Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Winner Takes it All - Williams 2013-2018

 Sung to the tune of ABBA's classic:

I don't wanna talk
About races we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's Autocourse history
I've played all my stops
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more Quali compounds to play

The winner takes it all
Paddy Lowe standing small
Beside the victory
That's his destiny

I was in Lawrence Stroll’s arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a DIL
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by Jakob’s rules

The FIA may throw the dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses one point held dear
The winner takes it all
Ed Wood has a trackday fall
It's simple and it's plain
Why should I lodge a protest within the specified timeframe?

But tell me Valterri, does Toto kiss
Like Johnny used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When Tony Ross calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know we miss you
But what can I say?
Claire must be obeyed

Charlie Whiting will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Correlation with tunnel figures staying low
The Grand Prix is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all

I don't wanna talk to the media
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You've come to shake Felipe’s hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No downforce, but plenty of gearbox compliance
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all…

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Brands Hatch F1 Tyre Test 1985

A beautiful summer's day in 1985, the greatest circuit in Britain, and the greatest F1 cars and drivers of all time, preparing for the European Grand Prix. No zoom lens, so there's something of a polite distance maintained between photographer and object.

Marc Surer passes through the cutting at Pilgrim's drop.
Senna turning into Hawthorn Bend. Don't turn left.
Keke in the FW10. The FW10B would only make its debut at the European Grand Prix itself.
Prost coasting through the apex of Hawthorn. Don't want to overheat the left-front.
Prost gently easing through the dappled light into Stirling's. Careful with the right-front temperature.
Prost carefully accelerating out of Stirling's. Don't want to overheat those rears.
Stefan Johansson's Ferrari at Hawthorn Bend. Note how far forward the drivers still are in 1985.
Bernard Asset-style atmospheric shot of Clearways.
Ayrton Senna da Silva turning into Graham Hill Bend.
Boutsen's Arrows up the hill towards Druids.
Stefan Bellof (Tyrrell), shortly before his death at Spa in a Porsche 956.
Toleman plunging down from Westfield through Dingle Dell.