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Archives for March 2009

Final reflections on a memorable weekend

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Jake Humphrey | 15:28 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009

Well, well, well... welcome back to the BBC Formula 1. I've missed you!

I am writing this on a flight between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur where we're flying for the next Grand Prix. It is round two of what has started as a knockout season, and we're expecting more fun and games this coming weekend - rain is predicted.

I am not sure what your perspective was of the Melbourne race but I thought you might like to hear mine.

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Jetlagged in a Melbourne hotel room

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Jake Humphrey | 11:27 UK time, Friday, 27 March 2009

Evening all,

It's 9pm, I'm in my hotel room in St Kilda (a short hop from the track on the excellent local trams) and I'm watching a fascinating documentary on Winston Churchill's bodyguard.

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!

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Eddie Jordan rocks Melbourne

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Jake Humphrey | 09:28 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Hi guys,

Our first full day in Melbourne today and having been into the city centre there is a real feeling that the anticipation is starting to build, with banners, cars, grid girls and entertainment stages seemingly filling every spare bit of ground.

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En route to Oz

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Jake Humphrey | 06:46 UK time, Monday, 23 March 2009

Well, this is a first for me. Just a couple of weeks after writing my first blog, I'm composing this one at 35,000 feet somewhere above China as I join the bulk of our production team who are all on-board as we head to Melbourne for race one.

I just glanced out of the window at China at night - twinkling lights following a river that seemed to be impossibly curvy and above me the thinnest slither of moon with what was probably a satellite glimmering inside the crescent. Quite something.

As ever my timing is perfection. Ledgy - as everyone calls commentator Jonathan Legard - is sitting next to me and clearly he's got the right idea. He prepared for his first TV F1 commentary by sleeping like a baby for five hours. I need to get my globetrotting skills as well polished as his.

I drunk too much bottled water, needed the loo, clambering over a dozy commentator in the dark cabin, returned and repeated the whole process about another five times.

I struggled to get comfortable, watched Casino Royal (disappointing) and The Wrestler (Micky Rourke), not even the best of Simon and Garfunkel could relax me to a state of even mild sleepy drifting.

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Excitement builds as season approaches

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Jake Humphrey | 10:00 UK time, Friday, 13 March 2009

Hi everyone,

The weekend's just around the corner and it's my last one here in the UK before the season starts.

Most of the BBC production team fly out next Sunday to Melbourne and then the prep really cranks up a gear for the first race.

I can't believe how quickly my inaugural season has rolled around. I was at Williams F1 on Thursday chatting to Sir Frank's daughter Claire and she was giving me tips on how to avoid piling on the weight when travelling the globe. I declined the offer of a regular Friday night run around each circuit... at least until I've built up my fitness a little!

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How Cat Deeley got me a Lotus Elise

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Jake Humphrey | 11:29 UK time, Monday, 9 March 2009


Hope you all had good weekends. We spent yesterday hanging out with our good friends in Tunbridge Wells. While the wives discussed weddings and looked back at their respective albums, my mate Grant and I gloomily discussed relegation.

He's a Brighton fan and I support Norwich City... Thank goodness two weeks from today I can forget football a little as I'll be on the other side of the world having arrived in Melbourne with the BBC production team for the Australian Grand Prix.

So, a few people wanted to know how I landed a "free" Lotus Elise at just 20 years of age having only ever driven my Mum's gorgeous "pistachio green" VW Polo 1.3 until that point.

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When Eddie Jordan met The Stig

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Jake Humphrey | 10:58 UK time, Friday, 6 March 2009

Morning everyone, thanks for your messages yesterday. And, 'pSynrg', no doubt a bit of "my driver's better than yours" will follow - an aspect I really enjoy about F1, actually. And as of today there are two more drivers on the grid for you all to discuss this coming season.

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Welcome to my blog

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Jake Humphrey | 09:26 UK time, Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Hi everyone, and welcome to my new blog here on the brand-new BBC Sport F1 site.

Some of you may know who I am from CBBC classics such as Rule The School, Newsround or even BAMZOOKi (don't ask!), others from the Olympics, Sports Personality or my other BBC Sport presenting work.  

Some of you might be even thinking... who he? Well, I am the man charged with hosting the much-anticipated return of Formula One to the BBC.  

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