Melbourne, Montreal, Valencia, Singapore – these were my 2008 Formula 1 destinations. Melbourne and Montreal were new for me, Valencia and Singapore new even to Formula 1. Montreal and Singapore were also 2 of only 4 sell out races in 2008. Here is a mini photo review of the events that unfolded in front of me and my Nikon in 2008:
Australian GP – Melbourne
Hot, great atmosphere, exciting, only 6 cars finishing the race.
You can see my Australian GP photogallery here. And here is the summary of my Australian GP experience. At the time of the writing the future of the race was under threat but since then the contract with Ecclestone has been extended till 2015.
Canadian GP – Montreal
I needed to travel to America sometime during the summer so I did my best to plan the trip around the only North American Formula 1 race. In my wildest dreams I haven’t expected to witness what was to be the last Canadian GP (at least for now). But what a weekend it was:
European GP – Valencia
Valencia was one of the new additions to Formula 1 calendar. As I am in Europe every summer and I have never before made it to Spain I decided to go for the European GP. The walls around the street circuit promised some safety car chaos. At the end however the race that many expected to be exciting turned into the dullest race of 2008 season. But whatever, it was still fun to be in Spain. The track may not look too nice on TV with all the containers around, but it is right next to the beach !
Singapore GP – Singapore
Singapore Grand Prix does not need too much introduction. It is one of the 3 races that are within 3 hours flying time from where I sit most of the time, so going there was a no brainer. Well, it required overcoming the ticketing issues first but after that is was all good.
I plan to continue travelling the Formula 1 races next year too. I haven’t fixed my plans yet as so far it does not look like the 2009 Formula 1 calendar can be considered final. But I plan to return to Melbourne again and perhaps stop in Malaysia on the way back – I always wanted to do back to back races . Then there is that big group plan to go and see the last Formula 1 race at Silverstone. And of course I do not think I will miss out on Singapore …