Your essential F1 briefing #25 Elimination
Name Elimination Age About a month and a half Appearance Slightly battered around the edges
There you go, piffling on about 80s music again. I don’t know what you mean. Yes you do – the seminal ZZ Top album featuring etc. That popular beat combo was the furthest thing from my mind, I assure you. Ah. What, then? That bit at the end of where the contestants had to run up the ‘travelator’ and such? Well, something like that might have introduced an element of action and jeopardy missing from Formula 1’s new ‘elimination’ qualifying format. I’m going to stop you right there. Is this going to develop into a whinge about new rules being brought in without being properly interrogated first? And if you so much as mention the Strategy Group, I’m going to scream. Well, the Strategy Group did sign off – AIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Okay. Let’s just say that the introduction of the new system, which was apparently waved through on the grounds that it was the “least worst” option, didn’t go off without a hitch. I read that Niki Lauda described it as “like digging in the toilet”. For what? Valuables you’ve dropped therein? No idea. Anyway, how come all the people who voted it through, while ignoring the advice of the experts who said it wouldn’t work, are now saying that it’s a load of rubbish? Your guess is as good as mine. But it could be part of a wider political play – after all, Bernie is quite uppity about the current decision-making structure, feeling that Mercedes and Ferrari, and the FIA, have too much power to block his ideas. Ah diddums. So if that decision-making structure publicly laid a very stinky egg? Well, it would certainly stir up popular opinion and generate some momentum if someone were to suggest getting rid of the Strategy Group… AIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Do say This format’s got legs! Don’t say But it doesn’t know how to use them