Daily: 7th August 2010

6 August, 2010 at 22:53 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to Saturday! Another week is over and the weekend has begun. There is no racing today, we are diving headfirst into the first weekend of a few without any F1 to consume, but that doesn't mean that everything has stopped. The factories may be shutting down but we don't. We've been getting some impressive lists of bullet points recently, so I've got a lot to live up to. Here are some of the things we're talking about right now:

  • Lukeh has spent some more time indulging in some Photoshop action and it's fair to say the results are quite incredible. Mark Webber knew exactly what he was doing when he counted down to that big podium jump, but did it ever cross his mind that he would end up holding shopping bags because of it? I think not. Some excellent work that is bound to bring a smile to your face.
  • If you are bored this weekend, why not try your hand at something artistic? Both Lotus Racing and Virgin Racing have initiatives going to get your creative juices flowing, be it taking a photograph or drawing a pretty picture. If you can hold a pencil, you can enter these two projects. I blogged more about it here.
  • Before the season got underway, we were worried about how well the dusty Cosworth engine technology would work compared to the up-to-the-minute likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. They've done much better than anticipated, although you would hesitate to call them fast, I think. Manipe has some thoughts about the outcome of a potential deal between Lotus and Renault and what that would mean for both teams.
  • It's been quite a big week for Technology, with Google announcing they were shutting down Wave and Amazon opening up their UK Kindle store. I am mostly excited about the second one, because I have the Kindle app on pretty much every device I can find, and just finished another book on there yesterday. I envisage becoming even more poor than I already am thanks to the wonder that is Amazon.
  • Mr C pointed me in the direction of this article about a brand new McLaren building. It appears to be a cross between residential apartments and a McLaren car showroom on the ground floor, but what it definitely is is something very posh and expensive. I'll have to hold off a lot of Kindle books to save up for a stay there.
  • Finally, a quick word for Franck, who appears to be feeling a bit miserable at the moment. Roll on the next Le Mans event, I say.

That should do it for now. Let us know what you're up to this weekend, and how you plan to spend this mini off-season, and as ever, I will see you in the comments.

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