Daily: 29th April 2011

29 April, 2011 at 00:03 (GMT+01:00)

By Peter Leung

It’s Friday Sidepodcasters, and it’s a Holiday! I suppose the Queen deserves thanks for that. While the Royal Wedding theatrics will be on the lips and minds of many, the world of racing and Formula One spins madly on. Oddly enough Charlie Whiting seems keen on handling logistics for the procession, while Jake Humphrey trades in his iPad for a chance behind a Lancaster Bomber. Yes, the very same Lancaster that will be providing aerial coverage of the royal nuptials. Maybe he’ll bring Vitaly Petrov along as his co-pilot?

Speaking of Vitaly Petrov, he is shopping for a new design for his helmet. Taking a lead from Jenson Button the Russian is handing over the creative reins to the public. For all you artistic types out there (Paging Lou) this is your time to showcase your talent. The competition is open to everyone and you have until June 1st to submit your work.

Lotus has uploaded some fantastic shots of their testing session at Duxford on their Facebook page, and it looks like the fans turned out in abundance to support the team! The true benefactors of the Caterham Takeover turned out to be the Lotus Team Drivers, as an excitable Heikki Kovalainen & a slightly more embarrassed Davide Valsecchi proved.

While Bahrain was cancelled earlier this year because of political unrest in the region, Bernie Ecclestone mused to Alan Baldwin that the race could still happen for the 2011 season. An imminent decision is expected as the organizers have until May 1st to decide whether or not to go ahead with hosting the event.

Nico Rosberg will be doing chauffeur duty this weekend for Mercedes at the DTM race in Hockenheim. This will be his first time behind the wheel of a DTM car. Maybe he’ll use the downtime in between simulator runs to tweet Paul Di Resta for driving tips?

While Robert Kubica is comfortably at home recuperating from his injuries, his Doctor has weighed in on the Pole’s possible return to Formula One in the future, and the prognosis sounds very encouraging!

In the meantime there’s lots of racing to tide you over until the F1 circus at Istanbul next weekend. Indycar stages its first flyaway race of the season and takes to the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Justin Wilson will be racing in some new colours, while prudent packer Mike Conway will look to capitalize on the surge from his maiden victory in Long Beach. Canadian rookie and part time Kimi Raikkonen impressionist James Hinchcliffe also looks to be in the hunt on a strong finish for the venerable Newman/Haas squad. Round 3 of the BTCC championship also kicks off this weekend at Thruxton, while Audi and Mercedes continue to do battle in DTM at Hockenheim.

After limited screenings in Los Angeles and New York Asif Kapadia’s ‘Senna’ will be released in Cinemas across the United States on August 12th. Justin Hyde who reviewed the film for Jalopnik revealed exclusively that the Blu-Ray Release will cater to the Senna faithful and extend to a tantalizing 2 Hours and 40 Minutes. That’s almost an hour’s worth of extra footage over the theatrical version. We anticipate with bated breath.

Badger GP’s Riccardo Monza had a go at the Brooklands Museum and from the pictures it looks like a great time was had! A visit to Brooklands is a bucket list item for any motorsport enthusiast with lots of worthwhile hardware to see in person, from the folkloric to the downright awesome.

You can always count on data guru Tony Hirst on inventing new ways to interpret the cornucopia of F1 facts and figures. His latest creation? Visualizing the Driver & Team Championships using Tree Maps. For those unfamiliar it’s essentially a Newsmap based on points standings and definitely a far more interesting presentation than your pedestrian line-by-line spreadsheets.

Speaking of maps, this little gem from Mark Webber proves that the path to Formula One is one of much resistance – And zeros behind dollar signs.

Finally, photographic proof has been unearthed that confirms what we already know: Adrian Newey does, in fact, walk on water.

That’s a wrap from me. Enjoy your Long Weekend Everyone!

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