General Chat Thread, Indian Grand Prix in General; Having been working in Sydney during the Ashes and the Melbourne Grand Prix, and seen both, Mr gee40 has been ...
30th October 2011, 10:07 AM #1
Indian Grand Prix
Having been working in Sydney during the Ashes and the Melbourne Grand Prix, and seen both, Mr gee40 has been working in Gurgaon near New Delhi since July... and the jammy wotsit is currently at the Grand Prix circuit with a seat in the Main Stand overlooking the pits and the start line! (Not a freebie - he did pay for it himself... the 15000 rupee cost worked out at about £190)
He has been very skeptical as to whether Indian organisation would get this event off the ground. Pictures of workers spray painting the grass green and reports of a dog on the track during Friday practice didn't surprise him. When he got there today, he was asked to "wait 10 minutes" while they got the ticket scanners working. An hour and a half later he was in; the ticket scanners still didn't work though!
My son is insanely jealous!
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30th October 2011, 03:35 PM #2
Wow. What's his job and do they need anybody else?
30th October 2011, 04:16 PM #3
Wasn't a great race but they've done a remarkably good job in short time. The marshalls needed a hell of a lot more training (i.e. their cockups for some reason led to penalties for Hamilton and Perez) but with a year to organise for the next one, it should be quite a bit better. I'd be looking forward to it, if it wasn't on Sky.
On the positive side, I now think they should add something to the Red Button - the Rowan Atkinson Cam
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30th October 2011, 04:37 PM #4
Very lucky man! would have to pay an arm, 2 legs and your first born to get a seat like that at Silverstone!
The atmosphere looked amazing on TV, it might not have been the best race but it certainly wasn't one of the worst by far.
Agree about the Atkinson cam - his reaction was priceless!
30th October 2011, 04:42 PM #5
As they kept saying, the amount of fans in India is insane so it makes sense to bring it to them in that way. I don't want to pass too much judgement on the track until next year when they can prepare properly rather than spray-painting things on last minute!
30th October 2011, 04:52 PM #6
I'm hoping the new American tracks are up to scratch and finished in good time, both India and Korea only just managed to get their tracks finished in time, if i hear 1 more mention of dust today I'll scream... there just shouldn't have been that much around.
The video of the Austin track on the program today dosen't give me much hope although it was shot a month or so ago, the New Jersey GP should be ok being a street race etc
30th October 2011, 09:32 PM #7
The spraying grass green happens at more than India, it was shown the other week on the Beeb pre-show stuff with one of the F1 guys when they do the whizz round the track to talk corners etc and they were spraying the grass green then and it was that is how they make it green
As for £190 for that seat :O I wish it was the British F1, your looking at over £300 for that seat here! They said it was something like £35 for an entry level admission.
31st October 2011, 11:42 AM #8
but was it an exciting race to watch, personally no, it wasnt the most excited of tracks to be at.
28th November 2011, 10:24 AM #9
My other half is just home from India and I just had to post this picture he took from his seat in the stand; it looks more like a scene from Star Wars! I think this is Rosberg's pit stop, but I'm prepared to be corrected!
28th November 2011, 10:25 AM #10
28th November 2011, 10:43 AM #11
I hadn't noticed until seeing that photo that they even have backup jack men and backup jacks. "Hey, in decades of motor racing a jack has never broke, not even faultered. But today just might be your day number 2. Today, you become a hero"
28th November 2011, 10:52 AM #12
I think you're right!
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
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28th November 2011, 10:57 AM #13
Love it @SYSMAN_MK !
28th November 2011, 11:22 AM #14
I think a spare jack might be a good idea with MSC around:
Originally Posted by Hightower
Dailymotion - Michael Schumacher runs over his mechanic, 2000 - a Sport & Extremes video
28th November 2011, 11:27 AM #15
I see you're taking on the Lucas role of using original footage, then adding to it again and again until people hate it
Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK
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