Australian GP this weekend

Friday, 16 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 11 By  Dr. Iain Corness

Finally, the new F1 season opens, with the first race of the year at Albert Park, Melbourne Australia.  Up till now, we have had test sessions only for the teams, and it is very difficult to put much credence into the times.  Very often teams will send the drivers out on a spoonful of petrol to set a quick time, whilst others ‘sandbag’ by having full tanks at all times.

We return to Jameson’s to watch the GP on the big screen, and we will have a choice between BBC and Sky Sports.  Which one will give the better coverage, we do not know right now, but we will see after the weekend.

In the front running teams, expect Red Bull and McLaren to be there.  Ferrari at this stage seem to be troubled, whilst Lotus (which used to be Renault) with Raikkonen at the wheel is looking good at this stage.  Mercedes appear to be only a mid-fielder again, but it is too early to predict.  We will know more after Qualifying at 1.00 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Prix begins at 1.00 p.m. Thai time Sunday, so we’ll get there early for lunch and liquids and settle back to watch the action.

Jameson’s Irish Pub is on Soi AR, next to Nova Park.  Turn right off Second Road at Soi 4 (Bangkok Bank) and follow the road up 200 meters and around to the right.  Jameson’s is immediately on your left.  You can’t miss it.  See you there.

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