Eames chairs. I FUCKING LOVE EAMES CHAIRS
Twin Peaks, San Francisco. 2:00 am, Looking north.
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AM I DOING IT RIGHT
F1 is no stranger to controversy. Whether it is Max Mosely’s predilection for a Teutonic dominatrix, the FIA’s constant resistance to punish Ferrari, or Bernie’s iron grip on the finances, F1 seems to lurch from one scandal to another.
However Bernie has this week ummed and ahhed over the subject of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Scheduled for March 13th, the race is in serious doubt due to the political turmoil in the gulf state. While the Crown Prince has ordered the army off, the FCO has advised travellers not to journey to Bahrain.
Despite this, Bernie is hoping that it will all ‘blow over’. Hoping that it will blow over is a fine strategy if you’re in the dog house with the missus (unless your max, where being treated like a dog is a positive treat), but not when you are thinking of running a GP in a state where protesters are being shot.
F1 should not be seen to tacitly endorse an oppressive government, especially one which is abusing human rights. The sparkle of the F1 circus is somewhat dulled by almost being close enough to hear the screams of protesters while the motorhomes are being rigged.
Nonetheless, F1 is an apolitical entity, and has its own internal politics to contend with. The sport is by its very nature politically incorrect, with a huge environmental impact, and being something of a boys’ club, and obsessed with money too.
While I have no problem with F1 being apolitical, I feel that if it damages the sport, then something should be done.
The first 5 races of the season feature 4 where the human rights record is sketchy to say the least, (though if you count Australia’s beer as a human rights abuse it’s all 5), and the only one with a good record is Australia, which will almost certainly disappear from the calendar soon.
What will replace it? Perhaps Russia, where Human rights are a privilege rather than a right?
Over the last few seasons, we have seen great races disappear from the calendar, such as Imola. We no longer have a GP in France, a nation with multiple major car makers, nor a race in the USA (though hopefully Texas will change that).
As Bernie has chased greater race fees, he has succeeded only in pricing tracks run as businesses out of the market, and replacing them with dull races in far off corners of the world, paid for by governments keen to use the dazzling veneer of F1 to add legitimacy to their nations.
The dismal Tilke designed tracks leave much to be desired from the race, and the empty grandstands in places like China sap the atmosphere out of the weekend as a whole.
If F1 goes back to basics it would show a moral compass in not endorsing oppressive nations, would save environmental costs in freighting the show all around the world, and would allow more exciting race tracks to get back onto the calendar. I’m sure the teams wouldn’t mind reduced costs and less jet-setting away from their families, and the fans would benefit from better racing.
Will Bernie do it? doubtful. But it’d certainly help drag F1 a few inches out of the moral mire.