We had a packed day yesterday, with the trade show and the Bloggers karting. Both were fun in their unique ways, and we'll be telling you all about them later in today's show. Before that, though, there are plenty of things to discuss, as plenty has been happening whilst we've been out and about.

  • Ferrari have decided to move their launch to Mugello. This isn't perhaps the most exciting news of the day, but it does remind us that the first of the 2009 breed of cars is due to be revealed tomorrow. What will it look like? Will it be the final evolution of the car? And what hype will the Ferrari guys surround the launch with?
  • Brundle was on stage at Autosport, with his son, but said that 2009 is really too hard to predict. Whilst Murray Walker put his money squarely on Kubica and the BMW team, Brundle is more conservative with his future gazing. I did hear him say that he's not too worried about Eddie Jordan on live TV, having made some of his own gaffes this year. At least he's not too embarrassed to admit them.
  • Talking of gaffes, I made a complete fool of myself. Maxi Jazz was wandering around taking pictures. I was telling Mr C an amusing story of a six year old being enthused by seeing the Faithless lead singer, whilst I didn't have a clue who he was. I then looked over my shoulder to see Mr Jazz and his friend standing right behind. Had he heard me or hadn't he? To make me feel better about my faux pas, please tell me if you've had equally embarrassing moments?

There will be pictures and stories to tell from our adventures in Birmingham yesterday, but as I said, keep chatting amongst yourselves while we recover sufficiently to get them out. Andy has already put his photos up, which just puts us to shame. Nevertheless, F1 Debrief returns today, and until then, I'll see you in the comments.

Update: Debrief show delayed due to excessive karting-related bruises.

137 responses

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 00:13

    Let's start the day with some Franck News! :D

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72711

    Franck + Peugeot 908 = HELL YES! :D He rocked at Le Mans in that car, so I'd love to see what he can do with a full time drive. I mean come on, catching the leaders by as much as 4 seconds a lap. How can that not warrant a place on the LMS team?

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 00:14

    Brilliant. A comment in moderation to start the day :/

    Talking of Maxi Jazz, did you know he races Porsches? ;)

  • me11/01/2009 at 00:35

    Brilliant. A comment in moderation to start the day :/

    done, i'm still awake btw. i don't unmoderate in me sleep.

  • Journeyer11/01/2009 at 00:39

    me: 11/01/2009 at 00:35

    Brilliant. A comment in moderation to start the day :/

    done, i’m still awake btw. i don’t unmoderate in me sleep.

    Maybe you sleepchat? :D

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 02:06

    "You have 0 unread news item(s)."

    Grrrr.

  • me11/01/2009 at 02:08

    “You have 0 unread news item(s).”

    erm?

  • F1Wolf11/01/2009 at 03:55

    well tell me about that Ferrari launch, they had to move it to the day and time when I will be sitting on a plane for 15 hours. well, at least when I finally do get to see the pictures I will know what everybody thinks :-)

    looks like you had fun karting :-) me myself just agreed to silly idea to go for few laps in double seater Formula Renault sometime in February on that failed F1 track in Zhuhai. Anyone here tried something like that before and lives to talk about that ?

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 09:43

    Goood morning all.

    One look outside and I see a tree. That tree is being murdered by the wind.

    I've also got a football match today. Yipee.

    equally embarrassing moments?

    Not on that scale. But once in a football match, I did have loads of time on a backpass, and passed it straight to the opposisiton striker.

    His most embarrising moment would probably be that he missed an open goal.

    Talking from comments yesterday about worst sporting injury, I was once flattened by a much bigger striker competitng for a cross. Also once whacked my knee of the post.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 09:59

    Now don't get me wrong, but Andy's pic (nice stuff btw). Doesn't Mr C like intrestingly like Jaques Villenuerve?

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 13:17

    Helloooo? :P

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 13:18

    *echoes* :D

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 13:18

    Helloooo?

    Hi.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 13:19

    Ah, so someone is alive :D

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 13:20

    Ah, so someone is alive

    Yup.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 13:22

    Hi.

    Hullo all.

    Hows it goin? And please, no one ask about the football :(

  • Spikey11/01/2009 at 13:22

    sports injuries.........apart from the one I have now (broken collar bone from playing football - first time playing in over 20 YEARS!) I have been lucky - merely the odd cut or broken finger from volleyball.

    I did have a go in one of those special ambulances once though - for back or neck injuries, when I dived and slid straight into a wall head first. got to love gas and air :)

    PS - how do you add birthdays to that wiki thing?

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 13:24

    Hows it goin? And please, no one ask about the football

    Hi R.G. How was football?

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 13:25

    sports injuries………apart from the one I have now (broken collar bone from playing football - first time playing in over 20 YEARS!)

    Ouch. Why was their a wall right next to the pitch?

    PS - how do you add birthdays to that wiki thing?

    Just gotta click edit, and write in the relevant box

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 13:25

    Hi R.G. How was football?

    Sigh. Got trounced, humilated, phwagagglled by the second worst team in the league.

    Was awful, really awful.

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 13:26

    Sigh. Got trounced, humilated, phwagagglled by the second worst team in the league.

    Aw.

    You must add phwagagglled to the dictionary.

  • Spikey11/01/2009 at 13:29

    RG I fell over my own bloody feet when some whippet was legging it past me.

    I hate quick people....

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 13:30

    RG I fell over my own bloody feet when some whippet was legging it past me.

    Oh right. Nasty.

  • Lukeh11/01/2009 at 13:37

    Afternoon people. Ive started my sunday with the most genius purchase - a clip on minilight for my laptop! I dunno why it's taken em so long to buy one, I have having ceiling lights on at night if you're lying in bed reading sidepodcast or playing Football Manager.

    I can't wait for this week in terms of f1, LOTS OF LAUNCHES! :D

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 13:49

    wtf? There is no explanation as to why I've only just woken up...

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 13:50

    wtf? There is no explanation as to why I’ve only just woken up…

    You must have been tired.

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 13:58

    You must have been tired.

    Well I won't be for several hours into the morning now...

    Which means I will be tired tomorrow...

    And tomorrow is Monday...

    Bah!

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 14:09

    Ooh, I'm now the most talkative person on here.

    I think the name of my blog suits me :D

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 14:14

    Spikey. Its your birthday today? Happy birthday sir.

    And to that Kazuki Nakajima and Adrian Sutil too.

  • Alianora La Canta11/01/2009 at 14:15

    I've been up since about 10:45am, but then again I did go to bed about half an hour after I got home (squeezing in just enough time to eat my tea/supper and discuss the day with Mum while waiting for it).

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 14:42

    Just got home and grabbing something to eat before BAT race practise. That game hates me. I qualified 4th in the last race and am 18th by the first corner.

    I hoe I am not the only one feeling sore this morning.

  • shaun11/01/2009 at 14:44

    Any idea what time F1 Debrief (live show ) will be starting guys? :)

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 14:54

    R.G (Mr C was robbed): 11/01/2009 at 14:14

    I agree with the brackets. I did my best Stirling Moss speaking up for an opponent but the guy wouldn't have it. Having read the results shet they gave us I think their timing and scoring system is as good as Bernie's live timing. I think there must have been a few Kimi's who disappeared for a lap or two. Apparently I only won one heat and I know I won two.

  • Selidor11/01/2009 at 15:00

    I hoe I am not the only one feeling sore this morning.

    I woke up feeling pain whenever I swallowed! I think its just something random with my body lol, but in anycase Iv got a doctors appt. tomorrow ;)

    In terms of sporting injuries, The worst was in football when I breifly went unconsious. I jumped up to head a corner, but must have been pushed and fallen over, hitting my head on the floor since the next thing I remember is people picking me up :P

    Cant wait for the show!

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 15:11

    Any idea what time F1 Debrief (live show ) will be starting guys?

    Well, funny you should ask.

    We have a major problem in that everything is way behind schedule and we have no time to prepare for the live show at all.

    Although chaos is part of the fun of the Sidepodcast Live Show, we'd rather not throw ourselves into it without having thought about it since the Sidepodparty.

