Following Pastor Maldonado’s win in the Spanish GP, many people have commented on the extended gap since the Williams Team last won a F1 race way back in the dim and distant past of 2004. Of course, much has changed irrevocably in the World over the intervening 8 years. The news today is almost unrecognisable from the issues that troubled us then. This is obvious when you look at just some of the headline events from 2004:
- A High Court judge was conducting a high profile Inquiry into the relationship between politics and the media.
- In sport, a once proud but now badly cash-strapped nation was hosting the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Wolves were relegated from the Premier League
- In international news, Vladimir Putin was re-elected Russian President.
- The British Prime Minister visited Libya to extend the hand of friendship to the country’s leadership.
- A less than popular incumbent American President faced an election battle with an even less inspiring opponent.
- America and her allies were preparing their exit strategy from the War in Afghanistan.
- In science, England suffered bizarre weather, with both flooding and drought.
- Astronomers were thrilled to see a rare Transit of Venus.
- From the world of the arts, Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” was in the news.
- Superhero movies and sequels topped the film box office.
- Finally, Michael Schumacher was crowned Formula 1 World Champion (OK, maybe history isn’t always doomed to repeat itself).
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