The Things they say in Formula One
We still have a week before the next Grand Prix weekend so I thought I’d take a look at some of the five best quotes from the first half of the season.
1 “A bit of an idiot” – that’s how Bernie Ecclestone described himself this week after agreeing to pay £60m to settle his bribery case. An important decision though because a conviction for the silver-haired one would have had severe repercussions for Formula One. Considering Ecclestone claimed that the alleged payment of £26m was made after threats had been made against him, a total loss of £86m sounds a bit idiotic to me too. With business dealings like that we probably won’t be seeing him on ‘Dragons’ Den’ or ‘The Apprentice’ anytime soon.
2 “We’re in danger, chassis-wise, of becoming GP1.” – The worrying view of Red Bull design Chief Adrian Newey. Not everyone is happy with the new technical regulations that have come into force and with different noses being out of the question next year he fears that cars will look even more similar next season. But are his fears of F1 becoming like GP2 and GP3 where identical chassis are used. There’s more emphasis on driver skill as a result and that’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing in F1 to be honest. Too many titles are being won by the car, the engine and the design rather than driver ability.
3 “It’s not the times of ease that show who you are – it’s the times of adversity” – Lewis Hamilton talking about his less than smooth first half of the season. Despite his wins this season he’s had a few disasters in qualification that he certainly can’t afford when the season resumes.
4 “It’s not really a nice thing”- Nico Rosberg could be talking about anything really but he’s actually referring to the crazy decision to award double points in the final race of the season. Since when did F1 become a game-show? With the title race between Rosberg and Hamilton being so close it’s likely the double points will decide the title. That’s totally crazy, almost as bad as the play-off system that has invaded several sports in recent years.
5 “I don’t see the point to shout” – That’s not another quote from Bernie after paying £60m this week but the words of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. He wasn’t too happy after mistaken orders given to him during qualifying in Hungary ended up causing him to start the race at the back of the grid. His team told him he was certain of 16th place so didn’t need to go out again, then Jules Bianchi finished ahead of him. It’s been a first half of the season Ferrari will want to forget and there are plenty of Ferrari supporters who definitely want to be shouting.