This Sunday we took our boys to see the new Marvel movie spectacular, Avengers – Assembly. Pitting Iron Man, Captain America, et al, against the Norse God Loki and some space aliens, it was decidedly not based on a true story. It was outstandingly loud and violent, but also had some good comic touches and was, overall, tremendous fun. The movie did, however, prompt a pertinent question from my older son. If the world was in danger and they were bringing the super heroes together, where were Spiderman and the Fantastic Four? Surely also, the franchise differences between Marvel and D.C. Comics would be set aside in the interest of human preservation. At least no one asked Ben Affleck’s less than super,red leather clad Daredevil to join in.
This was the second time in the week when heroes were missing from the action. With their World Championship in mortal danger from technologically superior alien forces (if you count Austria, Germany and Italy as alien) and an evil genius scientist, in the form of Adrian Newey, where were Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at the Mugello F1 test? Instead, McLaren chose to send their second-string heroes into the fight, Garry Paffett and Oliver Turvey, Hawkeye and Howard the Duck, if you will.
I’ve seen the arguments that Hamilton and Button don’t know the Mugello circuit and McLaren doesn’t have any major updates (why not?), but then all the other teams sent at least one of their regular race drivers, who have experience of the cars in race conditions.
Jenson Button proclaimed himself “relaxed” about missing the test, Lewis Hamilton was, allegedly, less so. If it all works out and McLaren lead the way in Spain then all should be well. If it doesn’t, how long can Hamilton keep up his Bruce Banner impersonation and how long before he is rampaging down the pitlane? “Is it ‘cause I’m green?”.
FORMULA ONE MUM