I love modern media. I need a haircut and so here I am, sitting in the salon waiting for Delphine to finish with a lady of a certain age and get around to dealing with this gentleman of a certain age.
The good thing is that with an iPhone one can write articles anywhere and thus maximise the time available and not just sit there reading three week old copies of Voici and AutoMoto, a magazine that seems to have forgotten that cars race as well as being used to pick up children and groceries and to provide motoring journalists with things to test and spout forth upon.
Anyway, I’m off to AbDab tomorrow and I’m looking forward to the World Championship showdown. When you think about it, this year Nico Rosberg has been lucky not to have the mechanical troubles that Lewis Hamilton has encountered, but both men deserve the title. They have both earned it. I really hope that we get a good race and a bit of drama to send us off into the winter.
There is not much to report today beyond the folk in Montreal saying that they have sorted their problems and the race will be on next year. This will be confirmed by the FIA World Council when it meets in Vienna in the first week of December before the annual black tie prizegiving shindig. I’ve decided not to do any of that stuff this year. I’m going home, shutting the door and not coming out for a while. Hibernation sounds like a good option right now.
The space fillers are writing today about Ferrari not getting a Christmas lunch because they have done such a bad job. Bah humbug! I must say that is a little harsh. The cars are not bad, it’s just that others are better. If Ferrari has had one major failing this year it has been in its mindless public relations: talking up the product too much and failing to deliver and not allowing the team to speak to the media. Thus the team has created bad impressions in two different ways. Clearly the management need some courses in communication skills. Still, having nothing else to write about at least we can focus on the iniquity of Ferrari’s extra payments, which are thoroughly undeserved. Teams which have been around a long time and have lots of fans can earn extra money by selling thongs and theme parks and should not be given $60 million extra just to turn up. If the money was spread around more sensibly then there would not be teams in trouble. And if Ferrari doesn’t like the idea, I think a few seasons messing about in sports cars would teach them the value of F1.
Ah, Delphine is ready for me…