I want to take you back to 1997 first. You might recall that tiger Woods won his first Master’s Green jacket that year and unprovoked Fuzzy Zoeller said this: "He's doing quite well, pretty Impressive. That little boy is driving well and he's putting well. He's doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it. Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve."
I couldn’t believe what he said at the time and to this day I still find it troubling. I know that Woods and Zoeller have discussed this many years ago and have put it behind them. Tiger Woods was only 21 at the time of this slander and through the years he has been on the receiving end of some very unsavoury comments from the likes of Sergio Garcia and even from his long-time caddie Steve Williams.
This brings me to now and Lewis Hamilton. Lewis a few weeks back had some very poignant words to say about the murder of George Floyd in the United States and even elaborated further about he has been discriminated against during his racing career due to the colour of his skin. Lewis has been praised for standing up and speaking about these issues but there are those who have also called him words like hypocrite and the like.
It is unfortunate that politics gets involved with any sport but who are we kidding that politicking and favours and handshakes don’t take place the world over when it comes to many decisions made in the world of sport. You must be as naïve as a person thinking that our Minister will allow you to buy cigarettes this coming weekend.
BE CAREFUL what you write and post on Social Media. Lewis Hamilton posted the following regarding Helmut Marko who is the 2IC at Red Bull Racing because Lewis Hamilton was reacting to remarks allegedly made by Marko regarding Lewis’s fight for racial equality.
“Helmut, it deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour a distraction”
“I’m actually quite offended. A distraction for me was fans showing up in blackface to taunt my family on race weekend.
“A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional diversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen and even now, due to the colour of my skin”
“I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you have on your tea, about your priorities and how you view them”
“Wake up. This sport needs to change. #BLACKLIVESMATTER”
When you read those words, you can tell that Lewis Hamilton is extremely angry and that the way he has been treated through his life is beginning to surface and he feels he has every right to educate people about how it has been for him.
BUT here is the problem. Lewis Hamilton has deleted that instagram post as it has surfaced that Helmut Marko never said anything of the sort. Now, do you sympathise with Hamilton because he is standing up for the rights of millions of people and wants his voice heard or do you ridicule him for jumping the gun? Lewis Hamilton has 16,8 million followers who now MIGHT make a call on Marko which is unjustified. It’s not a pleasant situation and I hope that these adults find commonality and a path going forward.
Wow, so that was a bit heavy. Let’s get back to racing.
Mercedes lose another key member
Andy Cowell is the engine boss at Mercedes F1. Cowell has been with the Mercedes outfit since 2004 when it was still Ilmor-Mercedes and without a doubt he has been the mastermind behind the hybrid-era engine that Mercedes has produced and been so dominant with.
Cowell has been part of the Mercedes Dream Team. If you look back at F1 history you had Head and Newey, Newey and Vettel and you had Todt, Brawn, Byrne and Schumacher. Mercedes had/has Wolff, Hamilton, Cowell, Lauda (RIP), Allison. Mercedes has now lost Costa, Lauda and Cowell. Swings and roundabouts.
Andy Cowell is very positive about the future of the Formula 1 engine power units and had this to say:
"F1 engines are a marvellous marriage of high efficient, internal combustion engine technology and high voltage high power electric machines," he told me last winter. "Their batteries are 800 plus volts.
"We've got this dull 'ERS' title, but it's an energy recovery system: so, it's waste energy that is being used. We're not charging the battery up from a diesel generator before we start the race. That battery is being charged by waste exhaust gas energy and waste kinetic energy in the car.
"That is a better story than Formula E, so there is loads more we can do. Loads more."
He is not saying where his future lies but whoever gets him or whatever he decides to go, and do you have to believe he will be as brilliant.
Renault shakedown the R28 at Spielberg
Is this fair? Daniel Ricciardo completed 115 laps of the Red Bull Ring in the Renault R.S. 18 car in preparation for the first race of the season which will take place at the same circuit? The car might be the 2018 spec but I’m sure some very valuable data has been received from this preparation test. While most other teams are also testing using older machinery, Renault is the only team to have used Austria. Fair play to them for sorting it out. Let’s see if they are on the pace come July 3rd.
I found this article on Autosport. Most people use fitbit’ s or smart watches to try and keep pace of their steps, heart rate etc. so how cool is:
Known as VISM, or Vital Signs Monitor, it is the result of a joint project between the two companies.
The idea is to provide real time measurement of vital signs, allowing a driver's team to monitor stress and fatigue, via sensors that measure the heart rate and breathing.