Daily: 26th March 2011

26 March, 2011 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

We've been counting it down for far too long, and now the season has begun. We're into the best part of the weekend now, practice sessions almost done, qualifying and the race still to come. There is no need for a countdown anymore, and that being the case, it's worth checking out what the biggest counter of the off-season has to say.

Let's go!! Start your engines and welcome the 2011 season! Oh yeah!!


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That'll do it.

So, what is underway today? We have Free Practice 3 and Qualifying coming up very shortly. Both will have live threads here on Sidepodcast, and will be covered by the Factbyte Factbox as well.

Later on in the day, it's time for the 2011 Boat Race, the annual battle along the River Thames between the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews. Assuming I can wake up in time, (the coverage begins at 3:45pm on the BBC), then I'm hoping to Factbyte Factbox that as well. Busy weekend!

Back to F1, and if you're looking for more ways to follow the sport that you love, Mr C has rounded up some of the new initiatives from teams for the 2011 season. With redesigned websites and live telemetry, it's hard to keep up. I do particularly like the Lotus videos though, it's great to go behind the scenes like that.

I'm considering handing out points to Lotus for those videos when Christine's Rankings returns next Tuesday. Although it's still a few days away, now seems like a good time to remind you all that I'm counting on you to point out things I may have missed. There are so many tweets, photos, videos and news articles floating around now that the season is underway, it's impossible to keep up. If you want your favourite team or driver to be counted, let me know what you've spotted!

Now, I think it's time for a nap. Our sleep schedules are all kinds of messed up but that doesn't even matter. Today we'll find out who's on pole for the first GP of the year, and that is worth sacrificing sleep for.

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