> Although I cheer for Schumi (because he is the best driver) to become the
> world champion for the third time, I think he gets a lot of help from some
> other guys.
> Why was the race in Estoril pulled out of the season? Well, just remember
> who were the winners last 5 years. Williams drivers won the race there in
> 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996, right?
> It seems that Damon, Ralf, Eddie, Giancarlo And maybe even Heinz-Harald all
> helped a lot Schumi through the season. Why?
> Why was that pace car in Spa? Why did Schumi payed only the fine for pit
> lane speeding in Hungaroring?
> Finally, remember that Ferrari won its last championship in 1979, with Jody
> Scheckter. And this is the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in racing. It seems
> that Bernie wants to help Ferrari and Schumacher to become the champions
> again. You know, that could maybe bring back some of the old glory and
> passion of Formula 1. F1 became so predictable these years. Williams and
> only Williams. And if it changes, it could bring much more money to Bernie.
> Is it true? Does Bernie (and other guys) really work against Williams. Does
> he really help people from Maranello?
> But, you know, that doesn't change the way I feel about Schumacher. I still
> hope that he will do it, despite the poor performances in last 2 races. I
> would only like it to be more fair, to be deserved and right on the track.
> Not in some strange and dark rooms.
substantial reason why Bernie and FIA would prefer a Schumacher victory:
Unlike Jacques, now only in his second season, MS has a *huge* following
in comparison to JV. What does this all mean? Well, it means $10's of
millions of more dollars in MS 1997 World Champion paraphernalia sales
(hats, tee-shirts, etc. etc.)
Jacques really doesn't have a substantial fan base outside of Canada -
with exception to a few scattered fans here and there (and Canada isn't
exactly on pins and needles over JC and F1 right now). MS, OTHO, has
incredible appeal in Europe where F1, with exception to football, is the
most popular and followed sport. While many people worship MS as a
racing, nay, sport God, they treat JV with contempt and in extreme
cases, hatred. Just look at the ignorant language used often on the
newsgroup. Considering that it is *just* motorcar racing, it's quite
silly and sometimes shameful the things that are said around here.
The bottom line affects policy and helpful "decisions" made by Bernie
and the FIA. No speed violation penalty for MS in the pits, mysterious
selection of tyres with a pace car, an astounding nine-race suspended
sentence for JV, just to name a few outward examples of possible
"higher" manipulations. Of course, short of slashing JV's tyres, the
FIA can't "force" a MS World Championship, but it most certainly can
affect the final outcome.
It's all in the money you see?