Life Goals Realised, Not Bad for a Sunday

I’ve made quite a life goal decision today. Every time I looked at jobs online in marketing and digital strategy (doesn’t matter if its in London, Sydney, Singapore or wherever) they seem good, but not great. I get a little deflated when I picture myself working for any brand or company that I know little about. Even looking at jobs within the music industry, which are fantastic, but not really where I belong.

I’ve realised today that the only career I am truly passionate about is one within motorsports. I started this blog as a hobby, a side project to my thesis, where I could write content about a sport I liked. It wasn’t until recently that I realised that this was the industry that I want to work in. Crazy that it is all just for a job. But hey, at least I am sure about something.

– Alex

Mark Webber Retirement: Are the rumours true?

Well it seems my hoping for Mark Webber to harness his anger from the Malaysian Grand Prix didn’t really go to plan in China. I was disappointed to see him collide with Vergne on lap 15, and to be honest I was a little surprised to see him make such a careless mistake. As a result Webber has been handed a three-place grid penalty for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Mark Webber this week, but this time about his apparent move to Porsche’s Le Mans team in 2014. The rumor broke last week via @F1Kate’s twitter:

“Don’t know if this has done the rounds via Twitter yet, but the talk in China is that Webber has signed a 5-year sportsdeal with Porsche”

However Porsche spokespeople have dismissed the rumours saying they will make the decision later in the year as whether to sign more drivers.

Whether Mark does move to Le Mans, or to Ferrari (as there are rumours every year), I’d be most curious to see who fills the seat at Red Bull. Personally I’d love to see Ricciardo get a chance as the number two driver.

I get pretty damn excited watching that guy drive, and with good reason. It’s only his second season in F1 and he quite consistently finishes within the points. Last week he had his highest F1 finish in seventh place, and well lets face it, He awesome. One of my favourite points in the race is when the advanced drivers start to pit (Alonso, Raikkonen, Button, all those boys), a lot of the time they come fresh out of the pit right in the positions where Ricciardo is driving before he has his first pit. Watch him. It’s amazing the pressure he can put on some of these drivers, and again let me stress that this is his second season! I shall be watching him avidly this season, and in the seasons to come (hopefully in Red Bull).

– Alex

Chinese Grand Prix: Back in Gear

After two Sundays of (lets be honest) not really knowing what to do with myself, the season kicks back in to gear with the tenth UBS Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton is on pole for the first time with Mercedes, and Raikkonen and Alonso starting second and third.

I would have liked to have gotten a post down in the last two weeks following the obvious controversy over Vettel’s win at Sepang, unfortunately thesis work had to take priority. Although I was still greatly involved in the debate through Facebook, Twitter, and various people around the office. I’ve very mixed feelings about Vettel’s win. On the one hand, he is one of my favourite drivers to watch. Partly for his skill, and partly for his complete cockiness and cheek. But… I honestly felt like he was being a shitty teenager during the race at Sepang.

“I’m faster than Mark, let me through”… C’mon mate, if you’re faster than him, pass him on your own accord, but don’t tell the team to get Mark out of your way. Which brings me to the actual overtaking, clearly disobeying team orders. Again, I don’t approve of what Vettel did to pass Mark. But it made for a decent end to the race, I honestly would have been a little bored if the top four cars had just cruised over the final laps.

I’m not sure if it’s because I live in Australia, or people just hate Vettel enough, but I saw so many idiots jumping on the “We hate Vettel” bandwagon. The vast majority of Australian media has literally no clue about Formula 1, and their criticisms of Vettel weren’t even based on driving ability, F1 regulations, or even being a fair team mate. I was ashamed when I heard a Triple M radio presenter “I would have thought that by 1918, and 1942 the Germans would have worked it out… You don’t F*** with the Aussies”. This guy’s statement basically sums up the Australian media surrounding F1 the past two weeks.

All in all, I think Mark undoubtably deserved the win in Sepang. He raced brilliantly, had a perfect start, and kept a fiercely competitive Vettel at bay for nearly the whole race. Heres hoping that his anger translates in to some equally competitive racing today, despite yesterdays fuel issues in qualifying.

-Alex

Triple M Audio of “Billy’s Bake”