July 11, 2004
Formula 1 Crash!

Today I went to see the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at the Silverstone race track.

Formula 1 Grand Prix - Silverstone
(The cars in the pic are of Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen)

Those of you who consider Formula 1 racing to be much more than just cars going round and round a racing circuit making a lot of noise will appreciate the fact that I managed to snap some of the action - and even caught the dramatic crash of Jarno Trulli - the Italian driver of the Renault F1 team - ON MY VIDEO CAMERA. Click on the “more” below to carry on reading …

What was left of Jarno Trulli’s car after the crash and cleanup operation

You can download my two-and-a-half minute video (including the crash and dramatic cleanup operation) complete with original screaming sound of Formula 1 engines by doing a RIGHT-CLICK-AND-SAVE-TARGET-AS HERE. It’s a Windows Media Video file (WMV) - just save it to a folder of your choice - and when it’s downloaded just double-click on it to play. The file is just approximately 6.5 Megabytes in size - so it should only take a few mins if you are on broadband/cable/ADSL. Apologies in advance to dialup users - it will probably take a little longer. Enjoy!

The journey back home to London was awfully long and tiring. Left at 4pm - didn’t get home until 9pm.

The long journey home after the race

Posted by jag at July 11, 2004 11:19 PM

hi there!

iam sathya from tamilnadu, india. your blog is one of the best that i have come across. beautiful photos. what digital cam do u use. do visit my blog at



Posted by: sathya on July 12, 2004 05:14 PM

Yup, that file is a bit too much to download.
Later probably, if its still in your archives.
Nice pics and their timing.
How on earth did they allow you in with a video camera - shouldnt they have charged you extra or something?
And who is that driving?. And what car model?

Posted by: sat on July 12, 2004 06:44 PM

Sathya: many thanks for your kind comment! I use a Sony Cybershot DSC-V1. It is an excellent camera. I have visited your blog - very nice.

Sat: yes - the video will be in my archives for a long time I guess. Many institutions accept that people will carry small cameras - both movie and stills - so they only prohibit what they call “professional” equipment - i.e. cameras with lots of zoom and telephoto lenses as well as tripods and flash equipment. Basically - if you can carry it in your pocket then they don’t mind you bringing your own camera.
Who is driving? if you mean the last picture then this is a friend driving - and the car is a Ford Galaxy.

Posted by: Jag on July 12, 2004 08:18 PM

hi jag!

i have added your blog to my links list. my friend has presented me a digital cam canon isux(powershot) s400. he has sent it from singapore. iam yet to receive it. what do u think about that cam?

what is your real name and where r u from in india?


Posted by: sathya on July 13, 2004 07:13 AM

This is an amazing photo I can feel the cars moving

Posted by: Bugs on July 14, 2004 02:25 AM

I have been a visitor to your site for quite sometime now, been through some of your archive. I must admit you make a wonderful combination with the photos and the article to follow with it. Some or you video clips are too good specially all bus journey.
You make the simple occurrence of a day to day life look so much colorful and interesting. The details that you go into it illustrating all the dishes is really appreciated.


Posted by: Jayjit on July 14, 2004 08:50 PM

Sathya: thanks for adding me to your reading list! I will do the same too. The Canon powershot range is very good - but especially the G3 and G5 models. The IXUS models are also excellent “pocket” cameras too!

My full first-name is “Jagdeep” - and I am originally from Punjab - Jalandhar (used to be spelt Jullunder way back then!)

Posted by: Jag on July 14, 2004 09:59 PM

Hi Jayjit - many thanks for your comment - and also many thanks for such nice feedback. I’m glad you enjoy the concept of this journal - and I’m even more glad that the content here is interesting and hopefully useful! (Especially the cooking methods!)

Posted by: Jag on July 14, 2004 10:01 PM

Thanks a lot for sharing your fantastic experience with us. Some day I’ll attend a race too. ;-)

Posted by: Dex on August 20, 2004 08:27 PM

I tried to download your video but was unable to as I got a Web page could not be opened response.

Have you removed the video or is the link broken?

Do you have any stills from the clear up of the accident. The reason I ask is that I was one of the marshals, in the blue baseball cap, involved in the response and clear up.

Posted by: Alan on September 1, 2004 05:39 PM

Hi Alan - thanks for commenting here - the video is still there - I have just checked it and it downloads just fine. Are you sure you are downloading it correctly? What you need to do if you are running Microsoft Windows is do a right-click of your mouse when you hover over the “RIGHT-CLICK-AND-SAVE-TARGET-AS HERE” link text - which is in bright green just under the picture of the fencing with forlorn tyres on it. This should then bring up a dialogue box which prompts you for which folder you want to save the file to - then when you select a folder it should download about 6.27 megabytes worth of file - which when completed you should locate and double-click on it. If you are still having trouble - then please email me on jag@o2.co.uk and I will try to figure out a way of sending you the video.

I have just had another look at the video - and I can see two different guys wearing a baseball cap - one is a chap that attended to the crashed car whilst Trulli was still in it - just seconds after the crash - and the other guy is the VERY brave chap who rescued the tyre from the race-track! I wonder if one of those was you?

Posted by: Jag on September 1, 2004 09:15 PM

Hi Jag

I’ve tried downloading the video but the link seems to be broken. Can you upload it again or email it to me please. You see I am one of the marshals involved in the incident.

Thanks in advance


Posted by: Alan on September 2, 2004 09:58 AM

Well done
i have yet to see a f1 car running “maby next year”

Posted by: matt on September 5, 2004 10:50 AM
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