It's all up in the air
Well I can't believe it's another flight and another blog... this time concerning the third race of the season.
I have to be honest that I scoffed at the warnings, assuring myself that the few days off in between would be recovery time enough. Well here I am, T3 at Heathrow, feeling a little sleepy even before adjusting to the time difference in China.
You'll be pleased to know my few days back home did indeed begin with Sausage and Mash as promised, with Yorkshire Puddings to make me feel like I really was back in England. Hope you enjoy the photo I've attached. Harriet took the snap, I did the cooking!!!
The other photo is my sheer excitement at getting to fly home on a new Boeing double-decker plane. An Airbus A380, seating more than 800 people... Yeah, I know, I'm a bit of a geek... and I was a nervous one
as we slowly took to the sky!!!
Anyway, I was glad to get home, and spend an Easter Weekend with Harriet that even saw us go for a run! Let me put this in perspective and explain that we've been together for nine years, married for two, and our 20 minutes along the Thames towpath was the first time we'd gone jogging together ever... perhaps that explains the tired limbs I'm feeling as the energetic-as-ever Legie tucks into some tomato soup next to me.
Thanks for all your feedback on the last blog; I'm amazed there were so many comments! We had our first production meeting this week to work out what is good, what is bad and how we can all improve. It was constructive and certainly your comments were taken into consideration (I didn't claim them all as my own, you'll be pleased to know).
So, what can we expect this weekend? Well, for a start, a change of personnel. EJ can't make this race so the supremely talented and vastly experienced Mike Gascoyne will take his place (he's a fellow Norwich fan so we'll need to try and track the East Anglian Derby down somewhere in Shanghai... hmmmm, I don't hold out much hope). I think Mike will give us a unique insight into the technical side of the sport and it may be the perfect time given that the diffuser row is set to be decided on Wednesday. How do you think it will turn out? I reckon we'll still be in the air when the result is heard and, if so, I'd love to get your reaction on here. The general consensus seems to be they will be declared legal. If so, how many more 'double-decker diffusers' do you think will be on show this weekend??
It has certainly been a stunning start to the season and we're all delighted so many of you tuned into the Malaysian race, even if we weren't able to bring you a car passing the chequered flag at racing speeds - which would have been a first this season! There was no F1 Forum on the red button following that race so we have to make doubly sure we give you a voice this weekend. E-mails as ever to firstname.lastname@example.org... look forward to them!
For what it's worth, I'm expecting Brawn to start feeling the heat from the other teams after this break. Ferrari have decided it's time to up the ante, Williams will have been working on turning pace into points I imagine... and if Red Bull do end up with a new diffuser, how quick could they actually be?
Anyway, I hope you are able to get up early for the action in Shanghai, I was there just a few short months ago when Lewis totally dominated the weekend - how this incredible sport soon turns around - and, depending what happens in Paris this week, it could all alter again!
I'll blog again when I land, all the best, look forward to seeing your comments.