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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2017, 12:07:05 AM »
I did actually run into Moby this weekend. He was outside the main entrances to the Russian Grand Prix handing out flyers for some F1 Bikini party that was taking place in the evenings over the weekend. Some person of influence had taken pity on him and gave him a pair of tickets in the main grandstand across from the Podium and VV Putin's seat. The organizers wouldn't let him on the grounds though. Disconsolate, Moby offered me the tickets if I would take one of his flyers. So, thanks to him, I have had a spectacular weekend! 

Moby, Thank you for the thread.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2017, 01:17:26 AM »
I would also like to thank Moby for this thread. It was a pleasure to read this one.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2017, 02:21:43 AM »
Well, the F1 circus has moved on

This picture says it all .... me after 15 hours on the go and SC after a day on the beach :)



Our guest had an unexpected treat ... I heard the owners announce that they had a VERY special guest - a former Soviet Gold medal winning Ice Hockey player who has also won the Stanley Cup ...Alexey Gusarov




Moby, I don't know a thing about F1 or hockey but it looks like you and SC are having a great time.


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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2017, 08:37:38 AM »
Having been 'thrown out' for selling unlicensed  promotional material and pawning my tickets - I used my remaining credit on my phone to call a friend for help...



Svetlana 'sneaked' me into the media centre - where the one-way glass meant we could view proceedings.  I could even view Jerash in MY seat ;))

Sveta - a Russian Motorsport Promoter / Journo - no decided that she could get me 'closer to the action' ... As you can hear at the end of the video  - I am ' scared '

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8dEDeF0zoo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8dEDeF0zoo</a>

But, if she wasn't scared - why should *I* be frightened - so I follow her ...

Back in the Paddock - we went down a tunnel to the pit-lane - where  - after a short while - we were allowed to enter - provided we did not go onto the track

I started by zooming in on MY seat and then got the drivers as they returned from their parade lap on the back of a truck ..

Near the end - we think the roar of the crowd is for Daniil Kyvat - but it transpires Hamilton decided to milk the crowd ¬

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxdaFrRz2QA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxdaFrRz2QA</a>

We went back to the Media Centre - where I observed the GP - with all the info that the commentators have - the TV feeds  and screens showing who is on a hot lap - purple and who might have a penalty - or should be getting out of the way.

I filmed Bottas rounding the last corner and beating Vettell - and headed off to the Press Conference room as I was asked ( by Sveta ) to record Bottas' - the winner -  first words in Finnish - as he had never won a F1 race, before.  She wanted to view the Poduim ceremony.














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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2017, 07:15:47 PM »
 :coffeeread: this is a fun read

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2017, 12:09:04 AM »
While Sveta rushes off to get the podium ceremony, I walk to the Press Conference Room - which is close to the 'Cool Down Room' where the top three drivers go - after being weighed - to take on water - and get their sponsors' caps.

I never understand why more press don't pour in for this moment - as the funniest driver comments  / behaviour - often come out

The entrance to Press Room at Sochi overlooks  'the pen' where the non podium drivers get interviewed by the world's press. The podium drivers go there after the post race press conference.

This GP -  the initial questions put to the drivers were being asked by BBC's Tom Clarkson. In the vid you'll see him rush to the PC -and a security girl belatedly try to stop him. ... she was trying to check his pass!

I follow him in and you'll see how empty the place is. The podium ceremony is taking place 20m away. If you aren't in within 5 mins of 'kickoff' the doors are locked.  I sit in the second row - as I'm only there to record Valtteri Bottas.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhAcOSlnJg0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhAcOSlnJg0</a>

Two lasses from the press centre hold mics and Matteo - FOM - Formula 1 Management 's 'compere' - tells them which journo should get the mic to ask a question.

When the drivers come in - they first speak in their home language - and this being VB's first win ... it might have been interesting.


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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2017, 04:52:40 AM »
:coffeeread: this is a fun read

I agree   :nod:

But it's pity he forgot to post a nice photo of him and his friend Vlad, that I have seen, but will not post a link to the photo to avoid him accusing me for Copyright Infringement, again.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #37 on: May 03, 2017, 06:58:22 AM »

But it's pity he forgot to post a nice photo of him and his friend Vlad, that I have seen, but will not post a link to the photo to avoid him accusing me for Copyright Infringement, again.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #38 on: May 04, 2017, 02:46:12 AM »
I had a BRILLIANT time, Maxx and SC truly was a 'brick' indulging me as she did.  She spent the 4 GP days either on the beach - swimming in the still chilly Black Sea - doing aquarobics or - and this is HILARIOUS ... running around a track.

