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#401 Simon Arron

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:31

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Bridge over troubled asphalt: Bruno Senna tackles a circuit whose perimeter is all but deserted.

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Mark Webber, a helicopter and assorted other clutter.

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Romain Grosjean tries to avoid head-butting TV interviewer.

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Valtteri Bottas awaits the main chance.

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HRT signs new Friday driver.

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Wooden it be nice: Paul di Resta prepares to qualify somewhere between ninth and 14th.

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#402 Simon Arron

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:54

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Nico Hülkenberg plays count the spectator.

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Jenson Button attracted a slightly larger gallery.

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"Chillin' with my homies etc etc." Or probably not...

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Rare shot of Schuey not being released unsafely.

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The taste of traditional Korea.

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Fernando can now tie his own shoelaces, but struggles with the concept of hats.

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Mark Webber and assorted clutter, again.

#403 Phil Rainford

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:37

I have seen more people on a Wednesday morning at Mallory Park :eek:


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#404 arttidesco

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:41

I have seen more people on a Wednesday morning at Mallory Park :eek:


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And a finer selection of clutter too :smoking:

#405 Vitesse2

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:51

Perhaps, next year, they will have support from "the management".

Do not disrespect The Management!

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"We are Ron ... and Ron. We are not that Ron. We are The Management."

In other news:

Natalie Pinkham continues with bloody silly questions which get deserved answers:

NP: So, Jenson, what do you have to do from 11th on the grid?
JB: Go forward.

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#406 john aston

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 13:40

So what part of the Tilke design brief for the Koreadrome said ' Build it in an old gravel pit .Oh , and if you can make it look like the worst bit of Grays Thurrock that'd be a real bonus Herman '?

#407 Doug Nye

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 14:33

Lovely thread. Wonderfully evocative pix Simon - they tell me why I never regret staying at home.

DCN

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#408 alansart

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 15:45

I have seen more people on a Wednesday morning at Mallory Park :eek:

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DC was talking about the only support race on the bill. Basically a bunch of local saloon and sports cars. A bring what you can race....much like Mallory on a Wednesday (But without the 512M) :)

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 16:49

So what part of the Tilke design brief for the Koreadrome said ' Build it in an old gravel pit .Oh , and if you can make it look like the worst bit of Grays Thurrock that'd be a real bonus Herman '?


I think they built it on the 38th parallel, hence the lack of attendees..........

#410 Simon Arron

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:47

The support programme - all one of it - features a round of the Korean Superrace Championship, a series divided into three classes (stock cars, relatively slow hatchbacks and extremely slow hatchbacks). Pole time: 2m 18.190s. Slowest car on the grid: 3m 02.547s. Not much of a speed differential there, then. It starts in about 15 minutes, as i write, so I might pop out to take a few snaps...

It's almost the Korean version of the Wendy Wools Special Saloon Championship, but without Tony Sugden's Ford Escort, Peter Baldwin's Mini or David Enderby's VW Karmann Ghia...

#411 mouserat159

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:54

Hi Simon.Thankyou for all your great photos and posts I always look forward to this forum to look and read your posts on Formula 1 weekends.
Are you an official photographer for the Formula 1's as you get so many close up shots of the drivers. Please keep up your great work.
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#412 Simon Arron

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 23:02

Are you an official photographer?

Not a photographer at all, Mouserat, but a writer who wanders around with a camera. Ta for the kind words. Here are a few more from the weekend just past...

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"Got any Kobayashi repellent, just in case?"

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"Got any roll-bar glue?"

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Possibly the three people who've bought a Lotus road car during the past 12 months.

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"So I go left at Turn One..?"

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The Korean version of Tony Strawson, perhaps.

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#413 Hamish Robson

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:15

Thanks for the great pictures as usual Simon.

What a featureless, desolate place that really is. Did they run out of budget as soon as the tarmac was laid? The paddock looks like a row of old Little Chef Travelodges (other cheap motels are available).

