September 07, 2007

F1 Practice: Monza!

Well, when you realize that the big news was off-track today, that'll tell you about the practice sessions.

Yep, McLaren is being dragged back in front ("back in front"? -ed.) of the WMSC because of new information being discovered that may succeed in proving that McLaren took advantage of the Stepneygate information.

The very fact that this is happening is a VERY bad sign for McLaren... and for us fans. If, indeed, they are found to have taken advantage of the 700+ pages of Ferrari documentation, then at the very least, McLaren will almost certainly be excluded from the results of this season. The great races for both championships? Gone completely.

And it gets worse: McLaren could easily be excluded from NEXT year's F1 season as well.

The meeting is Thursday. We'll know then.

Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, for those of us watching on SPEED, things got even worse with the news that David Hobbes, the driver part of the Legendary Announce Team, will not be part of the coverage this weekend, due to the death of his sister earlier this week. San Francisco (Hi, Vauc! -ed.) native Townsend Bell is filling in, and while he seems to be a nice enough guy, he doesn't have anywhere near the 'stage presence' of Hobbes. Might make for a lonnnnnnng weekend.

All of us at The Pond wish David Hobbes and his family well through this sad time.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:29 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I would really hate to see McLaren's results for this year tossed out. Lewis Hamilton has done something this year that deserves to be in the record books, Stepney notwithstanding.

So sorry to hear about David Hobbes' loss. :-(

Posted by: Mallory at September 07, 2007 10:49 AM (IP27f)

2 If McLaren gets DQ'ed, it converts this entire season into a shambles.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2007 06:20 PM (+rSRq)

3 Very much so... indeed, it converts F1 as a whole into a shambles. That's why I'm inclined to believe that the penalty will be severe, but not quite the complete death penalty.

I could see a result such as the team being excluded, but not the drivers, though considering that Fernando Alonso appears to have known about the information gleaned from the Stepney papers, I'm not sure about that.

Either way, I suspect something very bad for the sport is about to occur.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 07, 2007 07:10 PM (DMnkh)

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