The German San Antonio F1 Club – Race Watch Party was a no show event. That was too bad, as we all missed a great way to share the Formula 1 racing action with enthusiastic fans. I was there, & after waiting for 1/2 hour, I packed up & went home to watch the German GP at home, on my own. This was not at all the fun, watching experience we know it to be with the SAF1C group!
I hope you can make it out next weekend (Sunday, July 29, 2012) as this will be the last race watch party until after the summer break until Labor Day weekend (September 2, 2012). The race will be the Grand Prix of Belgium.
The German GP was a good race, surprisingly run in full, dry sunshine after 2 rainy days of practice & qualifying. Fernando Alonso convincingly took the pole, defended his position & ran with it to win, for his third win of the season. I’m sure the German home crowd fans were disappointed in not having a German driver win.
For your information & ongoing Formula 1 education, here are the trivia/door prizes questions I had prepared:
There have been more blocking & side-to-side racing accidents recently. What is the ruling that F1 race Director Charlies Whitting has clarified regarding this?
What turns at this Hockenheim track are reproduced where at the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) track?
Here are the answers:
Q1 answer – the ruling & the clarification:
“Any driver defending his position on a straight, and before any braking area, may use the full width of the track during his first move provided no significant portion of the car attempting to pass is alongside his. ”
“Whilst defending in this way, the driver may not leave the track without justifiable reason.”
To clarify the ruling, he added: “For the avoidance of doubt, if any part of the front wing of the car attempting to pass is alongside the rear wheel of the car in front this will be deemed to be a ‘significant portion’.”
At CoTA, turns 12 through 15 give a nod to Hockenheim’s stadium section (see comparison graphic below):
And here are the actual prizes you could have earned These will be up for grabs next weekend for the SAF1C Race Watch Party of the Hungary GP. But to win, you first have to attend …
Looking forward to seeing you at the Lion & Rose next Sunday for the last Formula 1 GP event until next fall. I will update you as to the actual race watch party time, but I’m pretty sure it will still be 1:30pm…
RACE ON !