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VIDEO: In case you missed it..
VIDEO: In case you missed it..
Posted By: James Allen  |  09 Nov 2009   |  11:12 pm GMT  |  27 comments

If, like me, you are suffering withdrawal symptoms from the sound of racing engines and rather disconsolate about the thought that you won’t hear them again for over three months, then take a look at this.

Anyone who saw the BBC’s coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might well have seen this item, my old sparring partner Martin Brundle and David Coulthard racing each other in two seater F1 cars. It was shot a few weeks before the event and one of the BBC producers, Richard Gort, knocked it into shape. He’s done a great job and it’s an entertaining bit of telly.

Many readers from overseas will not have seen this and it’s worth a look.

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  1. Rich C says:

    Awesome! Love it!

  2. M. Fitri says:

    Dear James,
    Thanks for the video, have been enjoying ur web update all season, brilliant inside story, keep up the good work.
    Regards From Malaysia.

  3. Peter Sanderson says:

    It’s a fine piece of video, and the best bit is because of the clear night-time visors you get to see the driver’s eyes – insightful.

  4. Jake Pattison says:

    Thanks James, that was great. And you are right, it wasn’t shown here in the colonies :)

  5. Phil W says:

    I think we are very privileged to have a someone like Martin Brundle bringing F1 to life for the armchair fan. The features he’s done with both ITV and BBC have all been first class. And now DC is on board, too, it’s just getting better.

  6. Sydneysider says:

    What is the general concensus on the yas marina circut? I noticed that there are a lot of chicanes before and/or after straights. Would this affect the closeness of the racing by creating too narrow a optimal racing line at the begining and end of these straights, thus reducing the possibilities for overtaking? Do ppl think this was deliberate design outcome, and why so, if close racing is so highly desired?

  7. Mark says:

    Nice video… At least we got to see what it would have been like if cars were able to overtake at that circuit.

    Unfortunately the race was more a case of “Hey pretty lights” which is entertaining for all of 5 minutes. I was not even be bothered to watch the last 10 laps or so since it completely lacked excitement.

    Hopefully someone listens to Sam Michael and we can start to move away from the pretty lights and back to real racing!!

    1. Kedar says:

      Completely agree!
      Poor Martin and David tried their best to build it up with “This chicane is a good overtaking oppurtunity” and “Turn 1 in the race will be interesting” A pity none of these happened!

  8. Howard Hughes says:

    Interesting choice of description James – ‘sparring partner’! I recall an ex-editor of Motorsport Magazine telling me a few years ago that all the rumours indicated that you and Martin weren’t exactly getting on famously…

    I’m guessing you wouldn’t care to elaborate on this forum as to that rumour’s veracity? ;o)

    By the way – sincere thanks for this site and it’s content this past year; it’s truly been the perfect accompaniment to the season.

    1. James Allen says:

      Nonsense, that was just some people stirring. We get on really well, you just had to listen to the commentary to hear that… Don’t forget we had worked together since we were at Brabham in 1991!

      1. Ben G says:

        Quite, the commentary from both of you on Brazil 08 was the best I’ve heard.

      2. Howard Hughes says:

        I’m pleased to hear that! I respected you both, and I thought you had a great, and much underrated commentary chemistry.

        Now if we could just figure out a way to get you back in that box with him!

      3. Alexis says:

        Conversely, the chemistry between Martin and Jonathan Legard is toe curlingly awful.

        And it’s nothing to to do with poor Martin.

  9. Finn says:

    Here’s another video clip …. the Brawn home coming. Prepare not to be too excited.


  10. Looks like the old boys havent lost it :)

    Cheers for this video James I missed it the first time round.

  11. Monktonnik says:

    True. If only JA was there with Louise Goodman it would be perfect!

    By the way James, what is louise doing now?

    1. James Allen says:

      Touring Cars on ITV, Amber Lounge and a driver media training business

      1. Joe says:

        Yes of course it was nonsense James, quite agree with you, your commentary with Martin more than proved there was a good working relationship there in the box and if there was a TV prize for best sports commentary of 2008 then, for me, you both should have won it for Brazil that year (your words as Hamilton climbs the hill after passing Glock still gives me goose bumps!). Of course, you received that autosport award from Murray for moment of the year which i was pleased to see. Though I have to say it sounded a bit tense at the Nurburgring in 2005 when you both could not agree on whether Raikkonen should have pitted for a new tyre to replace the 50 pence piece he was leading the race with!

      2. James Allen says:

        Ah yes, that was quite a race! Thanks

  12. Fausto Cunha says:

    Great stuff, already miss that sound, long 4 months still ahead.
    Don´t understand why such few testing, only in February with the big names.
    F1 should do more for their fans, keep in touch, provide media, footage , “backstage stuff”.
    The Nascar website gives so much to the Nascar fans but on F1 nobody gives a damn about the fans.
    So , thanks James for that and for everything you are giving us.

  13. Michael Grievson says:

    Agreed. They just need to get James back next to martin instead of johnathon “from” leggard. Ooh and remove eddie “at jordon we did this” jordon

    1. 18is9 says:

      i’m curious, is the replace-a-with-o an insult that’s special to britoin?

  14. Jim, Belfast says:

    James are there any planned aero changes for next year to help the cars follow eachother?

    As i understand it bigger diffusers create more downforce and less aero imbalance for trailing cars – so are there any plans to increase these and reduce wings etc?

  15. Spyros says:

    Thank you for this James, decent F1 coverage is the main thing I miss since moving away from the UK, back when F1 was in ITV…

  16. Ben G says:

    The pre-race feature for Abu Dhabi was excellent. Shame the race was a bit of a yawn…

  17. Paul Mc says:

    Anyone know who the passengers were?

    I remember when ITV did a feature when MB got to drive the Ferrari, brilliant insight into a modern F1 car. I hope the BBC do more of these next year.

  18. Bullfrog says:

    Maurice Hamilton was in the back of MB’s car, and he’s written about it in Motor Sport magazine. Haven’t heard who the other one was.

    It’s such a pity nobody can drive the current F1 cars due to the testing ban, I’d have loved to hear what Martin and DC made of the different feel of KERS, the slick tyres etc.


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