F1 Bizarro world…

So you remember that episode of Seinfeld, when they meet up with the Bizarro world versions of themselves? Everything was similar but just slightly off? Ya, that is the current state of Formula 1 at the moment. What a mess!

The frankencars are even uglier this year. To think I complained about the bits and bobs seemingly glued to the sides of the cars last year. I would take that over the bulldozer front wings and snow scoop rear wings they are parading around with this year.

And what about all these techno changes that some have and some don’t, which is leading to protest after protest before a checkered flag has even waved! KERS this, diffusers that. It’s not even just different between teams, but also between teammates! What?! I guess that’s one way to truly test the benefits/faults of a new technology and have a comparison, but boy, wouldn’t it suck if you were saddled with the car that isn’t running the good stuff? or by contrast, saddled with the car that is running the crap!

And just look a the grid for the first race! Button on pole, Barrichello beside him!? What?!

Might this season actually be interesting??? Might we see more parity on the grid?? Or is this going to be like last year when the first race was exciting due to the removal of traction control (god it was fun watching them take to the track like Bambi on the ice that first session) By race two however, they were all sorted and it was back to the boring domination.

Either way, I’m intrigued for sure. I’m going to have to wrap my brain around who is running what, which may be a little confusing at first, but hey I’d rather be amused and confused than complacent and bored.

Now if I can just get my internet/tv situation sorted, I think I can actually enjoy this season. (I’m hoping to be all hooked up again by May) Sadly the race is on in the middle of the night here, so going to the sports pub down the street isn’t an option for tonight. Although I could see if they will run the re-airing in the morning and run down there for Breakfast.

Anyway, Here is the grid for the Australian GP: (and their declared weight)

1. Jenson Button – 664.5kg
2. Rubens Barrichello – 666.5kg
3. Sebastien Vettel – 657kg
4. Robert Kubica – 650kg
5. Nico Rosberg – 657kg
6. Felipe Massa – 654kg
7. Kimi Raikkonen – 655.5kg
8. Mark Webber – 662kg
9. Nick Heidfeld – 691.5kg
10. Fernando Alonso – 680.7kg
11. Kazuki Nakajima – 685.3kg
12. Heikki Kovalainen – 690.6kg
13. Sebastien Buemi – 675.5kg
14. Nelson Piquet – 694.1kg
15. Giancarlo Fisichella – 689kg
16. Adrian Sutil – 684.5kg
17. Sebastien Bourdais – 662.5kg
18. Lewis Hamilton – 655kg
19. Jarno Trulli* – 660kg
20. Timo Glock* – 670kg

*sent to the back of the grid for an aero infraction

alrighty, off to do stuff… (oh and thanks to Jeff from MyNameIsIRL for the handy sidebar cuss-o-meter! LOL!)

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16 responses to “F1 Bizarro world…

  1. I think a lot of people who came to F1 recently and assumed Button and Barrichello were complete crap, are going to be slightly surprised this year…

    ‘Diffuser gang’: Brawn, Williams, Toyota
    ‘KERS gang’: Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, Nick Heidfeld

    All this protest stuff is what F1 is about and what most motorsport SHOULD be about, teams pushing the edge of the rules coming up with innovative stuff. The bad side of that is having appeals in Paris, weeks later. This stuff needed to be decided *before* the race. It’s all fun and games.

    I’ll see if I can tweet some online feeds tomorrow morning. The race is off at 7am UK, I’ll be online an hour earlier.
    Next week is interesting: Malaysia in the morning, St Pete in the evening, will be a good day.

    • ahh, thanks! That list will come in handy.

      I agree on the protesting, but you’re right, it should be decided before the race, or in the case of a race infraction, immediately following the race before the transports leave the track. This weeks later thing is bullshit.

      Yup! Next weekend will rule!

  2. The cuss-o-meter is BRILLIANT!

  3. Had “Wing gang”: Panasonic Toyota

    Rear wing deemed “flexible” & illegal, starting @ the back. Hmmm

    McLaren must be freakin’ PI$$ED… Force India & (Virgin)Brawn GP faster with their Mercedes powerplants… OMG

    Nice to see2008’s “worst” go to “first” (& 2nd), but I’m a Lewis fan, so I’m probably as P.O’d as anyone @ McLaren.

