Daily: 1st July 2009

1 July, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

It is essentially the halfway point of the year today, with 182 days gone, and 183 still to go. On the one hand, this year is absolutely flying and it's ridiculous that it is July already. On the other, I feel like June went really slowly and Le Mans seems like eons ago. Anyway, here are some things we're discussing:

  • Abu Dhabi seems to be flavour of the moment, with a Yas Marina circuit being released to allow fans closer to the track. I couldn't get it to work, so have no idea what the under grandstand bit is like. However, the track gets a mention in F1 Minute and the Big Pic today, so their marketing is clearly working!
  • Kimi Raikkonen will be officially rallying in a World Rally Championship event in Finland at the end of July. With Le Seb doing Le Mans, and Kimi rallying his heart out, which other drivers could take part in other series?
  • Bridgestone have announced the tyre allocations for a further four races, with Hungary and Valencia taking the two softer compounds, whilst Belgium and Italy stick with the medium and soft variety. Does this actually mean anything though? For a viewer, the only thing that matters is soft versus hard, rather than one of four individual compounds. Another Bridgestone fail?

That should keep us going for now. There should be some more excellent tennis on later, which is one bonus for us hitting the last week in June and first week in July already. I'll see you in the comments.

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