Today the Australian Grand Prix was held in Melbourne, won by Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari. It was the opening race of the season and quite an enjoyable race to watch despite the retirement of our Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo, and the constant complaining of Lewis Hamilton on the radio to his engineers. It was a popular win with the commentators and especially with the “Tifosi” the Ferrari fans. I hope we will see a variety of winners this year as the racing is more interesting when you can’t be sure who will win and that has not been the case for many years.
I have posted these photos before, they were taken long ago in Adelaide when the race was held there. I still have many photos from the years between 1985-1995 but so far these are the only ones I have scanned. Although safety was not as good in those days I did love F1 then as it was exciting to watch the likes of Senna and Mansell, Piquet and Prost battling for the championship.
Pit Straight Adelaide c1989. The Start / Finish line was about where the building on the left is.
Today’s photo is not mine as I have never been to Australia’s greatest motor racing event the Bathurst 1,000 km race. However, I’ve seen it on television many times. David loved to watch Bathurst every year and although I did not always spend the whole day watching it with him we always watched the start together even last year when he was in hospital. We had a lot of fun watching motor sports together over the years so it seemed only natural to tune in again today.
This Sunday the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco will be held at Monte Carlo. Before the Australian Grand Prix was held in Melbourne it was held on a street circuit in Adelaide where Hubby and I used to live. We attended every year and took hundreds of photos, most of which I still need to scan. The circuit ran on public roads in the parklands within a few minutes walk of the CBD. It was a fabulous event. I’m sure we had much more fun with it in our smaller city than the Melbournians who have lots of big sporting events. Of course security was less of an issue in those days too.
As the event was held in public parklands anyone could walk around the track once the roads were closed a few days before the event. We even had a Dogs Grand Prix the week before the race. There was often an off circuit event too where one of the Formula One teams would take a race car to do demonstration runs on a public road so everyone could see it. My favourite one was held near a suburban shopping mall where the car was to be displayed afterwards. When the event was over the driver just drove it to the shops. It was hilarious to see a formula one car at the traffic lights.
I woke up this morning to the news that Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo had won his first F1 race, the Canadian Grand Prix. The race had been run at 3:30 am Australian time so it wasn’t practical for me to sit up and watch it. I used to do that years ago but that was in the late 80s and early 90s when almost every F1 race had me on the edge of my seat. The new rules and domination of one team or driver for season after season took the edge off my enthusiasm. I haven’t attended a Grand Prix since the last one was held in Adelaide.
These days my interest is mainly in following the progress of the Australian F1 drivers. First Mark Webber and now Daniel Ricciardo. It would be hard not to like Daniel even if he wasn’t an Aussie. Who could resist that great big grin? I have enjoyed watching him progress from driving the Toro Rosso to joining Red Bull and consistently placing in the points and beating his teammate into the bargain. Hubby and I were so excited about his second place in Melbourne and so disappointed that he was disqualified. However, since then he’s been on the podium again and now at last a first place.
What can I say but “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi,Oi! “:)