Join us this Sunday for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Santander 2012 – SAF1C race watch party, at the Lion & Rose Pub!
Formula 1 teams have not been resting on their laurels these past almost 3 weeks. All have been striving to make the most of last week’s testing at the track, in Mugello, Italy (owned by Ferrari). This was the first in-season test session since 2008. They had a limited 3 day window to thoroughly complete their testing, from 01 to 03, May 2012. This is notable as Fomula1 is very restrictive in the amount in-season testing that had been allowed in previous seasons
Some small strides in handling & improvement have been made by most teams. We shall see their possibly improved race results at this Spain GP. Also, the last hours of this test session saw a new, higher nose on the Team McLaren cars of Hamilton & Button. Will we see that & the accompanying front wing attachment pylons in the race this Sunday? The configuration has yet to be confirmed…
The circuit at Catalunya in Barcelona is a performance track. It is characterized by both sweeping & tight turns, with only 1 major straightaway. History has shown this bumpy track to produce a race affected by a high level of tire wear. We’ll see what tire performance Pirelli will bring to the circuit, especially in light of Michael Schumacher’s criticism of handling like “raw eggs”.
This season has been very dynamic due to the competitive nature of each races’ podium results. All the drivers & cars have upped their game. There is no 1 dominant driver or team, like Sebastien Vettel & Red Bull was last year. So far this F1 season there have been 4 different winners, with eight different drivers competing from six teams on the podium.
Tuesday (08, May), I received word that the technical issues for DVR playback in the Lion & Rose Pub, non-smoking room (they call the “dungeon”) have been resolved. Here’s what Greg Morgan (L&R GM) had to say:
We are replacing the DVD player with another DVD recorder so we can record and play the races in the dungeon without any crossover technical issues. See you and your club on Sunday if not before.
That should make our viewing experience much more pleasant & focused, for most. I definitely look forward to this, our next chapter of growth & improvement & appeal for our SAF1C race watch parties series.
So, we’ll see you Sunday May 13th. Remember, although it’s Mothers Day, why not bring her along, if at least for a quick drive-by cameo & a nice drink for her!