    Therefore, the live show will be delayed until next week. However, an extra special podcast from the F1 Bloggers & Friends Karting event will be up today or tomorrow.

    Hope that's okay.

  • shaun11/01/2009 at 15:19

    Therefore, the live show will be delayed until next week. However, an extra special podcast from the F1 Bloggers & Friends Karting event will be up today or tomorrow.

    Thats ok sidepodast...it's no problem :)

    Will we know who's who in the F1 Bloggers & Friends Karting event pictures...apart from Mr Sidepodcast [me] of course...?

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 15:21

    Will we know who’s who in the F1 Bloggers & Friends Karting event pictures…apart from Mr Sidepodcast [me] of course…?

    If you mean Andy's, I think they're missing some titles at the moment.

    We didn't take that many ourselves, but will put up what we've got later :)

  • Selidor11/01/2009 at 15:23

    Cant wait for the show!

    Guess Ill have too now!

  • lou11/01/2009 at 15:26

    Hope that’s okay.

    that's fine, and totally understandable :)

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 15:28

    Hope that’s okay.

    A show's a show at the end of the day, so that's fine by me :)

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 15:28

    Guess Ill have too now!

    Sorry. It's been a long week and yesterday was even longer!

    Nothing planned for next week, though, so we can make sure it's the best F1 Debrief ever. I really shouldn't say things like that, Mr C will tell me off for promising the unattainable :)

    Plus, by then we'll have launches to discuss, we've got the Fantasy Racers rundown to do (that'll be fun live!) and hopefully some new stuff for '09.

  • lou11/01/2009 at 15:31

    Plus, by then we’ll have launches to discuss, we’ve got the Fantasy Racers rundown to do (that’ll be fun live!) and hopefully some new stuff for ‘09.

    it's probably better to do a slightly longer podcast next week ;) , save you the stress and chaos. you guys must be tired after yesterday. :)

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 15:34

    Scott,

    Just completed practise. You have an hour to get your laps in

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 15:42

    Hope that’s okay.

    Aye, can live with that. Don't really need the distraction for tomorrow anyway.

    But aye, longer show next week, launches, Fantasy Racers stuff, BATracer stuff, more news, sounds wicked.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 15:44

    Just completed practise. You have an hour to get your laps in

    Sure thing, will do now.

  • Selidor11/01/2009 at 15:44

    I understand completley ;) Your shows are always worth waiting for!

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 15:49

    Steven, which setup should I go with? The one you posted or the one you have on your car now?

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 15:55

    Never mind, runs are done.

  • lou11/01/2009 at 15:56

    wow, that looks, very very cold.

  • Stuart C11/01/2009 at 16:01

    Disappointingly, no one came to my stand to say hello - or, indeed, offer me a pint!

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 16:05

    Didn't expect to hear this, did you?

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72725

    Davidson's another one of those unsung heroes like Franck. Can be quick in a good car on the right day, but never really got a big break. Apart from Franck who's doing rather well

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 16:08

    Davidson’s another one of those unsung heroes like Franck. Can be quick in a good car on the right day, but never really got a big break. Apart from Franck who’s doing rather well

    Oh god, not the Davidson good/not thing again.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 16:09

    Oh god, not the Davidson good/not thing again.

    I wasn't saying he's not a good driver, I'm just saying he's never been given a proper big break.

  • me11/01/2009 at 16:11

    I wasn’t saying he’s not a good driver, I’m just saying he’s never been given a proper big break.

    no doubt the guy was close to honda. but what use is a testing contract when testing is banned anyways?

  • lou11/01/2009 at 16:15

    Didn’t expect to hear this, did you?

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72725

    oh no! :( poor Ant, i feel so sorry for him. :(

  • lou11/01/2009 at 16:17

    no doubt the guy was close to honda. but what use is a testing contract when testing is banned anyways?

    what about off season testing? it also begs the question, were honda thinking of getting rid of Wurz? surely they wouldn't sign another test driver, with no in season testing.

