Daily: 19th May 2010

19 May, 2010 at 00:05 (GMT+01:00)

By Gavin Brown

Hello there, Gavin here, also known as the F1 stats blogger for ‘Making Up The Numbers’. You know, I love the Wednesdays after a Grand Prix because by now, all the dust has settled and we can take a deeper look at the stories from the weekend…

  • In fact, the story about Schumacher getting penalised at Monaco has now ended, because Mercedes have decided not to appeal against the ruling. Check out AUTOSPORT and James Allen’s articles on the matter. Personally I agree with the idea that he should be penalised, although it would have been much simpler if the race finished under a yellow flag. But I think it would have been best just to swap the positions back rather than give him a 20-second penalty.
  • On that note, there has been a lot of nasty comments flying around the internet about this issue (not here of course!), with Damon Hill even getting hate mail and Joe pondering whether to continue to allow commenting on his blog. Thankfully loads of people commented in support of his blog, so now he has decided to allow them again. If you were one of those who commented in support, then good on ya!
  • James Allen also noted that Ferrari did an awesome job of getting a spare car ready for Alonso on Monaco race day. Personally for me, I really enjoyed seeing Alonso make an odd strategy work for him and carve through the field – it was the highlight of the race and he had to be my ‘driver of the day’…
  • Dank has written an excellent post about the incident of the race that everyone forgot about – Rubens chucking his steering wheel into the path of an oncoming car. Ironically, this could have turned out just like the incident with Massa at Hungary last year (which involved debris from Barrichello’s car) – but thankfully it didn’t. Both HRT guys had a good close look at it though!
  • I have just found out that Heroes, Law and Order and Flash Forward have been cancelled. Hmph. I don't watch the other two but I was barely staying interested in Flash Forward as it's dragging on a bit too much for me - but now it's worse because it feels like such a waste of time trying to persist with it. I give up on TV, I really do!
  • Finally something a little different. I am currently reading the excellent and controversial ‘Freakonomics’ series of books – I encourage you to do the same as they will force you to look at the world differently. Even if you don’t agree with their points of view, their ways of arguing their point across are very clever. They also have an excellent blog and podcasts which are worth checking out too…

That’s all from me – I do hope you enjoyed the links and that you have a great Wednesday – it’s cake day in the canteen so I’m all sorted, and I promise to write my Monaco blog posts soon (as I was at a wedding all weekend and barely made it back for the race)...

See you in the comments!

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