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Bernie’s Hypocrisy and Odd F1 Cars

It was revealed in a recent letter that the proposed GP in Rome will most likely never happen. This is due to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone stating that one race per country is enough and that the Monza circuit would have precedence over Rome in the new 20 race schedule. However, as I look over the calendar, I notice that there is a country with two Grands Prix in it currently. Spain. They have both the Spanish GP and the European GP. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been constantly berating the European GP in Valencia for a few years because it is boring and goes against what Bernie wants, which is for no country to have two races. This is part of the reason why Germany switches between both of its tracks. All I’m saying is that the European GP should be moved out of Spain because 1) I think it’s a bad race, and 2) it really does go against what Bernie is trying to accomplish, and if it stays there, it will only reinforce the fact that he is a senile old bat who has lost touch with the sport and how it should be run.

Also, in preparation for the arrivals of the team’s new car designs, here is a good slide show of ten of the weirdest F1 cars ever to take to the track. The unmistakeable Tyrrell P34 and the March 711 are both crazy faves of mine.

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Arnoux vs. Villenueve

Well, it’s a pretty slow week leading up to the Singapore GP, so I figured I would post this. I am doing this for two reasons. The first is that I finally realized I could embed videos, and the second is that this is probably the greatest on track battle ever seen… and it wasn’t even for a win. The 1979 French GP had a duel for second place between Rene Arnoux and Gilles Villenueve that would prove just who was the more daring man. Notice in the video how many times the two bang wheels and sidepods together without breaking anything. If anyone tried that in this day in age, they would wind up like Hamilton at Monza – which is to say, out of the race with a broken suspension. Also, that has to be the ballsiest braking maneuver I’ve ever witnessed. Video includes the final four laps in their entirety.