Well anyone dropping in with the hope of seeing some images from Friday practise, well sorry I don't take my camera to F1 events, just two reasons 1)I'm always carrying a beer bag/cooler and another bag for food/sun block/water etc 2) I think modern F1 cars aren't a thing of beauty, to functional in their designs come the Silverstone Classic a few weeks later that's a different matter, Porsche 967, Lola's and Chevrons and Ford GT40's to name just a few...yummy, yummy.
My seat for the weekend is the very first grandstand at the entrance to Stowe corner (where Scumacher crashed and broke his leg whilst at Ferrari), the talk in the media was the lack of ticket sales! And the grandstand was near empty with the exception of a large group of Scots who the previous weekend had been at Le Mans and are on a massive excursion LeMans/Silverstone and home to Dumfries...after much looking of photo's from their French trip (mostly half naked pissed up blokes and the odd interesting images of cars at night with glowing brake discs...very arty) I started to wonder why the organiser never put a grandstand from Maggotts down to Chapel and the start of Hangar straight, it's a truly amazing site watching an F1 car attacking the series of left/rights at speed, the change of direction is amazing....the lack of crowd gave plenty of chances of viewing from "standing only" spots around the circuit and it seemed those that were there today had the same idea as me and also headed for the banking at the Maggotts section come Saturday/Sunday it's a proper scrum to get good views so shall not bother woth that.
Not knowing who's sat next to me at the Grand Prix is a worry but at least the Scots are near enough for a bit of joke etc and as long as I don't get the bloke I had a couple of years ago who thought a Torro Rosso was Seb Vettel it shouldn't be too bad. I had my predictions for the race results with Trevor ( I think you might be right about a Force India as an outside bet) however it seems my predictions have been a bit of a curse, for the record I'm going 1st:Alonso 2nd:Webber 3rd:Vettel or Massa. From what I seen today (not much to be fair) the Merc's of Hamilton and Roseberg haven't got race pace but expect to see them in the top five for qualifying. So my curse first Webber announces he's leaving, though I'm excited by the news he's joining Porsche for endurance racing next year, obviously wishing to exercise that horrific crash/take off on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans for Mercedes....remember that one!! Then in second practise Massa stuffs into the barriers not far from view, to me it looked like at the last minute he opted to pit, got on the white lines and lost it, no replays on the big screen opposite today to verify that..grrrrr. And Alonso was 10th though some say he was heavy with fuel if that's the case, IF he qualifies first he won't be caught! The Fez was rapid at times...from the Stowe section anyway.
But when I saw a horrid looking cheese burger was £3.50!!! and a 500ml bottle of pop costing £2 compared to £1 at the shops I knew I made the right choice to leave the camera behind and stock up on my own food.
Lastly the last and most valuable freebie came at the entrance when the obligatory cheap and cheerful little radio was handed out to enable people to listen to the circuit commentary and to protect your ears to a degree from the evocative loud F1 cars, like an idiot I forgot by little yellow foam earplugs, for the last couple hours it sounds like I got a mosquito in my ear lugs, school boy error.
I hope you enjoyed the images from the last week, no connections with the blog post, other then to mention I got another shitty comment from an "Annon" saying why post grey sky shots, two reasons 1) Because when I started this blog it would be random topics, not much knowledge parted as not much to offer! and both "decent"/dodgy and record images will be published 2) BECAUSE I CAN..EASY AS THAT.
HAVE A GOOD 'UN WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING