March 14, 2015

Australia 2015 Runup UPDATED

This is ridiculous.

First came the news that Valterri Bottas is out.  As mentioned earlier, he had a back injury that was probably suffered during Q2 when he ran wide out of a turn and hit a rough patch in the grass.  News from the track is that the injury has limited his flexibility that he cannot get out of the car under the FIA-mandated time.  For example, if he was in a crash and the car caught on fire, he'd be unable to get out before his firesuit would be compromised.  Well, that makes sense, safety first.

Then just a few minutes ago we saw the McLaren of HWMNBN'DSI die on the side of the track on its way to the grid, vast amounts of smoke emanating from the Honda lump in the back.  So slow and unreliable, great combination that!

As if that wasn't enough, Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull rolled to a stop on his way out, though without the mosquito repellant.  It looked like it just shut off, though we're now hearing that it's a gearbox problem.

So this means that we'll be beginning the 2015 Australian Grand Prix with fifteen cars.  Joy.

More if events warrant.

UPDATE:
One lap in, and we're down to thirteen cars, as both Lotuses are out... one to accident, one apparently down to a trashed transmission.  McLaren might still get a point... only three to go!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:53 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 What does the SI stand for? "HWMNBN'DSI"

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 14, 2015 10:56 PM (+rSRq)

2 He Who Must Not Be Name'D Stand In.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 14, 2015 11:10 PM (jGQR+)

3 I'd been wondering about the 'SI myself.  Thanks for asking, Steven, so I didn't have to twice in one day!

Posted by: Rick C at March 14, 2015 11:30 PM (0a7VZ)

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