Monday, 24 March 2014

Formula 1 - Influences for 2014 part 1 - The Teams


I know the season is already under way but I'd like to share my thoughts for the months ahead. I love F1 and have (along with other readers in my sphere) drawn cards for the teams, the drivers and the Grand Prix race calendar. I'll do three posts now as one containing ALL the information would be extremely long. Then I'll link back to them throughout the season. It'll be a fascinating look at the energies and influences surrounding the sport - the personalities and the ups and downs until champions are crowned towards the end of the year.

I have chosen The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom From The Gods Of The Machine by John and Caitlin Matthews, as that felt rather appropriate!

So...the teams

Engines = Wands
Submersibles = Cups
Airships = Swords
Leviathans = Pentacles

Caterham - Six of Airships - chances getting better? 
Ferrari - Two of Airships - hmmm...stalemate with two giants in the team? 
Force India - Eight of Airships - feeling trapped by the new rules? 
Lotus - Moon Voyage (The Moon) - dreams, vision, illusions? 
Marussia - Regeneration Machine (Judgement) - rebirth, out with the old? 
McLaren - Three of Engines - starting to see improvements? 
Mercedes - Spring-Heeled Jack (Death) - complete transformation 
Red Bull - Ace of Engines - New rules, new spark 
Sauber - Ace of Leviathans - New rules, staying grounded 
Toro Rosso - Ten of Airships - Taking the flak for the new regime? 
Williams - Comet (The Star) - wishing for a better season

I drew the cards prior to the first race in Melbourne (Five of Engines) and what a cracking opener that turned out to be!

There are no Cups (Submersibles) in this group, perhaps showing more the energy of enineering and intellect over emotions. With race one over, we saw a resurgence from Williams and the power that Mercedes can produce in the wake of upheaval and departure. McLaren lead the way at the moment and Red Bull are under investigation for allegedly having an average fuel rate that was too high for the new regulations (appeal to be heard April 12th)

 The top three from race one pending the outcome of the appeal were:
Red Bull

Mercedes has seen and overhaul in personnel after the retirement of Ross Brawn and dedicated the win to Michael Schumacher, who still lies in a coma following his skiing accident at the end of last year.

I won't be giving a blow by blow account of each race, you'll either be watching or not! This is just to see how the cards reflect the 2014 season. 

All the drivers' information will be in part 2.

Here's a little draw on the appeal:

1 - The underlying factor - Moon Voyage (The Moon) - A testing time of dream, visions, what is real, what is an illusion? Is any judgement trustworthy?
2 - What can we expect from Red Bull? - 8 of Leviathans (Pentacles) - They will show their prowess in intricate and exacting detail.
3 - What can we expect from the FIA? - 4 of Submersibles (Cups) - Despite issuing the punishment, what aren't they seeing?
4 - The outcome - Captain of Submersibles (King of Cups) - Good arbitration or something weak and ineffectual? Diplomacy?

This bothers me, in as much as the it looks as though emotions may get in the way, and that doesn't feel right. Could Bernie be leaning on the situation? The Captain worries me. Kings can have all the plans but a lot of it is 'in the crown'. I'd have felt happier with a Knight as at least that shows more movement. I wonder if a decision will be made which is seen to punish, but actually keeps everyone sweet....we'll see... 

You can find the drivers here
...and the race calendar here


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