There is one huge advantage about going to the airport tomorrow. It will mean that I can get away from what seems like an endless European winter. It is sub-zero in and around Paris and I opened the newspaper this morning to find reports of snow in Nimes and Perpignan, down on the Mediterranean coast. I seem to recall that Spring is supposed to begin on March 21 but when I googled this to check I discovered that March 20 is meant to be the middle of Spring, based on the angle of the sun. Apparently the temperatures do not follow the sun, however, as the earth and sea have thermal latency and take time to warm up. Despite this everyone still to think that March 21 is the first day of Spring.
It has been a long and bleak winter. I seem to have spent most of it, staring at a computer screen, making ends meet, or at least trying to. And it is now a race against time to get everything done before I have to be on the plane to Bahrain. It will be great to see the F1 troops again as I did not go to any of the tests or indeed the launches, although I must say that the break from travelling definitely did me a lot of good. The Formula 1 seasons are getting longer and harder – or perhaps it is just me getting older.
Once the entry situation was sorted out last week, everything in F1 circles has gone very quiet. The cars are en route to Bahrain, indeed they are probably in the garages at Sakhir by now. There is talk of Sauber changing its name, which is entirely logical given the horribly messy BMW Sauber Ferrari tag which makes the teeth of branding specialists stand on end. I understand that there will be a Formula 1 Commission meeting to discuss the matters of the moment in Bahrain, so we will learn more about this and probably about the rules for 2011 as well.
One other thing of note: this is the start of the 60th Formula 1 season. One could celebrate the sport’s 60th birthday in Bahrain as this is the first race of the year; one could celebrate on May 13 – when we will be at Monaco – as this was the actual date of the first World Championship event; alternatively one might celebrate at Silverstone in July as it was at the Northamptonshire venue that the first event took place. The date of the celebrations do not really matter. F1 has made it to 60 in very good health. There is the prospect of a great season ahead. And I cannot wait to see the cars in action.