F1’s Bernie Ecclestone sounded cautiously optimistic after introducing a ‘random explosives’ feature at the Korean GP.
“Unfortunately, by mistake, the BBC had showed a short extract of MOTO GP on their F1 preview show. It was on for less than one complete lap but by then it was too late and our core audience had already seen more action than they expect in a whole season of F1.
The sponsors were naturally a little concerned and so, as an emergency ‘fix’, we agreed to deploy a number of small, secret incendiary devices on various cars to spice things up. All things considered it went quite well and we’ll definitely do it again.”
Nico Rosberg was the first ‘hit’ when his front wing disappeared in a spectacular shower of sparks. Sergio Perez then had a rather spectacular exploding tyre which, as an unexpected bonus damaged several other cars. This was closely followed by a fire in the mechanical gubbins of Mark Webber’s Red Bull.
Force India initially thought that they too had been selected for a ‘Bernie Surprise Package’ but it turned out that the cause of the persistent whine from Paul Di Resta’s car was in fact Paul Di Resta.
“Sadly” said Ecclestone “some drivers took advantage of the situation and indulged in four or five laps of what I can only describe as ‘overtaking’ in the latter part of the race” an action with has been described by seasoned F1 watchers as ‘mindless folly’. ”It’s not big and it’s not clever” said a clearly upset Ecclestone.”
Although their race cars failed to make the podium, there was at least some good news for Mercedes when their Safety Car driver entered into the spirit of the occasion and managed to beat both Caterhams in a last lap dash for the line.