Daily: 4th December 2010

4 December, 2010 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Pamela

Christmas to me means lots of sun, time at the beach and BBQ’s. Unlike some of my fellow daily writers, photography is not one of my talents, but I will head out around town with my camera to take some photos of Melbourne at Christmas time and hopefully have some for my next daily. Does anyone else have any Summer-y Christmas photos to share? In the meantime, here's an F1-related photo from Kathi.

Sidepodcast F1: A Pirelli lorry navigates some snow-covered lanes

Credit: Kathi

A Pirelli lorry navigates some snow-covered lanes

So while I’ve been trying to make the most of the warm weather here before I head to England in a few weeks, I have become quite preoccupied with the snow there. I have really been enjoying the teams tweeting and blogging about the snow at their factories.

Renault blogged about a snowy day at Enstone, and Lotus provided photos here and here of the snow in Norfolk. I do wish some of the other teams would provide photos of their factory pets too. Mercedes do have a duck though!

There has been some actual F1 news:

  • Timo Glock is hoping that his Christmas gift will be Virgin confirming his drive for 2011. He says that he is staying at Virgin and not going anywhere else.
  • Sauber has announced that they will launch their 2011 car on January 31st in Valencia before the first test. I think it seems too early for teams to already be announcing launch dates. But for those of us who don’t enjoy the off season so much, it is reassuring to think that the 2011 launches will start next month.
  • Joe mentioned that McLaren has swapped the numbering of their drivers on the revised FIA entry list for 2011, and he also blogged again about Lotus / Renault and the likelihood of Petrov being retained by the Enstone team. If Petrov is retained for next year, perhaps he could be persuaded by the PR Department to tweet in English. I wonder if he’s tweeting about the snow?
  • Mark Webber had a book signing this week in Melbourne, and there are some photos of the event. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it – did anyone else manage to go? Seems like there was a big turnout.

Finally, a call-out to any other Australians who would like to help out with Saturday Australia Day dailies, please do let us know. All volunteers are welcome! You don’t have to be Australian, just residing in the general area will do.

Enjoy your Saturday!