When watching F1 race at the track, especially an eventful one like the Chinese GP, it is quite difficult to write a detailed race review. In anycase, it has been a week since the race and there is definitelly no need for another race review, the web is full of them already. So I decided to make an alternative report from the Chinese GP. Some of you may have read my article Going To Shanghai To Chinese Grand Prix. It seems that things have changed a bit since my last visit to Chinese F1, so a bit of an update is necessary.
Before we get to the race track I return to way from the airport. After testing the Maglev train that goes from the Pudong Airport to Pudong Middle Of Nowhere, I must say, it is worth taking it. You do not get too many chances travelling on land at 431 km/h.
And even the train goes only for 30 km and stops in the Middle Of Nowhere, it still helps jumping the 30 km of possible traffic jams. The Middle Of Nowhere train station has plenty of taxis waiting and the combination of the Maglev train with taxi saved me about 20 minutes travel time to hotel and about 8-10 USD in the total fare.
Worth mentioning again is the now famous Chewing Gum Removal Team. Now you can’t get stuck in Shanghai.
Now to the track.
The first good news that we heard already about a year ago – no more Fosters (my apologies to Fosters lovers, I mean no offence). However … bigger disaster struck the Shanghai track – out of all the thousands available options they selected this:
Nothing against Budweiser, but do not understand why besides this Budweiser drink they did not sell also some beer.
Event like this is of course under the watchful eyes of the on track security crews and the circuit staff. Safety of us spectators is of utmost importance.
Even the medical services were all the time on high alert:
The grandstands were pretty empty all 3 days, perhaps because people could not find the seats named on their tickets:
All the “medail” people however were clearly directed:
Even as F1 is slowly (or quickly) starting to ignore the US fans, US fans did come !
There were some serious technical problems…
…and so some extra instruction came handy:
The Toyota guys provided some entertainment with their balls:
The food situation has slightly improved since last year, and as long as you had some CRSH, you could even afford some of it:
In the meantime, under the watchful eyes of Shrek the 1st
serious battle was looming between fans of Alonso
The pit lane entry gravel trap has spoken and the happier side celebrated
Some babes were laughing
Some were confused
But with the help of the motorized organizers
and friendly security
all the babes were able to find their prancing horses
There was also some racing:
And this was the result: