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British Formula One 2016

Silverstone is a long way from Chelmsford, longer still when you have two pick-ups and a park and ride to negotiate. After an early start we made good progress and arrived in time for the GP2 race.

The heavens opened just before the F1 race was due to start and forced a safety car start. We were seated in a drier area of the track but what was dissapointing was that as soon as the safety car went in the cars followed straight into the pit to move from full wets to intermediates. I questioned the point of full wets if they are soley for the purpose of following a safety car.

When the race finally did get going Lewis pulled a fast one on Nico and the rest of was history for him. Meanwhile Max challenged Nico repeatidly eventually getting his reward and slipping into second.

As the race went on Nico found a way back past Max and made a break for it, only to be hauled back in slowly towards the end of the race. It wasn’t enough though and Max settled for a well deserved 3rd, or so we thought.

By the end of the day we heard news Nico was penalised for getting radio messages and the time penalty was enough to demote Nico to third.

I got my first run out with my Tamron 150-600mm and my results are below. I generally used a low iso (200), f8 and the faster shutter speed that would get my white balance somewhere just below center. The clouds meant it was darker but diffused the light for me. Our seats in Stowe B meant I really only have one shot down the hangor straight. But there was also a chance to grab some red arrow shots between the clouds. My efforts laid bare below

Despite the rain the crowd were in a great mood and all out to cheer on Lewis. Each lap from start to finish he got a round of applause as he passed the stowes. I imagine it’s much the same in each stand.

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