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Inexperienced Pocket book from Kankūjima – joeblogsf1


The Japanese phrase for island is “jima” whereas kan (観) means “to see” and Kū (空) means “the sky”, thus the phrase Kankūjima interprets because the “island to see the sky” or maybe the extra poetic “island for considering the heavens”. The straight bar above the u is one thing international (and thus barely scary) to English-speaking peoples, however it’s nothing to fret about, it merely tells you that the vowel in query is an extended one. Truly, it’s known as a macron, however let’s not get into French issues for now…

The island for considering the heavens is in Osaka Bay and it’s totally man-made, not in order that philosophers may go there to gaze on the sky, however fairly as a result of town wanted a brand new airport – they usually had no house left on the mainland to construct one.

Lack of house is one thing that could be very apparent in Japan however, weirdly, it ranks solely forty fourth on a listing of the world’s most crowded nations, which is headed by motor racing hotspots Macau, Monaco and Singapore. The factor about Japan is that due to its mountainous nature, solely a small quantity of land is liveable. Two-thirds of the nation is forest with 12 % left for agriculture and solely three % out there for residential use. This is the reason Tokyo is probably the most densely populated metropolis on the planet, with 6,100 folks per spare kilometre and why Japanese folks prize intelligent issues which take up little house. It’s why Japanese engineers have lengthy led the world is every kind of various industries. Small actually is gorgeous, even for gangly gaijin (foreigners), who discover it onerous to inhabit the little locations that the locals wish to snuggle into. Japan is the nation that invented capsule motels, the place the Sony Walkman was developed, the place folks worth uncluttered lives and yearn for minimalism and doing issues properly. There’s nothing sloppy in Japan, other than a few of the meals. The trains run on time, folks queue up they usually at all times go the additional mile, which is why you see race followers with intricate, if fairly, eccentric hats, jackets and so forth. People are the other, in fact, with their huge vehicles, their huge suburbs and homes the dimensions of whole Japanese suburbs.

Anyway, to get again to Kankujima. Some vivid spark determined that one of the best factor to do to unravel Osaka’s airport downside could be to create new land and construct an airport on it. Land reclamation has been occurring for hundreds of years with lands being drained and sea partitions constructed, notably by the Dutch. Others adopted and in Osaka, it seemed like a good suggestion.

The water was solely 25ft deep and though the bay was vulnerable to earthquakes and typhoons and the ocean flooring was silt, engineers calculated that it might all compact and change into strong and would then have the ability to help the load of the airport buildings.  It was all constructed at the next degree than required, within the information that it might sink, however since Kankujima opened in 1994 it has sunk 38 toes into the bay. Extra money was spent to lift the seawall across the airport and different measures have been taken to maintain the airport above sea degree, however it’s nonetheless sinking… and fairly than trying on the skies, the engineers are trying extra on the water within the hope that the airport doesn’t disappear…

Calculation and information, one can surmise, can do so much nevertheless it isn’t at all times appropriate. Presently of yr, Japan is besotted with cherry blossom and folks plan their holidays in order that they are often in the best place when the flowers come out.  One can think about all of them getting up within the morning and hunching over their wirelesses to take heed to the Japanese House Service as they munch on their breakfast of grilled fish, fermented soybeans and rice… I’m not kidding they actually do have cherry blossom forecasts they usually eat grilled fish for breakfast, though over the past 35 years I’ve had all method of treats which they assume the Westerners will like within the morning, notably chilly spaghetti and fish and chips.

The forecasting, fairly than the breakfast decisions, are vaguely scientific because the temperatures dictate this kind of factor. The blossoms first seem within the south, normally in Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu. This yr, nevertheless, the primary flowers have been in Kochi on the island of Shikoku on March 23 and Nagoya noticed its timber bloom 5 days later, barely behind the standard date. Up within the north town of Sapporo must wait till April 25, though that is earlier than the standard date of Could 1.

The difficulty with number-crunching and making predictions is that issues don’t at all times work out as anticipated.

So, that’s sufficient about Mercedes F1, let’s now elevate our eyes to the skies and have a look at one thing that at the moment appears just a little extra secure than the airport and the cherry blossom: the F1 driver market. In case you learn the web in the meanwhile you will discover a hearsay about just about each potential mixture of group and driver, with what seem like discovered treatises about why these make sense.

