What are the F1 races I went to remembered for

I realized this weekend that the 2008 Australian GP was the 10th Formula 1 race I went to. As I am getting ready for my 11th in about 1 month time this may be a good opportunity to recap the events that happened at the races I went to:

2004 Chinese Grand Prix
- Jacques Villeneuve returned to F1 with Renault
- In a taxi on the way to track I opened the China Daily paper :-) I found in the hotel room. And there it was, small article announcing that Ford is leaving F1 at the end of the season. Jaguar is left looking for new owner, Jordan and Minardi start wondering what engines will they use…
- Rubens Barrichello wins his last Formula 1 race (this is true at the time of writing).

2005 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Takuma Sato got sick and Anthony Davidson raced for BAR-Honda instead
- Both BAR-Honda drivers, Button and Davidson, famously retired on lap 2 after engine failures
- Jacques Villeneuve spun off in front of me in Turn 1 and beached the car in gravel
- Jarno Trulli scored first ever podium for Toyota

2005 Chinese Grand Prix
- in the hotel room I read Red Bull is buying Minardi
- this race turned out to be the last race for Minardi, Jordan, Sauber and BAR in their former selves
- this was also last race for Barrichello in Ferrari and probably last Formula 1 race for Narain Karthikeyan
- Michael Schumacher colided with Christijan Albers… on the warm up lap …
- Juan Pablo Montoya colided with a loose manhole cover
- Narain Karthikeyan crashed heavily just after the banked corner leading to the long back straight

2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
- First 1-2 finish for Renault since they took the team over from Benneton

2006 German Grand Prix
- Jacques Villeneuve again crashed out in front of me in what turned out to be his last Formula 1 race, I saw the last of the former F1 champ in Formula 1
some of my photos here


2006 Chinese Grand Prix
- First Formula 1 appearance by Spyker
- Klien fired by Red Bull, Doornbos in
- My first ever wet race live, it got so cold before the race start that we had to dash to the merchandise area to buy some extra clothes (got myself McLaren sweater :-) )
- Last ever Formula 1 win for Michael Schumacher
- some of my photos here

2007 Malaysian Grand Prix
- First F1 race with the white stripes on soft tyres (they used just a white dot in Australia the race earlier)
- Felipe Massa felt asleep at start, lost out to Alonso first, to Hamilton next, then ran wide when trying to get the position back from Hamilton. Grandstands were going mad, great time to be a the race :-)
- Alonso’s first win with McLaren was the first McLaren win since Suzuka 2005 (Raikkonen)
- This was also the first McLaren 1-2 finish since Brazil 2005 (Montoya, Raikkonen)
- my photo gallery is here

white tyre marks

2007 Monaco Grand Prix
- Adrian Sutil in Spyker was fastest in Saturday practice session
- Kimi Raikkonen hit the kerbs hard and broke his car in Q2, he booked lowly P16 on the grid
- Alonso won the race ahead of Hamilton. First signs of trouble for McLaren. Hamilton was not happy with having to settle for second, made his “number 2 on the car” remark. Team was investigated for team orders.
- The mysterious white powder was found around the Ferrari fuel tanks, the Stepneygate was about to begin.
- I managed to sneak into the pit lane :-) (not that hard in Monaco actually).
- my photo gallery is here

Ferrari in pit lane Monaco 2007

2007 Chinese Grand Prix
- Second wet Chinese Grand Prix in a row
- Lewis Hamilton could have secured his F1 title but crashed out at the pit lane entry on worn out tyres. This was Hamilton’s first retirement in his F1 career
- Kimi Raikkonen won the race and kept himself in the title fight going into the last race of the season. It was 200th Ferrari F1 win.
- Robert Kubica retired while leading the race
- Toro Rosso scored 8 points in this race (before this race they had 1 point to their name from 2006 USGP)
- This was the last F1 race for Alex Wurz who announced his retirement from racing during this race weekend
- my photo gallery is here

Lewis Hamilton crashed Shanghai 2007

2008 Australian GP
- This was the first race without traction control since 2001
- Force India team debuted on track. And I just realized I have seen live the last race of Jordan and first races of Spyker and Force India :-)
- Nelson Piquet Jr. and Sebastien Bourdais made their Formula 1 race debuts
- For the first time since Estoril 1994 there was no Schumacher on grid
- Robert Kubica secured the first front row start for BMW Sauber team
- Only 6 cars finished the race and 2 DNF therefore scored points
- Rubens Barrichello had serious pit lane issues – drive through penalty and disqualification after exiting the pit lane under red light
- my photo gallery is here

Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, Melbourne 2008

Well, that’s it so far, that is my ten F1 races. Next stop for me, Montreal and Canadian GP. What is going to happen there …

9 Comments Post a Comment
  1. klokanNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Wolf,

    as I have to go to Spain tmr (to see Real x Barca) I have to predict Turkish GP now (even I know I will loose). So my prediction is here:

    Pole: Massa
    FL: Kimi

    1. Massa
    2. Kimi
    3. Hamilton
    4. Kovalainen
    5. Kubica
    6. Heidfeld
    7. Webber
    8. Rosberg

    BTW – nice 10 experiencies.

  2. StewNo Gravatar says:

    10 races and counting. I wish I could see the races you do, but sadly I’m an ocean away.

  3. [...] Keep that in mind while predicting the results or simply pull the eight names out of the hat . One prediction has been already placed under another post, I will copy it below this post for everybody to [...]

  4. Luis Miguel SainzNo Gravatar says:

    POLE: HAMILTON

    FL: MASSA

    1.- HAMILTON
    2.- RAIKKONEN
    3.- HEIDFIELD
    4.- TRULLI
    5.- ALONSO
    6.- KOVALAINEN
    7.- ROSBERG
    8.- GLOCK

  5. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Hi wolf, well my guess this week is
    1 Miki H
    2 Kubica
    3 Massa
    4 Hamilton
    5 Alonso
    6 Heidfield
    7 Trulli
    8 Rosberg

    Pole Kubica
    FL Kubica

  6. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Hi wolf, well my guess this week is
    1 Miki r
    2 Kubica
    3 Massa
    4 Hamilton
    5 Alonso
    6 Heidfield
    7 Trulli
    8 Rosberg

    Pole Kubica
    FL Kubica

  7. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Hi wolf, well my guess this week is
    1 Kimi R
    2 Kubica
    3 Massa
    4 Hamilton
    5 Alonso
    6 Heidfield
    7 Trulli
    8 Rosberg

    Pole Kubica
    FL Kubica

  8. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    God my fingers were cold, (and I can’t spell Kimi’s name right with numb fingers sorry )

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