Inexperienced Pocket book from the Islander Bar and Grill – joeblogsf1

I bounce by way of Miami Worldwide Airport every so often, and it at all times makes me smile after I see the airport code MIA. For me this acronym means Lacking In Motion. Very often, one feels a bit like that when one is leaping round between the time zones.

Once I discover myself in MIA with time to kill, I’ll stroll by way of the terminal, which has crushed shells within the flooring (see beneath), presumably to make it extra sturdy, in addition to fairly fairly to have a look at. Once I get to Gate D4, I conceal myself away within the Islander Bar and Grill. There’s nothing particular concerning the place however for causes that I can’t fairly fathom it appears like a protected haven and one will get a touch of Caribbean life, with some dishes that originate from the islands. It used to serve conch and different such delicacies, however as of late the menu is reasonably much less Gulf Stream and a bit extra mainstream.

I had a number of hours to kill in MIA on the return from Mexico Metropolis (it’s cheaper when you don’t fly direct) and I used to be pondering the Mexico F1 weekend, as I munched my means by way of some Cuban spring rolls. It struck me that Islander may be considered as “I slander” and that one of many themes of the Grand Prix had been defamation, largely in relation to social media and the way poisonous a world it may be. This got here up within the post-race press convention.

 “I feel it’s simply the game is extra common so there are extra individuals watching, so extra individuals are writing,” mentioned Max Verstappen. “I feel it’s simply that. It’s not nice that they’re allowed to jot down these sorts of issues so I hope we are able to give you a form of algorithm that stops individuals from being keyboard warriors. As a result of these form of individuals… they may by no means come as much as you and say this stuff in entrance of your face, as a result of they’re sitting in entrance of their desk or no matter at house, being upset, being annoyed, they usually can write no matter they like as a result of the platform permits you to. That may be actually damaging and hurtful to some individuals and it’s not the way it must be. Social media is a really poisonous place.”

Lewis Hamilton was additionally fairly vocal on the topic.

“Social media is getting an increasing number of poisonous because the years go on and we should always all come off it, in the end,” he mentioned. “Psychological well being is such a outstanding factor proper now. So many individuals are studying the feedback, the stuff that individuals say, and it’s hurtful. Thankfully I don’t learn it, however the media platforms must do extra to guard individuals, notably younger youngsters and girls. In the meanwhile they don’t seem to be doing that so I feel this can simply proceed.”

And Sergio Perez agreed.

“They don’t perceive that we’re additionally human beings. And I feel this has received to cease,” he mentioned. “And, clearly, as a sport, we have to even be accountable of what we submit, by ourselves. All of us have a variety of followers so it’s crucial that we attempt to get the game in the best means as a result of Method 1, it’s an excellent sport and has nice values, however has to do extra in that regard.”

I couldn’t agree extra. One can’t submit something with out somebody taking offence, or gnashing their digital tooth. The opposite day, I noticed a tweet which prompt that researchers at Stanford College, a really nice establishment, had give you what they thought of to be the picture of God. All of it sounded most unlikely and the picture regarded rather a lot like Fernando Alonso. In truth, it regarded so like Fernando that I concluded that it was a faux story however, simply to make certain, I did a bit browsing on the net and found that the picture had nothing to do with Stanford and was merely a 3D rendition of Alonso that one should buy on the net, if one feels the necessity to half with cash to personal a  non-fungible token.

I’ve at all times struggled with NFTs as a result of whereas I perceive that a picture may be thought of particular and useful, whenever you purchase a digital piece of artwork, you’re getting completely nothing half from a picture that anybody who is aware of how one can use a display shot may also have at house. For those who purchase a portray you’re at the least getting some canvas, wooden and paint.

I suppose it’s nearly perception, much like considering {that a} little bit of paper is as useful as a chunk of gold.

Anyway, I tweeted that it was an NFT and never some non secular experiment that regarded like Alonso and my phrase: “It’s not God, it’s simply Fernando” quickly appeared on a digital teeshirt as a result of Fernando followers thought this was meme. Then, in fact, I received some responses from non secular varieties saying that there’s just one God and that it’s disrespectful to check Him (why not Her?) with Alonso as a result of the bible is crammed with exhortations to keep away from and/or destroy gods apart from the one talked about within the “Good E book”. Gods, within the unsuitable fingers, are troublesome (I’d higher © that one).

Anyway, Mexico Metropolis is all of the fault of an Aztec deity with the easy-to-remember identify of Huitzilopochtli, who mentioned that one of the best place for the tribe to settle could be after they noticed an eagle, perched on a prickly pear cactus – in a lake – and consuming a snake.

Properly, blow me down, that is precisely what a few of the Aztecs noticed in a swamp within the valley of Mexico. In order that they constructed a metropolis known as Tenochtitlan, created “floating gardens” on which to develop meals and settled all the way down to get pleasure from life, sacrificing individuals occasionally to cease the gods from making the bottom shake, by ripping out the still-beating hearts of the victims. OK, they gave us popcorn and chewing gum as nicely, however the sacrificing stuff was not a really good means of going about enterprise.

Due to the hungry eagle, the settlement now often called Mexico Metropolis was based (and the Mexican flag created), though within the trendy world, the place is something however excellent. It’s in a flat valley at 7,000ft, surrounded by volcanos that rise as excessive as 16,000 ft. It’s sheltered from winds however has no drainage in order that when water descends from the mountains it has nowhere to go and causes floods. These circumstances are usually not very useful as a result of an idea known as temperature inversion implies that air air pollution is trapped and when the nice and cozy air close to the bottom does escape it creates violent thunder storms that trigger extra floods.

And that’s with out the earthquakes…

Regardless of these disadvantages, Mexico Metropolis has grown and grown. Right now there are 22 million individuals dwelling there (21.8 million of that are Checo Perez followers). Air pollution was once actually horrible again within the Nineteen Eighties however the Mexicans have completed a good clean-up job by constructing a really environment friendly mass transit system, though the visitors continues to be fairly terrible. Mexico Metropolis is reckoned to be solely the fifth most congested metropolis in Latin America (keep away from Bogota, Lima, Recive and Santiago) – however it’s nonetheless a really congested place.

And but guests come to get pleasure from its cosmopolitan charms, its vitality and its historic locations. Within the previous days, everybody in F1 used to remain on the airport motels as a result of they had been there to race and didn’t care concerning the fancy motels downtown. Right now they need to keep within the wildly-expensive locations and so should spend extra cash on police escorts and waste time getting by way of the visitors of their vehicles. One in every of my favorite tales of the Grand Prix weekend was that Carlos Slim Domit, the billionaire petrol head, who has funded a lot of Mexican motorsport within the final 20 years, and is basically liable for Sergio Perez surviving lengthy sufficient in F1 to get a good seat, determined that he didn’t need to sit in visitors and so took the metro to get to the circuit. Thankfully, this was so surprising an act that nothing dangerous occurred…

If you wish to make mates in Mexico you don’t must study a variety of Spanish. For those who can say “Checo” and provides a thumbs-up, they are going to be completely happy and proud. Nonetheless one will get the sensation that it isn’t simply Perez. Mexicans love racing. The help for Perez is spectacular however  it’s not fairly the identical as success-chasing supporters of Max Verstappen, who will fade at some point if Max stops successful.

For Mexicans it appears that there’s additionally loads of nationwide satisfaction concerning the Grand Prix. It’s a nice occasion. It gained the prize for being one of the best Grand Prix for 5 consecutive years between 2015 and 2019 (the award has not been made since), and the promoter has simply signed a brand new three-year deal and the longer term seems rosy. The primary focus as of late is to construct up the pageant (ie money-making actions) across the occasion. Already it coincides with the colorful Dia de Muertos (Day of the Useless) and so guests can mix the 2, which is able to convey extra income to the town and thus allow F1 to ask for more cash. That is precisely what Liberty Media’s imaginative and prescient of F1 is – and it’s working.

There’s a creating drawback, nevertheless, with the secondary marketplace for tickets, which might get to daft costs as a result of so many individuals need to come to the races. This presents a problem for the organisers as a result of in the event that they promote low-cost tickets these will find yourself nurturing touts. One can increase the costs to squeeze out the scalpers but when the demand is robust sufficient there’ll nonetheless be a margin for them.