#414 Stephen W

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:22

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Jenson Button attracted a slightly larger gallery.


There were more spectators at Curborough on Saturday!

Unfortunately Button seemed to be the one with the Sauber magnet in his car this week as he attracted more attention than from the spectooters!

It would appear that Eff Wun needs the return of Magic Mansell and his supporters to boost attendance figures!

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#415 alansart

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:33

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The Korean version of Tony Strawson, perhaps.


Only if the driver was wearing sandles and no socks plus the cars paint job was done by the father of an ex Grand Prix driver :)


#416 Gatmo

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 20:51

Tony Strawson gets a namecheck on an F1 and suchlike thread.

Fantastic.

Was Bill Cox there with his WRC Capri?

#417 Phil Rainford

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 21:20

Not a photographer at all, Mouserat, but a writer who wanders around with a camera. Ta for the kind words. Here are a few more from the weekend just past...

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Possibly the three people who've bought a Lotus road car during the past 12 months.


Ummm...that is not far from the truth


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#418 ryan86

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 22:04

Thanks for the great pictures as usual Simon.

What a featureless, desolate place that really is. Did they run out of budget as soon as the tarmac was laid? The paddock looks like a row of old Little Chef Travelodges (other cheap motels are available).


I think there's a multitude of problems of what appears to have been an ill conceived project.

First of all the location. Imagine if the UK had no racing heritage and so in looking for a location for the track to get F1 to our shores we decided the ideal location would be the Aberdeen Race Circuit. Now, despite it's name we'll build iT near Peterhead, because that's close enough to Aberdeen to get away with calling it Aberdeen. Then we think that desolate location overlooking the North Sea will become a place where people want to build a city around the track.

Secondly, does Korea have any motor racing heritage or series running, so if you were to start one, now you're trying to build a race series around one track which is distant, difficult to get to etc.

In a way, I feel sorry for the Koreans because I think the fans could and might still do, have taken to the sport, but as an outsider if you were to ask to build a Korean GP, I'd be asking you to show me some land near Seoul. You know, the megacity where you could have 25m possible customers. I think one of the drivers tweeted it best last week. Spent fantastic 3 days in Seoul after Japan. Sadly we now have to go to Mokpo.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 15:05

I think there's a multitude of problems of what appears to have been an ill conceived project.

First of all the location. Imagine if the UK had no racing heritage and so in looking for a location for the track to get F1 to our shores we decided the ideal location would be the Aberdeen Race Circuit. Now, despite it's name we'll build iT near Peterhead, because that's close enough to Aberdeen to get away with calling it Aberdeen. Then we think that desolate location overlooking the North Sea will become a place where people want to build a city around the track.

Secondly, does Korea have any motor racing heritage or series running, so if you were to start one, now you're trying to build a race series around one track which is distant, difficult to get to etc.

In a way, I feel sorry for the Koreans because I think the fans could and might still do, have taken to the sport, but as an outsider if you were to ask to build a Korean GP, I'd be asking you to show me some land near Seoul. You know, the megacity where you could have 25m possible customers. I think one of the drivers tweeted it best last week. Spent fantastic 3 days in Seoul after Japan. Sadly we now have to go to Mokpo.



Do we know if the rumours of food still in the fridges from the 2010 GP when the teams arrived last year are true? It sounds to me as though the authorities decided they wanted a Grand Prix without checking what it entailed or considering how they might make best used to it. Can't say I'm keen on the circuit either - it's perhaps a bit better than Tilke's usual offerings (Shanghai, anyone? :rolleyes: ) but it does seem like a circuit composed of three almost equal parts from other tracks.

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#420 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 16:14

Its mother was frightened by Sepang.

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#421 Simon Arron

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 16:42

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Good morning Delhi.. but it will soon be farewell to the 'personal F1 photos' thread. I've decided to step down from F1 at the season's end, to spend more time with wife and family, and will instead be working for Motor Sport on a full-time basis. I still intend to take in a few grands prix, mind, and much else besides...

