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F1: Some Like It Wet But All Love It Tight

by on June 7, 2012

Welcome to Montreal Canada for round number seven of the Formula One Championship It was a warm sunny morning in Montreal but light rain and overcast skies rolled in as teams, media and press make their way to Ile Notre Dame to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 

Many arrived last night and took to the streets for a quick walk and to the pubs for a cold pint.  Some of our Twitter friends finally having the opportunity to meet and share stories and memories over a frosty beverage.  There is a certain fever that has swept the city that can be felt across this vast land as the focus and attention turns to the always anticipated Canadian GP.  A sense of brotherhood fills the air even as rival fans banter back and forth. 

There is much talk about the impact the weather will have for this weekend’s race.  I suspect in large part because of the monsoon conditions last year.  Concerns are justified as rain again is in the forecast with possibilities for wet weather on all three days.  Saturday is under the biggest threat at 70% chance of precipitation.

In talking to some fans, most would like to see rain return for the Grand Prix.  The idea of having an unknown element and a possible seventh different winner in seven races thereby setting another F1 record has them excited.  I say some fans because I assure you that several thousand fans joining me at the circuit would rather it be dry.

The fact that there will most certainly be rain on Saturday if not Friday as well means that car setup will be compromised.  This might be enough to add that unknown element many are seeking.

The driver standings are extremely tight. Ferrari Alonso leads the Red Bull by three who are tied and only 10 points ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.  In fact, the top five are separated by less than the points awarded for a victory.  Which means a victory or DNF can have monumental effects on the standings.  Everyone I have had the opportunity to chat with thus far has mentioned how much they love to see this season so tight.

So my conclusion heading into the Canadian Grand Prix this season is, some like it WET but ALL love it TIGHT!

NB. I look forward to meeting many of you in Montreal this weekend either at the circuit or around the town.  I will be attending An Audience With Joe (Saward) Friday evening and urge those of you here for the race to consider it ( http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/calling-races-fans-in-canada/ ).

 Special thanks to Kate Walker (@F1Kate) and Fake Charlie Whiting (@Charlie_Whiting) for the laughs.

 

Author: Ernie Black

Twitter: @Goggs_on_F1

Blog: https://thef1poet.wordpress.com

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