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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 March 2019
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 SPORT The pinnacle of motor sport Formula One faithful Jim Tzovaras, who will be attending the race this season for the eleventh year in a row, gives us his impressions, shares his experiences and makes his prediction for what we’re about to see at the Australian Grand Prix ALEX ANYFANTIS Greece may not be known for its numerous fans of highspeed racing, but the ones that do exist are a passionate lot. A great example of this is Jim Tzovaras, a fan of Formula One racing, who has been following the sport for many years and is now getting ready to go to the opening race of the Formula One season for the eleventh year in a row. Speaking with Neos Kosmos, Tzovaras explained the thrill of being part of the Grand Prix experience how it keeps him coming back for more. "This is the number one type of race in the world and we're lucky to have one in Australia. Many other countries in the world want to host a Formula One race but they don't get it. The speed, the sound, the smell... all of it. It just gets you hooked. And Melbourne does such a good job hosting it," he said. I'm a Sydney-sider, I don't live in Melbourne, but the whole culture, hosting the events, guiding you to and from the venue, the whole city's abuzz. It's brilliant and it's just so good to be there." Having the chance to attend the Australian GP for so many years in a row, Tzovaras and his friends have come across more than a few popular icons. "I have so many (good memories). I've met legendary drivers such as Alain Prost. I met Michael Schumacher about eight years ago, I've met so many other people," Mr Tzovaras said. "I'm lucky because I have a good friend there who's well connected and helps me get into areas that only VIP's go to and I have my other friends with me as well. It's just so awesome seeing all the older drivers like Jackie Stewart or Niki Lauda. To see all these amazing drivers gathered in Melbourne is simply breathtaking." Speaking about how he sees this season, the faithful F1 follower says there's some young blood coming in that are looking to steal the show. "There are a couple of new drivers coming in like Charles Leclerc for Ferrari, he's only 21 years old. These youngsters, they have no fear. They have more guts than a lot of the older generation because when you're young, you don't think of death or consequences," he said. "So the youngsters come in and begin to challenge the older drivers. And some the older ones, like Sebastian Vettel think that their win is guaranteed. But the youngsters come up and they challenge them and force them to drive better and drive faster. "But, regarding the cars, we DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Jim Tzovaras feels the thrill of Formula One racing every time he makes the pilgrimage from Sydney to Melbourne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED won't know until the official races start because a lot of the teams are 'sandbaging' in the pre-season. They don't want to show their full potential just yet, so we won't know till Friday when the qualifiers begin." Turning his sights to Athens, Tzovaras is excited when considering the possibility, but only if the proper re- quirements are met. "I would like that but only if they make the most of it. For example, if they get it, I would want for it to be used and for people to actually go. So, if the Greeks want it, they should get it, I know they have many tracks there, but they need to make use of it," he said "I believe it would be beauti- Melbourne Grand Prix: Things to do Are the tickets to the races a little out of reach? Not to worry, you can still get a complete Formula One experience over the next few days thanks to this complete guide The Formula One race in Melbourne isn't just about the race, it's also about the atmosphere. Whether you attend the race or not, there are numerous events being held in the framework of the race itself that anyone can enjoy, and listed below are just a few of the ways that you can be part of it. - Next Wednesday, 13 March, the city will host its inaugural launch event for the 2019 Formula One season. This event will be held right at the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square, in attendance will be some of the legends of the sport. Sheer pandemonium will take place with live music performances and other events held free of charge. Those who can't catch the action should watch the livestreaming across all official Formula One pages on social media. - Closer to the day of the qualifiers, people can gather at Albert Park to enjoy the Melbourne Walk, as the drivers approach the area of the race. Fans can get autographs from Daniel Ricciardo or any of their other favourite drivers. More faithful followers of the sport can also visit the Legends Lane, the Grand Prix Motor Show and the Auto Avenue Car Clubs to further immerse themselves in the experience. - At the racing ground, fans can enjoy different activities, such as the Heineken Village, where there will be various musicians performing all across the weekend. On Saturday there will be the main act of Hot Dub Time Machine in collaboration with Furnace & The Fundamentals, Nite Theory and more. You don’t need to physically go to the races in order to make the most of the Australian Grand Prix. PHOTO: PIXABAY - Children can also join in on the fun at the Kid's Corner, where they can try to build their own Formula One vehicle, using just their imagination and a few blocks of Lego's, jump around in a blow-up castle or just enjoy a nice game of football. - Do you want a taste of the future? The Innovation and Technology Hub offers people a chance to delve deeper into the technologies hidden behind the construction of a racing car and get to meet the representatives of a few start-up companies that have managed to make a name of themselves in different industries. There is something for eve- ryone at this year's Formula One Grand Prix. So it's surely worth taking advantage of the opportunity and popping down. ful, anywhere in Athens, the backdrop, the buildings, the history around it, I reckon it would be fantastic. If they did get it, I would love to go", proclaims Tzovaras. But until the time for that race comes to pass, we still have the Australian Grand Prix and he and his friends will be getting ready to make some more great memories.
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