It’s well known to most people who know me or have read this blog that I am certainly not HRT’s biggest fan. I find their failure to get anything right downright frustrating. It appears that while being busy being annoyed by HRT I’ve overlooked Marussia, who are becoming equally as irritating.
(Please bear in mind this is a opinionated
rant discussion, if you don’t agree then tell me – but please don’t shout, I might cry – I’m not stating this as fact.)
A couple of days ago the news came that HRT’s chassis had managed to pass the FIA crash tests, after failing a couple of weeks ago, meaning HRT will be able test their 2012 car in the final pre-season test.
Yesterday it emerged that Marussia’s 2012 car, MR01, had failed a crash test. Reportedly the last of the 18 tests, so close huh guys? Marussia will now not be taking part in the last pre-season test, instead focusing on building a decent car. (I say decent but what I mean really is safe, just because it’s safe doesn’t mean it’s good.)
Here we have two teams who are just about to embark upon their third year in Formula 1 and again find themselves with very little testing time and therefore, very little preparation.
To explain my frustration, I will try to use an analogy that most people should understand.
HRT are like the clumsy kid at school, they always cock things up, they don’t really mean to but they just can’t help but spill paint over your lunch and be sick on your shoes. (Random fact: I was once sick on a secretaries shoes – I was four by the way, it wasn’t last week)
Marussia is like that irritating rich kid, who doesn’t really need to be at school because Daddy has enough money to support them for life. They show up and use it as a social club and don’t do much worthwhile at all or make much effort. At all.
While I understand that a mix of great, good, mediocre and appalling teams makes Formula 1 interesting, but should the FIA clamp down on joke-teams?
How much time does a ‘new’ team need before they are no longer considered the ‘new’ team and every daft mistake is forgiven? How much time does a team need before failing to be ready is unacceptable? These teams aren’t close time-wise to other teams, so what is the point in them being there?
Team Caterham (Or Lotus as they’ve been known for the past 2 seasons) have clearly made an improvement, it’s time Marussia and HRT pulled their fingers out. (Of where, who knows?)
I’m not saying that because a team failed a crash test they should be kicked of a sport, it’s more a collection of failure and a severe failure to appear to improve or even try to improve.
They’re giving the impression that as long as you have enough money you can join the sport, do very little in the way of succeed and remain in it. While that is probably true, it’s certainly not what the fans want to see.
After reading a few forums and websites, I know that I’m not alone in being irritated by these teams. What do you think though? Let me know.