Fans of Formula 1 in the Cayman Islands have another grand prix treat this weekend – from China.
The race is screened at 9am at Lone Star Bar & Grill on West Bay Road and donations of a minimum of $2 are the only requirements to watch the time-delayed Shanghai event.
No one in the F1FCI looks up the results beforehand, so the atmosphere is like that of a live event.
All proceeds go to the Meals on Wheels charity and other donations such as nonperishable food, toiletries and household products are welcome for the elderly and housebound recipients who rely on the programme. About $800 has been collected in cash and donations for the charity from the first two races. Other charities will benefit throughout the season.
There are free spot prizes every race for F1FCI members, donated by restaurants, companies and retailers.
Sebastian Vettel controversially won the last race, in Malaysia, three weeks ago. The German triple world champion was ordered by his management to let teammate Mark Webber win, but Vettel battled to overtake the Australian to claim victory. It caused enormous acrimony, despite Vettel apologising.
Kimi Raikkonen won the first race, in Australia, for Lotus.
Meanwhile, Jenson Button feels he can revive his title challenge on Sunday after a poor start to 2013.
A risky car redesign left McLaren trailing in the first two races, but Button says the team is closer to solving the car’s sluggishness.
Button and his new teammate, Sergio Perez, have taken two points apiece as Button battled to ninth in Melbourne and Perez followed suit in Malaysia.
A bungled pit stop denied Button a potential podium finish in Malaysia. But the 33-year-old Brit says he is confident the team can now build on the improved race pace he showed in Sepang.