Green Notebook from Juffair

They play cricket in Juffair. Bahrain is a funny place like that. It has loads of high-rise buildings but between them there are sandy patches of ground, where presumably one day another skyscraper will be built. But for the moment these are used as parking lots – and cricket grounds.

You may be scratching your head about Arabs playing cricket but I read a wonderful story the other day about the late King Hussein of Jordan, who adored playing the game. The story was told by Mordechai Beyan, who was an Israeli spy, who was out in the desert one day, in Jordan.

“All at once,” he wrote, “a glittering bevy of camel-riders appeared from nowhere and surrounded me. I was resigning myself to a bullet in the head or at very least 20 years in an Amman jail, when the leader, who was none other than King Hussein, revealed that they were about to play a game of cricket and were one man short. ‘Tell me, O traveller,’ he asked, in the courteous tones for which he was world famous, ‘would you care to join us to make up one of our number whose camel has gone lame some miles back. Do you bowl or bat?’

“It so happened that when I joined Mossad I had undergone an intensive period of cricket training, prior to being posted to Britain, so I willingly joined him as a fast medium utility seam bowler. It was a most enjoyable game, and we won by three wickets. ‘Well played, sir,’ said the King to me afterwards. ‘I had no idea the Jews had a talent for ball games.’

“You know that I am…?” I gasped.

“‘We Arabs have some talent for intelligence-gathering too,’ he smiled. ‘Perhaps we should play again soon. An Arab-Israeli cricket match might make breakthroughs unattainable in other ways.’”

Anyway, in Bahrain it is not the King, nor even the Crown Prince who play cricket (although I suspect the latter knows how to), but rather the vast numbers of Indians, who live and work in Bahrain, as traders and construction workers. You will regularly see them playing cricket on the dust patches of Juffair.

The Bahrain International Circuit is a sports ground on a rather bigger dust patch, out in the desert, about halfway down the island. Out there one can make lots of noise and no-one cares.

We’ve spent a lot of time in Bahrain in recent months and, if you stop to think about it, three of the last four Grands Prix, and the only winter test, have all taken place in Bahrain, which is a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten. You would think that a season when the teams agreed to use the same chassis as the previous season would mean that the the pecking order would be largely the same, as around 60 percent of the parts were unchanged. However, some teams worked harder than others on development because of the strange situation in which we find the sport.

Some teams are focussing on the future, because they think that the 2022 rules changes offer a better chance to move up the F1 ladder, while other teams have more pressing needs and so are focussing on impressing in 2021. Both Williams and Haas have said that they are going to put their efforts into 2022 because they don’t see anything to be gained by spending money this year. One can see that Alfa Romeo, for example, has a different focus. This is the last year of the Alfa Romeo sponsorship (at the moment) and so the team wants to look good. But is there logic in spending tens of millions to develop a car if one only gains one place in the Constructors’ Championship – which might mean another $7 million in prize money? The answer is yes, if a big sponsorship is at risk…

And then there is the Ferrari situation. The team was horrible last year for reasons that we have been into before. They really had to do a better job and so a lot was spent to get a better engine, however without any troublesome grey areas. There is no question that the car is now quicker and having Charles Leclerc fourth on the grid and Carlos Sainz eighth looked quite decent. However, it must be said that this may have had a touch more PR value than racing logic. Getting through Q2 using softs meant that the team looked good on the grid and people who analyse gaps and things will say nice things, but they did so at the expense of a good performance in the race. Starting on soft tyres was definitely not the best strategy, particularly at a track where overtaking is relatively easy. Thus Leclerc went from fourth to sixth in the race. The key point I think was that Charles still finished 59 secs behind the winner, which is one second a lap off the pace in terms of race pace… And they weren’t the only ones to try the Q2 soft trick…

And, of course, you have Honda. They are leaving at the end of the year and they want to go out on a high because the Honda F1 programme up to now has been wildly average (at best). Going out on a high is important from a pride point of view…

Anyway, we don’t really know the full picture as yet but what we do know is that the racing is going to be good because the midfield is really tight.

