Nice to see you had a great time at Silverstone Prof
Really, really wish I could have gone, even the weather, mud and queues wouldn't have bothered me, next year maybe?
Why not? Thoroughly recommended. We were already discussing where we're going to go next about 30 minutes after the end of the race!
Didn't get too wet (new McLaren umbrella helped there ) - just very muddy shoes and jeans! Very glad we went up Thursday night, I can tell you.
Even with the cold and the rain though, still one of the best times of my life - good friends, lots of beer and cheer, a good race (the cheer when Webber took the lead was amazing!) and the racing fans really are fantastic - very hard to get depressed with that kind of atmosphere!
Glad you had a good time. Were you queueing on the gate at 4.30am Sunday morning or did you have a reserved seat?
You can't exchange a six inch band for all the poisoned streams in Cumberland.
Had a reserved seat at Copse
This is more like it, bit more raunchy than Gabby for sure.
I think Webber is a funny shape, full stop. He has to keep his weight down to 75kg or less, which must be tough for a 6ft tall guy who needs a bit of muscle on him. He seems to be the same overall shape as DC, possibly due to stupidly low body fat.
Lee is a much nicer shape. And she has the sexiest Scottish accent since... since... um, I'll get back to you on that. I'd like to see that dress that Vettel referred to
It's very heartening to see Maria De Villota appears to be making a good recovery.
Prof, I see you were trying to decide where you can go next, how about Le Mans next year? That's supposed to be a good weekend.
Edit: BTW I wasn't offering to go with you, just a suggestion for you and your friends
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
Have done Le Mans a few times now (a few years back). It's a cracking weekend and we had a really good time each year (weather was certainly much better!), but the main difference for me is not having a vested interest in the outcome means the race itself isn't as exciting. You can enjoy the racing, but the F1 is much more interesting for me as I have a much greater knowledge of the teams and the drivers. Plus, it's a lot easier to know what's going on in a race that lasts 1.5 - 2 hours compared to one that lasts 24 hours!
Appreciate the tip though - it's certainly a hell of a lot cheaper!!
If you havn't been before the Goodwood festival of speed is a really good weekend for petrol heads. All sorts of cars and bikes from old pre war race cars to F1 and plenty of current and old drivers over the weekend. If you want to get up close and personal with the machinery and drivers there is no where else like it.
Will never forget the first time I walked from the car park towards the grounds at Goodwood and could hear the F1 cars screaming away from about a mile away, first time I had heard a F1 car for real. As we got into the grounds we walked into the old pre war race car paddock just as they were starting up to head out onto the hill, the noise those old aero engines made I will never forget.
One of the best things about Goodwood is if you are in the right place at the right time you can see the drivers getting into the cars and making their way towards the hill and you are never more than a few feet away from the action. Very nearly had run me over as I was trying to take pics on my camera of the supercars, must of missed me by inches as it came out of the paddock. There is also a forrest rally stage up at the top of the hill, you will struggle to see everything in the 3 day weekend.
Friday is not as busy as the weekend so is perfect if you want to take loads of pictures up close and personal. We usually spend Sunday just watching the cars/bikes going up the hill as the place is packed with people. Last time I went we were walking past the main house just a moment before Lewis appeared on the balcony in front of us who was being interviewed by Chris Evans, very funny interview and they were even giving out free champagne. An awesome weekend and I can't recommend it enough.
I'm amazed no-one's posted a comment about the German GP. I thought it was a fairly entertaining race, good win by Alonso which makes him only the 5th driver to achieve 30 career wins (no doubt Sebastian will be the next, but with a much higher strike rate I guess).
Was the penalty Vettel got for whizzing past Button unfair? Apparently the drivers/teams were warned about passing off the track, so it looked clear cut to me, but it was a shame to drop him to 5th, not that it did much damage to his championship standing. Perhaps they need a rule to drop them a place, or places, rather than impose a time penalty.
Roll on Hungary...
I think it was fair personally (maybe I'm biased). However, it's very clear that the reason Vettel was able to overtake was because he put his foot down and went past Button off the track. If that run off area hadn't been available, he would have had to either (a) braked and tucked in behind Button or (b) crashed into Button. Given this, he should have let Button have the place back, then overtaken on another part of the track, since the McLaren's tyres were clearly shot. He didn't though, and therefore a 20 second penalty was his punishment.
I'm sitting here fuming at myself
I don't have Sky, so I had to wait for the BBC re-run of qualifying, and - Lord knows why - I just went onto the Autosport website which immediately told me who was on pole, darn! I'm normally so, so careful with that. Eeeeejit.
easily done, did the same myself last night having gone all afernoon and evening without hearing the result I went onto Autosports website.......and quickly turned away!!!
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I managed to go properly dark during the race ready for the BBC coverage this time, pheww.
I didn't think the race was that great, a few interesting incidents, but nothing much of note. Good win for Hamilton, good points haul for Alonso and Lotus are just around the corner from their first win, shame Button finished below his grid position.
Looking forward to Belgium - probably my favourite track - shame it's over a month away
Ooops, double post
I see the silly season is now in full swing: Hamilton to sign for Mercedes? If true then he's lost the plot
Away from all the swagger of the current season, some real heroism
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