Daily Archives: September 11, 2010

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

… which means, organise a race. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever seen Roman traffic – it was a matter of time. Rome just had to get a Grand Prix.

The blokes in Monza are pretty nervous about it. Think Rome might replace them after their contract runs out. This is of course my favourite thing in the world: I positively love nervous race organisers. Makes for great negotiation tactics, involving short and curlies and such.

According to Gianni Alemanno, Rome’s mayor who is now my new best friend, EUR is the best place for the Rome Grand Prix. Only thing is, we’ve got to settle on the name. Italian Grand Prix is taken, Alemanno has suggested Grand Prix of the Roman Empire. Sounds great, but reminds me a little of rise and fall and all that. I told him I’d sleep on it.

The only remaining issue is to get the current residents to agree. Which should be no problem because nobody lives there. It’s an office district.

I’ve already called Hermann Tilke to take a look at the place, probably needs to do some rebuilding but nothing drastic – maybe an office block or two.

Lewis is getting worried

Lewis on his way to work

Apparently our warning about revoking F1 licences for bad boys has struck home. Lewis is pissed off. He called me about it.

“This kinda limits my options, Bernie. You can take the boy out of F1, but you can’t take F1 out of the boy. What if I get another ticket? Can they really revoke my F1 licence? How fast can I speed without them doing that?”

Lewis, I say, if you don’t trust yourself, why don’t you let someone else drive?

“Let someone else drive? Like who? Nicole? Get real. Doing 300 an hour on a race track is less dangerous than sitting next to her in anything with an accelerator pedal. You can’t be serious. And I really think they’re picking on me here. It’s just not fair, is it?”

Well, Lewis, can’t help you there I’m afraid. In the words of the famous actor Don Johnson: send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. Just stay clear of the coppers.