Things really should be all about the racing right now, but there are certain elements of the politics of F1 still hanging over our shoulders. The Donington Park saga still rumbles on but there is plenty more to talk about:
- McLaren have apparently offered the FIA a written apology. Whitmarsh confirms this is true but won't say anymore about what was inside the letter, so the question is, what kind of an effect are they hoping this will have? Will their sentencing (that seems like the appropriate word?) be more leniant because they've said sorry again?
- It's been a while since I've plugged the F1 Big Picture, and it's a pretty good one of Piquet at the moment. This is topical because anyone who is anyone is making bets on how long the youngster will last. His performance hasn't been up to scratch, and surely there's a driver snapping at his heels for the opportunity.
- The SofaF1 Pole Poll continues, and if you're already taking part (or if you want to have a go), you've got until qualifying starts to make your selections. I don't know how I got roped into this, considering how much I dislike making predictions, but it's great fun - even if Mr C is beating me. I don't quite know exactly how the scoring works, but you get points based on whether you select the correct pole sitter and for your guesswork on the top eight points finishers as well. Good luck!
That'll do it for now. It's not long until qualifying gets underway, although thankfully for us in the UK, it's on at a more reasonable time of day. There will be many threads popping up throughout the day, so no doubt I'll see you in the comments.