F1’s summer season kicks of this weekend in Barcelona, bringing with it the seasonal dilemma of what to do with your Sunday afternoon.
Pub? Chores? In-laws? Nah… you’ll be in front of the telly this Sunday and every Sunday after that. And to slide you in to the habit, the whole weekend is live on the BBC. The race in Monaco in a fortnight is only on Sky.
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in first practice this morning, fastest by almost a second from - surprise - Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo. Both McLaren and Red Bull have brought updates to Spain, but Lewey’s form (a small grouch about rear tyre-wear aside) suggests Mercedes will again be the team to beat, as they have in the four races that made up F1’s 2014 prologue.
But is it the prospect of Hamilton doing a Vettel, or is it the noise thing that’s sent has F1 in some kind of existential funk? We’re told the sport’s own ‘Jedi Council’ got together after the race in China to discuss ways of ‘improving the show’, with suggestions apparently including ‘megaphone’ exhausts (Merc will test one next week), titanium skid plates and vortex-generators.
Hmmmm. Small wonder an amusing conversation ensued on Twitter with alternative ideas, the best of which was ‘musical pit stops’: cars all have to enter the pits when the music stops and find a garage - any garage - to change tyres. For each stop, of course, there’s one too few garages available.
You might want to use the space below for your own less-than-serious suggestions. Here, however, are TG.com’s rather more serious remedies for the sport we love.
One of 200 homologation specials is to go under the hammer, and it’s all sorts of 1980s brilliant