That Brit From Over There writes:
Posted by Riverside on July 12, 2011
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Controversy reigns supreme in the world of motorsport this weekend.
Let?s start with Saturday?s NASCAR on Saturday. Many people did not get to see the race because of crazy traffic outside the Speedway. Did it ever occur to anyone that only 230 people live in Sparta, KY, and yet the Kentucky Speedway can hold 107,000 people? Do the math! Surely at any other race, traffic is never an issue. Let?s hope they can cover it all for next year. At least they didn?t miss much.
I?d rather be talking about the IndyCar crash fest Sunday night. Toronto has always been my favourite track. It brings the out the worst in people. Paul Tracy and Helio in 2009 springs to mind first. This time it was Will Power with some more than colourful language.
Chinese whispers in the paddock and on the TV lead pretty much everyone to believe that Dario had been handed a penalty and then had it rescinded. Power was more than displeased. And he had every right to be; he?s now 45 points behind the only guy who managed to get through the carnage Toronto brought.
On a separate note there, where did Versus TV get their misguided information from? Was it just for laughs and giggles, or were they trying to stir up a situation? Call me cynical, but it was clearly a racing incident, two guys who wouldn?t give each other room at possibly the narrowest corner in the world to overtake on; it was never going to end well. Get your facts right in the future guys!
Same old story at the front though, Dario is the best driver in the series at the present moment by quite a margin, with Will Power close, but not close enough behind. If I had to predict a champion, Dario would definitely wrap up his fourth championship. By about 60 points. Big shout, I know, but with Dario you just know that he?s the man who can and will get the job done. Even if he does moan some of the way.
And don?t get me started on F1. Blown diffusers overshadowed a rain affected qualifying on Saturday and a huge team order from Red Bull overshadowed the end of quite an interesting race.
Let?s just put that blown diffuser row to one side (BORING!) and focus on that radio call Mark Webber received to ?maintain the gap.? He didn?t maintain the gap, there was no gap. An overtaking manoeuvre into the old pit straight almost paid off for Webber, but it was not to be.
It seems that Webber is firmly the number 2 driver in the Red Bull team. And where as Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine accepted that fact in Ferrari ten years ago, Mark Webber refuses to be treated as such. His commitment to the team is undeniable, but the fact is he is most definitely slower than Vettel. And if he can?t handle that he needs to support Vettel and the team for the championship, he needs to leave the team. Vettel is there for the long haul, Webber is 34 and not going to be around for much longer. Red Bull need someone who will help the team, not someone who will rebel when things aren?t going his way.
A lot of anger we need to diffuse before our next racing weekend. We need to just sit down, take a breather and have a cup of tea.
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