Tag: Formula One

Formula One 2019: Spa

Back after the August recess the 2019 Formula One season is 2/3rds done and so far the score board looks like this-       Mercedes 11       Red Bull 2       Ferrari 1 That 1 came from LeClerc who celebrated his very first Formula One victory today. This is where the point standings are- Constructors’ Championship Rank Team Points …

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Formula One 2019: Silverstone

Re-thinking So two weeks ago Mercedes seemed on the verge of a shutout season, racking up 8 – 0 of 21 total after what was arguably one of the dullest races in the last 20 years at Circuit Paul Ricard. And then, appropriately enough Red Bull Racing won at Red Bull Ring. For Silverstone the …

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Formula One: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

As the tastefully diffused for maximum visibility but pitiless and relentless LEDs glinted off the stark and spotless Epoxy of Maranello, Scuderia Marlboro was worried. Manufacturers’ Standings Rank Team Points 1 Mercedes 257 3 Red Bull Racing Honda 110 5 Racing Point BWT Mercedes 17 7 Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 16 9 Alfa Romeo Racing …

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Formula One 2019: Monaco

Also Indy 500 Look, were I a total Motorhead I’d be covering Jetboat races from Australia (fascinating by the way) and Tractor Pulls. I choose Formula One as a demonstration of Late Neo Liberal Capitalism crashing decadently to a close and of course nothing epitomizes that like Monaco, Libertarian paradise of the Mediterranean. Seriously, to …

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Formula One 2019: Circuit de Catalunya

I suppose it’s possible to overstate just how bad things are for Scuderia Marlboro. Barcelona, this very track, is also the site of Formula One’s Winter Testing which, like many things about Formula One, is highly regulated to benefit the Big 3- Maranello, Mercedes, and Red Bull. Long term, sport wide, systemic failure to the …

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Formula One 2019: Baku

Baku is the Capital of Azerbaijan and the largest City in the World below Sea Level. It is a Street Circuit and the 2nd longest track in Formula One. It’s a relatively recent expansion to the schedule having held its first race in 2017, just 2 years ago. Tires will run from C2 Hard to …

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Formula One 2019: Shanghai

I’ve been kind of light on the state of play so let’s catch up a little. During Test Season Maranello looked unbeatable. New Aero, new engine, for the most part they were a half second a Lap faster than Mercedes who has dominated the last 5 Seasons. They were especially quick in the straights (quicker …

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Formula One 2019- Sakhir

I hate writing about Bahrain. It’s among the most odious and repressive places they race and they race in some pretty odious and repressive places. I’ll try and make the History as short as possible. After Mohammed died there was this big Civil War between followers of his nephew and those of some random Warlord. …

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Formula One 2019: Albert Park

I hate these overnight races because for me, it’s not even the right day of the week. It’s Saturday dammit and will be until I take a nap. Last year was totally confusing with many rule changes, site changes, and a complete revamp of the Broadcast Network, schedule, and Announcers. At least when the moved …

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Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share …

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Mo’ Meta, Mo’ Betta

Crossposted from  The Stars Hollow Gazette

Between the Belmont, Le Mans, and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve it’s shaping up a busy weekend.  You may well ask, “ek, why do you talk about sports so much?

It’s a metaphor.

Consider today’s offering from The Gulf Daily News



Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011

Bahrain always assumed that the Western world was too wise and mature to mix politics with sport. But the way it is behaving towards our Grand Prix fixture begs many questions now about its judgement.

No country in the world can guarantee itself totally free of some form of domestic disturbances – and we fully understand that when lives and security are endangered, such events can be postponed, as happened here.

But to now use human rights allegations as an excuse to deprive Bahrain of such an important sporting occasion, contradicts every ethic and value, as well as the spirit of global competition in its broadest sense.

Because you know, after all, Jesse Owens humbled Hitler in Berlin (not actually the story you think it is, the real one is Marty Glickman).

But our hole is not yet to China, let’s dig a little deeper.

Unfortunately, hidden hands are at work to discredit Bahrain government’s positive measures which have restored law and order to the country. It seems as if there is a willingness for members of this sporting body to be swayed by opposition claims of ongoing and brutal repression.

The facts of the matter are simple. The government of Bahrain has advised that the country is a safe and secure destination to host the Bahrain Grand Prix in October this year. The FIA, F1 management and the teams should not allow political machinations of a disaffected and small opposition group to affect the decisions taken by the FIA which quite rightly are based entirely on logistics and security considerations.

For members of the F1 fraternity to single out Bahrain over questions of human rights issues is unacceptable victimisation. A number of other countries which host F1 are considered to be far more repressive. The same stance should apply to Bahrain as to these other nations.

Certainly Bahrain should share part of the blame for innocently allowing both international media and human rights organisations to twist the truth. For years they have been fed a dubious diet of information. However, we have relied on individuals like Lord Gilford and public relations organisations such as Bell-Pottinger (whose staff deserted the kingdom en masse as soon as trouble started). They have milked the country’s financial resources for a long time, yet failed to deliver any positive result.

From now on we hope such tasks will be undertaken by organisations with true local links, knowledge and understanding, as well as a genuine love for Bahrain.

The defamation of Bahrain was started by so-called native opposition elements, therefore only local, loyal media and public relations companies with a vested interest in the future of this country can be relied upon.

There are many highly capable, mature, experienced Bahrainis and expatriates who have been in this field all of their professional working lives.

They are the ones fully aware of internal politics, and only experts of such calibre can explain and influence Western thought and decision-making.

In fairness and to his credit Mr. Abdulrahman calls out Max Mosley as the fascist he is but to decry as he does “mixing sport with politics”…

My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.

Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.

Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?

This could never happen here.  We’re “exceptional”.

Bahrain GP

Well, the start of the Formula One season is here.

I’m no expert, but I have to watch the races so I have something to talk about with Richard, my Dad, who even watches Turn Left Racing (NASCAR) if nothing else is available.

Me?  I like Figure Eight in School Buses or with Trailers.

Flaming Chunks of Twisted Metal!