It was surprisingly hot inside – of course, I should have guessed.

Being at Vallelunga – only 40km north of Rome – in mid-October, it did not occur to me that summer stretches just a little further than in the UK. Inside a tiny closed cabin with no air conditioning merely emphasised the point.

Ben, the commentator for the weekend, was feeling particularly fragile, but that may have something to do with the colourful beverages consumed the night before…

On this occasion, my voice was not heard on air. Rather the reason for my presence was to take notes, lap-chart and to reference any developing battles or incidents that he may have missed on screen.
All this amidst a small stack of paper, a screen showing the broadcast, a timing & scoring monitor, a window with a view of turn one and a few cans of some very odd tasting energy drink, but the less said about all of that the better. It was a fun and interesting way to work a race weekend, although I would rather it be with a microphone attached.

Thankfully the air conditioning worked on the following day. Just a shame we were still locked in the cabin after the broadcast had finished.

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