A Formula 1 engine on song is music to the ears of any enthusiast, which may be why as well as writing about our sport ADAM SWEETING also writes about musicians for the Daily Telegraph and Gramophone magazine. When not gripped by the psychodrama of Michael Schumacher’s latest and presumably final retirement, he has been trying in vain to nurse a sick MGF back to health. Meanwhile, he still has a tenner on Schumacher to win a Grand Prix before the end of the season.
If that victory comes in Austin, Texas, then our American correspondent GORDON KIRBY will see it first-hand. His normal fare, though, is Indycar racing, which meant that when we wanted the goods on Adrian Newey’s formative years in US racing, Gordon could grab the Red Bull designer’s good friend and one-time boss Bobby Rahal for the inside line.
Racing’s all about speed, but MATTHEW HOWELL has never had to work as fast as on our Newey shoot, when he had just one lap of Silverstone to grab our cover photo of Newey and Coulthard in two of the Fl designer’s cars. And it was the National circuit that’s a 40sec lap. Although the Ford Focus camera car might not have been exactly on race pace…
We don’t usually see ED FOSTER as our technical guy, but since he went to Cornwall to watch Bloodhound SSC’s rocket test firing, he won’t stop firing statistics at us. “It covers four and a half football pitches every second!” Still, it’s distracted him from his latest charity ploy, to navigate the Caledonian Canal and then traverse Scotland’s wild nodh coast in a pedalo. And that’s not a misprint.