I watched the London Marathon and it inspired HER !!  She watched the closing stages of the Ladies race

I knew many people from the team at Sochi Autodrom from last year and - if anything- this year was better.

How many of us can say we stood on the winner's rostrum of a F1 race ? ;)





<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BpBAZdVRNU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BpBAZdVRNU</a>

This is the view of the podium from the press centre and the seats above and closer  - you can see it the bottom of the terrace - are where Bernie and VVP sit - on the finish line - opposite Jerash's seat in the Main Grandstand .







Having met Valtteri Bottas - in the flesh - thanks to my Finnish 'daughter'  - I can say I was really pleased he won his first race. He is a v.intelligent lad and a perfect replacement for Nico Rosberg - as an opposite to Lewis Hamilton in character. Seeing him handle difficult questions in the first press conference of the event  - before he started to blow Lewis away in most sessions- I knew he would surprise and had him down to beat Hamilton  - but not Seb Vettel.  In the press conference after qualifying - Bottas did say it was a long way to the first serious braking zone- a chance to get a tow - and overtake..we should have listened.

The staff at Sochi Autodrom are very young and diligent and one of their highlights was the visit of Jean Todt - who is the President of the FIA - the governing body of World Motorsport.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOyozUL0rJM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOyozUL0rJM</a>









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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2017, 01:35:05 AM »
I made a 'goodbye' to Sochi vid and watched the race on my SKY TV sat receiver back in the UK using Slingplayer to control the TV in Sochi - using my mobile as the remote control !  My village in the UK finally got half decent internet - allowing a decent upload speed for one device .... Markje could handle 500 times more GRRRR

Jess - one of the Student volunteers at the Media Centre - who is the selfie-queen - having got one with just about everyone other than VVP ( she got one with Bernie Ecclestone) wanted to accompany me.

I make a habit of wearing  a bright pink shirt so  'me Ma' can tell her friends - "there's my boy, in Russia" and on viewing Ted Kravitz dissecting the race with Johnnie Herbert ( a former F1 driver) the bright pink shirt - plus bright blue glass on top of head - was spotted  approaching with Jess.



The video is at https://vimeo.com/215904334#at=412 6mins 40 secs


Here's the good bye to Sochi vid as I leave the Press Centre and we see the kit being packed up

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1jxzq6uB5I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1jxzq6uB5I</a>

It was a pleasure to sponge off meet another board member and meet smart students from all over Russia and other EU nations - one of the volunteers works in Shanghai and comes back every year to help !

I met some F1 fans who camped out at the hotel to get autographs of the stars they'd missed at the track and hopefully introduced some new folk to the fan club.

SC ?  Well, she just worried that I would be eating too much food in the team's / media hospitality suites :))

I arrived in Sochi weighing nearly 94 Kg - fattest ever - and am down to just over 89 this morning ... We have bikes and are cycling 10km a day / climbing mountains in 24-26C ...no chocolate biscuits  - just bee pollen and lots of tasty, healthy meals with loads of garlic and nuts.

It's only when I'm with SC that I find this 'motivation'

This weekend I'm helping out at the Russian Cup - a series of yacht races - for those who aren't considered good enough to be racing in the championships currently being held in La Rochelle, France ... I consider myself a useful helm - but all of these 'second raters' can blow me away ;)  My Royal Yachting Association Powerboat qualifications have been deemed as good enough to help lay the courses as part of the crew in a powerful inflatable. 















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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2017, 01:57:53 PM »
This weekend I'm helping out at the Russian Cup - a series of yacht races - for those who aren't considered good enough to be racing in the championships currently being held in La Rochelle, France ... I consider myself a useful helm - but all of these 'second raters' can blow me away ;)  My Royal Yachting Association Powerboat qualifications have been deemed as good enough to help lay the courses as part of the crew in a powerful inflatable.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2017, 02:15:19 PM »
Markje could handle 500 times more GRRRR
My ISP is doing a pilot with a new city, 10GB unmetered synchronous internet. Thats speed for ya.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #42 on: May 06, 2017, 03:23:42 PM »

Markje could handle 500 times more GRRRR

My ISP is doing a pilot with a new city, 10GB unmetered synchronous internet. Thats speed for ya.

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Which city ? I'm moving there with my Irish passport :)

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #43 on: May 06, 2017, 03:25:15 PM »


A RIB with Mark the pin monkey!

That's me summed up, nicely :)  I didn't think using the term 'Rib' would be understood ....

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2017, 12:49:27 AM »

Markje could handle 500 times more GRRRR

My ISP is doing a pilot with a new city, 10GB unmetered synchronous internet. Thats speed for ya.

I'm actually thinking about moving house :D

Which city ? I'm moving there with my Irish passport :)

De wolden, in the north of netherlands

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