Grand Prix 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Disccussion

cider_and_toast

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At one time, a formula 1 race in Spain meant appalling safety standards, the likelihood of a severe crash and just occasionally some spectacular racing. From the high wing failures on both Lotus cars at the 1969 race, that brought an end to that era of aerodynamic design, to the wheel to wheel run down the main straight by Mansell and Senna in 1991, there was plenty to talk about.

At a time when F1 needed to do more to promote the safety of the sport, by complete chance a Spanish surgeon Doctor Cara De Comadreja contacted Formula One owner Bernard Charles Ecclestone with an intriguing proposal. The good doctor was worried about the increasing use of drugs to anesthetise patients and wondered if it would be possible to use sport to distract patients from pain during operations.

Ecclestone, well known for his philanthropy immediately latched on to this idea and with his friend and circuit designer Herman Tilke set about revising the Barcelona racetrack to enable this unique medical experiment to take place.

Doctor De Comadreja, one of the most skilled Proctologists in Europe, began her experiments in the late 90’s using minor surgical practices. A patient was placed face down on a bed with a hole cut out to enable the patient to view a TV screen placed below the bed. The race would be played live in order to gauge immediate responses while the medical procedures were undertaken.

The world’s first motorsport anesthetised minor surgical operation took place on the 10th May 1998 when 39-year-old Spaniard Pieza De Anillo had a rather large haemorrhoid removed. The surgery was a complete success with De Anillo claiming he never felt a thing.

Over the next 4 or 5 years, Doctor Comadreja expanded on the range and number of surgeries undertaken using this method to include colonoscopies, buttock lifts and back, sack and crack hair removal treatments.

Encouraged by this, a new circuit was designed to take the concept of race induced anesthetising to the next level. This would require a new and even duller circuit to be built on the streets around the Spanish city of Valencia. After a test operation during the first event in 2008 proved a complete success, new and more complicated surgeries could now be undertaken. Perhaps the greatest of these was the worlds first buttocks transplant which took place in 2011 and was entirely without any pain killing drug intervention. The patient recovered after 25 hours of deep and restful sleep with no ill effects at all.

Unfortunately, a double tragedy occurred in 2012. Firstly, the May 2012 Spanish Grand Prix was unusually exciting. With Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado leading his first and the first race for Williams in years, it was all set up to be a thriller. No one could have predicted this and certainly not Pata Torcida, the young 21-year-old who underwent a simple operation to rectify a twisted testicle. Leaping up on lap 25 when Maldonado executed the perfect undercut on Fernando Alonso, he’d failed to notice that Doctor Comadreja had yet to release his twig and berries from the surgical clamps holding them during the operation. Later investigations proved that Torcida’s scream briefly hit 145 decibels which, by complete coincidence is exactly the peak sound of a pre-2014 Formula 1 engine running at full power.

In the second incident, later that same year at Valencia, the race was so incredibally dull that, after undertaking a deep clean and polish of their rectum and associated pipe work, it proved impossible to wake the patient up. It turns out that the race was so boring that Cara De Culo slept soundly for 5 months 3 weeks 2 days and 11 hours. Her husband tried to sue the Spanish health authority as he’d been sat at home all that time waiting for someone to make his tea. The case was thrown out on a technicality. Which roughly translates as “A cheque from FOM” in German.

So, since 2012 no further medical procedures have taken place and as of today the experiment remains on hold until further safeguards can be devised. That said, it has been agreed that no attempt will be made to liven the Spanish race up and anything interesting that happens on track is nothing short of a miracle.

(authors note – there may be a large number of inaccuracies in this story)
 

rufus_mcdufus

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You know those robberies which are blamed on thieves gassing the victim's property and gaining access while they're comatose? Apparently 7 times out of ten the police find the inhabitants were watching an old Spanish grand prix.
 

F1Brits_90

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very good, i wondered who was getting the hospital pass of the spanish gp. so boring even drive to survive couldnt make highlights entertaining
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
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I once had a strapadicktome during a Spanish GP I didn't feel a thing.

Hammy pole, Hammy win, last race for Bottas with Russell bought in to replace him after this race.
 

F1Brits_90

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Wish they would get rid of the terrible chicane in the final sector.
well in true F1 fashion. brought it in to promote overtaking.
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for me id rid it off the whole thing. the European circuits we dont go to. but we go here. it has its detracters but give me the Monaco GP every day over the Spanish GP. nothing happened, Valencia was bad but it still given us more entertaining F1 races on spanish soil in the last 20 years than catalunya the last race was in 2012. give us imola, Turkey or portimao. just not spain
 

F1Brits_90

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Hammy pole, Hammy win, last race for Bottas with Russell bought in to replace him after this race.
wow that 1 of hell of a prediction. i agree with it.

but i dont see the red bull ruthlessness in toto. i see him interested in the constructors & Russell is in for 2022 because they will be told use him or lose him
 

P1

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I once had a strapadicktome during a Spanish GP I didn't feel a thing.

Hammy pole, Hammy win, last race for Bottas with Russell bought in to replace him after this race.
I think you got 2 out of 3 right there. But Bottas isn't going there. Toto has a soft spot for losers. Did you read about the Grosjean test?
 

Johnny Carwash

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3 minutes in and Mazapin is in the gravel trap, I think there is a pattern emerging. 98879983-D5B5-417D-874B-9292CE90F53C.jpeg
 
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FB

Not my cup of cake
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When Tommy Byrne got to test the McLaren MP4/1 in 1981 they put a throttle stop in place so he couldn't go above 80% as they were worried he would break the car. I would suggest they need to do the same with Nikita until he actually learns how to drive a racing car.

(To finish the Tommy Byrne story he set the fastest lap of the day with only 80% throttle, beating drivers like Thierry Boutsen and, I think, Stefan Bellof, who all had full throttle)
 
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