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A slumbering blog

Well, I intended to be a little more artful in putting this blog into hibernation than simply stopping posting in it back in July. Apologies for anyone who might have been a regular reader and who was left high and dry by the sudden cessation of race reports. Stats suggest that there weren’t all that many of you, to be honest, which makes those who were incredible special to me – thank you for your support.

Truth is, those race reports have continued (for IndyCar, GP2 and NASCAR) ever since – I haven’t missed a single one – but instead of double posting them, I’ve just concentrated on having them in their primary source over at the motorsport website

So, please do check out the IndyCar race reports section for all the races since July; and similarly, for the reainder of full season coverage in the equivalent GP2 race reports and NASCAR race reports sections.

The advantage of concentrating everything over at is that I’ve been able to produce many more articles as a result, both from an ongoing news sense and also the occasional feature, so there’s a whole lot more over there in the , GP2 and NASCAR sections than I was ever able to post here. I hope you’ll check it out sometime.

In particular, one of the articles I was most proud of – in spite of, and in many ways because of how difficult and painful it was to write – is the article I wrote two days after Dan Wheldon was killed at Las Vegas, explaining as best as I could the circumstances that had conspired to produce that dreadful day. I hope that the end piece it did a wonderful driver (and an even more special individual) some small amount of due justice and credit.

If he had not himself been involved, Dan would have been the first person to remind us all that life goes on, and that drivers do what they do for the love of the sport. As sad and as tragic as such events are, he would want nothing more than to see motor racing continue and grow stronger; and so we move on, look to 2012 for a new beginning, while not forgetting for a minute the past and the sometimes terrible costs of the sport that we all love.

So if I were ever to lose the gig, I’ll return here like a shot and continue jabbering away about my favourite subject. There really is no escape from me on that score, I’m afraid. But for the meantime, please check out my work over at and let this sleeping blog catch up on some much-needed hibernation time.


A small side note, apologising for the break in service in F1 race reports for Barcelona and Monaco. This was due to having too much on in the motor sports field in May, with Monaco in particular coinciding with both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in the US that I was covering for which left me reeling trying to keep up.

Something had to give, and alas it has to be the F1 race reports. ON one hand I hope it didn’t inconvenience you, but on the other I rather hope you missed them!

Certainly Monaco wasn’t missed due to lack of interest, or absence of anything to write about. Monaco is my favourite Grand Prix of the year and we were spoilt for choice with the amount of action we had. I came away from that thinking that GPs just didn’t come any better – but now I’ve just written up the Canadian Grand Prix, and what an absolutely extraordinary event that turned out to be!

Monaco wasn’t only eventful for the on-track action – there’s also the small matter of Lewis Hamilton’s ill-fated post-race “joke” and his outburst about being constantly in the stewards’ office. It’s something that will have repercussions, but most worryingly it’s Hamilton’s own state of mind that it calls must urgently into focus – as was proved by his actions in the opening laps in Montreal. This, I suspect, is a story that will run and run in 2011.

And hopefully I’ll be back to regular service from here on to cover it all.

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