The issue in Mexico Metropolis is that the Grand Prix can’t promote any extra tickets and there’s no area left for extra grandstands. The logical factor to do within the circumstances is both to sit down again and benefit from the scenario, or to attempt to repeat the success elsewhere. With six races within the American time zones in 2023, there’s in all probability nonetheless room for another (which is able to imply one being misplaced in Europe) and though having two races in Mexico just isn’t a sensible ambition, there isn’t any purpose why the promotions firm can’t go elsewhere within the area and assist out nations that have no idea how one can do it.

Anyway, the explanation the brand new contract is brief, is as a result of there’s an election in 2024 when the mayor of Mexico Metropolis Claudia Sheinbaum will get to the top of her time period of workplace. It seems like she goes to face for the presidency and so the Mexico Metropolis might get federal funding once more and maybe return to being the Mexican GP.

Perez is so common in Mexico that his father Tono thinks it might win him votes in he presidential election and he says he standing for the position. This won’t occur as a result of he’s in the identical celebration – known as MORENA – as Sheinbaum and Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who’re in all probability a bit extra enticing to voters than Perez’s dad, enthusiastic although he could also be…

Mexico will sooner or later must search for a brand new driver to help as a result of Perez is coming as much as 33 and whereas he’s eight years youthful than Fernando Alonso and will, in idea, go on without end in F1, there might come a degree at which Crimson Bull will suppose {that a} teen would possibly do a greater job. You’ll be able to cheer till you’re hoarse, however Sergio is nowhere near Max’s tempo. He’s stable, he’s older and (maybe) wiser, however there might come a day…

Mexico does have Pato O’Ward, who’s 9 years youthful than Perez and a really bouncy particular person. He’s underneath contract to McLaren in IndyCar till the top of 2025 and is similar age as Lando Norris, which is 2 years previous than Oscar Piastri, whereas Alex Palou is 2 years older. So, McLaren has an choice that might at some point make Mexico completely happy. A profitable driver could make the game extremely popular in their very own nation. We now have seen that in Spain (with Alonso) and in Germany (with Michael Schumacher), but it surely doesn’t at all times work as a result of Sebastian Vettel by no means appealed to German followers in the way in which that Michael did. I’ve requested a variety of Germans about why that is the case and the reply appears to be a category factor. Michael was a working class hero, who rose to fame at a time when Germany wanted figures to unite round. All of it occurred simply after the reunification of East and West and, so they are saying, that is what made him such an enormous phenomenon. That, and a variety of victories…

Right now we’ve China’s Guanyu Zhou however the Chinese language are usually not but getting excited. Issues are a bit difficult as a result of I sense a brand new form of warning in F1 about China. The 2023 race goes to be known as off due to the zero-COVID coverage. The Chinese language management can’t let F1 bust all the foundations with out it stirring up bother and that’s the very last thing that they need. So the race must go and perhaps in 2024 they may get spherical to easing the lockdowns and getting on with life.. On the identical time I really feel that the view of China is altering. It’s not considered the funding alternative it as soon as was and plenty of Western firms are winding down their operations. China’s failure to sentence Russia’s assault on Ukraine has not gone down nicely within the West and President Xi’s combative angle in the direction of Taiwan is worrying. F1 reduce all ties with Russia quickly after the invasion of Ukraine – and would seemingly do the identical if Taiwan was attacked.

However, worse than that, there’s a wariness about China that the management has created. I’m certain they don’t give a monkey’s about F1, but it surely might imply that F1 will moved its targets to locations in Asia the place it’s simpler to do enterprise. Sure, China has 1.4 billion individuals, however India has about the identical… Maybe if the Indians can do away with their purple tape and F1 would possibly look once more. Maybe not.

Subsequent yr, in all probability, we could have American Logan Sargeant attempting to do the identical factor with the USA. Colton Herta appears to have disappeared from the scene and I’m informed that he has simply been signed to an unlimited new contract ($7 million) which is remarkable in Indycar. Maybe if there’s ever an Andretti F1 workforce Herta would possibly make F1, however proper now it’s all reasonably uncertain.

