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Is Flavor Flav even allowed back into F1 after engineering a crash to get a race win?

At least there is some good news F1 related:

https://www.motorsport.com/gen...ke-accident/6927379/


Zanardi leaves hospital 18 months after handbike accident

IndyCar champion and Paralympic hero Alex Zanardi has finally left hospital 18 months on from the handbike accident that left him with serious head and facial injuries.

Jamie Klein

The 55-year-old Italian legend had been hospitalised after he collided with a truck during the Obiettivo Tricolore handbike relay event in June 2020, with his injuries requiring multiple operations and a prolonged rehabilitation programme.

In an interview with BMW, his wife Daniela provided the first update on her husband's condition since July, saying that Zanardi had left hospital "a few weeks ago" to continue his recovery at home.

“The recovery continues to be a long process," she said. "The rehabilitation programme led by doctors, physiotherapists, neuropsychologists and speech therapists has enabled steady progress.

"Of course, setbacks are there and can still occur. Sometimes you also have to make two steps back in order to make one step forward. But Alex proves again and again that he is a real fighter.

"An important step was that Alex was able to leave hospital a few weeks ago and is back at home with us now. We had to wait very long for this and are very happy that it was possible now, even if there are still temporary stays in special clinics planned for the future to carry out special rehabilitation measures on site.”

Zanardi has made "a lot of progress" in terms of his condition and in particular his arm strength, Daniela said, which has enabled him to spend most of his time in his wheelchair rather than in bed.

On her expectations for her husband's future recovery, she added: “You still can’t predict how his recovery will further develop. It is still a long and challenging way that Alex tackles with a lot of fighting spirit.

"It is a big help for him and us that we receive so much support on this way, not only from the doctors and therapists that intensively work with him. Our friends are always there for us. This includes the BMW Group family which we can always count on and that is firmly at our side also in this difficult time.

"We are very grateful to everyone for that and for so much more because these strong ties give us additional energy. This also goes for the continued sympathy we receive from racing drivers, fans and acquaintances from all over the world.

"We would like to express a big 'Grazie' to all who send their good thoughts and power to Alex."
 
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Bernie also thinks Flavio Briatore should be running Ferrari if they want to win again.

https://www.planetf1.com/news/...ari-flavio-briatore/



He is right about Mattia… Probably correct about Flavio/Ferrari! lol





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Is Flavor Flav even allowed back into F1 after engineering a crash to get a race win?

Great question. It was a 5 year ban, then reduced to only 3. It was originally supposed to be lifetime.

Pretty light, IMHO.

Linky to old article



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Was it reduced by appeal? MotoGP had a rider attempt to appeal an 18 month doping ban but because he failed to bring any new information to court they increased the ban to four years. Eek
 
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The strange part is Bernie thinks Ferrari need to bring in some non-Italians to shake things up but Flavio's an Italian.
He's probably right about his concept. Back in their last successful run, they had Jean Todt (French), Ross Brawn (English) and a number of designers/engineers and crew that were from elsewhere.


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They need a non-Italian to run Ferrari given past recent history. Before Todt and Brawn, they were still floundering when John Bonham was designing Ferraris in the late 80’s early 90’s.

He’s also in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book as well. Not sure if that’s through him banging Naomi Campbell, but Flavor Flav has a sleazy backstory rivaled only by Don King.
 
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How abou this story in regards to personal responsibility and owning your mistakes:

https://www.planetf1.com/news/...y-bastard-pre-italy/

Yuki Tsunoda Admits He Was a 'Lazy B*stard' before moving to Italy midseason

Yuki Tsunoda has revealed his mid-season move to Italy shook him out of being a “lazy b*stard”.

The Japanese rookie had been living in England but in early summer, his AlphaTauri team ordered him to set up home close to their Faenza base instead.

The switch was designed to enable Tsunoda to work more closely with his boss Franz Tost and the engineers after the 21-year-old’s initial promise, when he finished in the points on his debut in Bahrain, failed to evolve into consistent performances.

