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At the Beginning of the European Grand Prix Summer: Chances and Risks

 

Madonna mia - Mauro Forghieri, team principal and technical director in personal union like Mattia Binotto in our days, was pretty disappointed at the beginning of the 1971 season. Ferrari, with Ickx, Regazzoni and Andretti in the new 312 B2s had been starting as favourites. But de facto Maranello  had only very small  chances against the Tyrrell Ford 001 to 004 models of Stewart and Cevert (that  basically were nothing else than revised Matra Ford MS80s from the year 1969), despite they surely had the fastest car in the field, after the Lotus Ford 72 was confronted with it`s old problems again when slick tyres appeared. At least Andretti in the cockpit of a 1970 Ferrari  had won the the first round of the worldchampionship held at Kyalami. The company that had been elf Team Tyrrell in 1971 is now  Mercedes Petronas Grand Prix for several years: The best structured and organized team being able to win despite not having a superior car. After the first  four 2019 Grandes Prix Mercedes has beaten the record of Williams Renault from 1992 scoring four one-two victories in a row. And at Maranello, who had been superior during Barcelona winter testing, there is not the complete chaos, but pretty much confusion at the beginng of the European season.

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, that is his full name, is superior to some three years younger Sebastian Vettel concerning the sporting and psychological circumstances, but also Michael Schumacher had to eat grass, stones and iron at Maranello for half a decade before being appointed Commendatore, pretty comparable to the British O.B.E. Hamilton`s grandfather once had immigrated  to England from the Caribbean island of Grenada, that Ronald Reagan had made militarily invaded in 1983 despite being a Commonwealth country, before the former British colony had become a second Cuba. Having scored 75 Grand Prix victories so far now Hamilton is hunting the records of Michael Schumacher, whose current health conditions are not publicly known. His son Mick (who is named after Australia´s famous motor-cycle world champion Doohan), is following his career in Formula 2 in the supporting programmes of the Grandes Prix and he is in a pretty good shape doing so. At the Bahrain tests he drove a Ferrari SF90 and an Alfa Romeo C38 presenting  solid results. At the beginning of the  2019 European season Sebastian Vettel demanded a return to traditional values at an interview with German news portal SPIEGEL ONLINE and he is absolutely right. The publication of the 2021 rules obviously is delayed, the strategy of keeping things secret is clear, but some facts are already available: 18 inch wheels, added by aerodynamics for better overtaking (the old problem without any practical solution so far), 25 races per year including new events in Vietnam, The Netherlands and possibly Saudi Arabia, who currently have secured the rights for the famous Dakar Rally. The country of the Wahhabiya , the most brutal form of Islam with the use of swords and stoning for slightest offences, once had been Williams Grand Prix Engineering`s multi-sponsoring partner with Saudia Airlines, TAG, ALBILAD, the City of Riad and the construction group of Bin Laden being involved. Since 1983 TAG is also  partner and co-owner of McLaren in different roles. Despite the ban of women for driving cars is taken away meanwhile, but the inhuman political murder of critical journalist Yamal Khashoggi, living in the USA since the summer of 2017. also being a columnist of the famous Washington Post, is not explored completely. After deposing the corrupt gerontocrats Mosley and later Ecclestone we have waited for reforms lead by the triumvirate Carey, Bratches and Brawn, but of this hope is not left very much anymore. F.I.A. president Jean Todt, driven by green mania and the world rescueing strategy of most of the European politicians and the car makers following them blindly, supports electrification and hybridization also in motorsport regardless the economic and social consequences are. If this development continues globally, electric cars will run powered by brown coal , warns Engine Pope and Lauda`s co-author Professor Fritz Indra of an irreversible political decision being absolutely wrong. Motorsport is currently robbed it`s DNA by Todt and his power founding  fellow decision makers in politics and economy. But environment and climate protection is too important to leave it to crazy ideologists and greedy people fighting for power. Pragmatism is demanded more than ever, reasonable reforms, including all important  interdepences are on the agenda. In every respect market is the best possible rule maker. In contrast to that Ross Brawn, once Michael Schumacher`s creative genius at Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes, presents an equal parts strategy for wheels, brakes and gearboxes combined by a budget limit. A single tyre supllier still  is in the business for many years. Socialism is the philosophy of failing and the credo of ignorance, Winston Churchill once had said. The Briton had been, before entering the office of the Prime Minister, a Secretary of War, and in this function he also had been founder of the BP Group, a big sponsor of Grand Prix Racing for decades. Under the modern conditions of technology Grand Prix racing cars can be produced and entered in a CO2-neutral manner. We have to learn to use CO2 as a raw material immidiately, said Professor Klaus Toepfer many years ago. He had been first German Environment Protection Minister before becoming the head of the UNO environment programme based at Nairobi. Sebastian Vettel (favourite driver in the past: Jochen Rindt), who is interested very much in the analysis and history of his sport pleads for a return to the spirit of the nineties: There were the entries of over 40 cars (causing the dramatic pre-qualifying); equipment like engines and gearboxes could be purchased from different independent supplyers, delivered by the big car makers or produced by the constructors theirselves. The sport`s market had been  only a little regulated and was  principally open to all entries coming from the motor industry or from outside. No doubt, these conditions had acquired some white collar criminals, but the system has cleaned itself and otherwise public prosecuters and courts came into action. Grand Prix Racing is a three columns based competition consisting out of economy, technology and sport. It is too valuable to let it die caused by doubtful  ideological leaders. A return to high revs producing  normally-aspirated engines, as a part of the automobile`s great culture, is absolutely possible by using hydrogen or synthetic fuels (made from industry wasted CO2 or organic rubbish). The turbo engine is too low and for this reason it destroys the racing atmosphere, Roger Penske had already said in 1972, when his L & M Porsche 917/10s driven by the US-American Grand Prix drivers Mark Donohue and George Follmer ended the McLaren dominance in CanAm Racing overnight. The complete regulations for the two-seater racing cars of Group 7 were able to be written on three pages.

In contrast to all the transfigurations the conditions were generally not so good in the old days. But only a few ones were. Learning from history is not easy, but it is possible. In spring 2019 it is 25 years ago, when the massacre of Imola 1994 around Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna had happened. All people killed in action on the tracks we owe, beside personal respect, above all the following demand: Give us back our classical Grand Prix Racing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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