Daily: 20th December 2008

20 December, 2008 at 00:03 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

Having returned from an impromptu continuation of the Sidepodtour, we're spending the evening catching up with the comments and any news we might have missed. It looks like there are a couple of things to talk about, so let's get on with it:

  • The ex-Honda team reckon things are well on the way for them getting a new buyer and being on the grid in Melbourne. Nick Fry is particularly optimistic, although doesn't mention the fact that they've clearly missed out on a good couple of weeks of testing. With no in-season testing, they might be even further behind than they were already. But being on the grid is the first thing they need to concentrate on, no doubt.
  • Our visit to the Williams F1 factory has caused some consternation, as we believe some of the later models to be the most beautiful. Others can't stand the flip ups and wings. With 2009 going back to basics, are you going to miss the Dumbo-Flugel as much as I am? Or are we in a minority here?
  • Toyota have said they're targeting a perfect reliability record in 2009. With the regulation changes, this seems an impossibility, but would this even have been likely if things had stayed the same? An entire season without a failure seems like a lot to ask, especially with the Trulliometer swinging wildly at times.
  • We're getting pretty adept at poking around team factory innards, but want to hear what you guys have been up to. Have you ever been on a tour, which team, what did you find out? And which is better - free Red Bull or free Wifi?

That'll do for now. Don't forget there's a Sidepodparty on Sunday. We've got plenty to talk about, having missed a show, but if you've got any Christmas/F1 themed ideas, then leave your thoughts in the Wiki. Other than that, I'll see you in the comments.

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