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Lewis shows off another novelty helmet design: it was much easier when drivers had a simple 'JODY' or 'HULME' motif...

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His airline might be grounded, but Vijay Mallya's cars are flying (up to a point).

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Esteban Gutierrez makes his first appearance in an official F1 session, because Sergio Pérez had, erm, a cold. Wonder what the average bike racer would make of that...

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The HRT: rubbish on the racetrack, but a passable chameleon.

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That said, Pedro wasn't terribly impressed with HRT's new double DRS set-up.

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Purple haze.

#422 Phil Rainford

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:04

I am sure you will still find plenty of subject matter to photograph that will keep us entertained.......shrewd work in the transfer market by " Motor Sport " I would suggest

PAR

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:11

Congratulations on your move to Motor Sport Simon, I'm sure regular readers will be kept entertained and your family will enjoy the benefits of an additional monthly Luncheon Voucher :lol:

I will miss your regular postings from the track side :cry:

#424 SEdward

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:20

Simon,

Your photos and your pithy captions will be much missed. I have enjoyed them very much over the last few years.

Edward

#425 Alan Cox

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:57

Hear, hear. I echo the aforementioned sentiments. Looking forward to your input at the 'Green 'un'.

#426 David Beard

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 19:54

Hear, hear. I echo the aforementioned sentiments. Looking forward to your input at the 'Green 'un'.


Yes! Good news :)


#427 AAA-Eagle

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 20:17

Simon,

Your photos and your pithy captions will be much missed. I have enjoyed them very much over the last few years.

Edward

Me too... Your work with a camera in the hands has always been perfect... To be honest in many ways it has inspired me to continue to follow with modern F1...

Marko

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 20:23

oh no Simon what will i do for a laugh on the Wednesday after a Grand Prix.Is it just a coincedence that no Schumacher will be in F1 next year and you move on and upwards.

#429 D-Type

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 22:19

Simon, I hope the new job goes well. I'm looking forward to your contributions.

And I trust you will still find time to take photos and caption them.

#430 LittleChris

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 23:25

Congratulations Simon.

Features Editor I believe ? Perhaps TNF can suggest a few ?

Starting...

Now..

:up:




#431 Stephen W

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:54

Excellent news on the job front. As for postings I doubt that we will be disappointed. Maybe we need to ditch this thread at the end of the season and await Simon's new thread along the lines of "The Green side of the track".

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#432 GD66

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:24

Good morning Delhi.. but it will soon be farewell to the 'personal F1 photos' thread.


Thanks for all the enjoyment Simon, and congrats on the new project. But will you promise us.... if old Schumi makes Yet Another Comeback, will you, too ? :drunk:


#433 Simon Arron

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:28

Ta for the kind comments. Here, meanwhile, are one or two that might be considered otherwise...
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Narain wins race, shock... albeit only to the pit exit.

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Still, there's good news on the horizon: the 2013 HRT is progressing nicely at the team's new R&D centre in Greater Noida.

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Draggin' tattoo: Sauber mechanic's arm ruins portrait of McLaren driver.

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Marussia bolts on some elusive rear downforce.

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He's trailing by six points, there are four races remaining and Red Bull has eked out a performance advantage. Good job he's Fernando Alonso.

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Valtteri Bottas earns his stripes.

#434 RTH

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:41

Great news that we will have Simon in Britain a bit more. If you have not seen Motor Sport magazine lately it is really good these days too.

#435 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 20:18

Congrats on the job front Simon, you know it makes sense, allthough I'm sure you'll get itchy feet now and again.
We'll all miss your F1 thread, but things have to move on. Thanks :up:

#436 Gatmo

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:16

"Rhubarb crumble, Hillman Hunter GLS, hatstand, Trill makes Budgies bounce with health, coffee perculator, fruitbowl, Singer Chamois, ham sandwich, towbar"

My Wednesday morning tea breaks will be all the poorer for the absence of Simon's driver ratings, always a highlight for me....

