A return venue this weekend, with the ‘round the houses’ of Valencia for the European Grand Prix. This was a new circuit a couple of years ago for the F1 circus and it has been universally boring every time since then. Monaco without the boat harbor. Or the mystique. Yet, here it is – still on the calendar. Money has been paid under the table? (Or was that pesetas?) Surely not, in the clean and pure environment of Formula 1.
After one boring race in Valencia, our editor at large, John Weinthal even suggested there must have been a street sign saying, “Welcome to Valencia – please drive carefully – no overtaking!”
Valencia, racing around the docks
I have the sinking feeling that we will all be annoyed at the lack of racing, but, ever the optimist, I will be watching. Perhaps the instantly wearing Pirelli’s or the DRS zone will save it. Or perhaps God will throw down buckets of rain on half the circuit. Or perhaps… We may even see Lewis Hamilton barging into somebody again. Who knows?
The Qualifying is at 7 p.m. on Saturday 25 and the race is 7 p.m. on Sunday 26. We watch the racing on the even bigger new screen in Jameson’s Irish Pub, Soi AR, next to Nova Park. We get there around 6 p.m. and have something to eat (the Sunday roast is great value) and a small drink or two before the start. Why don’t you come and join us.