Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

French GP

Nothing pretty much exciting around this track, as usual. Starting line-up was not promising anything good. Alonso first then Trulli second. It’s becoming a tradition that Alonso starts very well (and he did that brilliantly) and it’s a tradition that wherever you see Trulli you’ll see 5-6 drivers lined up behind him and a big gap in front. I don’t know how he manages to do that, but he always does good in qualification and then slows down everyone behind him in the race.

Add to do fact that Ferrari was behind, Ferrari which is not in the league with Renault and it was pretty obvious that no one can catch Alonso.

No one but McLarens of which Montoya was ninth but did pretty good in the race (until the car’s hydraulics died) and Kimi which was supposed to be third if it wasn’t for the stupid 10-grid-positions penalty rule. This actually destroyed the race. Kimi did a wonderful job but Alonso was too far away to catch.

Also traditionally, the producer of the tele-broadcasting is maintaining his throne as the worst producer in the entire season. It’s amazing how that person has no clue about F1 racing. Kimi is on one-pitstop-less race strategy and in such case the most important bits of information when Alonso or Kimi get out of the pit-stop is:

  1. How much fuel they got in

  2. What is the time gap between them?

We could see the first info, but second is nowhere to be seen. It kept showing that Alonso had 2(3) stops, Kimi had 1(2) stops and I kept thinking - I already know that, you idiot. What’s the time difference? It wasn’t until the end of the race - when it wasn’t even relevant anymore - that we could finally see it was 17s gap. Dumb, just dumb.

Sentosa Island

I planned to visit few places in S'pore I was recommended, but it come down to choosing one, as I had Sunday only for excursions. Thus, after short research on the net I decided to go to Sentosa. The tipping point was the chance of shooting great photos from cable cars and Mount Faber, followed by the number of attractions on the Island.

Sentosa is Singapore’s island gateway, a former WW2 military base turned into fantastic excursion target. To say that is a must-see is an understatement.

Singapore impressions

I’ve been there for two weeks. There are definitely two dominant impressions you get right at the start. The city is very clean and it’s bloody humid. I mean bloody humid. It’s like metropolis-wide sauna. Thanks to the ocean there is no pollution in the air, something that’s killing me in Belgrade, every time I need to get out or use public transport.

One thing that also astonished me is that every building is air-conditioned to something like 18 degrees. It’s a miracle that you don’t get sick-cold every two days here - it’s 32 Celsius outside and as soon as you step in somewhere it’s 18-20. Do that several times a day (and you almost always have to) and things can get really nasty. Locals does not seem to mind this, but for me and other people from my company (both UK and Serbia) it was hard. Most people brought sweaters to work, because the working rooms are cooled to below 20 while server rooms are even lower, to something like 12-14. Chilling….

US Grand Prix

I don’t know whom exactly would I most happily put to shredder because of the entire mess, but the american public in the grand stands seems like the most likely candidate. Throwing bottles in front of cars running close to 200mph is the stupidest thing possible to do.

It’s 2:40am here in S'pore and I’m going to sleep.

If you want to know what was the problem, take a look at technical analysis on Looking at this, I think that proposed “solutions” from FIA were unrealistic.