Webber's Back - Barcelona GP 2010

Webber's Back - Barcelona GP 2010 Ah, back to the European races, no more travel stress, jetlag etc...

Hmmm. Sunday's flight home cancelled due to THAT volcano! No relaxing dinner with my daughter then, who's beginning to forget what I look like, and another night in a room without the other female in my life. Great...

I'm sitting in the one of the private rooms of the Casa Fondu Europa Hotel in Granollers as I write this blog due to the internet connection being used by my roommate who is not the other female in my life but a fellow colleague who is also ****** and far from home. I've spent over two hours listening to Easyjet's rather repetitive female informing me that she is very sorry I've been waiting for so long, but that she is trying to get me through as quickly as possible. Oh the glamour of being an international jet-setting F1 photographer.

Anyways, enough...

After the first four races of the year, we're back in Europe which means the cars take on a whole new persona. With most teams making major modifications, it's at Barcelona where the season really kicks in.

Red Bull being no exception. A tight unit under the guidance of Team Manager Jonathan Wheatley and Chief Mechanic Kenny Handkammer, the updated versions of the RB6 were meticulously assembled into the early hours of both Thursday and Friday nights with the doors finally coming down around 4am. The parc ferme rules allowed the guys a welcome early night come Saturday.

After four pole positions but only one win so far in 2010, a change of luck was definitely on their wish list. Speaking with both Jonathan and Kenny on race day morning you sensed they needed this. As did Mark.

The Aussie doesn't always make life easy for himself, so the run down to the first corner would certainly have been a bit of a curtain-twitcher for the guys in the garage and on the pitwall. It was to be Mark's first victory of the day, as he made sure Vettel stayed to his left with the washing and pegs.

From there on in, it was his to lose, which he duly didn't, allowing the guys that oh so sweet taste of champagne.

So, off to Monaco it is by road then, and who knows, the European season could be one hell of a road trip if that volcano continues to give us all the bird...

To enjoy my images from the Barcelona Grand Prix, please visit the formula 1 section of my website and select Spain.

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