It’s the morning after the night before… Eurovision. I’m semi prepared to blog on the event as I did last year but so far I’ve been managing a ‘could be worse’ hangover and napping! Eurovision is very much a guilty pleasure which distracted us from full and effective F1 party planning. However, Resident Knitter offered to host the Spanish Grand Prix and I descended on Knitting House just after 6 for a pre-recorded BBC fest.
We definitely miss David, Eddie and Suzie on Sky coverage days and it seemed that the Eurovision fever must have got to our boys and infiltrated their wardrobe. David was sporting a pair of bright blue trousers with a navy shirt. Nicely snug around his rear as always but a bit of a shocking combo to say the least. Eddie, who we’re more used to seeing in gopping colour combinations, treated us to a pair of red bottoms and a floral red and white shirt. As for Suzie Floozy, all I can say is that I wish I looked like that in a pair of jeans.
Couldn’t find a snap of the snazzy slacks but here is an archive shot courtesy of the Daily Mail!
So, onto food. Resident Knitter whipped up a Paella which went down very well indeed. We mixed in some extra chorizo for added Spaniard. After the excess of Eurovision, I admit I slacked. Drinks and dessert were my domain as the visiting party person. I supplied a bottle of (ahem) Spanish (read Italian), (ahem) Rioja (read Blossom Hill, could be anything) and the ever so traditional Spanish dessert of flumps, Cadburys caramel chocolate and malteasers (I’m sure I’ve eaten them on holiday in the Costas before…).
Always got to love Coulthard on a grid walk before the race. We are always appreciative of the camera following his behind between the cars and the crowds. In his usual friendly style he approached a focused Fat John who had tried to find a quiet spot to get his game face on and looked distinctly unimpressed by being bothered by the BBC. Bernie was spotted chatting with Red Bull reps on the grid and the rest was a bit of a blur as we tried to work out who was where to start.
Hamilton took pole, but where were the rest of our boys?!!! Button was found in 8th and Magners behind in 14th. Vettel had suffered a penalty and was in 15th (we admittedly should know more about the how and why but alas we have nothing). Chilton wasn’t right at the back but instead at 17th.
Nothing seemed to kick off at the start so we reverted to gossiping, only being drawn back in with the mention of a ‘red sausage kerb’! What the heck?! I was busy food policing our dessert portions to catch any more on that.
By lap 24th we thought we should get an update on positions. Hamilton was of course still in front, Button had dropped to 12th and Chilton still wasn’t last! We got some team radio stropping from Hamilton demanding to know why he was brought into the pits due to one thing or another only to get a patronising calm down from the pit team reminding him that he was to stick to the optimum strategy.
In terms of race drama nothing happened until at least lap 64. So if you missed it, don’t worry. Alonso managed to get passed his team-mate to take 6th in lap 64 and Hamilton was fighting off Rosberg right to the line. We got to the edge of our seats in lap 65 of 66 and that was that. Rosberg locked up at one of the final corners and Hamilton won the race and over took Nico in the championship. Neither had won in Spain before but Hamilton had the edge.
Word up to Vettel who managed to end up in 4th after his poor start position. He’s taking it well though. Chilton didn’t even come last! He was pipped to his usual rear standing by Sony Ericsson. Can he edge up the standings even further over the season?
Not the rowdy event 0f two years ago with homemade, naughty looking churros or the glamour of last year with Guest Chef treating us and our Cuspers to a feast. Pleasant nonetheless.
Monaco is to come but I have a family get together the day before and won’t be at HQ for a proper party. I will see what can be done though, Monaco is a classic. If it wasn’t for a senior snooker lovers birthday I’d be there with bells on!