It seems somehow rather lightweight to be returning to the quibbles of motorsport after a weekend of amazing events in Paris – and elsewhere – that have increased my faith in humanity. This can sometimes get worn down by having to deal with a few truly corrupt people that I encounter in this job, not to mention some horrible individuals who think that the anonymity of the Internet allows them to be disgustingly rude and to say things online that they would never dare to say to one’s face.
I love the positive aspects that the Web brings, enabling people to get closer to their interests and passions, but I hate the uncontrolled nature of the Internet, that allows any idiot or fraudster to abuse you or to pose as an expert.
I guess that you cannot have one without the other, but it does not stop me feeling angry when I see the media manipulation that goes on and “journalists” either not knowing or not caring that they are being manipulated.
Paris on Sunday was a great expression of the aspiration that the world’s terrorists may one day begin to understand that you do not cow nations by shooting cartoonists and policemen. Hate and fear never win in the end – because it is not what the majority of people want. It is unity and friendship that solve problems and create opportunities. Yes, people are frightened by totalitarian governments and their loathsome “I was only following orders” yes-men and some are willing take up arms against them, but this is very different from the radical religious types.
Anyway, it is back to the sport again and the issue at the moment is the question of whether or not it is fair that Honda has to homologate its engines at the end of February while its rivals can do it later simply because someone forgot to put a date in the regulations for 2015. Frankly, it is embarrassing that such questions should even have to be asked and it is not very sporting for the other manufacturers to do what they are doing, but we know that sportsmanship is not a concept that all of them understand, and that fair competition makes their achievements all the better. In such an atmosphere, what can one expect? F1 people are so obsessed by winning that they cannot take a step back and understand that they are behaving like spoilt children. Honda cannot have a delayed homologation because it has not had an engine that was used previously and so the only sensible solution is to stick with the homologation date intended and overlook the screw-up.