Daily: 23rd August 2009

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

By Christine Blachford

You may know this as the day of the European Grand Prix at Valencia. Here at Sidepodcast Towers, this is known as Franck Day! The Frenchman will be lining up 8th on the grid at Sonoma tonight. There is no way I'm going to be able to stay up to watch him, but I will try my very best. Meanwhile, here's what we're talking about until then:

  • Badoer is still struggling, and still insisting that he's seeing this weekend as a test session. Surely that is the wrong way to approach things, or is that just his stock excuse? He does seem way off the pace, but perhaps he will be able to pick things up when the racing gets going.
  • Red Bull have started to look at the possibility of running KERS towards the end of the season. It's clear that the device isn't prohibitive in any way, now that Hamilton has won a race and taken pole position here in Valencia. This will be a decisive moment for the championship though, won't it?
  • We have discovered a view of Valencia that is worth looking at in yesterday's F1 Big Picture, but the track really is an eyesore, isn't it? It's impossible to tell the corners apart. What can they do to solve this?

That'll do for now. It's going to be a big day, so make sure you're tuned in for the Parade Lap, the race, the Debrief, and Live Commenting Franck. I will see you in the comments.

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