A Fresh Start

I’ve been trying to think of something to say that many others haven’t since the Sunday’s so-called Grand Prix race. This BBC piece sums up nicely how I’ve felt thus far. One important point is that since the inception of the breakaway series I have been more or less oppose to the idea but after this Sunday’s race I think the breakaway teams and manufacturers do have a point. The new breakaway series will be gladly welcome when it starts without Max, Bernie, & co.

Update: So now the Michelin teams are being summoned to Paris by the FIA. No doubt they will be punished for ‘bringing the sport into disrepute’, an ambiguous phase favour by the FIA/Max Mosley. The teams will get off lightly if a hefty fine imposed. But more likely, their points from the last race will also be deducted to aid Ferrari’s championship hope. Let’s see if my prediction comes true.

Update 2: So the new phase is "acts prejudicial to the interests of competition or motor sport generally.". I wasn’t too far off, was I?

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Uninformed Commentating

Last night I watched the recording of the Canadian Grand Prix on TiVo. It was broadcasted, not by Speed Channel as the rest of the season, but unfortunately by CBS. So instead of having three experienced Formula One commentators including Steve Matchett who was the race mechanic for Benetton during the 90’s when Michael Schumacher was at the team, CBS has Derek Daly and Ralph Shahean. These two are so uninformed it was incredible! When they found out that Montoya was black flagged due to existing a closed pit lane Derek Daly said, and I quoted, “I can’t believe they’ve closed the pit lane when the race leader is in the pit!”

Ahem, the pit lane is closed due to the Safety Car approaching. It is in the rule book and every team should know that. Not to mention there is this big red light at the end of the pit lane to warn the driver not to exist. Formula One is not like NASCAR or IndyCar where rules are bent or made up on the fly to suit the racing. Mr. Daly, please read up on F1 rules before the next broadcast or else please remain silent when in doubt.

Second Shower

I’ve just taken my second shower within 6 hours. Not because I didn’t do a good job the first time (I smelt great when I stepped out of the shower!), but because I’ve just came back from two hours of tennis with T.J. When will the fairy come around and give me enough money to live on so I don’t have to work and able to do what I did for the last 7 days, but for the rest of my life? I don’t ask for much, just so I don’t have to work 9-5 at a desk. Flexible hours is fine with me so I can play golf or tennis during the week. I think my friend T.J. has gotten it right. Being a personal trainer means he can just rearrange his clients schedule to suit his own schedule. I am better at software development than personal training so I guess I will have to wait for my turn…

Leah will be back this evening so my secluded life will be ending this afternoon. I think I will order some Chinese takeout for lunch/dinner, watch TiVo, play video games, and read. Basically things that I normally have to wait till Leah has gone to bed to do.

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