End of the year post
Wow. What a year this has been. It’s -again- way to long ago, that I posted something on here. I guess I will never get this problem sorted out.. But here it is, my end of the year post. Business-wise 2012 has been awesome and quite frankly way better than expected. We did some really interesting projects, welcomed some big clients and had a lot of fun as well. Another stand out moment were the four weeks in March, which I spend entirely in the US, doing an internship in New York. It is safe to say that these were by far the best weeks of the entire year for me! As it wasn’t the first time for me to be there I pretty much knew what to expect and see there, but being able to be there for more than just 2 weeks was amazing. NYC is the most amazing city I’ve ever seen and getting the chance to intern at Spring11 was the cherry on the cake. They gave me the opportunity to do almost anything I wanted to do and challenged me to try things I hadn’t done before. I learned a ton in these four weeks and apart from working with brilliant people in NY I flew out to Georgia, North- & South Carolina for them as well, which was challenging at first but fantastic looking back. The other milestone in 2012 was my move to Lüneburg, were I started studying at Leuphana University in October. This also meant moving into my new apartment which I share with a great friend. Coming from a small town like Soltau, Lüneburg is absolutely great for a change. Not a big city like Hamburg but big enough to have great shopping and eating/drinking opportunities. Combining business and studying was quite hard at first but in the past weeks I got the hang of it and am really happy to be able to do both.
Looking at Formula 1, this year had some incredible highs but many lows as well. There were so many incredibly tense and exciting races which were absolutely fantastic for Formula 1 and everyone watching. Malaysia, Montreal, Austin & Brazil to name just a few. Another highlight was McLaren’s world record-breaking pitstop on Jenson’s car in Germany which took only 2.31 seconds! For the first time in many years McLaren had a very quick car right from the beginning of the season and were able to fight for victory in most of the races. But sadly reliability and poor pitstops in the first half of the season cost us way to many points and wins which left us not being able to fight for neither of the two championships. Keeping in mind that we had the quickest car in most of the races, we should have been in contention for both titles. But we weren’t.. On top of that, Lewis decided to leave McLaren to race for Mercedes AMG next year. McLaren signed Sergio Perez, who had a very good first half of the season for Sauber, as a replacement. I can’t wait to see how he will do next year - he surely has a big potential but is some kind of a risk as well and nobody knows whether he really is ready for a McLaren cockpit. I certainly hope he is and will be able to fight for the championship. Having won the constructor’s championship for the last time in 1998, we desperately need another one in 2013.
Yesterday was my last day in the office - at least for 2012 and I am really looking forward to some quiet and laid-back days with my family. Saying that I am already looking forward to starting in 2013 as I have some very promising ideas which I can’t wait to transpose and see how everything turns out.
I wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year!