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  • #223863
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    Oh, and this may be obvious, but don’t forget that they only run one driver at a time, so if there’s someone you particularly want to see and you’re only going for one or two days, try to find a list of who’s driving on what day (probably not available until quite soon before testing starts, so I suppose it depends how flexible you are).

    #223862
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    Hi, yeah I went last year, it was great! Beautiful weather, I got to explore Barcelona & of course F1 cars for 20€ (give or take, can’t remember exactly). I think a couple of the tribunes on the inside of the track were closed off, otherwise yeah, you could walk around all the grandstands as you pleased. I read some advice on the internet before hand that it was difficult to walk from the train station to the track – this is NOT true, and I would advise walking if you can get a map on your phone or whatever. It seemed there’s like 1 or 2 taxis in Montmelo, and it took quite a long time to get in it (it was going back and forth I presume). There’s no shuttles or anything like that for testing. I have an account of the day and some photos and videos on my blog if you’re interested: http://gwannelsandiego.blogspot.fr/2012/02/barcelona-formula-one-testing.html

    #196343
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    @tomsk Clearly I don’t think she should get the job just because “she’s a woman”, I just mentioned that it would be nice to have a woman in a prominent role after giving essentially the same reasons you just did for her getting the job.

    #196339
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    This should maybe be a new thread, but who would people like to see replace Jake in 2013? I’m hoping for Lee McKenzie, she seems to have a good rapport with drivers & get good interviews, I like her, and as a female fan it’s nice to see women involved other than in an ornamental fashion. They already gave her a run at it (although highlights only from memory) when Jake was away, so she seems a plausible choice. I might be suffering from a lack of imagination over other potential contenders though – I wouldn’t have had a clue who Jake was before he started.

    #215765
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    I’m a fan of both drivers, but Button #1 just because I’ve been following him longer. That said, I do think Hamilton is the better driver overall, but I remember how many people said the McLaren move would be the undoing of Button and show how poor he was & undeserving of his WDC etc., so I’m just pleased that this is proven not to be true. Although there are still plenty of people who will point to Hamilton’s bad luck without considering that obviously Button has also had retirements that weren’t his fault in the previous 3 years. Who had more, I don’t really know or care, what matters for me is we haven’t seen those huge Alonso-Massa/Vettel-Webber-esque gaps between the two of them.

    #210982
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    I went for testing in February, so can’t comment on actual racing obviously, but I made my way around the bulk of the circuit. I liked the view from G the best of the stands I went into. L looks good from the picture above, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t accessible during testing

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    #214178
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    I’ve lived in France for over three years now, and I’m surprised by the number of people on the grid (not just drivers, but also some team principals etc.) who can speak decent French.

    One of the things I find most impressive is the drivers who can joke around in English, because I think that’s one of the hardest things to master, even if you’re relatively fluent. I’ve seen some comments in the past from people who think Vettel has quite an immature sense of humour, but I actually think his ability to joke and especially use wordplay is pretty amazing, whether you find him funny or not!

    I’m also impressed by drivers who can understand the sometimes complicated slang or idioms that anglophone reporters throw at them. I actually notice this more though when they don’t understand – sometimes the journos really need to think a bit harder before using (relatively) obscure British expressions with someone like Kobayashi who struggles a bit!

    #207845
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    @magon4 – I’m not responsible for any Federer hate, I think you mean someone else :)

    #207833
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    I actually like him most of the time as a person, in interviews – I prefer him to Webber, but that might just be my Kiwi bias showing. I don’t think the language barrier is a problem in his case (although sometimes I wish someone would tell him & others to stop saying “I did a mistake”, that gets on my nerves for some reason!) However, it’s true that he has shown moments of immaturity and sulking on and off-track (but haven’t they all). I just don’t think he’s proven his abilities to race from back in the pack and until he does I won’t regard him up there with Alonso and Hamilton. Plus I think all but the uber-fans are happy not to have a repeat of last year’s dominance.

    #206116
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    I started watching a bit when I was living with an ex-boyfriend, around 2003-2004. They didn’t have free-to-air live racing in NZ (still don’t as far as I know) so we would watch highlights shows which covered all kinds of motorsport on the weekend i.e. a week old. I don’t know how exactly I went from thinking cars and racing were mind-numbingly boring to becoming a big fan of F1 – the ex preferred rallying, but I still think it’s boring to watch the cars go one by one. I remember starting to support Jenson in 2004, when he had quite a good season. Then I must have started watching races live in 2005, when I split up with the ex and moved back in with my Sky-having parents, although I’m not sure at that stage if it would have been every race since they are on at a rather inconvenient time in NZ.

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