F1 fans voted Sergio Perez as the driver of the day (the Dutch fans were presumably asleep) but I must say that I thought it should have gone to Yuki Tsunoda, who became the first driver in five years to score points on his F1 debut and the first Japanese driver to score points in nearly a decade, the last being Kamui Kobayashi in 2012. There was no luck involved in this performance. He was caught out in Q2 by the soft users and so ended up qualifying only 13th on the grid. He made a bit of a slow start and dropped to 16th but then passed George Russell, Sebastian Vettel (twice), Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso and then Kimi Raikkonen to get into the top 10 with 20 laps to go. He then hunted down Lance Stroll and took ninth on the last lap. Afterwards, he said that he felt a bit sorry when he overtook Alonso and admitted it was quite emotional for him.

Ross Brawn was impressed too although he did point out that “his language in the car can be a bit fruity”, which just goes to show that children and nuns should not watch F1 and certainly not indulge in “Drive to Survive” with Guenther F**king Steiner and others…

Japanese fans are excited with Tsunoda making a good impression and in China there is a lot of excitement as well as Guanyu Zhou is beginning to look like an F1 driver of the future.

The Alpine young driver did an impressive job in the three Formula 2 races in Bahrain and has a big lead in the championship. There is already talk that he might be seen next year at Williams and there are even suggestions that the team could switch to Renault power as part of that deal. I don’t know if that is a good idea or not but being the second Renault team might be better than being the fourth Mercedes team…

Aston Martin’s return to F1 was a little bit in the tradition of the company in F1. It was not good. Lance Stroll was 11th and if one thinks that Sergio Perez won in Bahrain just a few months ago, this was not a good sign. Sebastian Vettel’s weekend was awful, qualifying 18th and then getting a penalty for ignoring yellow flags and so started he started the race from the back of the grid. And he finished 15th, behind the Williams of George Russell, after ruining Esteban Ocon’s race and getting a 10-second penalty for it. The only points that Seb scored all weekend were penalty points – and he got an armful of them. Maybe it is just me, but in the darkness in Bahrain I kept mistaking the Aston Martin for the Mercedes as the liveries seem very similar when there isn’t much light. I hope that the green looks better in bright sunlight…

The media did get some chance to mix with the F1 folk at the weekend, although we were confined to a sort of cage with a gap of two metres being policed by the FIA guard dogs and the COVID delegate in his watch tower. Some felt it was rather insulting to be caged up, but my view is that some access is better than no access and I had a number of useful chats, although people can still see who you are talking to. Still, it’s a move in the right direction and I hope that before too long these charades will end and we will be back as normal F1 citizens…

One of the things that I learned while chatting over the wall was that Mercedes is cleverer than some of the other teams as they craftily arrived offering drinks to the imprisoned pressmen. I am told that one could also order a coffee from Sauber (although it is a long walk from the end of the paddock to the media centre) so it might have been cold by the time it arrived…

Still, one cannot complain.

I’ve always been a fan of Carlos Sainz (senior and junior) and I find the younger version to be smart, intelligent and charming. One gets the impression that he is actually interested in other people, which makes him not unique but relatively unusual amongst F1 drivers. Anyway, Carlos understands that teamwork is all about people and so rather than flying in to Maranello from time to time from a tax haven, he has taken an apartment in a nearby town and is spending his life there, visiting the factory all the time and getting to know everyone. I cannot remember who it was but one driver said to me one time that it was important to buy your mechanics a pizza and some beer and they’d love you forever. I think Carlos is working on a similar theme.

In the course of the weekend I bumped into several old pals, notably Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi, who were both in Bahrain to watch the action. It is always fun to catch up with the old campaigners and chew the cud a bit, even if one had to do it with face masks.

Travelling to and from the race proved to be quite a challenge when it came to paperwork, but the biggest problems were not COVID-19 related, but rather the result of the complexities of being a Brit living in France in the post-Brexit age and trying to explain to Arabs that a resident’s card is not required until October… although one would certainly be useful.

Next stop Imola.

54 thoughts on “Green Notebook from Juffair

  1. Hi Joe
    A slight precision to your comment about the “vast numbers of Indians, who live and work in Bahrain, as traders and construction workers”.
    In the time I spent in the GCC, the vast majority of Indians I encountered were from the bureaucratic classes, with some occupied in trade and commerce.
    Construction workers were almost invariably from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    It was always interesting to see people from these three proud nations united in their love for cricket yet separated bitterly by political divisions.
    A game of cricket (televised test matches or local pick up game) was always a welcome opportunity to overlook the tensions existing between the countries and their peoples.
    Once the game was over, it was back to business as usual.

  2. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in being unable to distinguish the Mercs and the dark green Aston Martin Merc clones under lights.

    It’s rather sad what Eddie Jordan’s team has become. Sure, EJ can be irritating sometimes, but back in the day his team was the one everybody loved. If it wasn’t your favourite team, it was your second favourite. Now, it’s eminently unlikeable on so many levels (whatever netflix might try to tell you). Even the Sky guys seem to have been told which side their bread is buttered, the butter being all those Aston Martin ads in every commercial break.

  3. Funny you should mention pizza and beer, Jost Capito (& Williams) had a Williams branded make your own pizza for 2 and 2 beers delivered to every member of the Williams F1 team on Friday, with very inspirational and thankful note. Classy.

  4. Lovely Notebook Joe, particularly the cricket anecdote.

    I believe Carlos rented a place in Woking, complete with an Instagram trip to the local John Lewis showing him kitting it out. Lando let the appearance slip however when asked (pre covid) “Do you hang out with Carlos?” “No, he’s never in the UK, er but, maybe I’m not meant to say that”. Agreed though, that he seems a top bloke.

    1. On “Drive to survive” you see him it that oh so Spanish shop of Marks and Spencers, looked like the Brooklands branch.

    2. The Carlos anecdote reminds me of a (foolishly) opposite reaction; Michael Andretti thinking he could race F1 while commuting from the States. That turned into a disaster……..

  5. I thought it was an entertaining race. Shame it came down to track limits. Was good to see the Papaya Orange cars on screen.

    Being in the States and watching the ESPN/Skysports broadcast, my one question is pronunciation. Is the French team “Al-Pine” or “Al-Peen”? The announcers were going with “Al-Peen” and it just sounded off.

        1. is this the same Alpine who make the little sports car that Gordon Murray is reported to drive and rate very highly? I ask because running to the beginning of last year the auto press were showering that auto with love, but I think the Alpine team was christened since then and yet I haven’t noticed any tie – in coverage. Chatting with a couple of buddies after a smite many brews the conspiracy was laid that the editors had to play down mention of the Alpine car to get in the long line for access to the spiritual Mclaren F1 successor which reached saturation identikit copy about everywhere for so long we started wondering if a couple remain unsold and looked forlorn in the direction of our mortgage balances. it was agreed that it would be really nice if some actual link existed between the diminutive auto and the race car. Like none of us could understand that not being pumped up regardless of reality. The contention is that since the Tesla began life as a Elise chassis and iirc the Alpine auto also is a chassis design, we’d all put down for a electric or proper hybrid model : the theory being that nobody has dared tempt Americans with a small vehicle from a American factory and since the revival of Alpine must be some brand engineering the possibility of manufacturing it, because it is a much smaller animal than the behemoths and accompanying vast supply chains such as the decay of our post war highways and bridges force us to buy. (forgotten how to find it again but there’s a YouTube video of a suv riding the division straight over the top of a elevated intersection and the occupants surviving the hundred foot dive in pretty good shape – if the insurance companies allowed it we’d use the footage for advertising very probably) anyhow the Prius and now the Tesla made it because of catching the eyes of West Coast drivers and the vital celebrity crowd who uniquely in the states actually need to park after running from the hills to Burrbank for who blending with hire cars and junior sales reps is ideal camouflage not to mention making them look taller. So our money is down for any action based on a American small sports car that gets major auto industry manufacturing input. Reading the mechanical tear down of the Model 3 is eye watering stuff – as a assembly line Tesla aren’t hardly in the 80s yet. A Just Lord might will Murray himself into the drafting shop and bring some Cosworth along with. I haven’t been paying attention to F1 since the inflation ran rampant and confused me away but couldn’t we achieve a tempering of the expenses by requiring a homologation for a number of parts, credit according to the production run sold retail? Honda just wound up the world I know by offering a limited number of 2 liter turbo crate engines detuned from rally. my friend who worked for a carbon emissions trading startup thinks that achieving the same efficiency of ICE as F1 does would be profitable on the carbon credits alone and even get federal government funding from energy independence programmes. I think the USA wouldn’t be wrong to do such a thing with Honda or another Japanese company (pass on Nissan whilst their HR practices remain so tricky to explain) since we ties go back till when nobody else could or would service ‘Nam air fleets which resultant wealth almost certainly funded Japanese interest in automotive sports up to the 80s. I understand that it would be genuinely significant if we helped Japan kick glugging gas from the hose, strategically. What I’m saying is that if like my friends suspect that Ecclestone slipped through many a tight noose because of providing a useful global connection for the greater good, I don’t see why F1 can’t find get busy with something overtly helpful and unassailable under air cover from the eco crowd. Maybe BCE never really wanted a F1 beyond his Thames Valley purview, but my wacky races idea of according scores for national input to design and efficiency would credit the Brits handsomely at the same time as encouraging governments to start brushing high risk auto development under the sheets of the infinite tax losses piled sky high around F1 teams. Smaller teams might even be able to finance themselves via kickstarter type public purchasing of the eventual products. My whole rambling today is the result of the first time I have read Forbes magazine in 30 years. It is wall to wall lunacy of public market excess valuation and limp wrist justification for impossible share prices for old hat software. I say that if you allow that then you must allow the possibility of these ideas above being funded by the public purchase of shares in the potential spin-off companies. The necessary vetting process required to obtain government development funding (let alone DARPA and equivalents) is not merely enough due diligence but vastly more inspection of the validity of such proposals to than clearly any stock market is willing to dare apply to floated crocks like the computer storage company profiled by Forbes this month which is valued at $80BLN for the very least magical beans anyone I know in that industry has seen for cumulative centuries. American instinct makes things big and if I could call out a single critical failing which I believe would transform British industry it’s not going large. Stock cars and NASCAR thrive just by going as big as possible while vestiges of the appearance of a civilian automobile remain, for instance. F1 does world changing things on the regular… if only we were all rich enough and smart enough to make good from the wonders created. That’s the whole history of F1… until current ICE efficiency. That is world changing. Wanna be famous for being the bunch who buried in obscurity the only way to cut global emissions by decades worth overnight? Make it about the total energy spent to win a race and taunt the non entering manufacturers until you are thrown off your own stage for spoiling the show. In the end you’ll get results. Probably won’t have to even think about scale that’ll get fixed for you when Ford Royalty get the hump.

