Paddock Cat Talks German Football Results and Potential F1 Circuits as he Reports from Valencia

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When Paddock Cat left you yesterday, chairs were hastily being arranged in front of TV screens in the AMG MERCEDES PETRONAS motorhome so that the team’s footy-mad drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, could watch their national side take on Greece in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Nico confidently predicted a German thrashing and, as the broad smile on his face this morning would attest, he was right: 4-2 was the final score as the Germans head into yet another semi-final.

The next man to suffer from pre-match nerves is local favourite Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard is desperate to put on a good show for the locals this weekend and he’s hoping his footballing countrymen can make them doubly happy when they take on France in Ukraine tonight. But Fernando (and HRT’s Pedro de la Rosa) are probably the only drivers hoping for a Spanish win; if the home fans get the result they want, you can expect the parties to run into the early hours. Let’s see how many drivers are complaining of sleepless nights tomorrow morning…

Whilst most of the F1 paddock has been busily keeping an eye on the football, BBC presenter Jake Humphrey has been catching up on F1. Humphrey missed the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago, having been out in Poland and Ukraine covering the adventures of the England football team. But after the team enjoyed a surprisingly good run of form, Match of the Day anchor Gary Lineker was flown out to take over presenting duties, allowing Humphrey to return to F1. From one world class sporting event to another – it’s a hard life for sports presenters isn’t it?

One man who doesn’t see what all the football fuss is about is affable Aussie racer Daniel Ricciardo. The Toro Rosso driver isn’t interested in footy unless it’s played with an egg-shaped ball (Aussie Rules), so he spent the weekend before Valencia at Silverstone, watching the latest round of the MotoGP world championship. But this was no champagne-swigging VIP day out; Ricciardo was stood on the banking with the rest of the fans and loving every minute. We reckon he won’t be so under the radar when he returns to the circuit in two weeks time…

Silverstone has, of course, long been the home of the British GP, but according to news that broke in the Valencia paddock yesterday, there could be another British F1 track in the offing. An ambitious plan has been hatched by a company called Intelligent Transport Solutions Ltd to run a race in London using the new Olympic stadium as an integral part of the venue. It may sound bizarre but remember that F1 raced in a car park in Las Vegas in the early ’80s. Watch this space…
 

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