It is quite rare that I read something and for it to elicit such an emotional response, but when coming across a blog recently accusing the sheer stature of Formula 1 not being considered a sport it was not something I could simply ignore.
Whether you are a fan of Ferrari or its boss, Luca di Montezemolo, the Italian head of Fiat is thinking outside of the box and for good reason. I recently commented on a statement McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh made about Formula One just now discovering this new technology called the "interweb" and how it may be used to generate new and exciting ways to connect with fans.
There was a meeting today between FIA president Jean Todt, Formula One Management boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. Three big players in the current and future evolution of the sport. What kind of discussions could have taken place? Doubtful they were discussing this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
Heading into 2012, we considered the use of KERS would possibly allow Team Caterham F1 to make a much needed surge in the performance category but they still remain adrift of Toro Rosso. One has to be cautious in thinking that Marussia will experience the types of gains that would have them emerging from the back of the grid.
A few years ago, BMW had a Formula One team and they had made the move from engine partner with Williams F1 to a full-fledged team. Having purchased Peter Sauber's F1 team, BMW set realistic goals and marched forward in their quest with success and methodical achievements under the leadership of Dr. Mario Theissen.
I am most certainly biased as I consider the Spa Francorchamps circuit one of the crowning achievements of motorsport excitement and while the cars all take Eau Rouge flat these days, it is still a fantastic venue and as our own Mark Hallam points out, it is one of the few races that is still affordable to attend.
No question that the 2012 Formula One season is all about tire preservation. Like it or not, this has become an elusive combination of chassis set up and driver skill. Tactics and strategy play a huge role in the ability to put yourself in a position to win regardless if you are the fastest car on the grid or not.