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Good week/Bad week
Good week/Bad week
Posted By:   |  21 Apr 2009   |  7:03 am GMT  |  0 comments

Good week for:

Concrete bollards
These largely overlooked and unheralded pieces of roadside furniture were given a welcome boost by Renault boss Flavio Briatore, who compared them with the F1 world championship leader

Sebastian Vettel
Peerless in the dry in qualifying, masterful in the wet on Sunday, the 21 year old is now soaking up the hype once reserved for Lewis Hamilton. Bernie Ecclestone is building him up as ‘better than Lewis’.

Sebastien Buemi
As the most junior of F1’s three Sebastiens, the Swiss risks being lost in the crowd, but he’s winning plaudits for his driving this year. Lucky to get away with whacking the race leader under a safety car, though.

Mike Gascoyne
The pint sized rottweiller made a great impression on BBC. His strategic genius was clear as the race progressed. Dwarfed by the lanky Jake Humphreys pre-race, Gazza ran a few computer models and levelled the playing field by getting everyone to sit on bars stools for the post race analysis. No-one looks down on Gazza…

Bad week for:

F1 engineers’ families
Already anxious about the possibility of redundancies at some time soon, the appeal court ruling to allow trick diffusers means that wives are unlikely to see much of their husbands for the next month. Children are being issue with photos of Dad so they can remember what he looks like.

Nelson Piquet
Struggling to match team mate Fernando Alonso at the best of times, Nelsinho could have done without Renault giving the Spaniard its sole trick diffuser. P17 in qualifying to Alonso’s P2, Briatore is currently searching for an obscure dialect word to compare him to.

McVities biscuits
Sales have been flat since Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner went on a winter diet. When he sees a replay of his appearance on the podium, looking as skinny as his two drivers, he is unlikely to be returning to the Hob Nobs any time soon.

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