I couldn’t sleep this morning so I gave up trying and turned on the TV to watch FP2. I was surprised but delighted to see Lewis and Jenson doing so well and when they ended up first and second fastest at the end of the session I wondered if my season was about to get a lot better.
I know you can’t read too much into the practice sessions but the MP4-26 is looking pretty good and capable of competing for podiums, something I didn’t think possible just a few hours ago. Of course we will know more this tomorrow when my world could come crashing down and we have a Red Bull front row, which let’s face it, would be utterly boring. That’s no slight on Vettel and Webber, it would just be nice to mix it up a bit, and yes, have McLaren at the front, particularly Lewis Hamilton!
Lewis Hamilton in his MP4-26
(Photo credit: McLaren.com
So, this is the first dedicated Lewis Hamilton post after yesterday’s epiphany – enjoy the photos!
During Free Practice on Friday 10th September
During Free Practice on Friday 10th September
During Free Practice on Friday 10th September – inside a cloud?
During Qualifying on Saturday 11th September
After Qualifying on Saturday 11th September
Just moments before he retired from the race on Sunday 12th September
Hamilton clashes with Massa – race over
A bit about me – Hi my name is Matthew Bacon, some of you may remember me from the McLaren Hoody Competition where I was a runner up, well done Melissa. This is my second year in the world of F1 and it’s been a whirlwind of knowledge and excitement. I have always been a avid gamer so what I’m about to blog about is a combination of the two, which I have been looking forward to since I heard it was coming in March this year. Hope you enjoy.
Have you ever thought I would love to have a drive about in a F1 car, well now is your chance to have a drive about in your very own living room. Yep that’s right F1 2010 is coming to console (PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) on September 24th.
McLaren v Ferrari in F1 2010
The team over at Codemasters have pulled out all the stops for the new game, taking thousands of pictures of each track to give the fans the most realistic racing experience. Codemasters have introduced the tagline “be the driver, live the life“. They have cut out the Commentary and all you hear during the race is your engineer. The game features all the licensed drivers, teams and tracks from the 2010 Season, and all the paddocks which will be the hub of the driver with media presence outside your motor home and the hype around you increases then so does the media presence. After races you will attend a after race press conference and what you say to the press will affect the game. There are rumours the non other than David Croft of 5 Live F1 will be asking the questions, but its not confirmed.
During the development process of the game Codemasters have received help and feedback from Anthony Davidson (Former F1 driver and Current Mercedes GP simulation driver) telling them how a car would handle on each track and on different weather conditions. This brings me on to the dynamic weather system which affects the game massively. Be sure to check out some videos on the official website and Youtube.
The game will be playable online with your friends, and the maximum players allowed is 12 in one race, 1 from each team, so I’m sure there will be some fights between who gets the top 3 teams (McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari). In the career mode you will have a choice of 3, 5 or 7 years – the longer you pick the lower the team will be. If you pick 7 years the teams available to you will be HRT, Lotus and Virgin, and you will be fighting your team mate for the championship. If you become the number one drive in the team then you will be able to choose the development of the car for seasons to come. I think that about wraps it up for my first ever blog on here, hopefully I will get invited to write some more.
Some time ago I teamed up with the team at McLaren eShop to run a hoody design competition and you can read all about the various stages of that here. Well, the day has come, and that hoody is now for sale over at the McLaren eShop. It looks fantastic, and a certain blog is even mentioned on the product page!
Congratulations to Melissa Nathoo whose winning design was the one chosen and has been made into this great looking hoody. What perfect timing too, now that summer seems to have disappeared for another year. Just look out the window and you’ll see it’s perfect weather for a hoody, especially one that looks as awesome as that.
Now all we need is a victorious weekend in Spa – come on McLaren, let’s get back to winning ways and show those Red Bulls and Ferraris what you’re made of!