Yesterday’s Formula 1 race at the European Grand Prix was very engaging. Although our group was not large in number, it was made up from enthusiastic fans’ shouts of joy, groans of disappointment & wows of disbelief.
The 8th SAF1C Race Watch Party was attended by dedicated Formula 1 fans from as far away as Elroy, Texas (the sleepy little town where the Circuit of The Americas [CoTA] track is being built). Once again this race was broadcast on a time-delayed “LIVE” basis on FOX. We started at 11:00AM, which I also found out is the the actual opening time of the Lion & Rose Pub (Alamo Heights location). That was an interesting challenge…
Watching Vettel of Red Bull take off & build up an amazing 20 second lead, to be followed by a DNF after 34 racing laps was a heartbreak. He was then followed by another Renault engine failure by Romain Grosjean of Lotus on lap 41. There were some other offs & accidental contacts. Especially surprising was that one that Lewis Hamilton & Pastor Maldonado were involved in. Although judgement has been laid down against Maldonado, I still think Hamilton was partially to blame.
Seeing Alonso win & break the 7 consecutive unique race winners was kind of anticlimactic. We were ALL very pleased to see Michael Schumacher get on the podium in 3rd place!
This was a good race & a fun race watch party! We’ll be back at the Lion & Rose Pub (Alamo Heights location) in 2 weeks. We will be experiencing the Santander British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit.