

Outcome: Ace of Coins

On the card, a coin is held in a pair of hands, it is the iron coin Jaqen H’gar gave Arya Stark as a guarantee of safe passage to Braavos and the House of Black and White.

The suit of coins (or pentacles) represents the element of earth; this in turn shows us the material world, home, money, family, career and the actual earth.

Traditionally, this card is all about the beginnings of working towards financial security, the seeds of an idea that needs nurturing and an opportunity for financial security.

Could the previous cards warnings of manipulation, theft and deceit be all about money and the desire for financial security? It’s well known that some of the teams are desperate for money, but how far would these teams go to achieve it?

The coin on the card is the same coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’gar, the Faceless Man, so could the manipulation going on this weekend be by someone, ‘Faceless’ someone who has interests in the sport or a team or driver, who’s interests are driven by money and success rather than a love of the sport.


There is no doubt something dodgy is going on here, someone is manipulating events this weekend and it’s not for the good of the sport, it’s for their own self interest and that interest is more than likely money.

There is nothing else to say here, things are going on in dark corners that will leave a bad taste in many mouths after the chequered flag is waved.



MORE Formula 1

Remember “Fernando is faster than you”? – German GP 2010, Hockenheimring

Certainly this circuit has a history of giving fans a bad taste in many mouths.

Until this race, Massa was very much capable of beating Alonso in several races and he wasn’t actually too far behind him, but afterwards Hockenhiem, the team battle really changed in Alonso’s favour forever.

That said, it could be counter argued that Massa was lucky at the start of the race, as Alonso and Vettel were busy with each other – that was all. Alonso was half a second faster than Massa in FP3, Q1, Q2, Q3.

In the end, as a breach of sporting rules set by the FiA, Ferarri got a small fine for it but it did influenced the championship directly.


A brief history of Hockenheimring circuit

Situated in the Rhine valley near the town of Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located on the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.

Amongst other motor racing events, it biennially hosts the German Grand Prix, with the most recent being in 2016.

The Hockenheim Circuit hosted the German Grand Prix for the first time in 1970 when the F1 drivers decided at the French Grand Prix to boycott the Nürburgring unless major changes were made.

The next year the German Grand Prix went back to the Nürburgring until the 1976 German Grand Prix. From 1977 to 2006, the Hockenheimring hosted the German Grand Prix with the exception of 1985, when the race was held at the reconfigured Nürburgring.


In the early 2000s, F1 officials demanded the 6.823 km (4.240 mi) track be shortened and threatened to discontinue racing there, due to competition from other tracks such as the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and sites in Asia.

The state government of Baden-Württemberg secured the financing for the redesign by Hermann Tilke for the 2002 German Grand Prix. The stadium section remained mostly intact, despite a new surface and a tighter Turn 1 (“Nordkurve”).

However, the circuit was dramatically shortened, with the long, forested straights section chopped off in favour of more tight corners. More than half of the first straight and pretty much all of the straight between the Ostkurve and Senna chicane were cut and the rest was connected with a new long straight called the “Parabolika”, with a small kink being added between the first straight and the new one.

A small right-left-right complex was added to the remaining part of the final straight, with a new grandstand overlooking it. In an extremely controversial move, the old forest section was torn up and replanted with trees, eliminating any chance of using the old course either for future F1 events or for historic car events.


There was and still remains a great deal of criticism of the track redesign, in terms of ruining the previous unique technical challenges of the old Hockenheim circuit and delivering a new homogenised “assembly line” circuit without the character of the previous layout, whilst being beset by the perceived problems of other Tilke circuits.

Several drivers and team principals, including Ron Dennis, Jarno Trulli and Juan Pablo Montoya, criticised the changes and stated their preference for the old circuit.

In July 2006, Bernie Ecclestone announced that from 2007 onwards, there would be only one Grand Prix per year in Germany. Since 1995, there had been two Grands Prix every year in Germany; the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, plus either the European Grand Prix or the Luxembourg Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

From 2007, the Nürburgring and Hockenheimring alternated hosting the German Grand Prix, starting with the Nürburgring in 2007.

Ongoing deficits of the Formula One races, amounting to up to 5.3 million Euro per race that had to be covered by the local communities, made it likely the contract between the Hockenheimring and Formula One Management would not be extended after the Grand Prix of 2010.

However, in October 2009 the contract for the circuit to hold the German GP was extended to 2018, with the FOA agreeing to cover any losses the event incurs.

Neither Hockenheim nor the Nürburgring hosted the 2015 German Grand Prix after the tracks failed to complete an agreement with Formula 1’s commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.

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One response to “Hockenheimring will leave a bad taste in many mouths

  1. Yeah the old certain was so unique I always looked forward to it. Now its more of the same.

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