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September 14, 2008

F1 Drivers' Favourite Words

Kovalainen: "maximum"

Alonso: "maximum"

Massa: "for sure" or "I did a great lap"

Montoya: "for sure" and "that's racing!"

Trulli: "for sure"

Heidfeld: "Fewwawis"

Webber: "mate"

DC: "conditions"

Button: "the car's just not fast enough"

Michael Schumacher: "optimum"

Hamilton: "team"

Raikkonen: "I was having a..."

July 10, 2007

British Grand Prix 2007

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I wasn't originally planning on going to the British GP at all until John suggested it. John thought it would be a nice weekend out for the boys. We decided would get a ticket for Paul for his birthday (he's very greatful to all his contributors). Unfortunately, it wasn't the surprise I hoped it would be... and it was all my fault. I had totally lost track of who I could and could not tell, and I made the smooth move telling the birthday boy!

Me (to Paul): "...I was talking to Rich's friend yesterday, turns out he's a F1 fan too and I asked him if he wanted to come to the Grand Prix with us."
Paul: "Huh? What do you mean [going to the Grand Prix]?"
Me: [Expletives]

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John and Paul went on Friday, to scout the best locations whilst watching Free Practice. We all stayed at Rich's house in Milton Keynes which meant we were very close to the circuit. We set ourselves down at Copse, a corner that I like a lot in a Stockholm syndrome way - it tried to kill me once before. We had contemplated getting a Kangaroo TV, but I thought the big TV right next to us would do just fine. Battling with the wire fence (and the back of people's heads) all weekend, I struggled to get decent pictures. One thing that always strikes you when you've not seen F1 cars in real life for a while is the noise! I'm sure the V10's used to be so powerful it felt like it was changing your heartbeat just from the sound waves.

Qualifying was quite good. I could make out what was going on quite well. Kimi's lap was good and I was surprised he came top despite his wiggle out of Luffield. That was bettered only by Hamilton who had smashed it with a 1min 19.997. The crowd just errupted in jubilation.

We tried to watch the GP2 qualifying after that but we just got bored. Thankfully there were many other things we could do. Like retail therapy: John got himself a nice orange Spyker cap. (Unfortunately, Christijan Albers doesn't drive for them anymore) and Rich got himself a McLaren cap but purposely made sure it wasn't Hamilton version (he thinks he's overhyped).

We popped down the the BMW Sauber Pit Lane Park, which was full of fun activities. Unfortunately we missed the donut making. John and Paul were lucky enough to see Mansell down there on Friday.

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We did not want to get out of bed, but we made it there at 6.15am. There were a lot of people around, even the ice-cream vendors were open for business. Down at Copse we'd only managed to get the last row to set up our chairs. Then we all peeled off on walkabouts before the circus show started. As always there was the Red Arrows performance - spectacular aerobatics as usual.

The F1 race was good. Naturally we all expected (as opposed to 'hoped') Hamilton to win. Which unfortunately didn't happen. Kimi Raikkonen won, and once again I felt indifferent - only 12 months ago I would have loved it if he had won, but I dislike red cars more than I like Raikkonen. 

I have never ever seen so many people walk around in the same F1 T-shirt in the same way that football fans do. 100,000 people turned up on Sunday, and I'm sure you could say 50% of them were wearing Vodafone McLaren T-shirts. Amazing. But not as amazing as being able to leave the circuit directly after the race and not hit any traffic! Well done to the organisers. Hopefully Hamilton will win it next year.

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April 14, 2007

Ralf Schumacher Quote

Good article on R Schumacher in F1 Racing this month. They said the problem is that he’s the high and mighty boss man, and therefore if anything’s wrong, its just the car. He’s got Schumacher as a surname, therefore he doesn’t need to adapt his driving style. It must be the car, its always the car.

Ralf Schumacher [talking to Louise Goodman]:

There’s too much understeer [from the car]... I can’t get it set up to my liking.

Martin Brundle:

You’re turning in too early, son!

April 08, 2007


Look away now if you haven’t seen the GP yet.

That was an impressive performance by McLaren in the Malaysian GP. Its a shame we didn’t see much evidence of Alonso asserting his authority. And of course Hamilton was very good again. When I was impatiently thinking: duck down the outside of the 2 Ferraris at the start into turn 1, he did the kept his head down and did the right thing and stayed on the inside. I was actually expecting him to finish 5th. Would have been a very pleasing result.

Heidi was in very good form. Confirming Paul’s prediction about BMW becoming one of the top teams. The drivers lose 4kg from just sweating in the swealtering Sepang heat. Massa probably cried another 2kg on top of that: Too many schoolboy errors.

And the Honda World F1 car should just stay in the garage if it wants to be green. Save the petrol burning. Its slow, so its going to be at the back anyway. Its the Jaguar R3 nightmare again.

March 20, 2007

Programmed to dislike red cars

Last weekend we had just broken up for the Easter holidays. The flat had planned for a while to go to the Corinne Bailey Rae concert at the Birmingham Carling Apollo. The evening was quite pleasant, and everyone had a great time.

After we got back home, the boys stayed up til 5am watching the first race of the Formula 1 2007 season. We’ve been pretty excited for a while, with Schumacher gone it there is a lot of new talent on the grid. With retrospect, it now seems like it was a good time for Schumacher to have retired – unfortunately as a Ferrari Ambassador, he’s been forced to drive ugly Fiat vans on TV adverts – very uncool.

Finally the UK has a hero in the form of Lewis Hamilton. As you can see from our “Expert F1 Predictions” most of us expect Button to not win at all this year. Hamilton would have been impressive even if he came 8th and managed to stay within 0.2secs of Alonso, and I hope he continues to perform well under pressure. He seems to be unfazed by it all which is excellent. (Heikki Kovalainen on the other hand, seemed to make the rookie mistakes, which he is of course more than entitled to do). The race itself was interesting but uneventful, with only Coulthard’s unorthodox overtaking manourve providing some excitment. He decided to park his car on top of Alex Wurz.

Now I’ve always been a Kimi Raikkonen fan. The dude is fast, fearless, and I bet the Top Gear’s Stig is a mould of him. But when he crossed the line first in his Ferrari, I just felt indifferent. However much I like him, I couldn’t like the fact that a red Ferrari had won. The impulse of the latter was stronger. Paul said it was because I’ve been programmed to dislike Ferraris for the last ten years!

December 19, 2006

Michael Schumacher's Ferrari Career in Pictures

The Legendary Michael Schumacher Special Portfolio

*Warning: Despite Herr Schumacher being a legend. Anybody who used to love to hate him (such as me) may find excessive picture viewing quite sickening.*

October 22, 2006

F1 Season Ends: Tears all around

Ah the F1 season has been over. After wanting Alonso to win, we turned into a group of Schumacher sympathisers as we were cheering him on during the Brazilian GP. I think we didn’t really care who won. Its a shame, but all good things must come to an end. I certainly have loved to hate him throughout his career – I now have nobody (good) to hate.

I did predict halfway through the race that a lot of people would be crying after this grand prix:

  • Massa cos he won (and he’s a baby)
  • Alonso cos he won the championship
  • Schumacher cos he’s sad about leaving
  • Jean Todt cos he’s a softie
  • Flavio’s armpits.
  • Schumacher fans like Paul Robertson

Anyway his drive from pretty much last place was immense. I have to say not many others could do that. (Montoya lost his front wing 2002 and clawed his way back up but I don’t think it was as good). We spent pretty the whole race going through scenarios of what-ifs and who would end up winning. The presentation from ITV by Martin Brundle to Schumacher was a bit awkward. It seems like they still don’t know how to act towards each other. However not as funny as Martin Brundle interviewing Kimi Raikonnen. It did pretty much sum up how much Kimi cares about other people and things, when MB asked him what he had been up to during the Pele-Schumacher presentation:

I was taking a shit

Amazingly Montoya still finished 8th in the championship despite missing the last 7 races. Shall be sad to see him gone. I recently found old videos on YouTube of him overtaking Shuey in his second race in Brazil 2001 and nearly won, overtaking Ralf and Kimi in Canada 2002, overtaking Kimi in Germany 2002 – fantastic stuff which hopefully someone else will emulate in the future.

