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2015 Austrian GP preview


Horrendous F1 journalist TRENTHAM SLEAVES looks ahead to this weekend’s race. Or at least, tries to.

trenthamsleaves1There is a unique atmosphere in the paddock here at the Red Bull Ring which you simply cannot experience unless you are here, which of course I am, and as I watched the sun setting over the illustrious track I was able to reflect on the time that I met Chris Evans and we got on extremely well with a marvellous chemistry that I think would be worth bearing in mind.

This track has of course seen a great deal of action over the years and a fair few name changes as well, whereas I have always kept the same name and I’m sure Chris remembers that and will be able to find the business card I gave him during our memorable encounter at Wisley North services on the A3 back in 2004.

As I wandered last night around the perimeter of the track I found myself reflecting on the greats that have raced here and pondering for a moment on what a good place this would be to shoot my audition tape, though of course I’m sure such a thing will be a mere formality as I am a close and personal friend of Chris’s and I’m certain he remembers as fondly as I do the delightful quips we shared that spring evening as I noted that, between his classic Ferrari and my Audi A4 Avant, we had ‘the makings of a Top Gear road trip’ to which he replied, ‘I’m sorry, I have to go!’ Such a fabulous sense of humour, and one I would enjoy working with, but which I would also complement with my extensive experience of guest appearances on television and radio, as well as many years of print journalism, Chris.

As to who will take the legendary black and white flag here in Austria, I will come right out and say that I think the Mercedes will have it though you wouldn’t discount Ferrari or Williams or even Lotus but that the real winner will be my old mate Mr Christopher Evans who will undoubtedly know that he has found his next co-presenter as soon as he watches my video so don’t forget to watch my video Chris me old pal, hahahaha!

Whatever happens, rest assured that I will be on the edge of my seat. Because remember, I’m auditioning for Top Gear and you’re not. Except for the millions of you who are. Shit.