After finishing that previous post about McLaren and what this week may hold for them, I got to thinking about what may be in store longer term.

In 2007 we had Spy-gate when they were accused of being in possession of certain information which really belonged to their arch-rivals Ferrari.

Now, in 2009, we have Lie-gate were two of their employees have been accused of lying to the race stewards in order to “steal” a third place off the Toyota driver Jarno Trulli.  When one of those employees is the current World Champion and their star driver, obviously this is a big deal.

This weekend’s race sees more than the usual amount of high-profile departures from the sport - some welcome, and some not so.

The most notable for us here in the UK, is that this will be ITV’s last race covering F1.  While most viewers won’t shed many tears at this news, we do have quite a bit to thank the broadcaster for.

Imagine you are sitting at home watching TV, your kids playing outside, when a car comes hurtling past your front gate at 100mph.

You call the police who stop the car further up the road, breathalyse the guy who turns out to be twice over the limit.

What would you want the police to do?

Would you want them to throw the book at the driver in the hope that doing so ensures he is never stupid enough to do the same thing again?  Or would you be thankful he didn’t hit anyone and want the police to simply wave him on his merry way?

TV coverage of F1 at the moment is much better than it has ever been in my opinion, but it still needs improvement.

In the past we were at the mercy of local directors at each GP who invariably concentrated on the drivers from their particular country. While this is somewhat understandable, it was mightily frustrating if there was more interesting action happening elsewhere on track.

Now, each broadcaster is provided with a common feed from Bernie’s FOM which in my view at least means we usually get to see what we should be seeing although invariably we do miss the odd accident or whatever.

I think I may be in a minority of 1 on this!

There’s no hiding the fact that I don’t really like Lewis Hamilton, but that doesn’t really enter into the equation as far as I’m concerned.

Having read through comments on other sites, I think the general masses are getting a few things confused here which I’ll aim to clear up.

Firstly, I’ve read a few people saying that even if Hamilton has broken any rules it doesn’t matter as Kimi later crashed out.  This is utter nonsense and I think most F1 fans would agree - if someone has broken a rule then anything else which happened either as a consequence or not doesn’t really matter.

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