It took a while, but I made it. I landed in Melbourne this morning. The program at Albert Park started today with several support races practice sessions. But I took a day off from Formula 1 and everything and spent it doing nothing in Melbourne .
Here are some F1 related observations from today:
1) It is extremely hot here. I do not carry thermometer on me but I can tell that Sepang has a very serious competition for the 2008 Hottest F1 Race title.
2) There is very little around the town that suggests the F1 is here this weekend. What is on the photos in this article is all that I have seen. Of course if I do not count the immediate vicinity of Albert Park. I landed at the airport this morning – no sign of F1 at all, except for few appopriately dressed Ferrari fans. In the city few flags here and there,
tents with official F1 Merchandise at 2 places in the city (full of 2007 or older merchandise)
and some ads on public transport (but these are placed there by Bridgestone and Vodafone).
If there is more, than they managed to hide it pretty well… Basicaly if person that has no idea about F1 race being in town will only realize there is something going on when security kicks him/her away from Albert Park entrance . But there is one positive as well – unlike in some other F1 cities, here in Melbourne they sell the F1 program brochures in the newstands not only on the track.
3) Nando is everywhere though, but this may have nothing to do with guy who won the title twice and returned to Renault this year
4) Birds are all over the place
5) And another significant positive – This must be the easiest to get to F1 track on calendar (not counting the flight time). You hop on tram at one end of the city, and within 10-15 minutes you are disembarking at the F1 track. Even in the tiny Monaco getting to my seat was pain in the butt with all the roads and walkways closed and locked.
The F1 cars will be in action tomorrow from 10am local time in Melbourne. I will be there with my camera.