Anyway sad to see Schumacher go, unfortunately Alonso was the only young-gun who was successful in beating the greatest driver of all time (it does hurt when I say that). I would have liked to see Kimi beat Schumacher. Unfortunately now there aren’t really any greats in F1. I don’t find the prospect of young guns like Kubica and Kovalienen that stimulating. I hope next season is good.

Fun times in F1

I found this hilarious. Forgotten what a joker Mr Ed Irvine was.

September 20, 2006

The Legendary Gladiators of Motorsport: Nigel Mansell

I was rumbling through a shoe box full of childhood memorabilia the other day and I came across my little book all about my motor racing hero Nigel Mansell. I read it to mind myself of what a legend he really was.


No sportsmen today can compare to this insane mustached gladiator who has been knocked out unconcious in accidents more times than a normal human being sleeps. His bravery on track gave him no fear to overtake anybody (only Montoya comes close at times of replicating this) and no fear of crashing. Every debut in a new racing series he had was greeted by either:
a) Catastrophic accident which causes neck-breaking and paralysis
b) Sitting in the cockpit whilst a pool of petrol gives 1st degree burns all over his back

Anything that moves faster than 30mph is dangerous.

...he said. So that’s why he always made sure that he was doing at least 130mph when he crashed into walls! His resilience was just amazing, always bouncing back (gently) from neck-injuries. I surely believe he must hold a record for the number of times he’s rolled a car over, or the record for the number of times he’s been thrown out of a car into a wooden fence. This amount of grit and determination throughout a long career where he sold his home a few times in order to buy a race car. His story is a one of a long struggle with many many trials along the way. He was always runner-up due to freak accidents: missing wheelnuts, rolls, etc. One time he had to get out of his car and push it (uphill) to the finish line, in sweltering heat in order to finish the race. He finally reached his goal in 1992 to become FIA F1 World Champion after 12 years in the sport. I was only 6 years old at the time, I can’t remember much apart from one race, Hockenheim (I think) where he was creaming the field effortlessly whilst I chanted his name repeatedly as the exciteable kid I was!

Literally dicing death, they were truly heroes in those days. He was so ‘normal’ in physique: fairly podgy, sported a moustache and old enough to get along with your parents in a PTA meeting (he won the championship aged 39, Alonso was 24 when he won it last year). Since retiring he’s done only low-key stuff, like touring cars and golf. But his recent comeback in GP Masters has conjured up the old fans’ enthusiasm with their ‘Mansell’-Union Jack flags. Come on Nige!

September 10, 2006

Don't Retire

I’ve never been a Schumacher fan. I’ve always loved to hate him throughout the following battles: Hill vs. Schumacher, Villeneuve vs. Schumacher, Hakkinen vs. Schumacher. But what I can’t deny is the genius he is, watching a master at work makes this a very special time in history and I appreciate his prescence in Formula1 (and I will do even more when he has retired). Therefore I don’t want him to retire – he’s not slow and he’s not getting old.

I’m sure some other drivers like Kimi and Alonso would prefer him to be around. Only by having him in the sport will they get the chance to beat him! I don’t mind where Kimi ends up, he’ll drive the wheels off any thing he gets… and will win. I think Kimi and Schumacher will be the most competitive line up ever. And F1 Racing reported a possibility of Schumacher earning $1billion if he went to BMW. But obviously money is not a deciding factor for Schumacher. At the end of the day, life’s boring after F1, I can’t see what he would be doing outside F1. If he decides his family time is more important and its time to settle down, then I guess he may leave. We’ll find out later today I guess.

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