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Posted on November 1, 2013 Comments (0)

Our featured images this week are by Garret Vreeland. These were taken in Santa Fe at a recent 356 Registry meet.

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel is Champion

Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix, his sixth race in a row and his fourth World Driving Championship… in a row. That is impressive. The race itself was another strategic tire wear battle and was shaping up to be an interesting Vettel-Webber conflict until Webber’s car showed signs of breaking down and was ordered by the team to stop. The post race festivities somehow rang a little hollow with broadcasters seemingly more excited for Vettel’s championship than he was himself. Interviewers seemed disappointed that the key Red Bullers interviewed were pleased, pragmatic and, other than Vettel, quite unemotional. Perhaps the fact that they have been winning for four seasons, with no end in sight, has dampened their enthusiasm for celebratory gushing.

Follow the Money

Drivers race for the title and glory of being World Drivers Champion. They are compensated by their teams and through personal endorsements. Teams race for the Manufacturers Championship, which is prestigious and certainly has advertising value and big money. Much comes from sponsorships and more comes from the purse available thru the Manufacturers Championship.

The exact amount of money the teams will divide this year is difficult to ascertain because the revenue from each event has not been determined until they have all been run. $700M is in the ballpark, with the top team receiving roughly $100M of that and second receiving roughly 15% less and third 35% less. So you can see that finishing second is hugely important. All positions thru 10 earn equal points for drivers and constructors. With only three races to go and 28 points separating Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus, having two cars finish high in the points is crucial. First place pays 25 points, second 18 and third 15. Now that is what racing is about!

Videos: 1955 Belgian GP and Modern Supercars

Many of you remarked how much you enjoyed the top quality film which was made by Shell and featured in last week’s Newsletter. This week we offer an interesting video comparing analog supercars. The vehicles chosen are the Ferrari F40 and F50, the McLaren F1, a Noble F-400, the Porsche Carrera, a Zonda and the Lambo 670SV. It is 17 minutes long and packed with neat sights, sounds and commentary. Our thanks to subscriber Paul Bicknell for sharing.

Goods and Services Directory: Storage - Auto & Motorcycle

Many of us live in harsh winter climates and have vehicle storage needs. The MMR Goods and Services Directory may be of some assistance. Visit the directory to find more storage locations near you.

Classifieds – Alvis – 1937 4.3 Vanden Plas Tourer

This week’s featured car in MMR Classifieds is a dramatic Alvis touring car that is worthy of note. Our Classifieds are growing and we welcome your comments.

Alvis 1937 4.3 Vanden Plas Tourer

Have a great weekend.

Peter Bourassa


The Korean GP 2010 Settles Nothing

Posted on November 1, 2010 Comments (0)

I’ve waited up half the night for a lot of exciting things in my life. The Korean Grand Prix doesn’t qualify as one of them.

Red Bull's Korean Nightmare

Red Bull’s Korean GP debut was not pretty.

In a 16 race F1 schedule you can generally count on 75% of them being boring. The others are usually interesting either because they occur at the end of the year with a championship at stake, or it rains. Korea promised both. Instead it delivered a boring race in the rain and made us wait up for it. 

Alonso won by employing that clever old strategy of staying in front and not doing anything exciting. Webber and Vettel lost by being in front and being unlucky. In Webber's case he made a dumb mistake and was also unlucky enough to be caught out by it.

The really unlucky one was Nico Rosberg who was driving brilliantly until he was collected by the dumb/unlucky Webber who ended Rosberg’s bid for a podium and another trouncing of the once fabulous and now just plain old Schumi. Michael was jubilant with his finish and no one had the heart to point out that three guys in front of him had to crash for him to finish fourth.

In business or life, everyone needs a reserve of sympathy, understanding or forgiveness that gets one through a tough time. Supplying it is what friends are for. It’s what engenders a “second chance”. Webber may have eliminated himself from the championship and if he did and somehow there isn’t a great deal of that sympathy left in the tank for him. Odd, because he came into this race with the support of many but left it with much of that gone. At his level of pay and expectation, a self induced mistake at this point is really not forgivable.

If one of the Red Bull drivers or the team wins a championship, it will be despite their best efforts to throw it away. And if Alonso and/or Ferrari win, it will be because they never gave up. They took a “third best car on the grid” and kept making it better and they made less crucial mistakes. Ferrari Team Manager, Stefano Domenicali understands the sympathetic reserve and this season he has managed to put Ferrari in a position that the Todt-Braun-Schumacher team could never do. Through his thoughtful handling of interviews, he has mollified the ”anything-but-Ferrari” fans. Amazing what a little humility and grace can accomplish.

For raw talent there is not much to choose between the top six drivers and Rosberg. Experience and judgment are the determining factors and it is tough to take anything away from Alonso in either department. He is quick and he makes few mistakes and while that may win him a championship, it isn’t worth staying up half the night to see.