The Ups and Downs of Formula 1 Racing

Formula 1 motor racing is a truly global sport. After all, the 2014 season will comprise 19 races, in 19 countries, on four continents. So the trophies handed out to the winners are real World Cups.

Like all sporting competitions, an F1 race is an event of Contrasts. The winners receive trophies and champagne (and occasionally, cowboy hats)…

Montreal, 2005 - Kimi Räikkönen lifts the winner's trophy

Montreal, 2005 – Kimi Räikkönen lifts the winner’s trophy

Montreal, 2005 - Champagne!

Montreal, 2005 – Champagne!

Montreal, 2006 - this time it's Fernando Alonso's turn

Montreal, 2006 – this time it’s Fernando Alonso’s turn

Montreal, 2006 - Champagne!

Montreal, 2006 – Champagne!

Montreal, 2007 - Lewis Hamilton's the winner

Montreal, 2007 – Lewis Hamilton’s the winner

Montreal, 2007 - and we all know what's coming next!

Montreal, 2007 – and we all know what’s coming next!

Austin, 2012 - This time Lewis gets a cowboy hat to go with his cup!

Austin, 2012 – This time Lewis gets a cowboy hat to go with his cup!

The losers, less so…

Hockenheim, Germany, 2003 - Michael Schumacher's stricken Ferrari is hauled away (during practice)

Hockenheim, Germany, 2003 – Michael Schumacher’s stricken Ferrari is hauled away (during practice)

Montreal, 2006 - Juan-Pablo Montoya's McLaren refuses to continue

Montreal, 2006 – Juan-Pablo Montoya’s McLaren refuses to continue

Montreal, 2007 - just three wheels on Jarno Trulli's Toyota after an accident

Montreal, 2007 – just three wheels on Jarno Trulli’s Toyota after an accident

Austin, 2012 - the engine of Mark Webber's Red Bull lets go in a plume of smoke

Austin, 2012 – the engine of Mark Webber’s Red Bull lets go in a plume of smoke

I’ve been to six Formula 1 races so far, and I always feel like a winner, come rain…

Montreal, 2003 - Sue and I sheltering from the rain during Friday practice

Montreal, 2003 – Sue and I sheltering from the rain during Friday practice

…Or shine…

Montreal, 2005 - with some friends in the pit lane exit

Montreal, 2005 – with some friends in the pit lane exit

And in just four weeks time I’ll be at my seventh F1 event, this time in Budapest, Hungary, a place I’ve never been before. I couldn’t be more excited!

Montreal, 2006 - Rich and Sue in David Coulthard's Red Bull garage

Montreal, 2006 – Rich and Sue in David Coulthard’s Red Bull garage

This post was inspired by the themes World Cups (from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?) and Contrasts (from Michelle of the Daily Post).

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16 Responses to The Ups and Downs of Formula 1 Racing

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    Very creative contrasts!

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  3. cyardin says:

    Giddy up! Have a ripping time in Budapest guys. I can’t wait to get to my next race, but I fear it will be a while. I am dying to get to the Montreal GP (such a fast circuit and always a bang up at the chicane), doesn’t help that my brother living in Toronto has been the last 4 years.

    • Jaspa says:

      We used to go to Montreal pretty much every year, too. But there are so many other races and places to visit, and once you take away the cost of the flight, it’s just as expensive to go to Montreal as anywhere else. I’m sure we’ll get back there one day, though… Who knows, perhaps we’ll even see you there, especially with your brother living just down the road from us!

  4. quarksire says:

    lucky u ,,,,,,,,,i have been to the long beach grand prix many times over is fantastic,,,lucky for u guys kewl 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    As an F1 fan I really enjoyed these.

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