I know many of you are watching the racing and in the immortal words of Eric Morecambe, I ask you; The 2022 F1 season, “What do you think of it so far?” I have to say it certainly isn’t rubbish, the cat was amongst the pigeons last week and now this week in Bahrain, we start with Hamilton’s very poor qualifying not even getting past the first round and finally ending up in 15th place on the grid.

Next came Mick Schumacher and his massive crash in qualifying, luckily resulting in no damage for the driver, although the same couldn’t be said of the car.

Finally, Perez grabbing pole position at the last minute and sharing the front row with Le clerc, followed by Sainz in third and Verstappen in fourth, also wonderful to see both the Alpines in fifth and and seventh respectively. Bearing in mind how poorly the Mercedes is doing I think Russell did well to grab sixth and splendid to see Bottas in a strong eight in his Alfa Romeo.

What a great race and I believe credit is due to Ross Brawn who devised the new regulations which enable the cars to follow so closely and overtake, as proved by the two Alpines of Alonso and Ocon who spent many laps changing places.

Well, as they say it all kicked off later when Lafitte hit the wall bringing out the safety car, Perez losing the lead and the retirement of Alonso, Ricardo and Bottas one after the other.

Hamilton was unable to get into the pits to change tyres as the pit lane was closed and when he finally got in after the pit lane opened again he was in 12th place, followed by Albon hitting the wall causing a yellow flag.

Quite strange to see two cars virtually standing on the brakes before the DRS line and using it as a tactical ploy, resulting in a race to the flag between Leclerc and Verstappen changing places all the way.

For those of us who support the plucky Brits, not our best result with Russell 5th and Hamilton 10th but there is a long way to the end of the season and I have to say I’m quite looking forward to it, what do you think?


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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