After a long old drive, I'm finally here at Le Mans to begin testing ahead of the main event next weekend. The drive took me and the team physio ten hours in total, but luckily I slept for most of it. I guess that makes me pretty bad company to drive with but I have my fair share of driving lined up at the track over the next week so I guess I'm allowed!
I'll be doing quite a few hours to help me prepare mentally and get used to the track before my debut. Because Le Mans is a street circuit, I've only been able to drive the rack in a simulator before, because it would be impossible to drive around in a racing car outside of testing or the race itself.
Formula 1 season starts March 20th. There's a new broadcaster in the form of Channel 4 who take over from the BBC. There's new presenters, including former Red Bull driver Mark Webber. They'll be the usual round of intensely close races, debates over technology and discussions on the relevance of grid positions...
It is time for F1 to return to their former reward systems that gave money to teams based on how they perform on the track. This is the only way to protect the jobs of those brilliant innovators working for the teams and the integrity of a globally loved sport. It is also the only way to ensure that the many highly-skilled jobs and technological breakthroughs associated with F1 here in the South East, continue.