So glad that Romain, appears, to have escaped this horrendous crash.
Thankfully, the previously controversial “halo” seems to have saved his life. Methinks the value of this safety feature will be viewed somewhat differently from now on. Any debate about the aesthetics will now be firmly in the bin.
Hopefully, given the magnitude of the incident, Romain has, relatively, minor injuries.
I use that term advisedly, as burns and potentially broken bones are not to be sneered at.
I would also like to mention the medics and marshals who deserve our thanks and respect for their amazing response during the aftermath of this incident.
Romain is receiving treatment at hospital and I wish him well, a speedy recovery and hope we see him racing again soon.
Gosh. I thought I had it tough trying to cope with my Renault Megane steering wheel and stalk controls. Just, the speed limiter/cruise control options on the wheel supplemented by the phone/entertainment controls on the stalk. Oh and then there is the satnav controls adjacent to the manual gearstick (just the six).
The PC brigade have been out in force over the last week. Earlier this weekend I posted about Brighton and Hove Council who plan to do away with the formal address title of Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss to satisfy a few complaints from their transgender residents. Now they, the PC Brigade, have focussed their narrow vision lenses on the logo being used on a range of farm produce, in particular an organic ale.
The beer is made by 1979 F1 world champion Jody Scheckter and the offending logo is based on a crayon picture created by his 4 year old son. Hi son is now 19.
According to alcohol watchdogs this logo could incite young children to drink beer.
Earlier this year a complaint was made to industry-funded watchdog the Portman Group on the basis that the child’s drawing on the label of Laverstoke’s alcoholic products was the same image used on its labels for apple juice.
Portman says this breaches marketing rules because it could appeal to children.
Portman Group rulings carry huge weight. High street chains notified that a product is in breach of the code have three months to clear the item from shelves. If they fail to do so, they may face legal action by trading standards and could lose their alcohol trading licences.
These folks just aren’t in the real world. The young children that are likely to be attracted to a drink purely based on the Laverstoke logo are not old enough to buy it and would appear obviously so to any retailer. The young “underage” kids that are getting regularly tanked up in our children’s playgrounds all over the country are not buying farm produced organic real ales. They are buying cheap lagers and ciders. In fact many of them are drinking vodka and vodka based alcopops which don’t have child like logos.
Clamping down on Laverstoke and their retailers will not do anything to reduce underage drinking but will provide the Portman Group with another victim to boost their statistics indicating that they are doing a good job.
Professor Watkins has made a unique contribution to improving the standards of safety and medical intervention throughout motor sport.
Many drivers probably owe their lives to the Prof, both to his efforts as a first responder on the circuits and to the improvements that he instigated. Amongst those he helped to save are Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Érik Comas, Mika Häkkinen, Rubens Barrichello and Karl Wendlinger.
Watkins was married with six children and my thoughts are with his family.
We witnessed today what for Formula 1 must have been one of the most terrifying crashes of the sport.
Todays chaos was, seemingly initiated by GrosJean who cut across the circuit at the start of the race. This action resulted in him squeezing then colliding with Hamilton who had nowhere to go. From that point on Grosjean’s Lotus became air borne, took off and crashed across Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Sergio Perez in a Sauber was also taken out in the carnage. We have to be thankful that all came out of this with perhaps just some serious bruises. A tribute to the safety that is built into these cars.
I have no doubt that Grosjean is solely responsible for an avoidable incident that not only spoilt the race aspirations of Hamilton and Alonso but also caused unnecessary risk to life and limb in what is already a dangerous sport. I believe that he should receive some kind of censure from the race officials and the FIA.