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Attrition Game: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

This is a strange track for me this year.

Last year, for this eace, I was a guest of the SPEED World HQ broadcast team for the race weekend, working and watching and learning and just soaking up the incredible experience. It was my birthday weekend, and I’ve never worked harder (or had more fun). Watching people who love what they do create an incredible product – there’s nothing quite like it. From GP2 Stew to Red Dot to watching the producers edit the little features we see each weekend…the attention to detail and the care shown by every member of the broadcast/production team is simply amazing. What you see on-screen is about 1/10th of what actually goes in to creating the broadcast. No. More like 1/20th.

This year, I’m home. I never asked to attend a broadcast this year as I thought Austin would be the weekend I’d get to work and watch and learn this year. We all know what happened.

Anyway. This weekend should be an interesting race. Late in the season; tired engines and long nights could mean a higher count for today’s Attrition Game. We’ll see.

PLAYERS:

RESULTS:

It’s a good thing I wasn’t in the broadcast room this year, or there would’ve been some issues with copious shouting and swearing. As a Kimi fan for years, to see him take the lead was incredible.

This race can only be described as a crash-fest. Both safety car periods managed to completely throw an already chaotic race into a true frenzy. While everyone seemed to focus on Vettel’s ascent through the field, Raikkonen, Alonso, and Button kept pressuring one another for a significant part of the race.

Seven cars ended up out of the race, with six of those cars involved in heavy crashes. I think Pic was the only one to pull in from the pit, and he may have suffered secondary damage. I’m not sure. This means we have a winner! Congratulations, @_MrHS_!

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