I thought it was a lot of fun, although there were definitely fewer people there than I expected. Still, it was a good crowd, and they were not wanting for audience questions. In fact, a lot of people (like me) didn’t get a chance to ask theirs. Too bad, because mine was brilliant, I assure you. ;-)
The host was kind of hilarious, and definitely more knowledgeable than I realized he would be. That was a nice surprise.
Graeme Lowdon and Bob Fernley were there answering questions before the drivers came out, and I thought they were great. In fact, everyone there was great — friendly, witty, and generous with their time — including those two, the drivers, and other team members (mainly Marussia that I saw), all coming off a long weekend.
The thing that really surprised me was the autograph session afterward, which was very informal and basically amounted to mingling casually with the drivers! Never expected that level of access.
I should point out that we did catch a glimpse of Nico Hulkenberg on stage before the forum, but then we never saw him again after that. I asked Paul Di Resta about that (!), and he said he had to leave to go to another event. Hmmm…if you say so, Paul. ;-)
I should also point out that Maria de Villota is a thoroughly lovely person, and now I’m a big fan.
As for the substance of what was discussed, I think the whole thing is going to be online in a few days, I heard? Anyway, I’ll be trying to write a blog post about it soon, as well. Need to gather all my thoughts first.
(Sorry for the disjointed nature of this post, but I’m recovering from a massive headache I had the whole time I was there!)