Alex Palmer Writes...
Back to Russia this weekend. Last year the speculation was around whether the track and facilities would be ready, and there was some media concern about whether F1 should in fact go to Russia given the tensions around the shooting down of the Malaysia Airways plane over disputed territory in Ukraine. Interestingly this year a number of the media have chosen not to attend the race but them don't seem to have made any public statements around why - other than the race (and the track) are just plain boring and the media facilities were VERY basic (think no drinks or food, poor connectivity and other #first_world_problems).

It is starting to look very much like Mercedes and Hamilton might wrap up the year at the Austin round - which a number of our F1infocentre participants will be attending - or at the inaugural race in Mexico (which I understand is already a sell-out, or close to it). There are the usual rumors around, like why hasn't Ron Dennis confirmed Fernando "GP2 Engine" Alonso at McLaren next year, Red Bull's threats to pull out, speculation about the Renault-Lotus tie-up and whether Bernie might be selling his controlling interest in the F1 company (Red Bull F1 anyone??). But none of these really caught my interest - so I thought I'd make some observations of my own.

There is a group of F1 drivers / ex-drivers and a couple of others that have taken to posting pictures of themselves on a private jet going to and from the races. - Massa, Coulthard, Ricciardo and Rosberg among them. Seems like a pretty cool gang to travel with, and it definitely looks better than the alternatives (RyanAir, easiJet, etc). Hamilton's hair was already showing regrowth in Japan two weeks ago, I'm sure that by now he's going to have had to make a call about whether blonde is best or whether he'll revert to black. And last of all, what are the odds of the Honda engine making it through more than half the laps before at least one of them explodes??

Ah, formula 1 - so many surprises......

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