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Title: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 26, 2016, 06:07:26 AM
I'm lucky enough to have a Pass for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi - in addition to tickets for Grandstand tickets for the whole event.

Tuesday sees the teams setting up their garages and hospitality centres - for Sunday's race - but the practice sessions start on Friday.

I live about 25 km - 15 miles from the circuit and a train drops us off 200m from the entrance to the circuit

Security is VERY tight and I saw THREE warships stationed off the coast on the beautiful train ride home. Putin will be here......

I'll be taking photos of the event and posting them here - if you aren't interested in F1 - then I'm sorry ... I expect I'll have some photos of the staff - sooner or later - they are smart - mostly speaking perfect English and single young men  would be in heaven..

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Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 27, 2016, 03:25:33 AM
One more day until the fun starts - and it is hissing down...

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This is the view from the train - at the Olympic Village station - not to be confused with the Olympic Park station - where one alights to get to the F1 track.

The poor guys from the racing teams setting up shop will be soaked - the rain is tropical and incessant.

This is the view of the walk from the railway station - overlooking the complex.

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The Doctors' / Medics cars and the 'Safety cars' on the last bend before the Start / Finish line

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In the Pit lane - as the Mercedes F1 Team prepare their garage

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Red Bull's wheels

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Testing the start lights

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The Williams Team guys cleaning their wheels - a rim failed at China - hope it wasn't the solvent ...

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3516_zpsh6yhopud.jpg)

The Podium takes shape..


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The view from the finish line towards the start line..

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Yours truly from a VIP box - overlooking the start - finish straight.. the main Grandstand and commentary boxes are to the left.

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More... to come - when the sun comes back out



 

 
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 27, 2016, 05:43:25 AM
The Media Centre

The staff here can speak English, French , German, Spanish and Chinese...and of course Russian
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Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 27, 2016, 08:23:08 AM
So,  the rain stopped and I got my last chance to walk on the track / in the pit lane until AFTER the race.
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My pass is VERY specific about that .... :D

Security will be even tighter, tomorrow - a new system for paddock access will come into operation - face recognition checks

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3575_zpscg8rq1gx.jpg)

The top teams have screens across their garages - to stop prying eyes - McLaren - who had a terrible season in their first in year with Honda - haven't lost the habit and half heatedly covered their garage.

The new American team - Haas - had also covered their garage - so I don't know if the noses I took photos of were 'current'.
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3618_zpssgvcnd0c.jpg)


I'm still allowed to walk in the Paddock - between the Garages and the teams' hospitality suite... You can see Ferrari are particularly fond of guests  :D..
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3576_zpsfhz7tqwg.jpg)

If you had a puncture these McLaren guys might be too busy to help
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The Red Bull guys sort out which is Daniels # 3 and Daniil #26, tyres ... 
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The podium is ready for Putin and the top three...

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If there's an incident requiring the cars to slow down - here's the safety car - which will - ironically - be going so fast you could never keep up in most road cars ..

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Not long to go ..

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Only one more 'dolly bird' - A nice young British lady - working for McLaren

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I saw one 'celeb' - ex-F1 driver and father of current Torro Rosso driver -  Max Verstappen .. he's in the centre

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3586_zpsmres7m2x.jpg)

blurred ...  :(
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 03:32:11 AM
Much better weather, today - blue skies - no umbrellas..

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Forecast for Qualifying and GP - 19C and no rain. This is the Paddock - between the garages to the pit lane and the Teams 'Homes' ..Increased security - FIA - the Motorsport admin body - issued me a new additional - pass, yesterday and I was 'too slow' to pass the turn-style and registered ' already in' on the system - when I triedto get in 'again' and caused a minor security alert ..all smiles - a quick phone call and I was 'in' ..

This is the barrier that 'kept me out'  :D

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Svietik/SAM_3575_zpscg8rq1gx.jpg)




Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 06:19:15 AM
Took a stroll along the 2nd floor of the media centre - overlooking the Paddock and the sun brought out the drivers

Jos Verstappen 'posed' again

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Haas' Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez with the team boss - Mr Haas

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Renault's British driver Jolyon Palmer

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Sauber's Marcus Ericsson
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and  - as promised

2 of the Media Centre gals

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Evgenia ... says she's looking for a husband  :D

So does this lass - but I forgot her name ..later..

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1566/26086614254_f87d45b510_b.jpg)





Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 06:57:43 AM
Just gate-crashed the drivers' press conference.

I've always wondered if the drivers are bored by such events ...if there were - I certainly wasn't ..

I noted that as Daniil Kvyat spoke and gesticulated - that there was a delay - may be 3-5 seconds on the tv monitors either side of the screen.

I'm guessing - in case they say a bad word - by mistake   

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1644/26693275565_8b6d7e7345_b.jpg)

Present were front row Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Daniil Kvyat
back row - Filipe Nasr, Checo Perez and Estoban Gutierrez

Bizarrely - there were only 15 reports, 9 photographers and 3 tv cameramen - plus 5 Media centre staff and yours truly - there were many empty seats.

It is filmed by F1 TV crew - not the national TV companies.

SURREAL




Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 10:40:55 AM
Meanwhile one of the Media Centre gals - Regina - got a selfie with Lewis

She kindly permitted me to use it

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1717/26603541722_f8fedcf32c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Ste on April 28, 2016, 12:21:20 PM
And we got The Tour De Yorkshire on Sunday to look forward to.

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Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on April 28, 2016, 01:00:08 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Jerash on April 28, 2016, 05:35:33 PM
MSMoby - thanks for sharing all the pics.  I am very jealous.  My timing was impeccable.... just missed the Russian Grand Prix by two weeks....

I would have come to Russia two weeks later and then headed to Sochi if I knew my romantic adventure there was going to end in failure, with me back in Moscow killing time for a week.....

These posts belong in an F1 forum just as gun rights posts belong in a gun rights forum and American political discussions belong in an American politics forum.....  It goes on and on and on.

Thanks again, Moby!  Let me know tomorrow if there has been any improvement to the sound this year.  As usual, I plan to be at the Grand Prix in Montreal in June; the lack of sound the past two years has been a major disappointment. 
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Anteros on April 28, 2016, 07:02:58 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:

Disagree.  The F1 race is in Sochi and Sochi is in Russia which last time I checked is part of the former Soviet Union.  Furthermore if this forum adhered to especially strict subject posting matter it might turn to tumbleweeds and crickets. (more so than it sometimes is)  :laugh:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on April 28, 2016, 09:15:04 PM

I would have come to Russia two weeks later and then headed to Sochi if I knew my romantic adventure there was going to end in failure, with me back in Moscow killing time for a week.....


The lady from Izhevsk was not to be, is that correct?

If so, never mind, there are many others I would suggest..

Maybe you should take a summer vacation in Crimea, would think that will become a "Nest" area..

Luck for the future... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on April 28, 2016, 09:18:10 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:

Disagree.  The F1 race is in Sochi and Sochi is in Russia which last time I checked is part of the former Soviet Union.  Furthermore if this forum adhered to especially strict subject posting matter it might turn to tumbleweeds and crickets. (more so than it sometimes is)  :laugh:

Your opinion of course....

It also rains and snows a lot in Russia, maybe we should begin posting photo's of such events.. :chuckle:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Anteros on April 28, 2016, 09:40:09 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:

Disagree.  The F1 race is in Sochi and Sochi is in Russia which last time I checked is part of the former Soviet Union.  Furthermore if this forum adhered to especially strict subject posting matter it might turn to tumbleweeds and crickets. (more so than it sometimes is)  :laugh:

Your opinion of course....

