Before I begin, I should point out that this is a as it comes from my fingers post. As in, I’m kinda making this up as I go, but a thought just popped into my head and I have decided to run with it. I should also point out, the Pinot Grigio as been running fairly liberally as well, so lets see where this goes shall we…
Opinions on a whole matter of topics have been flying around since the chequered flag fell in Bahrain a few hours ago, and the Internet is alive with news, analysis and passionate writing. Believe it or not, Fernando Alonso commands quite an emotional following. I actually find it quite interesting to read comments on blogs and forums about Alonso and Michael Schumacher. The Schumacher fans tend to be more defensive early on, whereas the Alonso fans wax-lyrical about the guy’s achievements, failures and persona. I’m not judging, far from it (it’s just an observation), but needless to say and given the circumstances, the Internet has been alive this evening.
And no topic more so than the Bahrain Grand Prix, obviously. And this brings me to my question: What did you think of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?
Before you answer, read the question again. I want to know what you think about the weekend. The whole shaboodle. The weekend of returning to work, finding your feet again, seeing old acquaintances, shaking hands and smiling for the cameras. Settling into the old routine again and getting used to seeing yourself in differently coloured overalls. Of course, this doesn’t concern any of us, we are not fortunate enough nor skilled enough to be out there on the tarmac. But as fans of the sport, we have our own stories to tell, our own opinions to share. And if you are fortunate enough, please feel free to join in.
For myself, just to get the ball rolling, the weekend was a mixed bag. On the one hand, it was the first round of the 2010 championship. That signals to me that I need to get my backside in gear, fix that horrible piece of code that I’ve been neglecting and start writing. Write Ollie! Write like you’ve never written before. But don’t forget to watch. Never forget to watch, admire, appreciate and smile. You see, I sometimes forget to look up from the keyboard while the action is happening before my very eyes courtesy of the television. It sounds silly, but it’s true.
I liked the fact that there were lots of changes this year, but notably, less so with the rules. I know there have been some changes, I’ve already written about them at length, but for me, the changes with teams and drivers has been fascinating. The fact that Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen lined up close to each other on the grid brought a smile to my face. I guess it’s the little things.
So to see the new teams perform was good, and even Hispania didn’t completely embarrass themselves. Bruno Senna even completed a pitstop! And all the new faces and helmets. It was like my first viewing of Formula One, when I tried to note down the names of the drivers from Murray Walker’s commentary. Takachiho Inoue, Domenico Schiattarella, Massimiliano Papis… ah, those were the days. Although I must admit, of all the changes, I still can’t get my head around Robert Kubica’s new helmet design. I get the idea behind it, and I think it looks good, especially with the car. But I’m still looking for the scarlet flashes among the bland white and blue of BMW.
Moving away from the changes to the people involved, I thought the Endurance version of the Sakhir circuit proved to be a letdown. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for trying something out, just to see, but clearly it added nothing to the overall spectacle. It has nothing to do with lap length, because Spa Francorchamps proves that a long lap can be interesting. But Spa has a multitude of fascinating and absorbing corners throughout its duration. Bahrain has a silly, fiddly, non-engaging bumpy bit at the top that adds nothing more than extra advertising revenue for the owners (more track, more billboards).
A little closer to home, I actually enjoyed the weekend. I have neglected BlogF1 over the winter, and rather embarrassingly the archives detail just one post for the month of January. Dedicated followers of BlogF1 will be happy to know I am enjoying life and some time was spent developing new relationships (that’s actually meant to be singular, but it sounds odd written that way). Personally speaking I am going through some difficulties but overall I am happy. The race weekend provided a great distraction and I have loved writing again, particularly under pressure. I haven’t experienced that kind of rush since mid-’08. I have made some changes on the fly and have been updating various bits and bobs around the site. It’s been hectic, but I thrive in that kind of atmosphere. Traffic numbers to BlogF1 aren’t what they were this time in 2008 or 2009, but I expected that. I am however impressed with the returning comments and readers. The site’s feed-subscribe level has hardly changed and the same faces are still lurking, reading, thinking. That, and that alone, sums up my weekend.
So here’s to new faces in Formula One, new and returning faces to BlogF1, and maybe, just maybe, a new race-weekend article to consider making a little more regular. I guess that is up to you though. What is your story of Bahrain 2010? What stands out to you from the weekend? What did you do/see/miss/admire this weekend?
Ultimately, regarding the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix… what are your thoughts?