F1 continues to construct within the US and this week on the SEMA Present in Las Vegas, the main automotive commerce present, Williams F1 goes to be current. Subsequent weekend there will likely be a launch celebration for the Grand Prix in Las Vegas.

Sargeant’s scenario stays unsure, which is a bit ridiculous. The hole between the penultimate Method 2 race assembly and the finale is an enormous 10 weeks (from September 11 to November 20). That is one in all variety of flaws that Method 2 suffers from: it’s costly and the vehicles are usually not at all times dependable and so the championship may be impacted by mechanical failures, which isn’t what you need when one is attempting to develop one of the best drivers and technical points distort the outcomes. Secondly, the hole on the finish of the yr implies that plenty of present Method 2 drivers want to attend till after the final race to see whether or not they qualify for an F1 tremendous licence or not. They don’t need to decide to returning to Method 2 in 2023 as a result of there isn’t any actual level in doing one other season if one finishes nicely within the championship, however as they don’t know the place they may end, they can’t commit. Felipe Drugovich has already gained the 2022 title, having collected 241 factors so far. This implies he can’t be caught by the second-placed Theo Pourchaire, who has solely 164 factors. There may be most rating of 39 factors for an F2 weekend, which implies that Pourchaire just isn’t protected in second place as a result of Sargeant (135), Jack Doohan (126), Jehan Daruvala (126) and Enzo Fittipaldi (126) might all beat him. There are 5 different drivers who would possibly be capable to overtake Sargeant for third place, in the event that they rating most factors and he fails to attain: Liam Lawson (123), Frederik Vesti (117), Ayumu Iwasa (114), Juri Vips (110) and Dennis Hauger (98).

So there are 10 drivers who might end third within the championship. Sargeant must be fifth to qualify for his licence and thus be capable to take up the Williams F1 drive that’s on supply to him.

The issue with that is that whereas the drivers wait to see what is going to occur, the 2023 drives are starting to refill with drivers who know what they should do. The identical mistake is being made once more in subsequent yr’s calendar.

The paddock chatter in Mexico was largely about the fee cap, till the selections had been handed down, after which it ceased to be information and sank beneath silently the waves.

There was a little bit of speak following the Audi announcement that it’s leaping into mattress with Sauber, a shock to no-one. What’s fascinating about that is that the announcement mentioned that Sauber will “undertake the planning and execution of all race operations in the course of the 2026 Method 1 season”. Slicing by way of the waffle, because of this Audi is hedging its bets, however you’ll be able to perceive why. If a producer is available in with full branding there’s a threat that if all of it goes unsuitable, the corporate will look dangerous. Toyota is an effective instance of how to not do it. Mercedes dived in head-first in 2010 when it acquired Brawn GP however Brawn was the World Championship-winning workforce on the time, whereas Sauber is nowhere close to reaching that.

Previous to that, again within the Nineteen Nineties, Mercedes hid behind Sauber earlier than turning into Sauber-Mercedes in 1994.

When Sauber was purchased by BMW on the finish of 2005 the workforce remained BMW Sauber, reasonably than being a straight BMW workforce, but when issues had gone higher it might need been remodeled, however it appears that evidently the sporting bosses had over-promised and the BMW board determined it was losing its time and stop.

The opposite massive query in the intervening time is what’s going to occur with Audi’s sister model Porsche, which hoped to enter F1 in league with Crimson Bull.  In latest days there have been rumours that Porsche might purchase into Williams. This isn’t severe. Williams’s homeowners have proven no intention, regardless of a number of approaches, at hand over management. Williams want to have producer help in 2026 – however Porsche doesn’t have an engine and, so they are saying, doesn’t at present have the capability, the individuals nor the time to construct an engine for 2026.

Therefore the Crimson Bull deal…

Porsche does have some information of F1 engines as a result of again in 2017 the VW government board commissioned  the agency to construct a prototype F1 engine. This was going for use from 2021 onwards however the influence of the VW diesel scandal shifted the group in the direction of electrical motorsport. The dynos that Porsche had deliberate to make use of had been offered to Crimson Bull.

