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!)