Sunday, 10 April 2011

Race weekend

I'm not complaining...but it has been hot! fact all the H's...Hot, Hazy, Humid, Having a great time.
Managed to catch up with Mr E Sat morning asking me who had written their piece.I spent most of the day chasing the CEO and Chairman of Circuit, I think these people feel that they have to indulge in serious creative writing here!'s their legacy!
I'm feeling a little more at home in the Paddock now, getting to know more people from the teams. Saw Richard Cregan CEO Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi. Great to see him again and chat about my commission. Many CEO's from other circuits visit races.
I must say the organisation of this race was first class, very relaxed too.
Sunday was the day I had to nail all these executives..I arrived at circuit early around 9, bearing in mind race started at 4. Managed to secure pieces by CEO and Chairman with photos, spent most of day waiting for the PM and Petronas Chirman. Went up to the Paddock Club Perdana Suit..very posh!  Told them I was waiting for the Prime Minister. He was so accommodating, wrote a great piece about the importance of Formula 1 to Malaysian people...the Chirman of Petronas was less so, he didn't want to..shame.
I guess the PM is the top man!
This was all just before the Grid line-up. An FIA Official wouldn't allow me in the pits at first..hopefully this wont be a regular occurrence.
The grid was so the frenetic pace  and nervous tension built up...the final frantic interviews ..flash bulbs firing...engines ready for's quite a unique place, I do feel privileged to be there.
Mr E was leading the PM and his people through the throng..I managed to get some good shots there. then went to the roof to shoot the start...fantastic.
Rush to the Podium, I was standing next to Button's dad...looking up at Jenson.
It's Monday morning in the hotel, leaving for China Tues morning, going back into Kuala Lumpar now to find some Malaysian fabric for the painting.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Hot day in KL

Just back from a full day in KL, very hot one too 33 degrees, managed to get a ticket for the viewing platform at the Petronas twin towers..what a view..amazing. Taxis are quite cheap so I had a driver taking me all much traffic though..and like clockwork it duly rained around 4-30..does this every day, rains for a couple of hours then clears..everything is so lush and green because of this.
The city has many F1 fan zones with live concerts...Malaysian hottest rockers! of wine in hotel lobby now.....

Thursday, 7 April 2011

PM's Residence

Friday morning, late breakfast..quite a surreal Thursday night!
Razlan, circuit CEO invited me to the special welcome dinner in the Prime Ministers residence...what a grand palace..staircase the size of Milton Keynes!
I was told to wait at the meeting point in the hotel lobby for 7-30 to board the Bus to the residence, boarded the bus with the drivers and was bizarre seeing these drivers on a bus...not as bizarre though as having a police escort!.....
lots of welcome speeches before the buffet dinner, I sat next to Monisha CEO Sauber Team, first female team principle, I had met her earlier in the paddock to talk about her penning a piece for my artwork.
Not all the drivers and teams came. of course the Lotus and Petronas people were Mclaren ..
Razlan thought it would be a good idea for me to meet the PM and invite him to handwrite a piece for the Artwork, he was sat next to Benie Ecclestone, so I asked Bernie to make the one does!!
The PM was delighted to take part...meeting him on Sunday at the circuit as well as the CEO of Pretronas whom Bernie also introduced me this time the speech (rant) by Eddie Jordan had been and gone!.
Just before we were whisked away back to the bus for another police escort back!...I introduced myself to Tony Fernades..boss of Team Lotus..Airline owner...he was also happy to write a piece...So I think I have the full set! trumps!!
Off to KL today spending a full day in the city taking pics before the inevitable rain at 4pm!
So rains everyday at 4pm on the dot!.....guess what time the race starts on Sunday??..


First day in Malaysia, arrived last night..another long flight but compared to Melbourne...a short hop!
A great Hotel. Pan Pacific at the airport..just a short golf buggy ride from airport. The hotel could be named the F1 towers, all the teams, drivers, management are here.
The heat and humidity one feels immediately..its 33 degrees, very warm in the paddock, not a lot of movement today..people are staying in the air con motor homes for a long as poss. A long wide paddock in Sepang, nice looking circuit, lots of high ground for spectators.
I met the CEO of the circuit, really nice guy..thinking about his piece to write. He has invited me to the special dinner tonight in KL hosted by the Prime Minister, to enable me to get the PM to write something, this is great!..formal dress..I can do that!
Rushing back to circuit now to catch up with The Sauber CEO Monisha to explain the Art Project ...