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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

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