In case you try this terribly old school factor of going into the F1 Paddock and truly speaking to folks, you uncover that  no-one is aware of what’s going to occur, least of all of the group bosses. They’re all making an attempt to determine their subsequent strikes as a result of the market is locked. Social media might have democratised the world however democracy with out schooling is a harmful factor…

The rationale that nothing is going on is that no-one needs to make a transfer till Max Verstappen decides what he needs to do in 2026 – and he’s in no hurry. The issue is that many drivers dare not commit for 2025 till they know what would possibly occur in 2026 and so no-one is shifting. For the final couple of weeks there have been whispers that there’s about to be an announcement from Aston Martin about Fernando Alonso being retained for 2025 and 2026, nevertheless it hasn’t occurred. Why?

Properly, it’s now clear that Honda now not has any objection to using Alonso, regardless of their historical past collectively. Thus, the rationale that there have been delays might be associated to Fernando not desirous to commit whereas different potential choices may nonetheless be open to him. Having stated that, the delays may be as a result of the truth that Aston Martin is options. This would possibly probably be Carlos Sainz, however some assume that the highest of the Aston Martin want checklist for 2026 is Verstappen and that the group is busy wooing him and won’t decide to Alonso till they know for certain. (A minute or two after I posted this story, Aston confirmed Alonso, so now we all know that each events didn’t have higher choices). Mercedes is certainly within the hunt for Max and so can not resolve on what to do in 2025… and so the market is caught. I’m advised that Audi is making an attempt to pressure fast solutions out of its high decisions: Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg, however that will not be too sensible a method as high drivers will at all times wait on one of the best drive… and no-one on the planet thinks Audi goes to be that.

There are some groups that actually must make choices about drivers in 2024 as a result of they want higher efficiency, but when they can not provide rides in 2025 and 2026, they’re caught. How will the log jam be damaged? May it’s that the market, which normally develops from the highest down, will go from the underside up this yr, because the determined make choices to safe no matter they’ll.

Or is that like cherry blossom beginning within the north and heading south?

There’s a good bit of desperation on the decrease finish of the grid as the highest 5 groups are monopolising the points-scoring, which signifies that scoring ANY level is troublesome. Yuki Tsunoda has to this point been one of the best of the remainder, whereas Daniel Ricciardo has been struggling. The concept that the Australian would possibly get again up to the mark and substitute Sergio Perez at Crimson Bull is now fading and he’s combating to carry on to his RB drive, with Liam Lawson ready within the wings.

Williams has an analogous downside in that Alex Albon is nearly capable of rating factors however Haas has picked up the few crumbs out there, whereas Logan Sargeant must ship NOW if he’s to outlive. The issue for Williams is that its personal younger drivers are too far out to leap into F1 and except the groups needs to coach a rival group’s teen, the alternatives are restricted. There was a lot speak about Williams taking up Mercedes teen Andrea Kimi Antonelli as quickly as he qualifies for a superlicence in the summertime however it might be that Mercedes will need him to 2025 as a result of the groups wants somebody to fill Lewis Hamilton’s seat. The issue is similar at Crimson Bull as a result of if Max Verstappen is leaving in 2026, you’ll need a greater choice to steer the group than Sergio Perez. True, Sergio rose to the job in Suzuka, the place Christian Horner provided to pay him $10,000 if he acquired on the entrance row, however then a driver who will get higher at contract time is just not a alternative that scientific engineers wish to make. Horner, by the way, has to pay the cash to Bernie Ecclestone as a result of Perez owes Bernie cash from some earlier wager. Alex Albon is clearly an choice for Crimson Bull in 2026, whereas Tsunodas’s future will probably be with a Honda-powered automotive sooner or later however he can not get into Aston Martin till Lance Stroll offers up making an attempt and he isn’t going to do this till he sees that the 2026 automotive is just not a championship winner.

No-one, by the way, is occupied with Sebastian Vettel, regardless of idle chitchat within the Germanic media. Nor for that matter is anybody mendacity awake at evening making an attempt to work out the best way to safe the companies of Mick Schumacher. Ferrari need Haas to take  Oliver Bearman and the American group appears comfortable sufficient with that (if there’s some sweetener within the deal), nevertheless it has then to resolve which of the outdated blokes it needs to lose… Each appear eager on staying.

Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou would most likely like to remain as a result of there are few different choices for them and one or each of the Alpine drivers would additionally wish to get a greater drive, as Alpine is just not trying superb in the meanwhile.

