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Frying Tonight in the Honda Camp

I understand completely why so many have given up hope of Jenson Button ever fulfilling the promise he showed when he first arrived in F1. Year after year he has carried English hopes into battle, only to disappoint through no fault of his own. It is no wonder that we despair of him ever getting the right drive at the right time.

And I have tried so hard to be loyal, even sticking my neck out and predicting a championship for him this year. Who could have guessed that Honda were about to confuse themselves utterly with a car that just does not do what it’s supposed to? Once again it looks as if I will have to shelve my hopes until next year.


Except that now there is a new hope from England, the amazing Lewis Hamilton who has done everything right so far, even picking the right team at the right time at his first attempt. The temptation to desert poor Jenson and join the masses betting on Hamilton is very strong.

But I will soldier on for a while yet, believing that miracles are still possible and Honda will work out their problems before long. Fat chance, I know, but this is probably Button’s last chance and I’m not ready to give up on him yet.

It does not help that Mike Lawrence has written a very good article for Pitpass dot com, analyzing Honda’s weaknesses, most of which I agree with. He places much of the blame on Nick Fry’s shoulders and it is hard to argue with his assessment; the buck stops inevitably with the boss of the outfit.

I think Mike makes a mistake in dragging Henry V in as an example, however. It’s an unfortunate choice that weakens the force of Mike’s argument. Henry was England’s hero, not only because he gave them victories, but also because he stood with them in their troubles, sharing their hardships and inspiring them to great things. Shakespeare’s version of Henry’s speech before the Battle of Agincourt may be romanticized but it is as good a guess as anyone else’s; the fact is that Henry’s troops fought as well as they did because they loved him.

“And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

Extract from Henry’s speech, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3

The whole speech can be read here, if you’re interested. I know it’s a bit off the subject of motor racing but hey, it was Mike who introduced the idea. And I would hazard a guess that, were Nick Fry to have anything like the leadership qualities of Henry V, Honda would not be in the mess they are now.

7 Responses to “Frying Tonight in the Honda Camp”

  1. An avid fan of F1 I can’t help but chime in on the subject of Button and the “right place, right time” theory. I too predicted a good finish for him this year and the stinking ugly earth-tone Honda has let more than one of us down. Fisi also……doing the best he can with a terrible car, what happened to Renault? If I were running either of those teams, I’m not too proud to bring back last years model! Test with the new car, RACE with the old! Like ‘first impressions’, one doesn’t get a second chance. When the lights go out, they need a winning car, testing is over, it’s RACE time and I couldn’t sit at the monitors and watch my team lapping a second and a half off the pace. And did you see this mornings news, Honda has fitted some huge ‘elephant ear’ wings to the nose….the DRAG is enough to make one wonder what on earth are they thinking? “Right place, right time”…….others have suffered similar fate; De La Rosa who rightfully belongs in the second McLaren has been cheated; Pizzonia who actually is a good driver was driven from F1, McNish who has proven a world class proto-type driver was discarded needlessly, but the “right place, right time” problem goes all the way back to the beginning of modern F1……..does anyone remember (Sir) Stirling Moss
    of the 1950s and 1960s? He won zillions of races but never won the Drivers Championship. And then there was Michael Schumacher…….”right place, right time”? It works both ways.

  2. All true, Number 38, and many are the drivers who never managed to be in the right time at the right place. I guess those few who managed to combine skill with luck are the ones we call champions now…

  3. And then tere are those drivers that place getting more money higher than putting themselves in the right place at the right time… Buttongate comes to mind.

  4. Actually, Button can’t do anything right – before Buttongate he was accused of being too nice, now he’s said to be too interested in money. In truth, I think he was just trying to be the hard man everyone was saying he should be – and looking for the best drive regardless of contracts. Pity he turned out to have made the wrong choice…

  5. Honda’s situation reminds me more of Joss Whedon’s bastardised version of the St Crispin’s Day Speech

    “We band of buggered…”

  6. How true, Patrick. :D

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