Jetlagged in a Melbourne hotel room
I decided that after thinking, talking, watching and writing F1 for the past five days, just an hour focussing on something totally different would be good for me - it was this or a show about a vacuum cleaner that works by using steam and a weird 'magic soaking up cloth'... I think I chose wisely!
I'm glad you all enjoyed the photos. I've taken some more of our base at the track and of DC, EJ and I in rehearsals and I'll be sure to upload them before our magical mystery tour moves on to Malaysia.
So, it's finally upon us. Seven months after getting the job, a week after packing my bags, and a day after we saw the cars on the track for the first time, the season is finally upon us.
I've really enjoyed my first Australian GP experience thus far. All the teams base themselves in temporary offices just a few feet from the back of the garages. Imagine a path running the length of the garages with the garage entrances to the left and on the right is grass running parallel to the pits. Each team has their own little section and engineers, PR people, various celebrities, photographers, journalists and of course drivers sit around eating, drinking and chatting on the grass. It's a fantastic and open garden party atmosphere with the drivers really accessible - I can see why people talk about it as the perfect place to start the season.
Since we arrived it's been a case of meet lots of people, learn lots of things, and essentially acting like the biggest sponge in the world. I've really enjoyed spending time with EJ, he is totally hilarious. I sat down in the McLaren hospitality area (that raised a few eyebrows!) with him and DC for a chat through the script I'd written and it was an exercise in futility. I'd say every other person that entered the room wanted to grab EJ, give him a hug or take the mickey out of him. And those that didn't approach him wanted to speak to DC... honestly, the toughest thing is grabbing two minutes of piece with those boys... everybody wants a bit of them, which I think bodes well for you guys. If the paddock want to hear from them I'm pretty sure the viewing public will too.
I also find them fascinating. EJ's stories and gossip, Davids dry humour and incredible knowledge of the sport. A good mix has been discovered I feel.
Apart from spending time with the boys I've really enjoyed the company of Jonathan Legard, a top guy and really keen to do justice to a sport for which he clearly has a huge passion. I have to say though, I don't envy him. Even with Martin Brundle alongside him I think commentating is such a hard gig.
Right, I'm going to have to go. The blooming jet lag means that although it's only 9pm I am honestly struggling to just keep my eyes open... however, i'll be bolt upright and wide awake come 5am... how lovely!!
I need to do some exercise tomorrow. Ledgy turned up as I was in the midst of scrambled egg on toast this morning. He'd just run along the beachfront and looked a picture of health, if a little sweaty. I might follow suit and restrict myself to just the one hash brown tomorrow morning!!!
I've now got to do a quick interview with Steve Wright on Radio 2... hope I don't sound as sleepy as I feel. Talking of interviews, here's a chat I had with BBC East a couple of weeks ago, I thought you'd enjoy it.
And some snaps from when I met the Stig!!
'Night from Oz and roll on tomorrow, I bet Nico Rosberg is the only guy who sleeps as soundly as me tonight!!!!
PS - I always thought when out on track together the cars would look much more elegant than we expected and much less ugly than people thought they would. Particularly the McLaren... it might not be as fast as the team hoped but in the flesh it's a real work of art.