“It rolls right off the tongue.”
You may have seen the news on the website here, as well as on Social Media, but my Tito Rabat column was my 100th blog on the website since its inception last year! Hooray! But given my numerical prominence, why not celebrate the 101st article on here by addressing you, the #DreNation, and asking some of your most pressing Motorsport needs? Don’t forget, without you, there is no me, so let’s get right down to it and celebrate, Ask Dre, the 101 edition!
“What has been the season you enjoyed following the most since you got into Formula One?” – Eoin Harrington
Ah, that’s gotta be 2012 for me. 2012 didn’t produce the most incredible races top to bottom, so for pure entertainment, it’s not that special, but in terms of a narrative and a story, 2012 was incredible. You had 7 different winners in the first 7 rounds, you had a new star emerge in Sergio Perez and that dastardly Sauber, Pastor Maldonado was all over the place that season, from winning, to crashing, Lewis Hamilton in the biggest driver change in recent times, you had Michael Schumacher’s magical Monaco pole position, the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and of course, a Sebastian Vettel vs Fernando Alonso title fight that went down to the final round, and it took two remarkable comebacks from Seb at the end to win that elusive third title.
Seriously, 2012 could be a Hollywood movie with crazy it was. Just don’t get Michael Bay to direct it.
“Do you think Formula 1 should follow Formula E in awarding extra points for Pole Position and Fastest Lap and would it make the championships interesting?” – Richard Evans
Fastest Lap, I wouldn’t mind, to a point. I think the rule should be there, as long as you set it while on the lead lap, so you can avoid situations where drivers are pitting for fresh rubber, PURELY so they can set the fastest lap when the cars are lightest at the end of the race. Qualifying, heck no. The whole point of qualifying is the benefit of starting from the front, let alone getting championship points as well! If grids were randomized or reversed, I wouldn’t mind, but yeah, not for me. If the races alone don’t carry enough interest, that’s an issue.
“If BrawnGP was never bought out by Mercedes, how long would the team last & how competitive would they have been in following seasons?” – James Francis White
Honestly, I don’t think it would have lasted too much longer. People overrate that BrawnGP team. They weren’t even that innovative. Remember, Brawn wasn’t the only team that had the double diffuser, Toyota did too. The 2009 season tells its own story, where Brawn dominated the first 7 rounds, with Jenson winning 6 of the first 7, but then not winning again for the rest of the season as the other teams had already closed the gap, and Brawn had ran out of money to develop.
Remember, the team had next to no sponsorship too. Now while I’m sure they would have gained some after winning the Drivers and Constructor’s Championships that season, in the long game, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren I feel would have continued to be at the top. Maybe they could have survived as a midfield team, but that comes with its own set of problems. Ask Lotus…