Obviously, the only thing worth talking about at the moment is Honda's withdrawal from the sport, and that has it's own thread being speculated upon as we speak. Yesterday was a pretty awful day all round, so I'll just list a few things that might make today better, but then again, they might not.
Ah-ha! I have remembered to write the post. This is a good thing, but if anyone has any tips for remembering things, I would love to hear them. My memory isn't what it used to be, or something like that. However, enough about me, there's plenty going on in F1 at the moment, as well as in the comments.
Monday is overwith, and there's the last in the series of Sidepodpanel for you to get your teeth into. However, if you are done with that, then there are also some good conversations going on in the comments.
It's December already? How time flies. There has been some consternation in the comments recently about the lack of F1 news and whether the off season is a good or a bad thing. I think that should be our first topic of discussion.
Thankfully there are no nasty "Mark Webber breaks leg" stories floating around today, and with the revelation that "me" slept until 4pm, it's probably a good thing. Clearly at the Red Bull factory he didn't quite get enough Red Bull. Nevertheless, here's what's being discussed in the comments at the moment.
We're heading into another weekend now, where F1 headlines tends to tail off. Last week we were confronted with the news that Webber was in hospital, so if that's the kind of off-season topics we have in store, I'd rather keep playing I Spy!
It's been a day of strange goings on, as Donington Park announced they would be making the 2010 British GP car free. It's not what you think, they want spectators to arrive by public transport, but this is just a bizarre thing to ask for of people attending a motorsport event.
Bernie seems to be doing his damnedest to make himself unpopular with Formula 1 fans. Firstly the calendar shenanigans and now brazenly suggesting he's got all the teams onside with his medals idea. Some people don't think it's such a bad system, whilst others think it's completely pointless and unnecessary.
The big news of the moment is Red Bull's return to two-team ownership, as Mateschitz buys out Berger's half of Toro Rosso. This raises many, many questions, and is what we've been talking about in the comments. Well, that and a game of Space I Spy, obviously.
Fresh from our adventures into the world of Skype for the fifth and penultimate episode of Sidepodpanel, we enter a new week. The big news over the weekend is all Red Bull related, of course, with Webber's accident and DC's baby boy. It seems like any other F1 news is few and far between, so here's what's on our minds.
Well, what a day for Mark Webber! Just as we thought everything was calming down, the poor guy hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, there's plenty of other things up for discussion, so let's have a quick rundown.
We now know that Bernie and Slavica are set for divorce, but that's about the only news out there at the moment. Nevertheless, we still have plenty to discuss...
Things have quietened down again on the news front, with almost everybody going back in to hibernation to evaluate the results of their test. Meanwhile, I've been super busy and finally completed the transcript for Episode 69. Whilst this may sound like I'm crazily behind (which I am), that was the epic long British GP show that was well over an hour long.
It was the final day of testing today which saw some lopsided Ferrari cars, some Renault braces and Vettel on top once again. That was good stuff. Now we get to sit back and try and analyse everything we saw. It's going to be particularly difficult because everyone was running different strategies and we don't have any idea who was actually fast. Nevertheless, we will do our best.
The second day of testing seemed to be much quieter in terms of us all jumping on the pictures and times as they became available. However, it's all still interesting information to be poured over, so hopefully day three will give us more of the same.
We're now recovering from the shock of seeing those pug-ugly 2009 shaped wings, and starting to think a little more realistically. No doubt they will evolve before the season starts, it's just the first iteration, everything will look much better after we've slept on it.
We all stayed up late last night recording the fourth edition of Sidepodpanel. We managed to welcome in the new day and say Happy Birthday to Scott as the clock struck midnight. However, it's now Monday, and things are kicking off in the F1 world once again.
We have just returned from the Official Sidepodcast Christmas Party. Oh, alright, it was actually my work's do at a greyhound stadium. I've never been before, and didn't know what to expect, and all I can say is that the Ted Fighting Fund has been reduced ever so slightly... quite a lot.
If anyone's keeping track, I'm feeling much better now but the man has caught some of the germs. Of course, they are much worse, and more man-flu shaped than mine were, so everyone give him lots of sympathy today, if you find him in the comments.
One of the snippets of feedback we got about the site was that there's lots of fabulous conversation happening all over the site, and none of it particularly matches the thread it is on. Therefore, this post is the first in a trial of daily posts - a space to talk about anything at all.