The team declared themselves happy with how the move was working out and while Tsunoda did not have as productive a year as many had predicted, suffering more than his fair share of crashes, he rounded off the campaign with an excellent fourth place in Abu Dhabi.

From his own perspective, he felt basing himself in Faenza had got him into better, more professional habits than had previously been the case.

“The move helped me in terms of preparation,” said Tsunoda, quoted by the Autosprint website affiliated to Corriere dello Sport.

“Before coming to Italy I was just a lazy b*stard. After training I would go straight home, turn on my PlayStation 5 and play all day, just trying to have fun.

“I think that was the reason why, as I approached the [race] weekend, I had the feeling I had done everything frantically. I was only just starting to prepare for race week and I think it was too late.

“Comparing myself to other drivers as well, I thought about it and prepared a lot more. I’m a rookie and I needed more preparation than the more experienced drivers, and I think I’ve done some useful things since then.

“Some aspects improved after I moved to Italy. After the race, we went back to the factory to review the races to understand what the problems were, and this approach made a difference.”

An area where Tsunoda feels he needs to improve further is his physical conditioning, and to that end he will not be indulging himself too much during the off-season.

“First, I’ll go back to Japan and recharge myself,” he said. “Since February I didn’t go back to Japan. I’ve really missed Japanese food, so I have to recharge first that one.

“But at the same time, of course, I need to improve myself – especially [on the] fitness side. So of course I’ll keep pushing on those things to improve myself, and also have a good start in 2022 at the first race in Bahrain.

“That’s pretty much how I’ll do the off-season. I won’t be, like, fully rested or drinking beer or whatever. It will be a tough off-season, but to have a good start I need those things.”
 
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A couple interesting stats on the '21 season

McLaren was the only team to get a 1-2 finish, neither Mercedes nor Red Bull managed it this year.

Verstappen is the champion since Lauda in '84 that did not race against M[ichael] Schumacher.




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I was surprised to see the McLaren 1-2 finish stat.
That shows how much better the front two were than the rest, including their teammates.
I remember when Ricciardo was getting crap because he was often as much as .4 to 5 seconds behind Max in qualifying. In the races he was usually much closer and sometimes ahead.
RB would be happy to have someone in that car like that again, in spite of squeaking through with Perez.
That probably did cost them the Mfg. championship.


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Perez really came alive at the tail of the season.
We'll see what he can do with a bit more establishment in the team, for '22.

The MCL 1-2 was a bit of luck, with the MV/LH bunk beds in T2.

I'm curious now, how far back you have to go to find another season where the WCC top 2 didn't get a 1-2 finish in a season.




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Found a video that puts the new 2022 rules into context:

 
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Sounds like Otmar's out at Aston Martin. No indication yet where he might end up.
When Martin Whitmarsh was hired recently it sounded like something was up but he is listed on the road car side of the business. Still could be that way, too early to tell.


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^ Saw rumors this morning about Otmar possibly landing at Alpine.




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The Race had a video about that today:



I was wondering when Larry was going to show him the door for taking the copy/paste Mercedes from last year and failing miserably the with supposedly "better" $15 million a year Sebastien Vettel failing to match Sergio Perez.

A couple of points brought up in the video is that Martin Whitmarsh is more like the guy in charge of the whole Aston Martin program with both the road car and race team reporting to him, and there's been rumors of him going to Alpine for the last several months.
 
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Something F-1 to keep you from falling asleep in January.

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/686-9ciCaTw


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Mercedes engine strategy has been revealed for 2021… They were running at maximum output knowing reliability was going to suffer. Didn’t matter because of the amount of power made it possible to start last place and drive away to 1st.


Now you know why Merc had so many engine changes last year. Everybody else pretty much divided the 21 races by three to come up with seven races per engine.

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Not exactly a surprise.
Budkowski out at Alpine.
Otmar next?

https://www.planetf1.com/news/...rcin-budkowski-exit/


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