China F1: hot dogs, cold turkey and cucumbers
I'm currently sitting by a swimming pool with a former F1 driver to my right and to my left, one of the drivers' personal trainers. This is not a good place to be as I peruse the menu and try to decide if ordering chips with my lunch would incite derision from my two pool buddies. Ho hum….prawn salad it is then (minus the fries).
We left China straight after the race and headed for Dubai, our home for the next couple of days before making the short journey to Bahrain for the next round of the F1 World Championship.
You'll have to excuse my references to food so early on in this piece, but it's just been that sort of weekend. China is not the easiest place for a semi-vegetarian, non-milk consuming, generally fussy eater!
Anyway, I'll return to talk of food later on. First things first - it was an amazing race.
It would appear after several years of not really getting what F1 was all about, the Chinese flocked to the Shanghai International Circuit to come and see the show.
As you may expect from a country that put on the most amazing opening ceremony for an Olympic ceremony that we are ever likely to see, there was plenty of entertainment on the track before the main event.
There were men painted in gold striking giant drums, stilt walkers and dancers and giant green bubble producing princesses being propelled along the grid by a merry mass of silver-clad men. It was certainly a spectacle.
The central grand stand was full to the rafters with fans - over 20,000 in the main section alone. They were in for a treat as Nico Rosberg took his maiden Grand Prix win in Formula One after 111 starts, finally being able to get rid of the mantle, ‘the best F1 driver never to have won a Grand Prix’.
I spoke to one of his advisors, a tall German called Georg, just as Nico was driving up to take his first ever pole position in F1, and I think he was more nervous than his driver! However, Nico kept his cool and won the race by just over 20 seconds.
Norbert Haug, the MD of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport shedding tears of joy for his driver as they celebrated in Parc Ferme. This meant a lot for all the team, not just Nico.
It’s the first time since 1955 that Mercedes have won in Formula One and it's an exciting time for the Championship – it’s the first time someone other than Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Alonso or Button has won a race since Rubens Barrichello won the European Grand Prix back in August 2009 - almost 50 races.
So congratulations to Nico, who clutching a pink crape paper-wrapped bouquet of flowers, made his way off the same plane as us the morning after the night before, just the same man he was yesterday, but just that little bit taller now he has thrown the proverbial monkey from his back.
Talking about monkey business - one of my favourite parts of the weekend would have to be the moment Sebastian Vettel was given a cucumber by the german media in reference to him calling Narain Karthikeyan a 'cucumber' after their run-in in Malaysia.
On being asked for clarification about what Seb called Narain he said "I’m no cucumber or gherkin expert but I called him a cucumber".
Seeing the current World Champion stand, talking to assembled press holding this prickly, green, slightly bent vegetable brought a wry smile to all our faces.
I'm not sure Sebastian knew quite what to do with the offending article after that as he held it behind his back, then used it truncheon-like at his hip, and at one point, thought better about doing something else with it, before passing it to his press officer.
That leads me nicely onto finger food - the media centre in China is an immense place. Almost every nationality in the world is represented by someone, with the majority of press either British, German or Spanish.
Now, every Grand Prix that you go to there is some sort of food on offer. In China we were supplied with an assortment of meaty looking sandwiches and hotdogs (with all the accompaniments) and of course, as much coffee as the world's assembled press could drink.
Producer Jason admitted to eating at least five hot dogs over the course of the weekend.
Whilst we may have had food, not having proper access to the internet was more of a problem.
For the entire week I was forced to go cold-turkey and not use Google, Twitter or Facebook.
I can't remember the last time I spent a whole week unable to check up on what the rest of the world was doing and saying; what people were having for lunch or what the weather was like at home.
It was a strange, slightly unnerving experience and it made me realise how much a race weekend is enhanced by sharing it with you guys.
Fingers crossed it will be the only country we go to this season where we face a limited amount of censorship.
So on we go to Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton leading the championship and as he told me after the race, "It's been a long time since I've lead the Championship. It's a nice feeling. I won't take it for granted."
He is just two points ahead of teammate Jenson Button and both feel that they can get more from the in-form McLaren.
With hotter temperatures on the way for the next race it could be a return to the front row for the team after the Mercedes dominance in the colder conditions of China.
Right, the former F1 driver and trainer have gone to the gym so I think the coast is clear to order those chips now…
Jennie Gow is 5 live Formula 1's pit lane reporter. You can follow her on Twitter at @jenniegow.
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