We must see if something adjustments out there however there isn’t any cause why there will probably be any motion till Max comes to a decision…

Guanyu Zhou goes to be within the highlight in Shanghai as he would be the first Chinese language driver to dispute a Chinese language Grand Prix and he appears to be on the verge of tremendous stardom as he’s about to change into a way more recognised determine at dwelling in China, which he left when he was 13 to pursue a profession in worldwide  motor racing by shifting to beautiful, glamorous Sheffield in Yorkshire, the place he discovered to say “Ey up, ‘ow’s it goin?” and “Ye gained’t get owt for nowt”, which has helped him climb the racing ladder.

A movie about Zhou’s life will probably be launched by  the Shanghai Media Group, a state-owned firm, one among China’s largest media conglomerates, on the Friday earlier than the race in Shanghai. The 90-minute Chinese language language documentary,  has been timed to coincide with the return of F1 to China after 5 years away, is entitled The First One, it follows Zhou’s rise. This can go on normal launch in hundreds of cinemas throughout the nation and is more likely to flip Zhou right into a star with extra followers than Gunther Steiner (if such a factor is feasible).

Elsewhere, actual information is skinny on the bottom. Liberty Media needs to amass MotoGP however no-one in F1 is overly occupied with whether or not they succeed or not. There’s additionally solely average curiosity in what occurs with Mohammed Ben Sulayem and all of the President’s males on the FIA. When all is alleged and achieved, the game runs on cash that comes from F1 and the members of the federation should determine if they need the money or whether or not they may proceed to help somebody who has been rocking the boat since he was elected. In F1 there are few who will give a second thought if the gentleman in query falls overboard, though they may (in fact) be well mannered to his face. The F1 world is watching what occurs within the hope that enlightened management will emerge, however clearly doesn’t wish to be seen to be concerned in any of the goings-on. Some FIA people think about that F1 is behind strikes to eliminate the President however I see no proof of this. If the FIA is just not what F1 needs, on the proper time, it is going to do its personal factor, so all of the shenanigans are actually not that vital.

What’s starting to occur is talks in regards to the new industrial agreements which can be required earlier than the top of 2025. These will govern the game for a five-year interval, from the beginning of 2026 till the top of 2030. It has lengthy been agreed that the Concorde Settlement will function “considerably the identical phrases” till 2030, after which the events will negotiate a brand new deal “in good religion” for 2031 and past. Thus, the phrases needing to be negotiated should not as vital as some would possibly assume.

Nonetheless, there are clearly adjustments that the varied events wish to see given the best way the game has developed. A lot of the groups appear eager to cut back the monetary benefit that Ferrari enjoys, getting 5 % of the revenues of F1 earlier than prize cash is calculated. This isn’t actually justifiable given the energy of Ferrari as of late and its skill to earn more cash from sponsors and merchandise, simply because it’s Ferrari. Some groups need the entire thing scrapped however most will probably be comfortable to cap the money, or cut back it by half.

Most wish to see no proprietor having a couple of group, however Crimson Bull is just not eager on that concept (clearly), whereas most groups (other than the little ones) wish to see all groups constructing extra of their very own stuff, fairly than shopping for it from huge groups.

The opposite level that almost all want to see is that there be solely 10 groups. Clearly this upsets American followers who see some type of conspiracy in opposition to America, however this considering actually is not sensible in any respect: Liberty Media is an American company, listed on the NASDAQ, with a variety of American traders and they’d all like to see a profitable American group.

The difficulty is {that a} new group allowed to enter F1 would get an equal share of the prize cash, even when there’s little likelihood of the newcomer being aggressive for a interval of years. That is seen to be unfair to the present rivals as a result of the dilution payment of $200 million is now properly old-fashioned, given the prize cash and the group valuations. On paper, a newcomer may make investments $500 million to get via the door and get a licence after which would immediately have entry to the identical prize cash as current groups – and a valuation of round $1 billion, while not having to be aggressive in any respect. This appears unreasonable to some, who really feel that it’s higher to have newcomers pay the market charge to get a franchise. Groups can now be very profitable if they’ve made all of the investments required as a result of they’re restricted in what they’ll spend on constructing and racing the F1 vehicles, because of the price range cap. Most groups are nonetheless investing to change into extra aggressive however the huge ones at the moment are printing cash. Mercedes Benz Grand Prix Ltd will quickly publish its monetary outcomes for 2023 and there are whispers that this might see the primary F1 group with a turnover of greater than £500 million ($630 million) a yr. The corporate is anticipated to make an after tax revenue of about $100 million, after final yr’s $113 million, so one can see the incomes potential.