  6. Not sure if I’ve seen this before or not Joe, but have you gotten an arm poke yet? Were you press types part of the Bahraini offer to get vaccinated?

        1. Not necessarily. So much is still being learned and what applies to one person may easily not apply to another.
          Personally as a double Pfizer vaxxed old fart I can say that I had a slightly longer sore arm on the second occasion. For the better ‘af who’s now had 2 OAZ vaxxes a little tiredness for a couple of days on each occasion. These reactions are typical amongst our old fart contacts.
          As the figures are now showing so dramatically absolutely essential we all get jabbed asap.
          Happily the serious problems are extremely rare in spite of the wonderful continental misinformation services which also made her nervous ahead of the actuality.

  7. With low rake cars apparently much more affected by the floor reductions than high rake cars, AM’s wheeze of copying 1919 Mercedes in 2020 is now not looking such a good idea.

  8. Back to how things were when I worked in Paris for a British manufacturer just before the EEC. Lots of bumf and on a personal basis a carte de sejour which I was told would be a problem but was actually very straightforward. However every time I took the ferry back to the UK I was held up on arrival both sides for an hour or more. Bonjour Tristesse !
    But we know it will soon be better and we shall profit mightily ! The oracle has spoken !

  9. As someone who liked the Aston Martin livery in the article you did, I was also underwhelmed by it on the idiot box in the dark and also mistook it for a Mercedes from certain angles. I also hope it works in better light. The Williams and Alpha Tauri also look similar in certain shots and hard to tell apart.

  10. The Notebooks always contain lovely little nuggets, like the cricketing saga in Jordan, great stuff. I don’t know how you get time to write them up, but they are much appreciated. Hope you get your resident stuff sorted, I am reading several reports of difficulties British citizens living in EU countries are facing and the bureaucracy seems as dense as that produced by the British Civil Service (and Border Force) even in better times!

  11. Thank you not just for the fascinating info on F1, but for the lovely anecdote about King Hussein. A further connection: in July 1966, King Hussein of Jordan visited the then-new Ingliston circuit near Edinburgh during his official visit to the UK. He received a warm welcome from the crowd, I seem to recall (i was 9 at the time and quitte impressed). For many years afterwards, the King Hussein Trophy was awarded to the winner of the main race of the day at one of the Ingliston meetings each year.

