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Your es­sen­tial F1 brief­ing #27 Lu­nacy

Name Lu­nacy Age Around 2,000 years Ap­pear­ance Dan­ger­ous Ah, men­tal in­ca­pac­ity brought on by the moon. What the deuce are you on about? Did you not know that? The et­y­mol­ogy comes from the Latin mean­ing moon­struck, which folk in less en­light­ened times used to de­scribe a range of fevers, agues and fits. Phew, for a minute I thought you were go­ing to pull your usual stunt of send­ing our on­go­ing di­a­logue down the eter­nal blind al­ley of pop trivia. Well there is

by Fun Boy Three… Only reached num­ber 20, ac­cord­ing to my Guin­ness Book of Bri­tish Hit Sin­gles. It barely qual­i­fies. Jog on. Oh well. What lu­nacy news, then? Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has de­scribed the in­ter­net con­spir­acy the­o­rists who think the team are de­lib­er­ately nob­bling Lewis Hamil­ton’s car this sea­son as “lu­natics”. As well he might. Not very PC, but then again they on the in­ter­net so he’s not far wrong. In­deed. You say “con­spir­acy the­o­ries”, I say post hoc ergo propter hoc. Quite the latin scholar, aren’t we? Now, speak­ing of schol­ars, don’t Mercedes em­ploy a clever cove, once of this parish, who would go on­line to de­bunk such twad­dle with the sword and shield of pure logic and good sense? That might be why Mercedes pub­lished an open let­ter to the fans po­litely sug­gest­ing that the con­spir­acy the­o­ries are, in­deed, twad­dle. Dear Lord! What were they think­ing? You can’t rea­son with peo­ple on the in­ter­net. That’s just not what it’s for! If I were Toto I’d be tempted to just tell the tin­foil hat bri­gade to come out from be­hind their web pseu­do­nyms so I could tell them to get lost in per­son. Dear Lord in­deed…

Do say Oc­cam’s Ra­zor. Shaves as close as a blade or your money back. Don’t say Now, Borgk­ing95, are you sure the FBI re­ally blew up your house or did you just leave the gas on?

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