As Sarah and I meandered bleary eyed in the dark down Fleet Street at 6.30 am on a Sunday, we looked like we were doing the walk of shame, rather than having intentionally got up at the crack of dawn, hangover free.
Why so early? Well because it was the Korean Grand Prix and F1inBrum, part of F1inPubs, organises a get together at Apres in the JQ where they open up and show all F1 races, even if they start at silly o’clock.
So at 06.40 a lovely lady took my order for super strong coffee and a full English, which was so quickly cooked and dished up, I had almost finished by the time the race started at 7.
Despite the ungodly hour, there was about a dozen of us (there’s usually a bigger crowd but we aren’t all lucky enough to live in the JQ). Once we’d all had a bit of a caffeine boost the atmosphere reverted to the normal F1in Brum chit chat. There are some serious F1 fans who talk about DRS and KERS, but there are also people like Sarah and I who place great importance on the ‘aesthetic qualities’ of each team (Webber = fit Aussie, Lotus = car equivalent of a little black dress). In short, it’s not all about the cars.
There’s still 4 races left of the season, and we’ve got our end of season finale for the Brazil GP on 25 November which is at a much more civilised hour where Caipirinha’s rather than coffee are on the agenda. I’ll put the dates on our event calendar, but follow @F1inBrum for exact timings.