Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Sports: F1 – Behaving badly

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Roll up, roll up for the Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The track, on a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River, is a series of straights held together with a few strange curves and a magnetic wall. It’s a power circuit, which has been dominated by Mercedes engines in recent years, so McLaren should do well.

Red Bull is never going to be favorite and the FIA’s sotto voce post-Monaco ruling that they have behaved badly, and that their floor is illegal will not help. The Monaco win is not affected by the ruling, and a new floor for Montreal will probably not be critical either.

Lotus is well overdue a win, and Kimi Räikkönen would dearly love to fulfil that ambition, but Sky Sports has reported rumors of dark spirits at Lotus. At Monaco, many teams used a special steering rack with a greater lock to cope with the tight corners. Kimi, who is rumored to have been behaving badly over steering all season, asked for a new steering rack which cost Lotus much time and money. He then refused to run more than an outlap in P1 with the new rack, claiming the car was undriveable.

The story is that Lotus begged him to run the rest of P1 so that they could get tyre data, but Kimi was unmovable. By the time mechanics changed back to the standard rack, P2 was rained off, so Lotus was in a sad position. The team is blaming Kimi for the uninspiring performance in the race. This bodes ill for Montreal.

It is reported that Sauber is also murmuring about bad behavior. Ever since Perez won at Sepang, it is said, he has become demanding, and with the problems at Ferrari perhaps offering him an opening, he has an inflated opinion of his standing, while team morale is low.

Ferrari is riding high, but the team has made it clear that Felipe Massa has to continue with his return to form or they will change him. Ferrari has said it will not make the decision until the second half of the season, so somewhere around the Hungarian and Belgian GPs is “M”Day. So he has only this race, Valencia, Silverstone and Hockenheimring to prove his worth. He is going to try very hard indeed.

Nature has been behaving badly. Ferrari will be having an online auction for the victims of the two earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region. A V8 engine, helmets and suits from Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and a 599XX Evo, valued at €1.3 million will be amongst the offerings.

And there is some other interesting news. Perhaps buoyed by the publicity received by protesters in Bahrain, Montreal students are behaving badly to protest fee hikes, and are planning to disrupt the GP. Their planned all-night protest before the race was banned by the government, and that brought into play the online bad boys “Anonymous”. They hacked the FI sales site, sent messages to those who had booked, and published their details online.

Now the students are to gather at 10:30am on race day for an undisclosed action thereafter. This adds significant spice to the Cajun Boudin now simmering. The suspicion is that the Quebec authorities may be less efficient at containment than the Bahrainis.

Unhappily the race is at an unseemly hour. It is almost as if the Canadians do not take our comfort into their considerations.

Qualifying is on Star Sports at Saturday midnight, and the race is at 1:00am Monday. Programming starts Sunday Night.

All F1 races are shown at the Greenman, Chalong. Click here for more information.

— The Digby

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Eastern Thailand4 hours ago

German man believed to have monkeypox briefly fled police

Thailand5 hours ago

New app to help migrant women in Thailand facing abuse

Cambodia6 hours ago

Nigerian man recovers from monkeypox, handed to Cambodian authorities

Sponsored2 days ago

The return of the most important coffee event in Thailand

World7 hours ago

Unusually heavy floods in Pakistan kill 549, thousands of homes damaged

Thailand7 hours ago

How to get the Thailand Elite Visa?

Transport7 hours ago

BTS is offering a free ride… with your mom

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok8 hours ago

Fire at Energy Ministry’s compound in Bangkok

Phuket9 hours ago

2 meth busts in Phuket this past week

Politics9 hours ago

NIDA Poll: PM Prayut should not extend term after August 24

Chon Buri11 hours ago

Mountain Pub fire: 15 victims dead, owner arrested, club uninsured

Chon Buri11 hours ago

Police transferred, safety measures enacted in wake of Mountain B fire

Bangkok11 hours ago

Bangkok taxi driver who snapped himself raping teen gets jailed

Video12 hours ago

Building a $100mil business in Thailand feat. Michael Kenner | Thaiger Podcast Ep. 1

Tourism12 hours ago

Major jump in Thailand Airbnb searches

Economy13 hours ago

Thailand’s hotels are short on workers

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending