Well, what a
But the circus moves on, and this Monday has brought some news that is worthy of a mention, even if it was predictable.
BMW’s Mario Thiessen had this to say regarding the matter:
Jacques has performed well for us this year, scoring the team’s first grand prix points in Malaysia.
He has made a significant contribution to developing the newly formed BMW Sauber F1 Team and the performance of the car.
However, after Jacques’ accident in the Hockenheim race the team decided to review its options for next year, including assessing
Robert Kubicain a race environment.
Our decision to look towards evaluating our driver line up has naturally impacted Jacques’ position for the remainder of this season.
We fully understand that it is difficult for Jacques to maintain his natural level of commitment in circumstances of uncertainty.
We respect his position and wish him well for the future.
So essentially, BMW weren’t happy with Jacques’ slow start and desparately wanted to find a way of putting their young star in the cockpit (saving a bundle in the process). And Villeneuve’s incident at the Hockenheimring gave the team the catalyst they had been waiting for.
And as a quick side, 44% of voters thought Jacques was due to retire after his absence from Hungary.
Another move that was known all weekend, although not confirmed, was
We believe that together he and David will form a very solid partnership, which will give us one of the strongest driver line-ups in the field.
To be honest, the team does look strong on paper. They have Newey – the aerodynamics genius. They have Coulthard and Webber – two mature and strong drivers. All they need to do now is confirm an engine and they will be challenging for wins before Toyota at this rate, and they have the biggest budget out of everybody!
The only good thing to come from this engine freeze is summed up in a statement made today by the
As a result of the above the FIA and GPMA are now in full agreement about the future of the FIA Formula One World Championship.
Agreement? Formula One? What is the world coming to?