The conversation

David and Alexa discuss the day in Silverstone. “Have you had a chance to start writing the blog,” Alexa asked. It was a question I was dreading, because I wasn't sure how to answer.

“Have you had a chance to start writing the blog,” Alexa asked. It was a question I was dreading, because I wasn't sure how to answer. I figured it was best to just come straight out with it. “Not really,” I noted, “because I wasn't sure if you wanted one.”

“What are you talking about?” she quizzed. “Of course we want a blog: we put one up every night now.”

“Yeah, I know,” I sighed disconsolately, “but no one is reading it anymore, so I don't know if it's worth it.”

“Of course they read it,” she stated matter of factly, “it's just that everyone has forgotten how to post a reply. Maybe you need to write about Alvaro again: that always gets the Portuguese going, at least!” “I think he's had a bad enough day today,” I replied, “I'm not sure he needs anymore aggravation...”

“So what are you going to write about,” she asked. “You must have a lot to talk about after today.”

“I guess so,” I sighed as I thought about what happened over the day. “I could always write about Alastair's finger.”

“Oh, that's a good one,” she squealed, wincing at the thought. “He hasn't stopped complaining about that all day.”

“Well to be fair to him, it must have hurt: he was squatting down to get the shot of Pastor in the pits when the jack failed, dropping the car to the ground and smashing the jack into his finger.”

“Ouch, it makes me wince just thinking about how big his finger was afterwards! It was so swollen!”

“Yeah, but the weird thing is he was more upset that they crowded around Pastor and no one even said sorry to him. I guess photographers really are expendable.”

“You better not let him hear you say that: he's already moaning enough.”

“Okay, I'll be nice: it is his birthday tomorrow, after all...”

“Maybe you could write something about Karun? About how he ran all the way down the pits to complain to iSport about Diego blocking him in qualifying.”

“Heh, you were going to go over and say hello until I saw his eyes and stopped you. Luckily it was his old team and they knew how to handle him!”

“Yeah. Oh, or you could put in how I texted him last night to remind him that he had to come to the signing session, and he said 'yes Mum' so I replied that he should clean his teeth and get to bed early because he had a big day today, and he said 'have you seen the grid, I'm starting from outside my house!'”

“Well that's better than starting outside your house!”

“That's what I said: he just laughed and said 'maybe if we were still racing in Magny Cours!'”

“He's a cheeky one: after the signing Lucas di Grassi was doing his usual shop steward act, trying to convince Vitaly and Karun that they should all go to Charlie Whiting and ask to change the qualifying session because of the traffic. Karun kept going 'yeah, totally with you there', until we got out of the van: he just looked at me as Lucas wandered off and said 'yeah, that'll happen...'”

“I don't know what else I could write about though: it's late, and we had to get up early this morning to beat the traffic.”

“Oh, write something about Sergio: he was great today.”

“He was, wasn't he? 25th on the grid to 4th at the flag, and maybe he would have been on the podium if he had another lap.”

“That's because of me, actually: I told him this morning that I really wanted to see the old Asia Series Sergio back, and he just looked at me and quietly said 'me too': you know how shy he can be. And then after the race he came straight over, a huge smile on his face, and just blurted out 'I'm back!'”

“Yeah: with the pace he had today he has to be on the podium if he gets a good start.”

“Or a win: I could live with that, too!”

“Or maybe I could write about Nelson's bet with Bruno Michel.”

“What was that?”

“Oh, the other week in Istanbul they were talking after the race and Nelson said 'Alberto was great this weekend: I reckon he'll win a race this year', and Bruno must have been in a bad mood or something, because he said 'no way'.”

“Really?” “Yeah, and you know what Nelson is like: he immediately said 'he will definitely win this year, I bet you he will' and then Bruno couldn't back down so he said 'okay, I will bet you a dinner' and they shook on it.” “So I bet Nelson is happy now.” “Oh, certainly: Bruno was trying to say there was nowhere to eat around here, and Nelson just smirked and said 'I used to live in Oxford, I know exactly where we should go' and burst out laughing: apparently the place costs a fortune, and Bruno had to agree!”

“So you see, you've got plenty to write about then.” “Yeah, maybe so: if only I could think of a way to put it all together.”

“I'm sure you'll think of something. I'll go and get you a coffee while you think about it...”


on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:55 by Bruno

Keep blogging guys, we love reading what happens behind the scenes

Cheers from a Portuguese :D
Go Alvaro, you rule!

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:56 by Yolanda

oh yeah, this one reminds me to leave a comment here XD
Great job, David! Thanks!~

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:56 by Brigi

Hey David!

I have to agree with the other posters!
Great posts! I've reading your blog for several years...but I didn't write any comment as yet ;)
So please keep up this great work!

Come on Lucas!^^

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:57 by Anna Spanna

First time I've commented on the blog but I love reading it. It's great to get an inside view of gp2 (which is the best series in the world by the way).


P.s. Go Pastor!!!

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:57 by Sobciu

Good job with that blog and keep it going

Congratulations for Lucas , I wish You to grab the title this year
Gereeting from Poland.

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:58 by Donna

Still reading, as always :) I guess now we're just spoiled with so many updates!

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:58 by Bruno

and I forgot to say before: Go ORT, go Karun (we love you as well!)

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:58 by Memo

Great series, great stories :D David, Your blog on Saturday was one of the best!

Go Edoardo! (He had the same fantastic manouvers at Hungaroring last week, your way Mr. Mortara leads to F1 (or whatever) I tell you :D)

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:58 by Hugo

Comment...not much to say really (apart from wholeheartedly agree Alvaro did not have a good day on Saturday! Yes I am portuguese...)

This is a wonderful blog, very well written, and a fantastic way to keep up with the behind the scenes of GP2

All the best and please do keep writing!

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:59 by Orkun ÖZENER

Of course we are reading this blog...It is really nice...A great job...
But, certainly; I will comment more on the next races...:)

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 13:59 by Vinod

Though i am a frequent visitor of this blog, its my first comment. I just love your blogs.... & thanks for keeping Karun always on the spot light [:)]... Go Karun....We love you...

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 14:00 by Pppp

David, we ARE reading the blog, keep it up please!! :)

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 14:00 by Kris

Sergio was brilliant, that's for sure. Hard to believe he's still just 19. Great blog as usual - thanks!

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 14:00 by terrie

I Love reading the blogs and getting an insight o the drivers. Sometimes what you right is hilarious. Keep blogging.

on Friday 26 Jun 2009 - 14:01 by Joao

Hi David, keep up the good work!

I'm supporting ORT, so CONGRATULATIONS to Karun, a good driver and seems to be a very nice guy.

Now for my friend, Varinho had a real bad saturday, how could such a small incident result in a broken suspension? Bad luck, leave the poor man...

Oh and yes, I'm portuguese! hehehe

Lets hope for more podiums and for a victory for ORT! This time, with Álvaro on the first step :D

Cheers David and Alexa!

Be very welcome to Portugal, in September :)

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