It also rains and snows a lot in Russia, maybe we should begin posting photo's of such events.. :chuckle:

If it was snowing at the Olympics maybe we should.  Oh, that's right we already did.  Seems to me that the Olympics in Russia and a Formula 1 race are major events, however to each his own. 
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Anteros on April 28, 2016, 09:50:02 PM
Great photos Moby, thanks for sharing.  Keep us posted.  Especially if the American team does well (I doubt it with Ferrari and McClaren and Honda there). 
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on April 28, 2016, 10:04:00 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:

Disagree.  The F1 race is in Sochi and Sochi is in Russia which last time I checked is part of the former Soviet Union.  Furthermore if this forum adhered to especially strict subject posting matter it might turn to tumbleweeds and crickets. (more so than it sometimes is)  :laugh:

Your opinion of course....

It also rains and snows a lot in Russia, maybe we should begin posting photo's of such events.. :chuckle:

If it was snowing at the Olympics maybe we should.  Oh, that's right we already did.  Seems to me that the Olympics in Russia and a Formula 1 race are major events, however to each his own.

I am not criticising the standard of the photo's, they are good.

There are many major sporting events in Russia, in which countries from all over the world take part in, and probably more patronised, Tennis, golf, football, ice hockey, ice dance, basketball, biathlon, to name just a few, but if all of these sports were reported upon, the forum would become more akin to BBC sports page..
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Anteros on April 28, 2016, 10:48:24 PM
^^

Personally I feel that F1 belongs on an F1 forum, and should not clutter up a forum such as this.. :coffeeread:

Disagree.  The F1 race is in Sochi and Sochi is in Russia which last time I checked is part of the former Soviet Union.  Furthermore if this forum adhered to especially strict subject posting matter it might turn to tumbleweeds and crickets. (more so than it sometimes is)  :laugh:

Your opinion of course....

It also rains and snows a lot in Russia, maybe we should begin posting photo's of such events.. :chuckle:

If it was snowing at the Olympics maybe we should.  Oh, that's right we already did.  Seems to me that the Olympics in Russia and a Formula 1 race are major events, however to each his own.

I am not criticising the standard of the photo's, they are good.

There are many major sporting events in Russia, in which countries from all over the world take part in, and probably more patronised, Tennis, golf, football, ice hockey, ice dance, basketball, biathlon, to name just a few, but if all of these sports were reported upon, the forum would become more akin to BBC sports page..

Well all I can say is that different people have different interests.  At one time this forum was really very active but then the invasion of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine changed all of that. 

In fact we actually did routinely talk about Russian tennis, at least if it was some gal in a skimpy outfit.  Larry rounded up some of those and I did my best to contribute as well. 

So to break up the excruciating pain and monotony of arguing with people chained to a wall in Plato's cave and watching shadows on the wall, every now and then it's nice to see something different.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 11:44:00 PM
And we got The Tour De Yorkshire on Sunday to look forward to.

 :chuckle:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 28, 2016, 11:55:42 PM
Great photos Moby, thanks for sharing.  Keep us posted.  Especially if the American team does well (I doubt it with Ferrari and McLaren and Honda there).

Anteros,

Haas have impressed and have a close relationship with Ferrari - they have more points than McLaren - who are toiling as Honda 'race' to catch up with the hybrid engine technology.

Haas will be starting further up the grid, next year..at this rate - higher up than McLaren - for now..

Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Jerash on April 29, 2016, 12:21:50 AM
Formula 1 is one of the single largest sporting events in the world.  As a single event, there will be few if any that rival it in Russia (and elsewhere).

Moby - in a few hours the cars will be revving up!  Please let us know how it is and photos too!  Can't wait.  Hope to see Ferrari mount a challenge, but with Daniil on the podium last time, would love to see the Russian move even higher at his home race!
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Markje on April 29, 2016, 02:11:31 AM
Really, the only thing that is keeping me interested in F1, is the technological advances that make it possible to improve normal road-cars with them.

Thats also why some new rules exist, to make sure the technology is more than just "biggest engine, baddest breaks".

Max Verstappen is also a star on the rise, he does really well in a B-team like torro-rosso with sub-standard equipment.
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Ste on April 29, 2016, 03:07:38 AM
Let's face it, we only watch it for the crashes!
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 29, 2016, 03:51:46 AM
Let's face it, we only watch it for the crashes!

..speed and razzmatazz.. 

and 50 percent of the crowd ..

I was allowed to watch Free Practice 1 from a VIP box.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1625/26102766854_808c225ae9_b.jpg)

I was right over Carlos Sainz Jnr's pit box..

The trains to here are free - with a ticket and the track was packed..

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1632/26102768034_d8f69dc8df_b.jpg)

Russia has two guys out on the track, today...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1687/26104705863_5fc554268b_b.jpg)

Sergey Sirotkin is the Renault test driver ... but he was quicker than Britain's Joylon Palmer - who is having a torrid time and needs to watch out - lest he finds the young Russian impressed, too much

Britain's Lewis Hamilton finished second in Free Practice 1 - this photo does no justice to the speed these guys are doing ...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1520/26682198406_debbec861e_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: rosco on April 29, 2016, 04:09:05 AM
Great photos Moby, thanks for sharing.  Keep us posted.  Especially if the American team does well (I doubt it with Ferrari and McLaren and Honda there).

Anteros,

Haas have impressed and have a close relationship with Ferrari - they have more points than McLaren - who are toiling as Honda 'race' to catch up with the hybrid engine technology.

Haas will be starting further up the grid, next year..at this rate - higher up than McLaren - for now..

Haas have had a great start to the year and they're essentially a customer Ferrari having bought every possible part available under the current rules. Not sure I agree with this when you see independents making everything from scratch and being outperformed.

Traditionally, the first 3/4 races often allow surprise results and this year is no different. In the past, Sauber have had great starts only to be caught up. Haas struggled in round 3 at China and fared little better in FP1 this weekend. It's early days but whilst Haas have points on the board, McLaren Honda are starting to look the better package.

Lets see how the season unfolds but we're only 3 races in.
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: rosco on April 29, 2016, 04:10:20 AM
Great photo's BTW Moby....keep em coming in.
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 29, 2016, 06:49:46 AM
Free Practice 2 ..

I am forbidden to take photos - as TV companies and other media companies have the rights to take photos in the pit lane ... but not me  :(

So, I roamed the Paddock looking for 'celebs' ...sorry - if you aren't an F1 fan - this might be meaningless..

Ex F1 driver, turned TV pundit DC..David Coulthard... he looks a little 'angry' that some 'pleb' is taking his photo ..
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1645/26104420274_00ddae4b76_b.jpg)

McLaren Honda Racing Director - Éric Boullier (https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1538/26710446845_00e0a3218c_b.jpg)

Carlos Sainz Jnr- talking to David Coulthard
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1535/26710446865_4f7167e9a6_b.jpg)

Media Centre staff

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1535/26710446865_4f7167e9a6_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 29, 2016, 08:33:05 AM
After free practice 2 - where Lewis Hamilton came out on top - and Seb Vettels' Ferrari died on the main straight - just after setting the - then - fastest time, I went down to the Paddock to listen to the interviews ...Unlike most circuits - you can get RIGHT up close ... Nico Rosberg - bumped into me when dashing to the TV interview session - were Lewis was already chatting to the TV companies  :o

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Lewis Hamilton

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1708/26618894192_522c0c1d5a_b.jpg)

'Checo' Perez

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/26108065383_2cbb16a308_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Jerash on April 29, 2016, 09:43:11 AM

I would have come to Russia two weeks later and then headed to Sochi if I knew my romantic adventure there was going to end in failure, with me back in Moscow killing time for a week.....


The lady from Izhevsk was not to be, is that correct?

If so, never mind, there are many others I would suggest..

Maybe you should take a summer vacation in Crimea, would think that will become a "Nest" area..

Luck for the future... :thumbsup:

Thanks Gipsy. Indeed, Izhevsk did not work out and I flew back to Moscow a week early. A little disappointing as this was our second meeting and things had been going well.

Something tells me that a potential suitor is always going to have an uphill challenge when there is an 11 year old involved, as the child will be naturally biased against anyone he or she perceives to be competing for their mother's attention. So, I'm still on the hunt for Miss Right and I hope you're right about the many others out there.
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 30, 2016, 10:15:44 AM
So, today was Free Practice 3 and Qualifying for tomorrow's race.

I went to my 'secret' VIP place - but the 'secret' had got out ... lots of Russians started taking photos - this is counted at pit-side and we haven't paid for such rights.... so the inevitable happened when they ignored security men asking them to stop - we all got kicked out ....  :(

I went to the Press cafe and watched the qualifying, there - but as I wanted Jenson Button to get in the top 10...He got 11th - and Hamilton will start 10th - as he had another engine problem - second in a row - he will start 10th  :(

I rushed to the press tv room and was one of the only guys allowed in before the doors were locked to the press... there were only 4 reporters in the room.  :o

Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel was larking about as Valtteri Bottas was interviewed by SKY's Ted Kravitz and he missed them shaking hands - as if confirming a bet ... I wish some of the reporters had noticed it ...I'd love to know what they said / agreed.

(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1469/26123493694_ba86f96585_b.jpg)

I met an interesting Thai lady - I hoped she would buy the Thai Bhat I can't change in Russia - but she was more interested in promoting her product - Coconut Milk - and gave me a can ... She is modelling her own product. :o

(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1519/26126741673_7e1fdb9c89_b.jpg)




I am ready for tomorrow, I practised with the Podium girls ...
(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1608/26457238370_93bb3744f7_b.jpg)


Lastly - and this will have certain posters falling about with ironic laughter... I was asked to do announcements - in English for the spectators tomorrow on the P.A.

So, listen out for,  '' Dear guests! Soon, the twenty - sixteen  FORMULA ONE Russian Grand Prix will commence . Please, return to your seats - to be ready, to be upstanding for the Russian National Anthem at 2.45.''   :shock:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Ste on April 30, 2016, 10:47:42 AM
Should have said "Give Crimea back to the Ukrainians. Or Turks, Allahu Akhba, Allahu Akhba...."
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: rosco on April 30, 2016, 12:22:20 PM
Scarcely believable but you seem to have got the golden ticket.

Quite amazing Moby & id be loving the access you've enjoyed..make the most of it!
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Ste on April 30, 2016, 12:33:54 PM
Scarcely believable but you seem to have got the golden ticket.

Quite amazing Moby & id be loving the access you've enjoyed..make the most of it!

Doesn't beat my free access to the Shell Beer Tent during a one day Cricket Test at Old Trafford, England vs. New Zealand, about 1983 rained off whole day (cos it was Manchester) so it was beer tent 10:30 am until about 18:00, I was so drunk near the end I was refused service, so I made my own concoction from whatever was left on the tables, sort of beer/wine/vodka special, don't remember getting on the mini-bus, but I do remember getting off it, and discovering my legs didn't work anymore.

That was the last time I was truly arseholed, spinning room etc, vomit everywhere, crawling to loo on hands and knees, head down toilet, psychedelic yodel etc...

'The Follies of Ones Youth..' as GK Chesterton once said, though he did add '..are in Retrospect Glorious compared (by Eddie Waring) to The Follies of Old Age', as we see on here lol!!




Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 30, 2016, 01:24:15 PM


That was the last time I was truly arseholed, spinning room etc, vomit everywhere, crawling to loo on hands and knees, head down toilet, psychedelic yodel etc...



Mine was the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 - end up at the wrong house, wrong bed - and was escorted home - by the Dad of the 16 yr old lass - whose bed I had tried to get into - and her brother - who had plied me with Vodka and - apparently - dared me to kiss his 'sis goodnight ... :biggrin:

Those familiar with 'snowcem' can imagine how I 'decorated' my bedroom wall during the night .... Let's just say  - it sets quickly and has a non smooth finish... Finished me off binge drinking for life ...:snivel:

Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on April 30, 2016, 01:53:24 PM
Scarcely believable but you seem to have got the golden ticket.

Quite amazing Moby & id be loving the access you've enjoyed..make the most of it!

Thanks Roscoe, I'm an F1 nut and this is 7th heaven for me.. SC has been a real 'brick' and allowed me to be a little boy..

Next week should be a downer - but I am competing in a yacht regatta ..... :chuckle:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on April 30, 2016, 02:11:22 PM
Scarcely believable but you seem to have got the golden ticket.

Quite amazing Moby & id be loving the access you've enjoyed..make the most of it!

Doesn't beat my free access to the Shell Beer Tent during a one day Cricket Test at Old Trafford, England vs. New Zealand, about 1983 rained off whole day (cos it was Manchester) so it was beer tent 10:30 am until about 18:00, I was so drunk near the end I was refused service, so I made my own concoction from whatever was left on the tables, sort of beer/wine/vodka special, don't remember getting on the mini-bus, but I do remember getting off it, and discovering my legs didn't work anymore.

That was the last time I was truly arseholed, spinning room etc, vomit everywhere, crawling to loo on hands and knees, head down toilet, psychedelic yodel etc...

'The Follies of Ones Youth..' as GK Chesterton once said, though he did add '..are in Retrospect Glorious compared (by Eddie Waring) to The Follies of Old Age', as we see on here lol!!

So long back... Slacker..   :drunk: :ROFL:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: rosco on April 30, 2016, 02:23:52 PM
Scarcely believable but you seem to have got the golden ticket.

Quite amazing Moby & id be loving the access you've enjoyed..make the most of it!

Doesn't beat my free access to the Shell Beer Tent during a one day Cricket Test at Old Trafford, England vs. New Zealand, about 1983 rained off whole day (cos it was Manchester) so it was beer tent 10:30 am until about 18:00, I was so drunk near the end I was refused service, so I made my own concoction from whatever was left on the tables, sort of beer/wine/vodka special, don't remember getting on the mini-bus, but I do remember getting off it, and discovering my legs didn't work anymore.

That was the last time I was truly arseholed, spinning room etc, vomit everywhere, crawling to loo on hands and knees, head down toilet, psychedelic yodel etc...

'The Follies of Ones Youth..' as GK Chesterton once said, though he did add '..are in Retrospect Glorious compared (by Eddie Waring) to The Follies of Old Age', as we see on here lol!!

Ahhh...the glorious dirty pint!!
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Anteros on April 30, 2016, 08:18:14 PM
You go Mobster! Steveboy's desire to have you arrested or some such by the FSB has so far failed.  :ROFL:
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on May 01, 2016, 09:40:21 AM
Race day...

To be honest it was a little disappointing - not big fights at the front - just a big incident involving Kvyat and Vettel - AGAIN - JUST after the start.

But pleased that LH got up to 2nd and JB got his first point - despite nearly being screwed up in the second corner pileup

SC was opposite to me in the stands and we were banned from making photos from our box ... I hope my friend Andrei got some from the stands.

I saw Grosjean coming to the circuit,  Hermann Tilke - who has designed many modern F1 circuits - incl this one, Niki Lauda and  a load more F1 celebs - incl. Bernie Eccelstone - BUT --- that was when we weren't allowed to take photos..

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UK C4 - ex F1 driver Karun Chandhok

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I saw Jos Verstappen 'sweet talking'  Dr Helmut Marko  - probably suggesting Max could do better than poor 'ol Daniil Kyvat

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I wasn't interested in seeing the Poduim - I expect Andrei or SC got those photos... I waiting in the press office and was one of only 5 reporters allowed in - before the doors were locked..

Hamilton looked cool, with Rosberg 'rosy' and Kimi ooking KNACKERED.

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Finally,

All the pit-lane gals

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I've got quite few vids that I will upload to youtube over the next few days... need to edit out boring bits ..

Off to the end of GP concert in the Park ...
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Ste on May 01, 2016, 11:19:34 AM
Reminds me of that old joke from the seventies;

"What's that Austrian racing driver's name, the one that got burnt; Nikki....?"

"Lauda"

"WHAT'S THAT AUSTRIAN RACING DRIVER'S NAME, THE ONE THAT GOT BURNT; NIKKI....?"

Coat located, exit located.......
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Gipsy on May 01, 2016, 11:23:31 AM
Reminds me of that old joke from the seventies;

"What's that Austrian racing driver's name, the one that got burnt; Nikki....?"

"Lauda"

"WHAT'S THAT AUSTRIAN RACING DRIVER'S NAME, THE ONE THAT GOT BURNT; NIKKI....?"

Coat located, exit located.......

До свиданья   ;D
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on May 02, 2016, 04:59:10 AM
Went to the concert - was taken from one end of the park to the other by golf buggy driven by Souren - I have an Armenian, Cypriot friend - so recognised the name - and he drove in the dark like he was Daniil Kyvat  - luckily - he didn't hit any one - though he saved battery - by turning off the head lights when there were fewer pedestrians  :D

SC and her friends were gyrating to electronic music and I drank a beer and felt tired and drunk within seconds  ;D I just got up and danced and had a great time..


SC took our proper camera and - as requested -  got some good photos - Andrei and Olga who were sat with them - took a group selfie

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In the picture above - taken from the 'gods' in the main grandstand - overlooking the start / finish lines - I was trying to call SC to say I can see her..I was behind the one way glass to the left of her left hand ..above the red Ferrari Pit Wall - where the left hand DHL ad runs along the building... She never could see me ...even if I pressed right up to the glass.


Too 'cold' in the grandstand ...  ::)

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The post race concert stage
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The Torch
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When I started to flag - I suggested going home and was pleasantly surprised to hear no objections....  The trains were still running, but Vita - the blond lady - insisted that her husband - Vitali - was a 'taxi driver' and would give us a lift home... that he was waiting for us - and had been 'working ' in the area...OK, I thought  - but I wondered how we'd all fit in ...

The 'taxi ' turned out to be a new Mercedes S-class ''7 million roubles'' = 100k USD - and Vitaly had been taking VIPs back to the airport from the circuit - only 7km..I was watching Ted Kravitz ''notes from the pit-lane on UK SKY Sports F1 -this morning- and saw Vitali's taxi parked up at the Paddock exit - '222' in the reg...  ;D

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SC suggested to Vitali that I had some good music on my phone - and we 'bluetoothed' it to the audio system and were having a great time - when the traffic police pulled us over for a check ..... I expect the 'night club music level' bass booming might have been a magnet...  ;D Documents produced and cleared - we were on our way home...We crashed into the sack..

WHAT a DAY ...







Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: rosco on May 05, 2016, 02:25:08 AM
To be fair, I understand what Andrew is suggesting. Going by moby's methodology, Kvyat's the third best driver in F1 and Haas is now a power house because they sit 5th in the constructors championship.



Interesting, IF you were more observant ... I reckon Kyvat's stunning move was because Dr Helmut Marko is already ready with his axe. He has been unlucky with breakdowns - and he beat the more fancied team mate, last year... I reckon DR is the best driver in F1 - he's certainly the fastest F1 driver in the reasonably priced car...   

As for Haas - they started off with Ferrari help and as the season develops we'll see how they cope with in-season improvements- without such help... Do not dismiss Haas' billions, lightly


As for the Rugby 7'S ... May be you missed  - my link was a series  - there's already been 8 out 10 rounds

It's my opinion that the merc boys, possibly both ferraris, the toro rosso boys, the mclaren boys, Danni R, maybe Weirlin, the Willian's boys, Grojean and The hulk are all better than Kyvat so that's just the 14 ahead of him from 22. My opinion of course.....but I can't see him in f1 next year unless a big Russian backer buys him a seat or Verstappen goes elsewhere. If so, it's likely  Sainz will be at red bull and Kvyat will join Buemi, Alguersusri & vergne on the scrap heap....

And I didn't miss your link....to this season. Leicester are top of the league but that doesn't make them a big club like Man U or Arsenal....maybe you missed the point?

The US are much improved and I expect that to continue. A world power in 7's.....not yet! World powers in any sport win wars not battles.

Well Moby, what did I tell you?

Pre Russia, I suggested that McLaren would have a better package than Haas and your old pal Kvyat's just been dumped by Red Bull and shoved into the junior team.

Just saying..... :8)
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: AvHdB on May 05, 2016, 02:51:29 AM
Moby, thanks for posting. Personally not much a F1 or NASCAR fan, but it makes an interesting read. I would ignore the grumpy souls who reside in Russia and post away.
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on May 05, 2016, 03:05:34 AM

Well Moby, what did I tell you?..your old pal Kvyat's just been dumped by Red Bull and shoved into the junior team.

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Taken post race .. My comment on the photos was ''Well Dr Marko - is my boy doing OK ?'' - I think you'll find the deal was done before they left for home....

IF you check back - you'll find I had stated Marko had warned Kyvat that he was on a last chance and his 'aggression' at China and Russia was probably over trying.

So, No.. you were agreeing with me ..

Pre Russia, I suggested that McLaren would have a better package than Haas

..and Kyvat's howler permitted Alfonso to obtain a higher placing through being in the right place to benefit from the accidents... Grosjean's Haas out - qualified McLaren, remember...

I do not expect McLaren to do so well in Barca.... even with their mods - the engine is too thirsty.

You also told us that the 'cool down room' was not so named - and for some reason the proof of your folly hadn't been 'approved'

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I feel sorry for Kvyat, but Verstappen and Sainz seem better..... Marko puts immense pressure on the junior drivers and I think he got it wrong with J-E Vergne.. who was just as quick - if not quicker than Daniel Ricciardo.









Pre Russia, I suggested that McLaren would have a better package than Haas and your old pal Kvyat's just been dumped by Red Bull and shoved into the junior team.

Just saying..... :8)
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Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: Steveboy on May 05, 2016, 07:08:04 AM
I'm lucky enough to have a Pass for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi - in addition to tickets for Grandstand tickets for the whole event.

Tuesday sees the teams setting up their garages and hospitality centres - for Sunday's race - but the practice sessions start on Friday.

I live about 25 km - 15 miles from the circuit and a train drops us off 200m from the entrance to the circuit

Security is VERY tight and I saw THREE warships stationed off the coast on the beautiful train ride home. Putin will be here......

I'll be taking photos of the event and posting them here - if you aren't interested in F1 - then I'm sorry ... I expect I'll have some photos of the staff - sooner or later - they are smart - mostly speaking perfect English and single young men  would be in heaven..

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cg94Ig7WwAAM21M.jpg)


Is that a Tesco sandwich board you are walking about with? they have Tesco's in Sochi?
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: msmoby on May 13, 2016, 01:04:52 AM

Is that a Tesco sandwich board you are walking about with? they have Tesco's in Sochi?

Perspective... the 'sandwich board' is 10cm x 13cm
Title: Re: Russian Grand Prix 2016
Post by: AKA Luke on May 13, 2016, 02:14:28 AM
I'm lucky enough to have a Pass for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi - in addition to tickets for Grandstand tickets for the whole event.

Tuesday sees the teams setting up their garages and hospitality centres - for Sunday's race - but the practice sessions start on Friday.

I live about 25 km - 15 miles from the circuit and a train drops us off 200m from the entrance to the circuit

Security is VERY tight and I saw THREE warships stationed off the coast on the beautiful train ride home. Putin will be here......

I'll be taking photos of the event and posting them here - if you aren't interested in F1 - then I'm sorry ... I expect I'll have some photos of the staff - sooner or later - they are smart - mostly speaking perfect English and single young men  would be in heaven..

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cg94Ig7WwAAM21M.jpg)


Is that a Tesco sandwich board you are walking about with? they have Tesco's in Sochi?

When I see that all I can think of is this scene.

https://youtu.be/edc9wyBCGCQ  (https://youtu.be/edc9wyBCGCQ)


When are the photos going up Smite?