Lewis Hamilton made his move on the track, while Vettel cried on his radio like a little boy, and Hamilton made the car stick into the turn to become the first driver to win in what will become a very popular race on the Grand Prix calendar the United States Grand Prix 2012.
The exuberance that was pouring out of Lewis Hamilton was effecting everyone as he leaped out of this car filled with pure joy.
Hamilton will become the marketing face, (I am telling everyone now) of Formula One in the United States. How many covers of GQ?
Of the 100,000 tickets sold 15% were bought by non-Americans so it looks like Grand Prix Racing is here to stay in the USA and it was super cool to have the dude with USA flag on his helmet win.
Let me put it bluntly! There is nothing like the United States of America. Keep Monaco, and Abu Dhabi, but the USA is the richest market in the world, and it can change the sport of Formula 1 forever if it’s a hit. This time they did it right by building a track.
For that reason everyone out here is getting pretty excited as the weekend approaches; downtown Austin is buzzing, the team’s hospitality units are groaning and the marketing men are salivating almost as much as the drivers. I can see why: the Circuit of the Americas looks mouth-watering. This place is fun. Come on this is Texas, with music, food, fun, it’s the good old USA.
The Circuit of the Americas is like a ‘supercircuit’; an amalgamation of favourite corners from other tracks around the world. I have been critical of Hermann Tilke-designed circuits before but he has really listened to drivers this time.
American race fans may be more interested by what is happening in Homestead, Florida, this weekend — where the Nascar season, in an unfortunate scheduling clash, also reaches its climax — but in this land of opportunity I am hopeful that Formula One will grab its big chance and leave our hosts wanting more.
It’s time to Rock’N Roll.
My Weekend with McLaren, continued with the hospitality of the luxurious and friendly Ritz Carlton Montreal.
The Ritz Carlton has always been my favorite hotel in Montreal ever since I was growing up. It recently opened a week prior to the Canadian Grand Prix and this is perhaps the best time to see the hotel at work. The pressure is on.
Jetting in early I was given a warm welcome from the hotel team and in desperate need for a coffee I was escorted into what I call the magical kingdom managed by the renowned Executive Chef Daniel Boulud and his restaurant Maison Boulud and introduced to Rachid Mallis. Rachid greeted me with a big smile and assured me he will make for me a coffee “strong” personally.
It was quite when I arrived the coffee was yes, strong, and every detail was looked after by Rachid, the basket of breads, to the amazingly light and so good french toast. Cafe after cafe, slowly the beat picks the chefs arrive, the Executive Chef himself in arrives, and the pace starts to pick up. The team in the kitchen starts to move as if in a ballet. The very petite sommelier, she now busy carrying cases of wine and checking her inventory.
Monday after the Canadian Grad Prix and still on a high from the win by Lewis Hamilton and late night of parties I returned for more strong coffee, and this time Joe, and Rachid looked after me it was a day when Lewis Hamilton was pronounced King of Montreal and trust me the King will be staying at the Ritz in Montreal because I will tell him so. The Ritz delivers, for me they made the impossible happen. That alone speaks volumes for a hotel and it’s team.
King of Montreal the Ritz.
The season of racing began with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Present for the seasons start was Lenny Kravitz, who is in the film The Hunger Games. Singer Lenny Kravitz studied a bisexual pal to perfect his role as stylist in new movie ‘The Hunger Games’.
“When I`m telling kids and they say, `Who are you playing?` and I say, `Cinna`, they go, `Oh, you`re playing the gay guy.` That was an actual answer. That`s how they perceived it. So I thought about it, and I read the book and I don`t see that he is or isn’t gay. He`s a designer, he`s a stylist, he has gold eyeliner – that doesn`t mean anything either,” he added. No matter what Lenny Kravitz may just have been to let all the driver know one thing, ‘Only one will survive to be crowned champion’. Grand Prix Racing, where anyone can die on any given day or time. The battle with man and machine, team work, staying true. So who is going to be the girl that will emerge one day to take this sport and win the spoils of war on the circuit of F1 racing? There is a girl out there and one day she will arrive in the scene to challenge. The one thing I have seen at the screening’s of The Hunger Games the young girls are ready to take up the mantel.
“I think it is fantastic. It’s great to be here after a great winter. Seeing hard work going into building this car is inspiring. It is the most refined-looking car we have had for some time so we are looking forward to getting back in it.”- Lewis Hamilton
McLaren launched its 2012 challenger on Wednesday as the Woking team took the wraps off the MP4-27 with which it is aiming to return to championship-winning ways.
The Mercedes-powered team finished in second place in the standings last year, scoring six victories with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. While the new car resembles the 2011 machine, the team said the MP4-27 chassis has been substantially revised, with all major systems updated or redesigned for the new season.
The most evident differences are a tightly waisted rear bodywork and a revised cooling system. The U-shaped sidepods used last year have also been redesigned to adapt to the FIA’s new exhaust regulations.
Button said, “It’s a very exciting day for us all. It’s the moment when we see how hard we’ve all been working.I want to say thanks to the guys who have been working flat out throughout the winter to develop this car. Testing is now very important. We’ve got to come out of the box and be strong. Testing is what it says on the tin, it’s about finding your feet, about gaining in confidence in the team you’re working with and the car you’re driving.”