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Massa...


I wandered into the SIC on the 6th of April around 1100 and heard an amazingly loud roar followed by 4 bangs...and that's when it hit me...those were the V8s downshifting from 6th to 2nd gear at the end of the start-finish straight to take turn 1 on the circuit. The first thing I probably screamed out was something not very nice, but then no one could hear me :D Here I was...on an F1 circuit and it really hadn't sunk in at that point. I just stood there and grinned like an idiot for 5 minutes before calling my dad and screaming into the phone (over the sound of the engines...).

No words can describe the scream of the V8s down the start-finish straight and the bangs as they shift gears. The cars move so fast that you can barely make out the drivers. Photographing them isn't an easy task, simply because of the speed :D The above is prolly the best shot of Massa I got across the 3 days and this was taken during the race (and he was doing over 300 Kmph..since the shot was taken down the start-finish straight).

If you're an F1 fan, you absolutely should go to a Grand Prix in your lifetime, simply because the TV doesn't quite cut it. The sounds of the engine are one I will never forget for a long time to come. Awesome. Amazing. Brilliant.

As I went to sleep on saturday, I could still hear the V8s...that's the impact they leave on you..the distict Rrrurrrrrrrrrr, bang, bang, bang...

Ferrari didn't win, and that was a disappointment but I'm sure they'll bounce back. This season should be very interesting to watch.

PS : Tons more pics to come, I managed to get shots of Kimi, Alonso, Mika (yes, Hakkinen...god bless the 70-300 :p), Nico, Trulli, Rubeno....it'll take a while to upload them all and I'll make a few more posts regarding the trip later.

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fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
Yup, 3 day tickets to the Sapphire grandstands :D

As for following the race, we got to see a few slipstream moves...but most of the action was away from us. But then obviously it isn't like the TV, where you can follow a lot of action.

Depending on where you are sitting, you get a decent amount of action. Like I could see all the pit stops.

The giant screens are good, but not great. To see the timings etc, I used my 70-300 :p. So take a good pair of binoculars along...it'll help
sigmundfloyd
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
Fantastic! More pics please... :)

Will try to make it to one someday.
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Soon :p
chandrahasa
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Cool! dude, I so need to do this sometime :P
About watching the GP live, how good are the timings on the track, do you get sector timings for quali or something like that. How bout the podium? you must have been in view of the presentation...
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Yes!!!! You surely need to man.

You get the exact television pictures from F1 on the track, so that has the split timings etc. Plus if you get headphones from the track, you can listen to commentary + pit to car chatter. Most of this will be drowned out though, when the cars go by you :p

I got to see a part of the podium, I was a bit too far off to see all of it. I saw Alonso and Kimi accept their trophies and do the champagne gig... but it was quite far off.
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
And you need binoculars to see the timings, the giant screens aren't giant enough :p
code_martial
Apr. 11th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I clicked pictures of the screen at 200mm and then zoomed into the resulting image to see how many laps were remaining ;-)
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Haha, I didn't need to click with the 300 ;)
rythm
Apr. 11th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yo man!! Waiting for the pics.
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Soon...Soon :D
teemus
Apr. 11th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Just can't stop about my Malaysia trip. :) It was magical!
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Agreed :D Awesome!!!
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fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Haha :p Only if I get access to yours...so I can fly! :p
jbritto
Apr. 11th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
wow sounds like quite an experience! what's 19000? rpm i suppose?
fox2mike
Apr. 11th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's the rpm the F1 engines are limited to, till 2010 for cost savings.
tsk1979
Apr. 11th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Where are the pics...................... You are one lucky dog!
teemus
Apr. 14th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
We are blessed, mahn.
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