While I’m in the air over the Pacific, the Belgian Grand Prix will be taking place. I just “watched” the qualifying over at the BBC’s live text commentary, and like everyone else I was totally gobsmacked: Giancarlo Fisichella put his Force India Mercedes on the pole!!! And just to rub it in, Hamilton was 12th…Read More Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming
From this afternoon’s MLS game between the Seattle Sounders and the Colorado Rapids: Injustice: giving a penalty for handball against a guy in the wall who was protecting his face from a hard-struck free kick. Justice: the penalty hits the woodwork. It was an enjoyable game, which the Sounders won 3-0. The last 20 minutes…Read More Injustice and justice
I’ve been trying to decide whether I trust myself to comment on the current state of affairs in my favourite sport, but reading Only In America‘s amusing but information-free rant persuaded me to offer a few thoughts. For those who haven’t been following things, here’s my analysis of the situation. First, the players: The FIA:…Read More Formula 1
OK, fellow petrol-heads: I just discovered that “Truth in 24”, the documentary about the 2008 Le Mans 24 hour race, is a free download at the iTunes Music Store. Regular or HD! (Mind you, although I chose HD (which is 2.9GB), it looks as if both versions are downloading. They should be finished in 5…Read More Amazing deal on "Truth in 24"
If you’re living in a world of totally transparent communications, and you tell a lie about something you said, you will be found out. What’s so hard about that? So (obviously) you don’t tell lies. Somehow McLaren F1 failed this basic intelligence test in Australia, and the result is that Hamilton has been disqualified. The…Read More McLaren and basic commonsense
Lewis Hamilton dominated today’s Chinese Grand Prix. He led from pole, and steadily extended his lead to about 16 seconds, being careful not to over-stress his tyres. Kimi Raikkonen was in second place, unable to catch Hamilton, and Felipe Massa was third, unable to keep pace with Raikkonen. But since Raikkonen was no longer in…Read More Unmitigated B.S. quote of the day.
The good news: I was able to find an Indian cable TV channel that carries Formula 1 races live, so I’m able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live today. The bad news: the channel is ESPN Star Sports, which has two of the most incompetent commentators I’ve ever heard. I think that the chief…Read More Good news, bad news dept.
What a bizarre Canadian Grand Prix. After a sublime performance in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton threw it all away with a stupid mistake. Oh well: it was great to see BMW scoring a 1-2, with Robert Kubica getting his first win. And it was nice to see David Coulthard, the grand old man of F1, up…Read More Lewis Hamilton… WTF?
Jim Clark was the perfect driver. Double F1 world champion. First Brit to win the Indy 500. There were fewer Grands Prix per year back in the 1960s, but he always had to be racing – if not in Formula 1, then Formula 2, or thrashing a Lotus Cortina around in the British Touring Car…Read More 40 years ago today: RIP Jim Clark
The first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season has just started in Australia. Unfortunately the Stanford Terrace Inn in Palo Alto doesn’t offer SpeedTV, so I’m reduced to reading the text stream at the BBC website, refreshing every couple of minutes. With 8 laps gone it’s 1. L Hamilton (McLaren) 2. R Kubica (BMW…Read More "Watching" a Grand Prix in text mode….