I always have had a grand image of the moment F1 was born; I imagine there was a smoke filled room of aristocracy and playboys who probably met and set down some basic guidelines and then pilled their cash on a table. They were confident they were going to have a thumping good time. Then, while having some brandy in the drawing room afterwards, someone said: “I wonder whether any team that’s not British, Italian, French or German will ever win?”. Then the Brits, the Germans, the Italians and the French all exchanged looks – and laughed their heads off. Impossible, after all, the ‘Grand-Quartet’ were the only countries that even had racetracks!!! The thought that a Spanish team, an Irish team, and Austrian team would ever win the World Drivers championship or the World Constructors championship was sensationalist, ridiculous.
It was in this moment that the precedent for F1 was set: Only the British and Italian teams would be allowed to win either championship, and occasionally the French and the Germans would be allowed to join in. A ‘Grand-Quartet’ was set up, dominating the sport and keeping the racing pedigree true and pure. This is in my opinion the greatest of F1 traditions, and last year when all of my mates were confidently predicting Red Bull (an Austrian team) to take both championships I rolled on the floor, cracking up, explaining that the Red Bull’s were doomed to failure because this was THE rule of F1, a rule that will never, ever be broken as long as F1 continues. The rule saw of the Honda’s in the 60’s, the Wolf’s in the 70’s, the Jordan’s in the 90’s the Toyota’s in the 00’s.
However, ladies and gentlemen, we are now facing a dire situation. Never before in the history of F1 has the ‘Grand-Quartet’ been under such pressure, Red Bull are now storming to victory in both championships, we have just three races left, and I am no longer laughing.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has come to take action. Join me in officially condemning Red Bull and supporting their rivals in the championships. We hope that Alonso takes the drivers championship, but we really have to throw our support behind McLaren, for only they have the power to take the constructors championship from under the noses of these Austrians.
Do not let 60 proud years of F1 tradition end, fight them in Korea, fight them in Brazil, fight them in Abu Dhabi, and fight them tooth and nail for every last point!
The purity and honour of Formula 1 hangs in the balance, we pray to God it can be saved.