Staying busy with the Prime Minister...
Meeting Prime Minister David Cameron to talk Formula 1, the future of British motorsport and the possibility of a London Grand Prix...
Last Updated: July 6, 2012 2:15pm
Yesterday afternoon as I was preparing in the paddock at Silverstone for a special edition of The F1 Show somebody asked me if I'd had a busy day. "Not particularly," I said, "although come to think of it I did start it at Number 10 Downing Street talking to the Prime Minister about all things Formula 1".
As the words tumbled out of my mouth I realised that, while it hadn't been one of my usually frantic Thursdays, it had been an extraordinary one.
This summer is, of course, a truly great one for British sport. I mean, take this weekend as an example: Wimbledon will draw to an inevitably dramatic close and may even see its first British male winner since Fred Perry lifted the trophy in Andy Murray. He is, after all playing astonishingly well and looking good for at least a spot in the final for the first time. Then there's Silverstone and The British Grand Prix to be contested on Sunday where McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is a hot favourite to take the chequered flag in front of a rain-soaked but spirited crowd.
And that's just this weekend, not to mention we've got the Olympics getting underway in less than a month too. So you see right now is a great time to be British and to be a fan of sport. The Prime Minister, as it turns out, loves his tennis, and told me his daughter wants to be an Olympian and is rooting for Lewis to win in the rain.
In an interview which will be aired in part on tonight's F1 Show and at length in Sunday's raceday show, David Cameron tells me he is optimistic about the future of British motorsport. He also talks about the positive effect Formula 1 has on the British economy in terms of employment (eight of the 12 teams are based in Britain) and science and technology. As for the likelihood of a London street race been added to the F1 calendar in the future, which has been mooted in the build up to Silverstone, well he says that is a matter for Boris but he'd certainly look at it.
But will he be watching the driver he's touting for success on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton? On the TV possibly and I suspect inbetween checking up on Murray's progress at SW19 and running the country. If ever I tweet again about being too busy just remind me to be grateful I'm not the Prime Minister!