Poking above the parapet…



Hi folks,

Just a quick note – as I can see from my blog stats that there are some of you still checking the site – to apologies for the quietness lately. So far it’s not been much of a season for keeping track of livery changes, as there have barely been any! But I’ve got some new material to come soon, including an article looking at all the drivers’ helmet designs this year, and also some more of the “classic liveries” stuff I’ve been promising. So, stick around!

Also, I’d just like to say how saddened I am by the collapse of the Super Aguri team. It’s intensely frustrating that in a year where we were supposed to have had 24 cars on the grid, we’ve now ended up with only 20 – and I can’t help but wonder where all those people were who supposedly had the money to compete with Prodrive for a slot back when it went up for grabs. Was there really nobody who fancied getting hold of an F1 team who could have bought Aguri out? As someone whose favourite era of F1 was a time when pre-qualification was necessary (those frantic, chaotic early ’90s days), I’m disappointed to see so few teams competing – and I can’t help but wonder if a drastic overhaul of the sport (such as, allowing in customer teams, but having a separate championship for them in tandem with the proper constructors’ championship – but still allowing all drivers to compete for one title) isn’t necessary in order to get competitor numbers up. F1 participation has never sunk beneath 20 cars in the modern-day era – but with Red Bull looking a bit edgy about the idea of keeping Toro Rosso going, manufacturers such as Toyota not getting a decent return on their investment, and Force India the latest iteration of a team that has changed hands too many times to count – well, let’s just say the future’s looking a bit worrying…

And, of course, it means we lose Ant Davidson, one of the most promising drivers on the grid (despite his late start in the sport). Still, if he’s not racing, perhaps ITV or the Beeb could snare him up for some punditry – in his appearances so far, he’s looked like the next best thing to Martin Brundle…


5 Comments

    Karl

    May 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm
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    > I can’t help but wonder if a drastic overhaul of the sport (such as, allowing in customer teams, but having a separate championship for them in tandem with the proper constructors’ championship – but still allowing all drivers to compete for one title) isn’t necessary in order to get competitor numbers up.

    Personally I think that’s an ideal situation, just one that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

    Maybe Super Aguri went under because you didn’t cover there launch on 19 Feb 😉

    Waris

    June 20, 2008 at 3:38 pm
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    Soon, you say? It’s been over a month… 🙁

    Can’t wait for new content!

    Waris

    November 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm
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    Now the season is over and still no new content… I am saddened!

    Watson Waterstone

    December 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm
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    Come on man, are you totally done with F1 or what?!?

    ed

    January 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm
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    yes, i was looking forward to some commentary on the 2009 F1 launches as well. hopefully if seb has some time he can do this!

    however, considering his name he may have been employed by Red Bull 😀

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