Saturday, March 28, 2009

So Much to Love about new F1 Season

Ok, it's not the best way of spending hundreds of millions of pounds polluting the environment, but I have always loved Formula 1, always been a Ferrari girl and have had a crush on Martin Brundle forever.

Don't expect to hear much about downforce and grip when I write about F1, by the way - I only talk about such mundane mechanical things when I have to. However, fellow fans Stephen, Malc and Yousuf might wish to get technical when they write about it - and Duncan has even devoted an entire blog to our favourite sport.

Good to see that there is support from across the political blogosphere for the sport - and Yousuf and I are even unashamedly on the same side for a change, both having a bit of a thing for Ferrari. I've backed them since the days of Berger and Alesi - the coolness of Berger and the passion of Alesi were compelling to watch. I cried the day Schuey announced his retirement. I cried again when Massa was pipped at the post at the end of last season.

There's only been a qualifying session so far and already I'm enthralled. It was exciting despite Stephen blabbing the result all over Facebook, which led to me getting told off by my long suffering husband (this was my fault how, exactly?) first thing this morning. Still it all comes down to a scrap in the last 2 minutes.

Anyway, my quick list of things which have me all excited from today:

Brawn GP - not only is this a thoroughly gorgeous looking car, but, boy, can it go. It looks like a cool Summer cocktail and it was proudly wearing its new Virgin logo. Brawn and Branson have performed a miracle - Go Brawn!

Brundle - at his brilliant best. I can't remember what he was talking about but he compared it to being as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. Love him!

Bitching - Let's hope this needle between DC and Eddie Jordan continues. They had three mini scraps - one over the Maclaren when DC said he couldn't see anything wrong with the way the car was handling and Eddie jumped in with how Norbert Haug had called it all sorts of names, once when DC said something nice about former team Red Bull and once at the end when DC got to say I told you so to Eddie. This has potential!

BBC - no adverts. Bliss.

Looking forward to the race tomorrow. Sky + is all set and I won't be coming anywhere near cyberspace till I've watched it.

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5 comments:

Jonny Wright said...

I agree with you one million percent. I love F1, and always get withdrawal symptoms over the off-season. Unlike you though, I'm a die-hard McLaren fan, and have been since I was a kid. So I have a feeling I'm in for a long and frustrating year ... hope we can pull it together by mid-season, at least.

Isn't the BBC coverage great, though? I love the website, the embedded videos etc - and I'm really looking forward to a race with no ad breaks for the first time since I can really remember. I was 10 when F1 went to ITV!

Allan said...

For some of us Ferrari died in May 1982 at Zolder

Yousuf Hamid said...

Here here to the BBC! Do you remember that race a few seasons ago where Schumacher was right on Alonso's tale doing everything he could possibly do to get past. There were a few laps left, we were all on the edge of out seats as Alonso was producing a defending master class and then... we broke for adverts!

Francis Ameda said...

Hey there! Good to know you're an F1 fan also. I have been a Honda fan since I've bought my Honda Civic and When Rubens transfer as well. It is indeed a Great turn of events when Brawn GP took 1st and 2nd place in Australia. I just hope they will continue this form going into Malaysia. Go Brawn! Go Rubens!

Caron said...

Thank you for all your comments. Yousuf, I do remember that moment, as well as many other inconveniently situated ad breaks.

Also I have to say that Jake Humphrey knocks Jim Rosenthal and Steve Ryder into a cocked hat:-)

What a fantastic race it was. I think Jenson would have won even if Vettel and Kubica had stayed in - how much trouble are they going to be in with their bosses? Fabulous to see Rubens on the podium, as well, though. I've always loved him too.

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