  12. Hi Joe, first of all thank you for sharing these great insights from your journeys, i always look forward to the green note book updates.
    i wanted ask your thoughts on Ocon performance, i know you were a fan of Ocon in the past, i would love to here you insights on this

  13. King Hussein was also reputed to have been a fan of motor sport and his friends at the Texas-based Mecom racing team built a Cooper-based sports racer they called the Hussein Mk 1 in his honour. I have a 1/24th scale model of the car that I bought long, long ago.

  14. Zhou to Willies in 2022 along with the rumoured switch to Renault engines implies that Russell will be off and taking the Mercedes engine discount with him. Bad news for Bottas I fear

        1. / that is bought and paid for by Latifi’s millions isn’t it?/

          Millions come, millions go..

  15. Excellent anecdote of the king. I also agree with you about the Sainz family, too blokes, very well educated.
    I may be outdated but, when I lived in France, one could apply to French citizenship after 5 years of residence permit (carte de séjour). That could perhaps make your life easier going forward, Joe.

  16. Somewhere in the attic archives I have a clipping someone sent me from one of the glossy racing mags of the time about Jaguar F1 team renting Mallory Park for the day to run their cars and film them with the same TV cameras as were then used in F1 coverage to find the right shade of green paint so that it would appear as the correct ‘Jaguar Green’ on TV coverage. IIRC the cameras of the time made greens appear too dark (or was it too light?) and the Jag PR people thought it important for the cars to appear ‘the right green’ for the huge TV audience despite the actual cars looking a bit wrong in the flesh …

    I suppose it will be ironic (given todays date) if someone posts here and tells me it was an April Fools joke! Oh well, I need to take my Voltswagen out for a spin now …

    1. Almost certainly not an April Fool Joke! I worked for Team Lotus back in the day when we had Martini sponsorship & they insisted on us running in a proper British Racing Green livery. You would be surprised at how many different iterations of that there are!

      Anyway the first attempt at that looked dreadful on TV, more of a muddy brown. We worked through a few shades before ending up with quite a vivid hue that was duly given the internal colour reference as ‘council house lavatory door green.’

      That was in the 1979’s and colour TV was still quite new then, but evidently the problem continued at least until Jaguar’s time.

      1. When considering the broadcasting equipment and the TVs of the time, it is perhaps not surprising that a number of teams adopted more vivid hues to account for them looking more muted on the screen.

        Lotus are said to have used a quite light yellow paint on the JPS branded cars – signwriters gold, if I recall well – which then looked a darker and more golden hue on TV, and similarly the Marlboro red chevron on the Alfa Romeo and McLaren cars of the 1980s was often more of an orange hue.

        1. I remember my first glimpse of an F1 car in the flesh was Brands Hatch testing in 1985. It was Alain Prost’s McLaren and the thing that struck me most, apart from the incredible sound coming out of it, was how orange it seemed in the flesh, as opposed to the Marlboro red as it looked on the TV, exactly as you describe, anon. Fascinating stuff.

          1. It never occurred to me that the cars were painted as they were, so if would match the cig packet in the flesh. I was always disappointed that the McLaren’s did not look like dayglo orange on TV!

            I am not a smoker, have not studies cig packets enough, I guess.

        2. Yes, the JPS ‘gold’ was in fact yellow. All those stripes were delicately hand-painted too, not stickers.

    2. It could have been Mallory but more likely MIRA where they often sent the D types etc for testing in the hands of Norman Dewis and David Hobbs. Times wuz different !

  17. Hi Joe – I didn’t know you were a Carlos fan? I remember reading an article here along the lines of he was 2nd best at Toro Rosso, Blown Away at Red Bull, Average at Renault and Beaten by a Rookie at McLaren…… I thought you made good points….. I guess you are a fan as a person not as a driver 😂

    1. G’day Kevin,
      My impression of Carlos’s driving is that he’s a top flight number two until he shows otherwise. At STR Carlos was beaten by Max, he then beat Kvyat by quite a margin, Carlos never raced at RedBull. At Renault he beat Hulk, then Hulk beat him by quite a margin. At Macca he soundly beat Lando in 2019 then was ahead of Lando in 2020. I guess you are not a fan. I’m not a fan of his driving either but he seems to have an excellent media persona.
      regards,
      build
      btw, I hope Lando can do what he does best more consistently, then he might be able to beat Carlos over a full year. I’m almost a fan of Lando.