Good luck with the MotorSport appointment, i'm looking forward to your contributions already.



#437 Simon Arron

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:48

The Hillman Hunter Topaz limited edition is scheduled to featuire next week. Meanwhile...
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...Herbie Blash and Alan Jones debate the finer points of the Brabham BT49.

#438 philhitchings

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:20

Congratulations on the job-front Simon :up:

#439 David Lawson

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:20

Alan Jones doesn't change does he. On the grid he said to Brundle that he hoped there weren't any incidents to judge otherwise he would be late for his plane to get home.

David

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#440 john aston

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 16:53

Doesn't change??? Erm -he seems to have been replaced by a silverhaired old duffer. Oddly enough the exact same thing happened to me some time since 1980...

#441 David Lawson

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 18:29

I wasn't talking physically. But likewise I seem to have turned into a white haired wrinkly old codger while my back was turned.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 18:40

Good morning Delhi.. but it will soon be farewell to the 'personal F1 photos' thread. I've decided to step down from F1 at the season's end, to spend more time with wife and family, and will instead be working for Motor Sport on a full-time basis.


I knew that with all your dedication and effort, you would get a proper job one day Simon! Good luck, and let me say I've NEVER met a man more passionate about motor sport. You have my eternal respect and admiration. :up: :wave:

#443 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 21:45

The Hillman Hunter Topaz limited edition is scheduled to featuire next week. Meanwhile...
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...Herbie Blash and Alan Jones debate the finer points of the Brabham BT49.

The bloke on the right was a F1 World Champion!!

#444 Simon Arron

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:51

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Seb looks forward to another day in the office.

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Jean-Eric Vergne won't, however...

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"Rhinoceros cauliflower chrysanthemum rhubarb Sunbeam Stiletto vacuum cleaner Tangerine Dream ashtray..."

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DC struggles with simultaneous operation of iPhone and microphone. Think he was taking a shot of Jake Humphrey, but it might have been a grid girl.

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Status Quo have taken a different musical direction of late.

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Pastor practises using his mirrors.

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Vijay Mallya discovers how much it's costing him to run an F1 team.

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#445 philhitchings

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:58

For a moment yesterday, I though that the band were going to play the anthems during the podium ceremnoy

#446 mouserat159

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:03

Hello Simon. Thank you for posting your great photos of the Indian GP, all the best in your new job look forward to seeing some of your photos in the future

Regards Mouserat 159

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:56

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"Rhinoceros cauliflower chrysanthemum rhubarb Sunbeam Stiletto vacuum cleaner Tangerine Dream ashtray..."

I believe he was also quoted as muttering, "Fertang, fertang, ole biscuit barrel." but the transcript keeps printing out as, "mmm mmmmm mmmmm"

And another thank you from me, Simon for the fine work and wry humour.

Neil

#448 Barry Boor

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:06

What Kimi was actually saying was "O.K, I'll drive for you next season."

#449 ryan86

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 21:38

India actually appears a nice enough circuit, but what put me right off the race, was that haze that just hangs over the track.

Edited by ryan86, 29 October 2012 - 21:38.


#450 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 21:49

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Seb looks forward to another day in the office.

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Jean-Eric Vergne won't, however...

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"Rhinoceros cauliflower chrysanthemum rhubarb Sunbeam Stiletto vacuum cleaner Tangerine Dream ashtray..."

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DC struggles with simultaneous operation of iPhone and microphone. Think he was taking a shot of Jake Humphrey, but it might have been a grid girl.

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Status Quo have taken a different musical direction of late.

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Pastor practises using his mirrors.

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Vijay Mallya discovers how much it's costing him to run an F1 team.

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Now I know F1 has too much money. Pastors tearoff tags are color coordinated with his helmet! Probably only 500% dearer than normal ones.And they probably will blow away before he uses them anyway. most people find that folding the tags under all one way resolves that issue.

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