This is going to be my analysis on how I think the 2014 F1 season will shape up. The ROTFLMAO title will become self-evident later on.
Here's what the schedule will look like:
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix @ Yas Marina
Grand Prix of America @ New Jersey
Australian Grand Prix @ Albert Park
Austrian Grand Prix @ A-1 Ring (Sorry, Red Bull Ring just SOUNDS ego-maniacal)
Bahrain Grand Prix @ BIR
Belgian Grand Prix @ Spa
Grande Prêmio do Brasil @ Interlagos
British Grand Prix @ Silverstone
Grand Prix du Canada @ CGR
Chinese Grand Prix @ Shanghai
Grosser Preis von Deutschland @ Hockenheimring
Magyar Nagydíj @ Hungaroring
Indian Grand Prix @ Buddh
Gran Premio d'Italia @ Monza
Korean Grand Prix @ KIR
Malaysia Grand Prix @ Sepang
Grand Prix de Monaco @ Monaco
Russian Grand Prix @ Sochi
Singapore Grand Prix @ Singapore
Gran Premio de España @ Barcelona
United States Grand Prix @ COTA
With 21 races, something has got to give. With Canada, America, Britain, Austria, Germany, and Hungary all falling in June and July, that mean racing 4 weeks in a row, something F1 teams are not designed to do. They need a week off between Monaco and Canada and between America and Britain, AND the ACO-FIA WEC deal says no F1 races the week of Le Mans, so we will end up with something like this:
7/27 or 8/3 Hungary
Three or four weeks in a row?! I guess that's good for Bernie and his world vision of F1 with just the two Ferrari's parading around, but that's not good for the teams. If he allows this, then you can say definitively that his goal is to choke out all non-factory or big money teams, leaving us with Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes, which would be dog ugly. I say ditch Shanghai, Korea, and Bahrain. Those areas have little to know interest and they are VERY dangerous. China is uninterested, South Korea has to worry about a-bombs, and Bahrain is politically unsettled for the distant future. Singapore is easily one of the most boring events in all of sports, but it draws a good crowd nevertheless and it's under contract. Hungary is the only outlet in Central Europe even though it's again boring as sin. I also think it's time to return to Scandinavia, preferably Sweden, because there are many good Swedish, Danish, and Finnish drivers on the rise.
Ideal driver lineups:
Red Bull- Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo
Fans want to see Kimi here! I don't! What better way to f*ck up your career than by being damned to a number two spot! I think Vergne is a more mindful driver than Ricciardo and would play number 2 better personality-wise, but Red Bull's mind is set.
Ferrari- Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
I know many think di Resta or Hulkenberg would be great here. I don't. I think di Resta is overrated because he's from the UK, but I still see him winning several races in his career and could be a solid driver, much like Rubens Barrichello. Ferrari keeps Massa though. Here's why: Paul di Resta would never tolerate being number, and neither would Hulkenberg, and Massa is Alonso's doormat. Massa could be leading by 65 seconds over Alonso on the last lap, and he'd park the car so that Alonso could win while hearing his POS engineers say "Fernando is faster than you; do not impede him." And Nico Hulkenberg is very... VERY... dangerous to Alonso. You hire him, and I think he beats the crap out of Alonso in a very bad way. Hulkenberg is an extraordinary talent, and I'd hate to not see him get that fair shot to take down Vettel's dominance like he would. No Hulkenberg Ferrari deal = Vettel titles continue = we still keep watching regardless. This paves the way for Robert Kubica's triumphant 2015 return, where in 2016 he humiliates Alonso worse than Hulkenberg would.
Mercedes- Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
I think this pairing, if anything, has shown either (A) how underrated Nico was, or (B) how overrated Lewis was, because these guys are equals. If this team would just be impartial on a regular basis, then I think these guys could fight for the title down to the season finale. The team has shown though that they are not afraid to drop their pants in the paddock on these boys, and I think their careers suffer. Lewis got screwed in Monaco because they were too worried about Rosberg, and Rosberg got screwed in Germany because they were too worried about Lewis. Rosberg has been screwed more overall though. We'll see, but I think the screwover count evens up.
Lotus- Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean
Kimi's Kimi, and Romain returns France to the top, leading to a return of the French Grand Prix.
McLaren- Jenson Button and Sergio Perez
Lord, I wish Button would retire just because he's holding Perez back with his "You must let me through even when I'm slower" attitude.
Sauber- Esteban Gutierrez and Sergey Sirotkin
Money talks; talent doesn't.
Force India- Paul di Resta and Adrian
Repeat of this year: should be podiums get screwed over by other drivers.
Williams- Pastor Maldonado and Valterri Bottas
Again, no change: complete with mediocrity, which is sad because Bottas should be fighting for podiums even as a rookie.
Toro Rosso- Antonio Felix da Costa and Felipe Nasr
Toro Rosso has a history of firing people for no reason, and unfortunately we will have seen this team spitefully end the F1 careers of Bourdais, Buemi, Alguersuari, Vergne, Speed, and others, but these kids are good enough to jump straight from GP3 to F1.
Caterham- Heikki Kovalainen and Davide Valsecchi
Yes, this is Valsecchi's reward for winning the GP2 because, as we've seen, the rule is if your Italian you get crapped on, which is a dirty rotten shame. Pic and van der Garde aren't cutting it, though, and Kovalainen has humiliated them the few times he's driven the car. The drivers are keeping this team from making that step up to finishing in the points.
How can they do this?! How could they possibly think they could drop from 2.4L V8's to 1.6L V6's. We are literally going from F1 engines to IndyCar engines. Almost no difference. Here is where F1 pays. If being "green" is the worry, then run ethanol, but don't take away the one thing that makes F1 special. F1 is backing into the future, and it's going to break their back and pave the way for the return of the era of sports car racing. And so the cycle continues.
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