Clip The Apex
In 64 seasons of Formula One racing, the eventual Champion has trailed entering the final round on 10 occasions and they are fairly evenly spaced out over this time frame. No driver has ever led the Championship entering the final round on 2 separate occasions and failed to capture the crown both times, although Fernando Alonso was ahead of the eventual Champion in the standings in 2007 and leading the Championship in 2010 before being overhauled. 8 of the 10 men to lose the Championship in this manner were former/future World Champions.
Before Final Round: Fangio 26 pts - Farina 22 pts
After Final Round: Farina 30 pts - Fangio 27 pts
Monza, Italy - Juan Manuel took Pole Position but dropped to third immediately after the start. He then retired two different Alfas (setting the fastest lap) while Farina led nearly the whole race en route to capturing the title on home soil. Nino would win just two more races in his career while Fangio became a legend.
Before Final Round: Hill 39 pts - Surtees 34 pts - Clark 32 pts
After Final Round: Surtees 40 pts - Hill 39 pts - Clark 32 pts
Mexico - In one of the most incredible motor races of all time, the title changed hands 3 times on the final lap culminating in the Ferrari's swapping places at the last moment securing John Surtees the Championship. Jim Clark was set to capture back-to-back titles until his already struggling engine called it a day with less than three miles to go. Graham Hill would then have retained his Championship lead if Lorenzo Bandini hadn't realized what had occurred and duly slowed down for the formerly fourth-place Surtees.
Before Final Round: Lauda 68 pts - Hunt 65 pts
After Final Round: Hunt 69 pts - Lauda 68 pts
Fuji, Japan - Drama abounded in 1976 and the season finale was no different. Having nearly lost his life less than three months earlier, Niki Lauda retired his Ferrari on Lap 3 of a soaking wet Japanese Grand Prix opening the door for the leader of the race, James Hunt. He led every lap through to 61 before relinquishing the lead, eventually making a pit stop and dropping back to fifth (and out of Championship winning position) with just three laps remaining. Hunt passed both Alan Jones and Clay Regazzoni on the 71st lap however and P3 was enough to nick the title by one.
Simply type into the search box on the top right of your screen the word "unfreeze" and see the last time this appeared on CTA.
Or read this article from 2010 from Autosport http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/84119
Then ask yourself the following question, why after four seasons of winning everything going between 2010 and 2013 has this suddenly become an issue for Red Bull ??
In recent articles he has dismissed the plight of smaller teams who have faced financial hard times while at the same time threatening to tear up the engine regulations which he accepts would increase costs. A fact he says is ridiculous. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29993990, and there was me thinking that costs weren't a problem for Red Bull.
Here's another example of Christian Horner's refusal to change things when Red Bull are on top:
The quotes below are taken from Adam Parr's book "The art of war" and describe a meeting that took place with FOTA members under the chairmanship of Martin Whitmarsh in late 2010 or early 2011 (the precise date is not quoted in the book)
"Since the Singapore agreement (resource restrictions) had been signed earlier in 2010 FOTA's secretary general Simone Perillo, had been putting together a more detailed agreement. The Red Bull Teams were blocking progress but we had reached a point where the other 10 teams were ready to sign up and let Red Bull do what they would. This meeting was crucial, FOTA needed to present the Red Bull Teams with an ultimatum, Sign up or everyone else will proceed without you"
Parr then goes on to explain that at the meeting, Martin Whitmarsh presents an entirely new set of principles on cost control which Whitmarsh presented to the teams as FOTA Chairman.
Parr says "I couldn't believe what I was hearing, as far as I could tell, these ideas had not been discussed with anyone other than Christian Horner. Suddenly instead of two teams being in the corner, the rest of us were now in a position where any objection would appear as if we were causing trouble"
Quoted from The Art of War Five years in Formula One by Adam Parr - Published by Adam Parr 2012
What this highlights is the continuing problem of self interest in F1 destroying any chance of an agreement between teams to further the sport.
How can any progress be found when a team at the top pulls the ladder up and then begs for it to be lowered again when they fall.
So here we go with round two being held on the 22 November from Putrajaya in Malaysia.
More details can be found at the official Formula E website here >>> http://www.fiaformulae.com/
The track layout can be found here >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_P...iewer/File:Litar_jalan_daripada_Putrajaya.svg
Coming at a time when there has been growing discontent among race fans with Formula One, perhaps the hype surrounding Formula E has been greater than would have been expected. As start up series go, F-E had some novel features (perhaps a few that were too novel as well) that got people talking and added to the general interest.
So what did we learn from the first round in Beijing back in September (yes it really was that long ago) ?? Well, firstly, the cars look slow, really slow, it was only when Prost and Heidfeld decided to put on a last lap victory dance that we gained any real impression that they were moving at all.
This could have been down to the race coverage, camera angles and lack of a known reference to gauge how quickly they were moving. The track also didn't help matters being all right angled corners with a little nobbly bit here and there.
Thankfully the track in Malaysia looks far more interesting. We shall see if this has any effect on the racing but it could and should be better than Beijing.
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