I really dig Formula One! And when the races clash with preaching appointments, it becomes quite a sacrifice! At least I can rely on "old technology" (aka my trusty video recorder) to capture the action for me, ready to watch on my return.
Last year was one of the most exciting seasons in many years, with newcomer Lewis Hamilton looking like he would actually take the title and become the first rookie World Champion. (Yes - I know that all of the drivers would have been rookies in 1950 when the Formula One World Champion first started, but that's NOT the same thing).
However, I was most disappointed in his illustrious former team-mate, double World Champion Fernando Alonso. Having supported him avidly during his two years at Renault, I couldn't believe his behaviour when his junior team-mate turned out to be such a force to be reckoned with. And as for wanting Number One status - how could he expect this when even the casual F1 observer knows that there is no such thing in the McLaren team - or at Williams, for that matter? Senna and Prost never had preferential treatment, so why should Alonso think that he would be entitled to anything different?
Anyway, that's all in the past as Lewis becomes team leader at McLaren, while Fernando goes slinking back to the welcoming arms of Uncle Flavio. I hear that the 2008 McLaren goes like stink, so we should be in for a very exciting season.
In "happier" times, Mercedes-Benz made this advertisement featuring the two McLaren drivers. In hindsight, the irony is delicious, while the ad itself makes for amusing viewing. Enjoy.
A time to count our losses - This year has been a year like no other! We have gone through highs and lows - and then more highs and more lows. The roller-coaster ride has been hectic...
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