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Dear David,

I can’t believe you are not here in Budapest with us. We all know how dedicated you are to GP2: you always work hard in the most professional way


But when I called you last Wednesday and heard your hoarse flu-affected voice, I immediately understood that I would have to fly solo this weekend. And that made me sad.


Now I know how Batman feels without Robin.

Rest assured though that we are trying hard to make your presence felt in the paddock


This is you not going through the paddock turnstiles


This is you not stealing DAMS’ bike


This is you not sitting with us on the bus


This is you not a the press conference

While I was walking down the paddock, looking as lonely as ever, I came across Marco who, of course, made fun of my misery… and yours.

Marco: “Are you missing David that much that you have to walk around carrying his picture?”

Me: “I’m trying to find something to write for the blog since he abandoned us this weekend”

Marco: “Another of your crazy ideas?”

Me: “Of course”

Marco: “So, the idea is to show all the places where David will not be this weekend? I have a good one!”


I will let you guess where that particular picture was taken from...

Passing by Ocean Racing’s truck, I saw Karun Chandhok.

Karun: “Where’s Cameron this weekend?”

Me: “Home. Sick”

Karun: “Really?” he asked, a huge mischievous smile on his face.

Me: “Yeah. He thinks he has swine flu”

Karun laughed. I believe he was definitely making fun of your misery too


As we were discussing, your best friend Alvaro Parente stopped next to us.

Alvaro: “David is not here? Is he even allowed to not come?”

Me: “Well, you know, it’s almost summer break. I didn’t want him to bring his cuddies and pass them onto us.”

Alvaro: “So, basically, you are telling me that David is… late?! Interesting…”


But as we crossed path with Andi Zuber, he had something else to complain about.

Andi: “What do you mean David is not here?”

Me: “He says he has the flu. But I wasn’t there to check his temperature”

Andi: “Well, I feel sorry for him, but at least we won’t have to put up with the kilt don’t we?”


The most crossed person in the awning was Christian Staurenghi though, our beloved Hospitality manager.

Christian: "You make sure to tell David that I am expecting him in Valencia or else...!"


But we all know that he will never hurt a fly... I really think it was the pain talking above anything else.

Diego Nunes, on his way to having lunch stopped me and asked me what I was carrying.

Me: “Oh, you know. Just this giant poster of David.”

Diego: “Why?”

Me: “He’s got the flu" I said for what felt like the hundredth time.

Diego: “Is that a drawing too? The piggy flu. Excellent! Take my picture with it!” he said a little bit too excitedly.


Alfonso de Orléans Borbon overheard our conversation.

Alfonso: “That David! I’m sure he’s not sick. He must be somewhere working on his tan on a beach.”


Later that night, after a crazy hot day that made us all feel quite feverish as well, Robert Kubica, Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella and Tonio Luizzi came for their usual dinner at the GP2 Paddock. “Hey Alexa”, said Jarno. “Where’s David? We saved a seat for him!”


Needless to say that they were all highly disappointed that you could not treat them with one of your famous stories… Even this blog is sorely feeling your absence. So we all wish you well and hope to see you in three weeks in Valencia. Without you, the GP2 Paddock just does not feel the same and everyone is going a little bit coo coo!



on Sunday 26 Jul 2009 - 02:17 by David

Heh, that's very kind of you all (apart from Karun, obviously): I am missing being there enormously, except when I think about the 40+ degree temperatures there, at which stage I am constantly reminded of Paolo Coloni's special swimming pool...

Despite talking to Alexa more often this weekend than most I wish I was there (although nice job filling up the blog :p), and I hope you all appreciate me not infecting the entire paddock (my wife is so glad...). I miss you all (except Didier, who clearly couldn't be bothered making a nice photo), and look forward to seeing you all again in Valencia.



on Sunday 26 Jul 2009 - 05:12 by Terrie

Great job filling in for David.Though i would have expected people to be a little bit more sympathetic to the poor man having flu.(Their comments are quite funny)But still more sympathy for the poor man when he is ill. Get better soon David.

on Monday 27 Jul 2009 - 13:00 by Donna

Get well soon, David - someone clearly needs to help keep those boys out of trouble! I do like Karun's artwork though :)

on Wednesday 29 Jul 2009 - 03:23 by Kris

Great job keeping up the blog. I always enjoy the photos from the paddock.

on Saturday 8 Aug 2009 - 19:56 by terrie

Nice legs David. :)

on Friday 14 Aug 2009 - 18:08 by squiggle

I like 'piggy flu'.

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