Interlagos

Brazil… Brazil is really good for starters…and then you eat super well there, life is not expensive so as a general rule it’s a very good place to go… but it’s super dangerous! I’m sorry but that’s how it is, it’s the roughest city on this little planet of ours… here are some numbers just for kicks:
Number of people shot every day… 32 have fallen in recent days thanks to a policy that is a bit different.
Next there were a little more than 300 kidnappings a day to make credit card cash advances and other little niceties; anyway, that’s the downside but that’s how it is in all the big ciudads, it’s rough…

Otherwise it wasn’t a terrible weekend, we didn’t get back with the two cars in the points but we weren’t too bad. For a while Fernando was the leader of the carrera and even Jacques was in the points. The end of the race was hard for the drivers, cars, well for everybody…

Fernando’s car was affected by serious understeer due to the graining that appeared during the second run, that he kept for a number of laps bigger than anticipated normally. A car affected by graining shows the problem at five, seven laps tops, but he kept it much longer. But just before he stopped, the front tires started behaving again so he asked them not to change the tires during his second pit stop, which lead to a serious loss of grip on the front end during the last ten laps…

As for Jacques, he rolled on a different type of tires and didn’t suffer from the graining. The vast majority of drivers suffered a lot at the finish line because their necks had given out a good fifteen laps earlier. Some drivers have wedges that they place here and there on their helmets (that’s what Jacques does), and so it gives them a chance to lean their heads and rest their necks…
But other than that I am doing well…I went straight home after the race, and I started off on a little week across France to visit my family and some friends.
The week started with my family of course…family calls, but it is always nice to see them, and then I made a little trip further east to visit one of my best friends who made me the best St Pierre that I have ever eaten…yes he is a cook…then after two hard days I left for the Avignon area for a little gettogether of nice people…anyway on the urging of my friend Gino Restori who works for Carhartt and de Seb, a guy who does freestyle downhill mountain biking with a group of friends, it’s a bit like freestyle skiing but on two wheels, and we spent the whole weekend with some bike nuts…bmx’s and dirt bikes…on the minibike course, and it was a crazy good time!

Then Monday and Tuesday I was on the Barcelona circuit working on developing the gp2, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the best… the car needs a few improvements, and I know they are going to happen, its hard work on the Dallara side and for the guys who are developing the car. By the time you read these lines, the vacation will be over, and I will be back in my home sweet home in England but totally tan from four days in Essaouira Morocco in a great little place called heure bleue.. if you look you’ll find it on the web… anyway, I got a bit of a breather, and that’s what counts, right???

OK I think that’s it for the news, here are a few pics to go along with everything…you’ll see a guy on a BMX, and that’s Dav, an old schoolboy I met through Gino, a great guy and really good and one of the best in Europe in what he calls the bol

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