Cheating BAR Stood To Gain (BAR Honda vs. F.I.A)

My title says it all. Except it should have been stoods and not stood perhaps if you consider both the FIA and F1. Oh, and if you include the extra space and the spelling mistake 😉

On first hearing of the ruling from the Stewards at the San Marino Grand Prix I thought they were being picky and had rightly reversed their initial decision to exclude BAR from the race results.

When I then heard that the F.I.A intended to appeal the stewards decision and have the exclusion reinstated I thought it was a case of the F.I.A flexing their muscles at BAR since relations between both F1, the F.I.A and BAR were not always at their best during the close season.

I’m not going to go into the politics that is currently going on between BAR Honda and the F.I.A. but there has been bad blood between them since discussions about the possibility of a break away group to set up a rival Forumla One Championship.

BAR Report : Link
F.I.A Report : Link

If you read the F.I.A report, it basically calls the BAR Team cheats. If you listen to the statements on TV made during the pre-race interviews, they too seem to slam BAR’s actions. But on reading the BAR report, it all becomes very confusing. They appear not to have hidden anything, and there is evidence in their to suggest that they are not the only team to use such methods. They have provided information to state that at no time could the car have fallen below the required weight and therefore could not have used it to gain an advantage during the race. In fact, the most important part of the report clearly states that in order to cheat and lower the weight of the car to below that of the required limit, the amount of fuel that would need to be within the tank would not be enough for the fuel pumps to operate. So in that case it wouldn’t matter that the car was underweight and able to gain 3/10 of second per lap, because at 0mph you don’t tend to put in very good lap times at all.

The more I read into both reports, the more certain I am that this is all down to politics. The request/statement by a group of other manufacturers today to ask for an independent agency to perform such reviews seems logical to most outside of the sport, but the F.I.A seem to be taking the view that it is yet another BAR Sponsered attack on them.

I have long since been amazed the amount of control that Bernie Ecclestone has had over the control of F1, and the way that he has gained so much financially from the whole thing. I don’t disagree with the amount of work that he may have put in to the sport to build it to what it is today, but all that power under control of one man makes me think of a script from a Bond movie, or a former newspaper owner (both involved yachts). I fear Max Mosely to be heading in the same power crazy direction of dictatorship.
When I was in the US I obviously followed a lot more NASCAR and CART/INDY and although there were incidents, they were always dealt with faitly and quickly by independant agencies. Both the F.I.A and F1 seem to be very much of the ‘Old School Brigade’ and it seems obviously personal against BAR Honda.

What ever the outcome, F1 has suffered again and I have a feeling all they have done is suceeded in the speeding up of a breakaway group of real F1 teams. Then perhaps Bernie and Max can realize their ambition of a Ferrari only race weekend.

Mixed Feelings – Chelsea, Pompey, Gillingham

First off, congratulations to Chelsea on winning the championship in their centenary year. And for Frank Lampard to get both goals just made it even better.
Frank Lampard is one of those players who holds his club badge close to his heart and he throughly deserved both goals which were excellently taken.

At the other end of the table, Portsmouth suffered a 2 goal defeat at the hands of Manchester City. They looked nervous throughout the match and didn’t really look like winning throughout the match. They are still not 100% safe but a point from their last match would guarentee them another season in the Premiership.

Now Gillingham on the other hand were held to a 1 – 1 draw with Cardiff, a result that guarentees Cardiffs survival in the Championship next season. Gillingham on the other hand have to win their last match against already relegated Nottingham Forrest, or if they lose or draw, it will depend on the results of the teams around them.

So my three teams, (all of them the Blues), have given me a mix of different feelings today. I’m overjoyed at Chelsea winning, but fearful that my home town team of Gillingham are not quite safe just yet. I am confident that Portsmouth will survive.

Play up Pompey

Oh how I laughed today when I read the score: Portmouth 4 – Southampton 1.
I do feel some pitty for Southampton, especially as they are firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premiership.
Harry Rednapp must be wondering what the heck he took on.
I’m not one of those out and out ‘Scummer’ haters. I began to support Pompey after I joined the R.N in 1987 and was based in Portsmouth. I like to watch football where ever I am, (so why go to Portsmouth I hear those scummers calling?). Those were the days of Gavin McGuire, Darren Anderton, Guy Whittingham and co.
I only ever went to see Southampton once when Gillingham played them in the F.A Cup when they were at the old ground.
They new ground is quite impressive, and they have the team to match it, but confidence is so low within the team its difficult to see how they are going to escape relegation. I really do hope they do, because they are better than a Championship team, but even then, I think they’d struggle for a season or two before getting close to going back in to the premiership. Let’s just hope they can pull themselves out of it, but not at the expense of Portsmouth I’d like to add.
I’d lay the blame directly on the shoulders of the Southampton chairman. He doesn’t inspire confidence in anyone around him it appears, well apart from the old England Rugby coach that is.
Portsmouth look set to enjoy another season in the Premiership, and it will be good to see what the new manager can do with the squad. I doubt if Mandaric (Pompey chairman) will make much money available.
But 4 – 1 did have a nice ring to it, even if it was those Pompey Chimes.
BBC Report