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5th July 2016, 2:17 at 2:17 am #324021
I think Rowan Atkinson is an excellent choice. He probably won’t be approached or want to do it, but he’s a good driver, loves cars, and his serious side is very professional yet fun. He can hold a conversation, not get all ‘shouty’ like Evans, who couldn’t interview properly at all and relied heavily on fake hype like the silliness of everyone calling out ‘The Stig’. Urgh. Does he really think a viewer likes that? I honestly couldn’t watch because of Evans being so irritating. He was offputting and I think that’s one of the reasons it dropped viewership by half after ep 1. It’s certainly a tough gig leading the follow up but I knew he was the wrong choice when they first announced it. Even as a guest he was annoying. So I’m happy he had the balls to step down.8th September 2014, 13:39 at 1:39 pm #274050
BTW, it is absolutely worth the money. I ‘splashed out’ in 2012 for Jones, costing over $500, plus flights accom and spending money. In total it was at least $2k for a four day holiday. It was such a good experience that I’ve been going back ever since and will keep going until the extended contract expires.
If you’re already excited, you will not be dissapointed. Just bring wet weather gear!8th September 2014, 13:30 at 1:30 pm #274049
I’ve sat in Jones the last 3 years, once in B and twice in A. I thought it was a great view, with the superscreen across the way, the sun to the back left during the race, and a clear close view of the first and second corners. I think row J and above you don’t get the fence in the way of the screen. Despite mainly seeing the back of the cars after they turn I was very happy, as they slow down from the main straight and also exit the pits and rejoin the race. Sitting low enough in A you can see right down the pit lane exit. In 2015 I decided on the Fangio Premium to sit in the shade (and out of the rain!) and get a view of the pits and podium, as 3 years on Jones with a similar view was enough. Brabham is facing the sun on race day, but from what I’ve seen it’s still a great view. With a 4 day grandstand you’ll get a great mix of views, with Jones being the best for raceday. But for those that have the same seat for the four days, try getting to a different vantage point for the first two practice sessions. Corner 4 is really good and has public seating as well as good spots to stand right near the barrier, corners 9 and 10 are OK, and near 13 and 14 is alright too. After the race I stick around and wander the track (on the track) until the grounds have cleared. It’s also a great time to check out all the grandstands to see what the views are like for next time. There is still HEAPS to see after the race is over, including lots of action in the pit lane. Otherwise it’s a mad crush to get to the trams. Do NOT book a flight out on raceday. You may not make it in time as the trams are packed, the lines are suffocating and move like a glacier, and taxis no longer exist.26th March 2012, 5:24 at 5:24 am #198029
Honestly (and I know many will not agree) I like a bit of passion and fire in the drivers. I like a bit of emotion and energy. Calm, cool, and always complimentary drivers can get a bit boring. Everyone always being nice to each other on the outside. It’s so fake. I like the passion and honesty. And when people are honest with their negativity, it means their positive comments are honest too, and that gives the positive side more value as well rather than making it all so clinical and sterile.26th March 2012, 3:59 at 3:59 am #198088
I was thinking that too. There’s no minimum speed. Babysitting drivers who can’t go full pace is absurd. They should slow down to the speeds necessary to NOT lose control, no matter how slow that might be. The more daring can go faster and risk damaging the cars. Look at Vergne, who was still racing on inters in the full rain, but CAREFULLY, while taking on the likes of Schumacher on full wets.13th March 2012, 2:04 at 2:04 am #195557
As long as they both do well and get McLaren enough points to get the CC, then I don’t really care who is better. And better at what? Some drivers are better at one thing than another. It’s not black and white. You aren’t just good and not good. They all have strengths and weaknesses, and they come out differently at different tracks.12th March 2012, 12:40 at 12:40 pm #195091
Looks like lots and lots of rain! Bring your wet weather gear!8th March 2012, 4:49 at 4:49 am #194669
Last year the Canadian Grand Prix started here in Aus at 3am. I had to work but who cares, so I woke up and was ready to watch.
Well, we all know what happened with the rain delay, and seconds after the restart, the TV coverage on free to air (all I had at the time due to ONE going digital only) went to the scheduled morning news, and would not resume coverage except on their digital channels. I had no way to watch the race so went to work wanting to know what happened.
I looked it up on the f1 site and found out Button had won, after going from last to first twice and slipping in past a Vettel mistake, making up for being robbed at Monaco! Then, moments later a colleague mentioned how he had recorded the entire race, live on digital, and would put a copy on the company server. So I still got to watch it, but the best race by far of the 2011 season could have been better had I not been in a rush to find out what happened after the 2 hour rain delay.8th March 2012, 3:44 at 3:44 am #194730
It’s really, really simple. Sydney needs to fight hard for the GP. We want it because Melbourne has it, and if Sydney wants it, Melbourne will move heaven and earth to keep it.
Come on Sydney, let’s fight to have the GP here to make sure it stays in Melbourne!8th March 2012, 3:27 at 3:27 am #195084
I’ve been forced to go alone because none of my dead-beat friends could afford to go. While I am not an active member of these forums, hopefully I can still meet up and have a few beers with a bunch of friendly faces. I’ll be there all 4 days and then Monday too, as I wasn’t keen to fly out right after the race. As a McLaren junky I’m still keen to see an Aussie take the flag, so I have 4 drivers to go for!