My Bahrain Grand Prix photo diary
Another win for Brawn, another weekend of adverse weather, and another great weekend for Formula 1.
Now, quite a few people on my blog have asked if I could do a photo diary of what race day is like from my perspective, and I'm happy to oblige.
Obviously it's not totally comprehensive as there is a small matter of more than four hours of live TV to fit in somewhere which isn't conducive to snapping away like a tourist..
But I hope this gives you a flavour of this Sunday - and I know, I'm no David Bailey!!
I got to the track about 10am and people started filtering in, including Martin who I roped into doing a butterfly picture for the Pasque Charity, for which I'm an ambassador. The butterfly is the national symbol of children's hospices around the UK.
EJ learned to his cost that TV production offices are dangerous places... as he put his trousers down on top of DC's picture!!
Eddie's language was as colourful as his picture; however, we were still a couple of hours from going on air so Katherine the PA kindly washed them and hung them out in the sun... EJ is hilarious!!
We then had a production meeting...and can you spot the pros?? I study the script, Martin listens on...DC contemplates what's on the menu for lunch!
The wood inside the VT cabin reminded me of my grandma's house when I was a kid.... I think I'm pointing out which of the bank of monitors we should be looking off...not sure what Lee finds so entertaining... I hadn't unleashed the pink shirt by then!!!
Off to the paddock. Lee gets me mic'd up and puts on my talkback unit.
We had some strange communication issues this weekend... apparently due to "royal security measures"!?
Roger on the left is brilliant and his monitor provides our link to the outside world, Matt is on the right, and Sam is in the middle... and yes he does smile pretty much all the time! Worth a mention that lots of these guys were part of the ITV coverage that won a hat-trick of Baftas, the latest just last Sunday for the decisive final race of 2008; well done to them and all involved in last season.
Race is underway!! I retreat to Red Bull with DC, where he takes on his other role as Red Bull advisor. We chat through the race but he's also tuned into the Red Bull pitwall as their race unfolds.
After the race we take over the Brawn hospitality area for our red button forum. We must be a lucky charm because we've been with the winning team for the past three races now.
What you don't see..! We're live, Martin's answering my question while I'm frantically trying to wipe the sweat from my forehead. I can't explain to you how hot we were.
Martin refreshes himself with an ice-cream... despite enjoying the air-conditioned luxury of the commentary box for the race!!
F1 forum over, e-mails received, major players spoken to... DC get's his traditional post-race rub down... I'm joking... this was a joke we thought you'd enjoy!
Out for a well earned meal, though this isn't all the team.
Some of the guys couldn't make it and the crew had to de-rig at the track.
Before the most unbelievable five weeks of my life ends in a suitably surreal way as Sunil (he's a VT producer and also brilliantly chooses the music for the end of the show) tries to decipher a popcorn machine...I think he lost about £20 and ended up with a dry bag of half-popped corn!!
So there you are, the Bahrain GP from my perspective.
Once again thanks for watching, we're all delighted Formula 1 is back on BBC Television - just as we look to be getting a vintage season.
See you all in Spain!!!