Clip The Apex
So Mercedes are in a situation in which their drivers are trying to beat the other one into the ground; and they refuse to hand out any team orders. This stance continues into the rest of the season, and once again raises the question of whether having two number one drivers is a good idea for teams such as Mercedes.
On the one hand, it looks the obvious solution. The periods of dominance enjoyed by Red Bull and Ferrari were characterised by one of their drivers being much the stronger, either contractually guaranteed as a number 1 or just more proficient at using the contemporary regulations. Both of these teams guaranteed both titles with ease for a number of consecutive years, even when their advantage was narrowed. Ferrari at their most dominant even secured second in the championship. The perfect situation?
But does a tree in a forest make a noise if no-one is hearing it? Put yourself in the position of Petronas, or Monster, or Blackberry; paying to be on the side of a Formula One car. They will want the attention of the globe to be on their logos during F1 races, watched by as many people as possible. Mercedes' policy seems to give them a better chance of achieving this than does the Red Bull policy.
Because the squabble between Hamilton and Rosberg means that Mercedes in 2014 are on the screen quite often, either battling at the front or fighting through the field. And the whole fight is generating headlines (with more pictures of the two drivers in sponsored race suits) and presumably interest. Red Bull have had races where their self-sponsor was barely seen because the FOM understandably never showed Vettel; admittedly, the choice of a suitably dead beat team-mate planted him into midfield battles the car shouldn't have been in.
So, are Mercedes playing a cleverer game than we assumed regarding sponsorship. They're getting the exposure of title fighters rather than title strollers. They're on the TV more. What's the point of being plastered on the side of a car so successful no-one sees it?
Many threads on here start with a question and this one is no different. marksawatsky asked which single year had the best looking F1 cars.
Well a single year would be hard to define but lets take a look back at the different generations of F1 cars and how they evolved from the early pre-championship days right through to the ground hugging high downforce monsters we have to day and then it will be interesting to see which era of F1 we all love or hate.
Pre-war & 1950's
F1 wasn't created on that first summers afternoon at Silverstone in 1950. Not long after the creation of the first horseless carriage then the competition began to see who could make the fastest. The early race cars didn't look much different until the standard road cars until the 30's. In 1937 Alfa Romeo released the Alfetta 158
Massive success on the track meant the design was copied and used by the car manufacturers once the economy recovered in the post war period and the F1 championship was born.
The cars themselves used the same basic layout. A front mounted engine and skinny wheels was pretty much all there was on the car, driver safety was never a consideration. Windscreens were optional as were seat belts and helmets. This style of car was also one of the longest periods of stability, it wasn't until Stirling Moss won in Argentina in 1958 that a new design of F1 car was born.
Ciao e benvenuto l'introduzione per il Gran Premio italiano di Monza 2014.
Silverstone, Interlagos, Monza. These illustrious names are the circuits where the sounds of the engines are drowned out by the noise of the fans. Few motorsport arenas can boast of an atmosphere to rival the ancient coliseum of Rome and Monza has always been a pilgrimage for the legion of rosso clad Tifosi.
Monza is synonymous with Ferrari yet this year the prancing horse seems to be more of a lumbering donkey. What effect will this have on the Tifosi and their embrace of the F1 circus this September?
The answer is probably no effect at all.
The reason for this is the love for motorsport shown by the Italian fans ever since the tracks creation in 1922. The sea of red running down to the Parabolica and back along the main straight indicate the devotion of Ferrari fans of all nationalities who are united under a single banner.
Few circuits have been captured on film as much as Monza, many of the sports iconic images and videos were taken at this magnificent race course and you can chart the history of the sport along the twists and turns of the tarmac. It’s also a record breaker, in 1971 the top five drivers finished within 0.61 seconds. A feat only made possible by the lack of chicanes during that era. Phenomenal speeds for the period were also set in those most dangerous of years.
Monza has always produced a mixture of triumph and tragedy, Fangio, Stewart, Lauda, Andretti & Scheckter all secured drivers championships at this circuit while Ascari, von Trip, Rindt & Peterson all lost their lives here.
Only 3 drivers have won at Monza and won the championship in the last 20 years, Senna, Schumacher & Vettel. With Rosberg on top in the championship, will winning this race mean he adds his name to the list or will the Monza jinx strike again.
As for this years race, it would have been hard to see past a Mercedes powered victory due to the long straights but after Ricciardo finished on top in Spa does engine power still have the advantage over aerodynamics?
Whatever happens in the championship we are in for an exciting weekend of racing!
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