Based on Lewis' statement, it sounds as though he and his chief engineer talked each other into it. And even with only 8 laps to go, he might still have pulled it off--anywhere other than Monaco. Either way, you've got to give him credit for how he's handled it--better than Nico would have if the roles were reversed.
Well Lewie the Gansta facionado! When the flag drops the Bullsh!t stops and First past the chequered Flag IS the WINNER!
Lewis more or less told the crew he wanted to come in remembering Raikonnen the year before, To put up a hissy fit sukie lala show like he did id just like Vettel @ RBR when Webber was beating him!...... BS!
Well it was 'almost' a race to write about! Terrific start for the Williams teammates...alas to no avail. Lucky circumstances for my RedTeam=P3 for Vettel! Finally Ferrari makes a correct strategy decision...at least for Vettel.
A friend sent me this "letter" from someone I consider to have some pretty bad ideas for improving F1. Posted for your information. Personally, I think this fellow is making these suggestions because he has no clue about racing in the US.
July 8 at 8:51pm · ESPN.CO.UK ·
Why Formula 1 is slowing down
Most of you don't care about F1 and I can understand that. Time was in the late 1950s through the 1970s when it was the world's highest form of motorsport. Juan Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, even Mario Andretti, were stars all over the world. Then something happened. They started taking themselves too seriously. The teams started writing the rules rather than have them handed to them. Big Bill France would never have put up with that. Another thing they did was restrict the starting grids to teams who were "members" of the F1 Organization, by whatever name it was called at the time. That eliminated customer cars. In today's world you have to be a manufacturer and build your own car.
The teams became very full of themselves and not a little bit conceited. It took a huge payment to buy your way into F1 and you had to build your own car. You could buy an engine, of course. Team Red Bull uses Renault engines but is sponsored by the Japanese Infiniti brand. And how many Saubers, Marussias or Toro Rossos have you ever seen on a public street?
Understand this: You can't buy a F1 car and race it. No customer cars allowed. Just the same 20 factory cars with the same 20 drivers week after boring week. And the engines? F1 still thinks of itself as the pinnacle of racing. Better than the Indy 500, better than NASCAR, better than anything and everything. So in 2014, being environmentally conscious to a fault and determined to be relevant in the modern automotive world, they killed the screaming 20,000 rpm V-8 engines and adopted a turbocharged V-6 that sounds like your neighbor's pressure washer. Only not that good. They coupled it to a fiendishly complicated energy recovery system that uses the brakes somehow, added software so that something could still crash in this sport, and then gave the drivers a slot they could open in the back wing to make the thing go faster down the straight.
And nobody cares. Same 20 cars, same 20 drivers. Sometimes a driver at the back end of the grid won't be able to make the rent that week and you'll see some other kid in there with a new sponsorship on the wing. They do rent them, you know. Maybe half the 20 are paid to drive. Maybe a few more. But the tail end teams all make their drivers pay them for the privilege of running 19th, or practicing on Friday morning.
1. F1 needs a dictator. Better yet they need to sell the F1 series to NASCAR so one of Big Bill's grandchildren can run it. He (or she) will have to completely rewrite the rulebook, of course. It should be whatever Mr. France thinks will put on a good show. 3-liter production based V-6s with natural aspiration (no turbos) would be a good start. Getting rid of the anteater noses would be a second great step.So would be adding fuel stops using NASCAR dump cans. Oh, and adding the EIRI* clause as the very last line in the rule book would ould insure everything was kosher when Mr. France wanted it to be. (*EIRI means Except In Rare Instances and gives the person who enforces the rules the authority make decisions in the garage that insure a good show for the fans.)
2. They need customer cars. If Mercedes can build enough wickedly fast cars for two wickedly fast drivers to run the full season they could certainly build two more for customers. And these cars would be sold to the customers, run by the customers and paid for by the customers. General Electric might be brought on to sponsor customer cars in the U.S. Grand Prix featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and J.P. Montoya. The NY Stock Exchange could sponsor the same two drivers in the Grands Prix of China and Singapore.
In fact, the new boss should mandate that engine manufacturers build the new engines and sell them as-is at the start of the year. Everybody has the same thing... if they want them. By the second race that would be the end of it. Tony Kanaan's Mercedes would have a super slick Chevy in the back end. Penske's cars, built by Lotus, would have Fords. All the energy reclamation crap would be long gone and the Captain would be high atop the grandstands, spotting for Will Powers and planning how to gain yet another Unfair Advantage.
There's hope. folks. The F1 morons just have to quit thinking of themselves as the end-all, be-all of auto racing, and realize what Big Bill knew from day one: It's the show that counts.
Battle lines drawn in engine cost debate
Mercedes and Ferrari are willing to negotiate engine costs but have made clear they will not be able to just slash their prices at the FIA's request.
It was a good race even with NBC's showing of it. We had 12 for breakfast to watch it on 6 big screens with volume control at local sports bar that let's us in at 0730. Good fellowship and good food just go together.
:eek:These were taken in 1971-72 at College Station Texas. Texas International Speedway.
Thanks to Dan Green For converting them to digital and my first wife for releasing the pics:p
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