Daily: 5th July

5 July, 2011 at 09:06 (GMT+01:00)

By Simon Furnivall

Apologies for the lateness of this daily, Sidepodders, it has been sunny up here in Edinburgh and my brain has quite clearly melted in such unusual circumstances. Anyway, onwards with the news.

As F1 begins the build up for the British Grand Prix, we got a warm blast of nostalgia yesterday with the official announcement that the Williams-Renault name was being brought back to the sport. Frank and Patrick's lot have struggled with the Cosworth engine - it just can't pedal fast enough - and from next season the title-winning Renault power plant will be strapped into the car.

Pirelli have refused to give up on the idea of putting the slightly crazy, Gymkhana-famed rally driver, Ken Block in an F1 car. When Block first sat it the Pirelli test car it transpired that his legs are too long to fit in and he couldn't turn the steering wheel. That could be considered quite a fundamental problem. The company's Director of Motorsport, Paul Hembery, told Autosport, “We are still looking for alternatives. We are trying to find a team that has a long-legged driver. I think we need to speak to Red Bull Racing, because Mark Webber is a tall guy.” That's some “2 + 2 = 4” thinking.

The organisers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix have postponed the planned changes to the track, which were designed to try and increase overtaking. Abu Dhabi is one of those modern tracks more useful for being pretty than actually providing good racing. The circuit's Chief Executive, Richard Cregan, is hopeful that F1 has solved the problem for them by adding KERS, DRS and crumbling tyres to the cars.

In other news, the latest gag of internet hackers was to seize control of FOX News' twitter account and post a message stating that Barack Obama had been assassinated. Aren't they lovely people?

And finally, to add to my jealousy of anybody who has Apple devices, for the sake of clarity I should put on record my animosity towards anyone who has a Google+ invite. Me want.

And really finally, I shall end on a link of the Penske Indy Car being crashed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Oops. I hope you have a better day than the owners of that car did, and I'll see you in the comments.

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