2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Thursday pictures

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McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012

Pictures from Thursday at Yas Marina ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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19 comments on “2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Thursday pictures”

  1. Who is Wendy Keith ? ;)

    1. @vickyy I’m curious to learn myself. It’s definitely nothing to do with me!

      Though it may be something to do with restrictions on advertising alcohol in the UAE.

      1. Ohh, if that is the case, then it is little strange, it is the same restriction on advertising alcohol in India

        Here it is Whyte and Mackay music CDs

    2. check it here. i guess winner of competition.

    3. Yep quite right. It was a competition win thanks to Whyte & Mackay whisky and wow what a prize. Definitely money cannot buy prize. Absolutely amazing to see our names of the Sahara Force India cars. So thrilled and cannot wait to watch the qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday. :)

  2. Wendy and Keith Murray are competition winners – so their names are on the car while Alcohol advertising is restricted for this race…

    1. Haha, that’s pretty cool. Reminds me of the old Benson and Hedges Jordans.

    2. Good thing the winner wasn’t called Jack Daniels.

  3. In the Toro Rosso steering wheel picture, you can see there is a big orange ‘fail’ button. I think Buemi and Alguersuari pressed it a bit too much last year…

    1. @andae23
      Buemi definitely pushed it too hard just before this happened: http://goo.gl/P8V5E

    2. I am actually wondering why that button is on there. What does it do?

      1. I just found out they had it since the day the showed up in F1. This is the STR-1′ steering wheel and it is on there as well.

        1. @force-maikel I believe it’s for entering error codes when something has gone wrong on the car.

      2. @force-maikel – I’m guessing it’s a part of an error routine. If the driver inputs changes and they don’t take effect, he presses the fail button and that purges the instruction from the system to prevent it from interfering with any subsequent commands, because the ECU might continue to try and process it if it is not wiped from the system.

  4. Keith is now sponsoring Force India as he knows thath FI is in financial difficulties due to the owner’s faltering business . :)

    1. Indeed, a fascinating theory! A Jordan fan, are we Keith? :P

  5. Ricciardo, that hat is too big for your head.

  6. Who are Wendy & Keith? Well tis moi and my wonderful husband Keith. I entered this competition from the link Alexf1man gave above and to say I was over the moon to have won is an understatement.

    We are both big F1 fans but have sadly never been to an actual F1 race although we have been to the Yas Marina track a couple of years ago to watch the V8 supercars and GP2 and Oh My it was amazing.

    What a prize, a true money cannot buy prize and I am eternally grateful to Whyte & Mackay for this fantastic prize.

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