    Its nice to see new faces @ the top… but the Oz qualifying ihas some weird shit goin’ on IMO. The Toro Rosso cars are basically RedBull RB5s & they are sucking. Heidfeld using KERS, Kubica not. Make it mandatory or don’t have it!!!

    One last thing… love the cars without the cling-on aero pieces BUT in 2010 the ultra narrow rear wings have got to F’ing go. Turn one in Oz will tell me if the extra wide, miter box front wings should be revisited too. I’m predicting about 10 busted fronts???

    • McLaren seem to be taking it in stride, as it was a gear box issue, not just a case of lack of speed/function that took him out of the running.

      I agree, I’m enjoying the shake up at the top.

      I thought the intention was that KERS will be mandatory? I have a feeling that if it proves to be more of an advantage than a disadvantage, all will adopt it anyway. It seems to be a little game of cat & mouse for the moment.

      Ya, those rear shovels have got to go.

      First corner will indeed be interesting.

      • Rear shovels… try sky scrapers!!! OMG those whack out the cars proportions.

        Motorsport.com had images of McLaren running the MP4/24 with a 2008 spec wing & ’09 fronts… the ’08 wing helped the look

  4. That should be “ADD” Wing Gang (still sleepy from 2AM Qualifying show???)

  5. First, I’d like to curse Bernie for making Australia later. It was one of, what, four races a year that didn’t have a ridiculous start time? Well, two of those four races (US & Canada) are gone, Australia is now ridiculous, making me long for the central time zone, and all we have is Brazil.

    Well, the European rounds should be slightly less painful an hour later, I guess.

    Also, thank GOD we get SPEED coverage in the states. Does Canada still get piped the British feed? It’s BBC, not ITV, now, if I remember correctly. If you do, enjoy “OMG JENSON BUTTON IS SO WONDERFUL WE WANT HIM TO MAKE SWEET LOVE TO US.” I’m surprised no one instantaneously combusted into flames when he won that rainy race at the Hungaroring a few years back (still one of my all-time favorite F1 races).

    Finally, if the diffusers don’t go away, everyone will have them by Europe and Ferrari will be back on top. If not, they’ll just change the rules to put Ferrari back on top. That’s my call.

    • ITV fell out of love for Jenson when he performed badly and Lewis arrived on the scene, both happened at the same time.
      It’s great watching the media rush back to Jenson as if they’d never dropped him like a hot potato and you can see he’s enjoying the comeuppance!

      The BBC have promised to be much more balanced and not make The Lewis Hamilton Show we’ve had on ITV for the last 2 years. I’m remain to be convinced they’ll actually do this.

      In any case I don’t know how you guys put up with the constant flow of advertising, the 10-15 minute delay, and that Hobbs guy who’s stuck in the 70s on the clips I’ve seen.

      • The Brits are not immune to loving a winner, especially a home country winner. Jenson had seemed to jump to Williams & them got Honda to buy him out of his contract… then Honda’s performance is less than stellar.

        Lewis arrives as F3000 champ onto a championship caliber McLaren (British at that…) team & challenges a 2 time WDC for title as a rookie. Bloody hell… I can see ITV’s plan!

        As long as you have national feeds & broadcast teams it will be hard to break this. How many times did Japan TV break away from a lead battle to show Aguri Suzuki (or ANY Japanese driver) pitting from 11th?

        Now it looks like Lewis & McLaren will be sucking fumes @ the back of the back & Virgin Brawn GP might kick ass (with a customer engine deal).

        ITV would be insane not to come running back to heap their love on Jenson, eh?

    • Ross’ Brawn GP 001 has a helluva lot more than a superior defuser propelling it to 1st & 2nd on the Aussie GP grid!

      Part of the reason the Earth Dream team had Global Nightmares in 2008 is because Brawn was busting his tail designing the 2009 car.

      Honda must be reaching for the ceremonial samurai sword & screaming WTF did we bow out of the 2009 season??? UGH-HH!!!

  6. LOL… well, considering that my IndyCar viewing will be relegated to the wee hrs this summer, I guess I should get used to watching racing at 2am…

    We get both SPEED and TSN, but TSN graciously blacks out the SPEED feed, so we are relegated to the British feed for the live coverage. We can watch the SPEED replay later however. I usually dvr both (and will again soon!!) and do a comparison of coverage.

    So Jensen is their Danica? LOL!

    I agree as well on the diffusers. (and the Ferrari rules! LOL)

  7. That stat they gave about debuting constructors was eye-popping. That’s just incredible.

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