    2. A bit harsh ! I thought he and Verstappen were pretty equal though the latter appeared neater. At McLaren whilst I have a lot of time for Norris, he earned more points on the day that matters, though both seem to be good blokes which should be important to a team and its PR.

  18. Almost felt like a normal world for a few minutes, with my coffee and The Notebook, Wednesday morning. Thanks for the interlude Joe.
    From a fan perspective it looks like we may have a banner season. I’m not sure that those of you who are part of the roadshow aren’t going to be a little worse for wear and tear by the time we get back to Abu Dhabi. The fall ocean hopping leg is a string of brutal time zone jumping races.

    I’m am a little worried that they may not be racing in Montreal this year. The variants, of Covid, a reeking havoc and numbers are climbing in the ICU’s. Vaccines aren’t produced in Canada so we are at the mercy of the Americans and the EU for supply. We are locking down again, not opening up.

  19. Driver of the weekend for me was Alonso, Seb changes team, out qualified by his team mate, Sainz changes team, out qualified by his team mate, Dani, out qualified Lando by a smidge, Alonso out of F1 for 2 years, well and truly out qualified his team mate, who had been pretty much a match for Dani.

  20. After the pleasure of GP+ the arrival of the Little Green notebook is like the icing on the cake,although I do put it off sometimes just to have something interesting between races,Thanks for the notebook and of course GP+,and it’s fantastic coverage not only of the race but also the historic insights.

  21. Hi Joe,
    About sponsorship of the current Alfa Romeo team – lately there’s been a large controversy in Poland regarding Daniel Obajtek, Executive Chairman of PKN Orlen. I wonder if this will affect Orlen’s investment in F1 long-term.
    When Robert Kubica lost his drive with Williams, Orlen decided to stay in F1, talking about how visibility in the sport helps the brand. It’s hard to verify though, as the brand owns plurality of petrol stations in Poland (so most drivers in Poland will use these anyway), but has a relatively small footprint abroad. Posted financial results of Orlen don’t look very good, especially when compared with time before Obajtek and before F1 sponsorship. Some people think F1 sponsorship is a way to show “greatness” of Orlen (and of Poland, as Orlen is the largest company in Poland), which helps building the personal brand of Mr. Obajtek within the governing Law and Justice party. Another thing Orlen did recently was the acquisition of a number of local newspapers, which seems to be a purely political decision (newspaper ownership is not exactly a core business of oil and gas company, printed newspapers are not really profitable anymore, but it’s still a way to get to millions of readers with propaganda). A couple months back, Mr. Obajtek was unofficially a candidate to become a new Prime Minister of Poland, as apparently he was favored by Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the governing Law and Justice party. In February a lot has changed – “Obajtek tapes” were released by Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, then a number of other controversies followed.
    Mr. Obajtek used to be a local politician in the village of Pcim (between 2006 and 2015 he used to be a ‘Wójt’ – head of local authorities in a commune with population about 10000 people). In February 2021 “Obajtek tapes” were released, showing that apparently in 2009, when being a wójt of Pcim, he de facto managed a small company, which was likely illegal, as he was holding an elected office. After these revelations, journalists started digging in the documents, and found that Mr. Obajtek owns a number of properties in Poland, most of these acquired when he was the wójt of Pcim – the problem is these properties are probably worth a couple times more than he earned as wójt. Apparently in 2013 there were also some accusations or even charges regarding Obajtek’s connections to organized crime, and him receiving bribes. After Law and Justice party came to power in 2015, the party was able to control prosecutor’s office, and in 2017 the charges against Mr. Obajtek were withdrawn.
    As of now, Mr. Obajtek is still the Executive Chairman of Orlen and this will probably not change soon. I wouldn’t bet on him becoming a Prime Minister though. If F1 sponsorship was the way to strengthen Daniel Obajtek’s personal brand in politics, with all the recent damage, I wonder whether there will be any incentive to invest in F1 in the future.

    1. Your application has been successful. You have been appointed to the position of ‘Head of Polish Research’.

  22. What a super article. Cheers Joe. I thought Hamilton should have been further up the Driver of the Day standings as apart from running wide once he didn’t put a foot wrong. Imola going to be fascinating.

  23. I was under the impression that Spanish citizens do not benefit from living in tax havens as much as other nationalities do so it’s ‘less expensive’ for Carlos to live in Italy or UK.
    I could be wrong as I’m no expert on Spanish tax law especially as it relates to HNWI sporting stars.

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