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  1. A bad day? Do you need more than 1 lap of investigation to see that Hamilton overtook the SC?

    Hamilton keeping pole in Canada when his car didn't comply with the rules was another bad day?

    Hamilton weaving in front of Petrov to avoid a faster car passing him on the straight was another bad day?

    The list is longer, let's call it a bad day 2010 F1 Championship.

    As usual Alonso moaning that he's behind Hamilton and trying by any means to to get in front of Lewis, sorry Alonso you're just not fast enough.

  2. Enjoyed that report, thanks for taking the time to report back to us, I'd love to go to the Canadian GP one day! Always an exciting race, our GP trp this year was at Turkey GP this year, see my report on this forum!

    You seem very quick lose faith in Vettel's ability...i'm not a big fan as i have another favourite however...Vettel has talent, just cause he's had a couple of difficult race doesn't mean he's lost it!!

  3. We’ve been wanting to go to the Turkish GP for some time now. Over the past couple of years we’ve noticed how exciting a race it always is and an F1 car through turn 8 is a spectacle to behold!

    This year we finally prepared ourselves. When our bonus’ from work came in we set aside 1000 quid for the weekend.

    The Turkish Grand Prix this year fell on a British Bank holiday so we only really had to book the Friday off work. Then we could get down to blowing the £1000, and we did so as follows :-

    - Flights (KLM from Glasgow – Istanbul Ataturk) - £480 (two adults return)

    - Hotels – Fri (night) Radisson Airport hotel - £120

    Sat –Sun Hotel Star - £120

    - F1 tickets Grand Stand bronze 2 x T3 - £150

    - Spending money - £130 = about 260 TL

    Ok, let me explain a few things about the costs above.

    Flights. The circuit is on the Asian side of Turnkey so ideally you want to fly to Gokcen Airport and stay in a hotel near there however we were unable to find reasonably priced hotels on the Asian side of Istanbul even 3 months in advance! So We had to fly to Istanbul Airport on the European side where there are more hotels thus more variety and cheaper!

    Hotels :- On the first night we were arriving late 0030 so we didn’t want to be mucking about trying to get to our hotel. So we booked the Radisson Airport hotel which also has a FREE shuttle bus till 130am from the airport to the hotel. Hotel was dear, but worth it! The plan for Saturday morning was to get the bus to back to the Airport where we were told by Istanbul Park (F1 circuit) that there would be a shuttle bus to the circuit. NOT! There is NO shuttle bus to the circuit on a Saturday from the airport ONLY Sunday! They don’t tell you this! Anyway, because we couldn’t find any reasonably priced hotels in the Gokcen Airport area we needed to find some hotels near to where we could get transport to the circuit on the European side of Istanbul. After much investigation we found that there were buses to the circuit from Taksim square, thus we found a hotel called the Hotel Star which was only E60/night and just 2mins walk from the buses to the circuit!! Ideal!! So we stayed here for Sa & Sun night, buses start from early in the morning and leave when full LOADS of buses so chill man!. See my full review here :-

    For somewhere good to eat see my review here :-

    F1 Tickets :- Looking at the circuit map the best place to sit is Turn 3. Loads of corners and places to overtake, so we thought, however to see all corners well, you need to be seated to the far left of the stand (looking at the track), I’d chosen the opposite (far right) which wasn’t great, thankfully during the race the stand was quiet enough for us to move nearer to the left where we were able to see quite a number of overtakes. The one problem with T3 and Istanbul Park as a whole is the TV and timing boards or rather lack of. There are no timing boards round the circuit AND those privileged enough to have a TV…well it’s barely visible as they’re positioned too far away to see timings. If it wasn’t for my trusty Blackberry phone with F1 app timing, qualifying would’ve been a waste of time attending. Unless you want to see F1 cars just go round and round…

    Spending Money :- 130 quid is not much for two people! But it’s enough in Turkey! Even after being stung by the unexpected 60TL!! For a visa at the Turkish Border! RAGIN! Robbed before even touched Turkish soil!! Anyway the rest of the cash got us through the weekend (didn’t include eating out which I paid on credit card). I usually have one or 10 beers while on a weekend away but it’s so hot in Turkey beer is the last thing you want to be drinking! Water, water, water the whole time, otherwise you’re in trouble! I thought of buying 1 beer just to taste Turkish beer, but when I saw that it was £14 for about a pint…I went for the water again!

    Just a couple more things about the experience that you should know. If you’re one of those like us that like to walk the circuit, well….no need at Istanbul Park, here there is a circular road running round the circuit and on that circular road there are buses taking people from their Tribunes to all other parts of the circuit, so one can hop on and hop off, take a look round, hop on till they’ve seen all the views they wish. We chose T3 because at T3 one can easily get to the famous T8! So during quali we walked over to T8 about 10mins walk away. Watching an F1 car go round there at speed was an awesome spectacle to behold! Don’t miss it! Mandatory visit! We got to view the whole circuit in each bit but we found that the best place to sit would be Stand 8 the last stand before start finish, this I where you’ll get the BEST view and most action T3 was good though and cheap! If you sit in Stand 8 try get tickets in block 275, they are the best!

    Last buses leave at 1900 so we had plenty of time to explore! On the whole we had a Fab weekend in Turkey and I recommend it immensely!

  4. Ok thanks people for your interesting comments. Best reply for me was Alan333

    "Jeez what do you people want, one minute it's harder racing with more overtaking and the next it's boo hoo I don't want to play with the big boys. Ham clearly gave the place back so if Kimi wants the lead again he should go and get it. Let them race. It was great to see Ham and Kimi going toe to toe and Kimi lost, on other days he has won. Do we want cautious drivers fearful of dumb stewards or the best giving their all to beat each other."

    I think Kimi is a good driver, I think Lewis is a good fact given his lack of experience he's an awesome driver! For me it's clear, there was no way Lewis could've had any advantage after giving Kimi back the lead. In fact Kimi would have more of an advantage due to him having a better run out of the corner and Lewis having to lift off.

    It was good racing by both drivers and Lewis has been penalised for that, thanks FIA for killing racing! :angry:

  5. After a brilliant win by Hamilton yesterday, and subsequent demotion due to being too fast for Ferrari, it's now pretty much official that the FIA will penalise Mclaren to the point of inventing incidents to penalise for!

    The only way to stops this is for all the F1 fans that agree, which from the posts I've read are most non-Ferrari supporters, that we boycott the next race at Monza. If we don't stand together this fantastic sport is dead.

  6. DO NOT GO TO SPA, THE PLACE IS A DUMP! We forked out a small fortune to watch a race there and it was very disappointing. Poor facilities, litter everywhere! Loudspeakers not working! Poor views for you money 5 hour wait to get out of spa! Missed tunnel was hellish!

    From experience I'd recommend the Nurburgring/Silverstone/Hockenheim

  7. Ron Dennis did indeed gamble on a rookie driver who despite having supreme talent, was totally inexperienced, and who in the end suffered badly the pressure placed on him to win the driver's title. Basically, Lewis Hamilton choked. He was very nervous before the start of the last race. And his opening lap at Brazil demonstrated how inexperienced he was at dealing with the whole situation.

    Lewis Hamilton with the aid of Ron Dennis basically put himself into a very dificult situation that was totally unnecessary. His ambition to win the 2007 driver's title was greater than his maturity. There will definitely be psychological scars to deal with. And Ron Dennis, despite his age, showed considerable lack of wisdom and maturity himself in his management of the drivers at Maclaren. His love affair with Lewis Hamilton cost Maclaren the title.

    On the face of it, this should have been Alonso's year at Maclaren. Hamilton should have spent the year as the pupil to the master. He would have learned a lot more and he would have been better prepared to deal with all the psychological pressures placed on him. Throughout human history this has always been the case. For Ron Dennis to throw out the wisdom cultivated through thousands of years of human civilisation is just plain foolishness. Apprenticeships are there for a reason.

    As Jackie Stewart once said so very long ago, when talking about his supremely talented teammate Francois Cevert, it takes about three years for a driver with considerable talent to mature into a world championship contender. His comments remain true even today. Cevert was the dutiful and loyal pupil while Stewart was the attentive and doting master. What Cevert learned from Stewart was gold. Lewis Hamiton could have learned so much from Fernando Alonso this year. His choice to compete against his teammate resulted in him receiving no help at all from Alonso who could have been a very valuable teacher to the rookie in so many areas of racecraft.

    In the end, the blame for losing the 2007 driver's title lies with Ron Dennis. He is a very flawed human being who as headmaster has psychologically damaged the pupil and estranged the teacher.

    Strange how Lewis finished 2nd in the WDC then?

  8. That was an exciting race, my wife actually felt sick watching it, she so much wanted Hamilton to win!

    So he did it in the end, ... just!

    Driver of the day, ...mmm, wife says Kimi...even though she doesn't like him! I think I must agree. Kovi drove out of his skin an all. Coulthard was amazing in the wet to! Did anyone see him go off? I don't think so!

    Webber, ...gutting!

  9. Coulthard drove brilliantly. His experience was broaght to the fore as he showed exrteme skill in driving in those terribly difficult conditions. Did you see Coulthard go off the track in the race?? I don't think so!

    Hamilton = off the track

    Kimi = off

    Massa = off

    Alonso = off

    ....and the rest of them!!

    Well done for a brilliant well deserved 4th Coulthard!!

    Great Job Hamilton! You held it together...just!!

  10. That picture does not give you any idea what the bend is like. I couldn't explain it if I tried so the only way is to see it for yourself, but trust me, it's not worth the hassle!

    Nurburgring in Germany has excellent facilities both at the official/permanent campsites and the circuit. I didn't stay at the official campsite so had to put up with portable loos, they were regularly cleaned out though. The Germans are big on their fireworks, woke up one morning busting for a pee so had to make my way up to portable loos only to find...they had all melted!! Yes, all 8 loos, MELTED!! They were just a big pile of bubbling gue...and poo! So had to venture into the forest for some privacy. At the circuit we sat down at the hairpin last year.

    Silverstone is also good at the circuit, in fact it's better than Nurburgring in places. It doesn't have a permanent campsite but on the one I went to the portable loos flushed and Everything! There were also portable showers but you have to be up at the crack of dawn to get a hot one.

    Other questions....oh ticket cost at Spa Francorchamps. No that was not general admission, that was seating at Le Comes. General admission is about 120euros for the 3 days. If you're going general admin then the best spot I would say (after walking the circuit) is the Le Come straight as close to the end as possible. This is where Webber pulled of that cracking overtake on Kovi. Prepair to be surrounded by litter!! :wacko:

  11. DON'T!!!

    My wife and I decided to go to the F1 Francorchamps race this year as each we try to go to a different race.

    Trying to find the circuit is pretty easy if you drive. Trying to find your camping site is extremely difficult due to very, very poor signage! After a 3 1/2 hour drive from Calais we spent over an hour driving round the Spa area trying to find the Le Comes camping site.

    Camping is very expensive! Brace yourself for 40euro/night. We though ok it's expensive but perhaps there will be good facilities. NOT! There were 4 portable toilets, 1 of which some German guy had locked with a padlock for himself and his family to use at their leisure. So for about 1000 people on the campsite there were only 3 very...full toilets!!

    For the first night we managed to avoid going to the toilets for a no2 as we thought once we got to the circuit there would be some decent toilets. NOT! On arrival at our stand were we were going to sit we were confronted with a long row of men lined up against the bushes with their willies out!! To our dismay the only toilets were portable toilets, again they were very very full and stinking to the high heavens! No wonder all the men just pee on the bushes!

    We thought that after paying nearly 300 euro/each for our tickets that there would at least be decent toilets. Not only that, there were no speakers working near our stands, which meant we couldn't hear any interviews with the drivers, couldn't hear any anthems or festivities down on the start/finish straight and couldn't hear the race commentry!!!

    The circuit was also very very dirty, there were no bins anywhere which meant everyone just threw their rubbish on the ground, manky!

    Worst of all was after the race on Sunday. We gave ourselves what we thought was a very generous 1 1/2 hours after the race to be stuck in traffic before heading back to get the tunnel. How wrong were we! We were stuck in traffic for 5 hours!!! Before we even left the Spa area!! The utter disorganisation by the Spa police was unbelievable! For hours we didn't even move! So we had to kiss our tunnel tickets goodbye and stay the night in a hotel. More expanse, thanks Spa Francorchamps!!

    Only good part of the weekend was seeing L'eau rouge.

    So in all I find the circuit very over rated for the spectators and I can now understand why the circuit is on the verge of being removed from the F1 calendar. And so it should be!!