When Audi introduced its F1 plans, its boss Markus Duesmann was requested if Audi and Porsche might collaborate, the apparent factor to do if one is being cost-efficient. However that will be far too straightforward for a posh firm like Volkswagen. Audi doesn’t need to work with Porsche. It’s a flimsy argument to say that they can’t as a result of integrating chassis and engine is not possible. For those who take a look at the technical laws about energy unit mountings, these should encompass six studs connecting to the survival cell. The exact nature of the foundations contains coordinates of the place the studs should be positioned, which implies that completely different engines can be utilized with completely different chassis. This was created to make it doable to alter engines with out big prices being concerned and so integration is rather a lot simpler than it’d seem.

Since Duesmann made these remarks a few months in the past, a lot has modified: the Crimson Bull-Porsche deal has fallen aside, however Porsche boss Oliver Blume has taken over because the boss of VW Group, whereas nonetheless retaining his position at Porsche. Because of this Blume is Duesmann’s superior. Properly, that’s the speculation. Logically, if he went to the VW board and prompt that Porsche and Audi share the identical know-how, it could be fully logical for that to occur. You’ll be able to argue that this isn’t the way in which that Porsche does enterprise, however then badging a Crimson Bull engine was under no circumstances a Porsche form of technique.

Wants should.

The straightforward (however troublesome) answer is for Porsche to be given no matter Audi has. One can stick a distinct badge on the cam covers and who will know the distinction? Clearly Porsche would then must put money into individuals and equipment in order to develop alongside its personal path, however this could be place to begin.

Nonetheless, in the case of VW politics, nothing is ever easy…

Cash just isn’t the problem.

Cash is a matter in some elements of F1, notably the cryptocurrency corporations, following on from the catastrophic lack of investor confidence within the sector final summer season. Bitcoin has tumbled from $60,000 to $20,000, whereas Ferrari sponsor Velas has seen its market cap tumble from $1.2 billion  in January to only underneath $100 million. F1 sponsor has additionally been struggling and has just lately laid off round 30 % of its workers and has cancelled a giant sponsorship take care of UEFA.

Conversely, the extra conventional cash switch companies reminiscent of Haas’s new sponsor Moneygram or the likes of PayPal and Western Union are booming, together with a string of newer cash switch corporations.

F1 is legendary for issues and discovering options, so maybe we’ll see some new names popping up quickly.

The opposite day Alejandro Soberon, the race promoter in Mexico, got here up with an excellent idea about F1 and the surroundings. F1 is busy attempting to persuade everybody that it may attain zero emissions by 2030. This can be a good concept, however it’s fairly meaningless if one doesn’t rely the emissions created by F1’s spectators. One can attempt to get individuals to make use of mass transportation techniques (as Carlos Slim did in Mexico) or one can attempt to persuade them to change to emission-free vehicles. However, if one thinks about the issue, one can already argue that Method 1 is carbon impartial. How? Properly, Soberon argued, if one solely counts the individuals attending occasions, you’re lacking a trick. F1 is liable for them, certain. However F1 can be liable for protecting individuals at house to observe races, reasonably than going out on Sundays to have drive within the nation, picnics, buying journeys and so forth. So one wants solely to discover a approach to measure how many individuals keep at house due to F1 and work out the environmental injury prevented and one can rapidly see that the variety of spectators will rapidly be outnumbered by the variety of TV viewers.

Staying house is one thing that an increasing number of media F1 media are actually doing, which implies that many of the protection comes from individuals who use what’s spoon-fed to them, or copy what those that nonetheless journey are producing, though clearly they don’t pay for it. Because of this the travellers foot the payments however publications gained’t pay what they used to. Anybody who travels the world in the intervening time is aware of that the prices are actually horrendous. Flights are double what they was once, motels (notably at F1 races) are off the clock. Rent automotive costs are bonkers. That is the price of F1’s success, the results of the pandemic and companies attempting to make again what they misplaced.

This will get you down generally. I see all of the followers on my social media feeds and I ponder the truth that if all them had been to buy a subscription to the JSBM publication ( simply as soon as, not solely would they get a novel information each week for a yr – far more than seems within the Inexperienced Pocket book – however I might then by no means have to fret about F1 prices once more.

Ah, in an ideal world, the place social media was a optimistic factor…