Clearly, as they’re restricted in what they’ll spend cash on F1, a few of the huge groups at the moment are utilizing the cash coming in from F1 to broaden different companies, with Mercedes doing an America’s Cup programme with Ineos, Ferrari placing a reimbursement into the automotive firm and Crimson Bull not far off unveiling Adrian Newey’s Crimson Bull RB17 monitor automotive. This will probably be formally unveiled at Goodwood in the summertime however Crimson Bull is busy promoting  the 50 vehicles that will probably be constructed. These value about $7 million every and round half the vehicles have already been bought. Newey confirmed up in Japan as a lot to go racing as to satisfy with a bunch of Japanese billionaires to clarify why his automotive is such an important funding. All those that are rumouring about Newey leaving Crimson Bull ought to maybe word that he’s closely concerned in plans to construct the subsequent Crimson Bull supercar, which can have extra F1-related applied sciences, however will value rather less than the RB17 and can have a much bigger manufacturing run.

One can see why groups not concerned in Components 1 would wish to pay money for a entry as shortly as potential earlier than the group valuations undergo the roof they usually can not afford to pay the going charge.  The present system is messy in that it requires the FIA and the industrial rights holder to agree on whether or not a brand new group needs to be allowed to affix. Within the case of Andretti this has brought on issues and the FIA is at the moment additionally having to cope with a legislation go well with from Hitech Grand Prix, which needs the federation to clarify why it accepted the Andretti bid and rejected Hitech, which believes it had a greater bid than Andretti.

Elsewhere there’s demand for slots on the F1 calendar as properly and Turkey appears to be eager on getting again on the schedule. The Turkish authorities company that manages public property not too long ago held a young for the operation of the Istanbul Park circuit. This was gained by a personal agency known as Bilim Eğitim Kurumları AŞ, a subsidiary of Can Holding, it says it is going to to pay greater than $117 million for a licence to function the monitor for 30 years. That each one sounds fantastic however one of many situations of the deal is that the operator of the circuit “will assure that Components 1 races will probably be held on the circuit and that an settlement with F1 will probably be reached inside one month of the contract being signed”. If this doesn’t occur the contract will probably be terminated. If the agency can get a deal (which is fairly unlikely given the time scale) will probably be capable of develop the positioning and construct a shopping center, an journey park, an vehicle museum and an leisure centre. The important thing query is whether or not F1 sees the monitor as a spot it needs to be… and I’m not satisfied there’s that a lot curiosity in the meanwhile.

The parents at Alpine insist that there isn’t any intention of the group being bought, regardless of the troubled state it’s at the moment in. The vehicles did look just a little higher in Suzuka, however there are nonetheless employees shifting out, the latest being Pierre Genon, the top of efficiency techniques. The massive factor for Alpine is to discover a solution to appeal to fine quality engineers and that requires them being satisfied that the group is shifting ahead. It’s a lengthy job. Nonetheless, the Alpine highway automotive venture is rolling onwards and I see in my native newspaper that Alpine is shopping for up land round its manufacturing facility in Dieppe in an effort to broaden its highway automotive actions, so clearly the highest administration see the F1 setbacks as a bump within the highway. The truth that their choices created the issue is neither right here nor there…

Former Alpine F1 boss Otmar Szafnauer was in Suzuka, fastidiously avoiding saying something about his future. He’s on gardening go away in the meanwhile however he didn’t present up in Japan simply to drink tea along with his outdated mates at Honda.

The opposite odd factor within the Suzuka Paddock was the presence of Toyota motorsport administration sorts, together with Kazuki Nakajima, Pascal Vasselon and Masaya Kaji, the overall supervisor of Toyota Gazoo Racing. They have been hanging out in McLaren the place Ryo Hirakawa is at the moment performing as a reserve driver, whereas Toyota can also be funding Ritomo Miyata in Components 2. Does this imply that Toyota is contemplating doing issues in F1? Most likely not, nevertheless it helps to recruit younger drivers for its different tasks to have the ability to provide them probabilities on the highest degree of the game…

Who is aware of, one among them might find yourself blossoming right into a star. Nothing flawed with dreaming huge desires…



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