Daily: 19th August 2009

19 August, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

It's my Dad's birthday today, so I'm abusing my powers to say Happy Birthday to him. I am taking him out for the day to celebrate, and that means going into the big, wide world. Expect comments and pictures as we go. Meanwhile, here are the Formula 1 related things we're talking about:

  • The debate over the Renault punishment (or lack of it) continues to rage, and hasn't been lessened by their announcement today. Romain Grosjean takes over the reigns of the second car from Nelson Piquet, and if you need to know more about him, Autosport have compiled some facts for you, including his desire to be Superman.
  • Christian Klien (boo, hiss) has been talking about his desire to race for BMW, or whatever the team will become. It seems odd to be talking up your chances of racing for a team that won't actually exist beyond this year, but perhaps he is just trying to show loyalty in the hopes he can keep some kind of drive in F1?
  • Badoer has said that when he takes to the track this weekend, it will really be like an ultimate test session for him. Surely he should be thinking of it as a race by now? He's waited long enough for the opportunity! He also said he would be thinking first of Felipe and then of Schumi. I wonder where driving actually falls on his list of thoughts?

That'll do for now. Please keep your great comments coming. I've seen some very respectful and sensible debates on the site over the last few days, and I love it. I'll see you in the comments.

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