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    What keeps you awake at night?

    Answering these pesky questionaires.

    If you could banish one thing from your life – for the rest of your life – what would it be?

    My own arrogance. A bit of humility could have served me well in the past.

    What’s been your most valuable ‘life’ lesson?

    See above answer.

    What do you admire most?

    A person who is true to their beliefs, without compromise.

    When were you happiest?

    When Marcy was with me. I miss her more than I thought possible.

    If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?

    Take better care of yourself — you’re going to live longer than you think.

    If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?

    Colorado, high in the Rocky Mountains.

    What animal best reflects your personality?


    What is more important in life than winning?

    Honor. Integrity. Strong sense of morality. Proper set of values. Being true to oneself & one’s beliefs. Take your pick.

    What would you spend your last dollar on?

    I’ll let you know, if ever I get to my last dollar.

    What is your greatest weakness?


    How does it feel to be considered a hero?

    Dunno about hero, but being looked up to by someone that matters to you is vey nice.

    What scares you?

    Not being in control. (I don’t ride roller-coasters, that sort of thing.)

    What event can’t you forget but wish you could?

    I’ll pass on this one. Too painful.

    What’s your ultimate comfort food?


    What’s your favourite smell?

    Tabu perfume mixed lightly with a bit of persperation.

    What tastes like home?

    BLT sandwich (Marcy & I used to do them every Sunday morning.)

    What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?

    Visit the loo.



    If one actually reads the entire article, Hamilton never says he thinks he is Senna, nor that he thinks he is as good as Senna. Give it a rest guys.



    Alright, forget my earlier post. I just read Keith’s current entry, the latest on what’s happening there. I just don’t see how in good conscience F1 can continue on as planned. Unarmed people and medical personnel being gunned down is heinous.



    If holding a race in Bahrain indicates F1 supports despots, then F1 took that position several years ago, when first it sanctioned a race in Bahrain. Any other stance on that point is disingenuous. Does F1 support Communism because there is a Chinese GP ? Did F1 support Fascism when there was a GP in Argentina?

    But F1 (read that Bernie) has consistently maintained that F1 is not a political body. And knowing Bernie, I believe him. Bernie never cared a lick for politics, only success. (No, not money, but success. Wringing every last cent out of a deal isn’t about the money, it’s about soundly trouncing your opponent…about success.)

    But I digress. I believe that if F1 is to be a totally apolitical body, and I believe it should be, then it can decide on holding or canceling the race based only on the safety issue. I know this is probably not going to be a popular statement, but it is a true one.

    On a tangent, if the F1 weekend goes on as planned the situation will receive even more news coverage, which can only serve to spotlight the plight of the protesters there.



    A horse walks into a bar and orders a beer. He sees a sign on the backbar: “500 quid to anyone who can make the HRT racecar laugh.” He looks down the bar and sure enough, there sits a HRT racecar. He tells the barman he will take the bet. Walking down to the HRT, he whispers to it, and the HRT begins laughing so hard it nearly falls off the barstool. The horse collects his 500 quid and says that it was no trouble. “As a matter of fact”, says the horse, “if you want to bet another 500 quid I can make him cry as well, but on condition that we both go outside for 5 minutes”. The barman agrees, and the horse takes the HRT outside.

    Five minutes later the horse walks back in, followed by the sobbing HRT. The horse extends a hoof to collect his 500 quid. The barman says “OK, I’ll pay you right enough, but please please tell me how you did these things!”

    “It was easy”, says the horse. “To make him laugh, I whispered to him that I could run faster than him. To make him cry, I took him outside and showed him.”



    @ JCCJCC

    …When people asks you when you begin following F1 and your answer is 6 years before you were born

    …When instead of music you turn on the DVD player with grand prixs of the past…

    Too right on both counts.



    JCCJCC, Dan Thorn & morningview66, well spotted.

    It’s a Maserati 4CLT/50 , the car in which Fangio won the 1950 Pau Grand Prix, and one of my all-time favorite cars.

    January 1, 1950 is my birthday, so I think that makes me one of the oldest here. It’s been a great ride, have seen F1 races at every track they’ve ever been held (including Aida) except for the newer ones, Singapore and Korea, which I’ll not see live now since I can’t fly anymore. Thank goodness for Auntie Beeb.



    Well, I believe Knight and jihelle won’t feel nearly so old now.

    Here’s a shot of a hardy campaigner from my birth year:

    Sure wish they still raced these ones.



    I got interested in Formula 1 cause my Granda was a club racer and he followed it. And of course, at 6 years old I followed his lead. My earliest memories of it are bit hazy, going back to age 4 or 5, I’d guess, listening to Granda read the articles in the paper and magazines. Didn’t have the lovely television coverage then that we get now. My first clear and shining memory of Formula 1 is the 1956 British Grand Prix. I was 6 years old and loved every second of it. I even got to go into the pits after the race–much later in the evening–and met Fangio and got to sit in his car. I’ve been a Formula 1 fan ever since.



    @icthyes … “USF1, because I don’t even have a car and neither did they ;-) “

    OMG … I laughed so hard I actually cried. That is the best yet, man. Well played!



    Had my good chuckle for the day. Looked at the title of this post and thought “ok, Button is McLaren….who the heck does Levers drive for?”

    I really need a vacation, LOL



    …you count up how many years you’ve actually been following/watching F1 and your own response is “whoa!!!..that long??? ” (55 years isn’t too long, is it?)

    … you call in every favor you are owed to be posted to Ramstein so you can get to European races more easily.

    … someone talks about the Nineties as “the good old days” and you snort “Kids!”



    @ Todfod … Agreed, Piquet as Gollum-like is more fitting.

    @ Keith … “However I think the identity of ‘the Lord Voldemort of F1’ deserves further discussion… ” I’m thinking the Count of Monte Zemelo is reaching that status. Sometimes I think Ferrari F1 would be far better off if the top man was Domenicalli.



    I thought Lee did very well, all things considered. Stepping in for Jake was always going to be a tough go for anyone, as there is a definite chemistry between Jake, EJ, and DC. I thought she did well to keep EJ in line as well as she did.

    Checking Lee’s CV, one finds she is an experinced presenter and journalist, as well as a licensed world rally co-driver. (Got one up on Jake, there, lol)

    I’d enjoy seeing her present again. And since Auntie Beeb elevated Jennie to presenter for the MotoGP coverage, one must consider anything to be possible. And Auntie may just be looking to replace Jake in F1, as I believe he is being groomed for bigger and better things. His post at the Commenwealth Games as one of the five main presenters is, I should think, indicative of that.



    I agree with Icthyes. He came back from a crash and resulting injury that would have ended the career of many drivers. He was told over and over during the long months of his recovery that Ferrari valued him and that his seat was waiting for him. He got off to a slow start in 2010, but that could be said of Ferrari in general. And then, just when it all kicked in for him, victory at Hockenheim was a scant handful of laps away, he was ordered to move over for Alonso. It was one year to the day following the crash in Hungary. It must have meant the world to him to be leading and be looking forward to victory on that day of all days. Having to give away the victory must surely have broken his heart. Realizing that Ferrari valued him less than he thought, or in some other way than he thought, must surely have been a blow.

    To answer Hare’s question more specifically, yes, I believe he may be a bit disillusioned just now, but with Ferrari rather than F1. I feel his heart and spirit are there for racing, but question if driving for Ferrari now means to him what it once did.

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