  • me11/01/2009 at 16:20

    what about off season testing? it also begs the question, were honda thinking of getting rid of Wurz? surely they wouldn’t sign another test driver, with no in season testing.

    wouldn't be surprised to be honest. ferrari have x2 test drivers and they had both of those when brawn was around. no doubt being a test driver is better than nothing, but with this year's regs he'd almost never get any seat time.

  • me11/01/2009 at 16:24

    Disappointingly, no one came to my stand to say hello - or, indeed, offer me a pint!

    damn, we looked for you at the autosport stage but didn't see anyone.

    there was a collection of attractive ladies beside your stand, but we didn't see you there either :(

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 16:40

    8th!! 8th in qualifying! Wahoo!

  • lou11/01/2009 at 16:41

    omg last in qualifying. ergh!

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 16:43

    DAMN! I was in the top 2 in the first 2 sessions, then almost spun in the last! ARGH!

    This game hates me right now. I've crashed 4 times in two race weekends in RLB IndyCar.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 16:44

    QUALIFYING 3!!

    Wooot, ding a ling a ding dong (love that expression). Get in there

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 16:45

    An excellent lap in Q1 and pole. Trouble is I have outqualified my team mate every race and haven't finished in fornt of him in a race yet. So either I am in for a repeat of the last race where I lost 14 places at the start or Scott is in for driver of the day.

  • Spikey11/01/2009 at 17:25

    qualifying? laps? what are you lot on about?

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 17:26

    qualifying? laps? what are you lot on about?

    BATracer

  • me11/01/2009 at 17:28

    tell me they couldn't have dug a hole this large in the space of three days?

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72728

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 17:32

    tell me they couldn’t have dug a hole this large in the space of three days?

    Explosives?

    And its the weekend?

  • me11/01/2009 at 17:34

    And its the weekend?

    i figured they'd still be putting up the fences,

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 17:36

    tell me they couldn’t have dug a hole this large in the space of three days?

    Dynamite will make a hole that size in 3 seconds

  • me11/01/2009 at 17:43

    stuart, probably good we didn't meet you. we'd have made you look underdressed...

    http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/121513

    :D

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 17:51

    stuart, probably good we didn’t meet you. we’d have made you look underdressed…

    I thought Stuart had left F1 Racing. I saw him interview Murray Walker and Pirro/Biela and didn't recgnise him with the suit on. I think interviewing Pirro is probably an overstatement. Putting a mic in his hand and then shutting him up 10 minutes later is probably closer to the mark. I have watched Pirro's career for years and never heard him speak before. He was brilliant.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 17:58

    Steven - warmup runs are done ;)

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 18:04

    Also just posted some season comments :)

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 18:08

    Steven - warmup runs are done

    I will go now and see how fast i can go in the warm up before you blow me away in the race again. At least i know how to sort things out after last night. I am getting in your car for the race.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 18:09

    I will go now and see how fast i can go in the warm up before you blow me away in the race again. At least i know how to sort things out after last night. I am getting in your car for the race.

    Not going all Alonso on me, are you Steven? ;)

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 18:25

    Not going all Alonso on me, are you Steven?

    Trouble at McLaren!

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 18:31

    Copied your setup and even with new tyres can't get close.

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 19:02

    Andy has already put his photos up,

    is mr c in any of these? i could guess but i'd probably embaress myself :S

  • me11/01/2009 at 19:02

    is mr c in any of these? i could guess but i’d probably embaress myself :S

    please guess.

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 19:04

    please guess.

    from intermittent comments from Christine you weren't doing great so im guessing not on the podium?

    apart from that i'm gonna stay out of guessing, i may insult many many people

  • me11/01/2009 at 19:04

    apart from that i’m gonna stay out of guessing, i may insult many many people

    boo. you're right though, not on the podium.

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 19:04

    apart from that i’m gonna stay out of guessing, i may insult many many people

    which isnt purposeful id like to point out, but i have a tendancy of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time :P

  • Lukeh11/01/2009 at 19:06

    *changes experimentation to 45* 'I'll start off slow just in case*

    *clicks Test*

    Your over enthusiasm was counter productive and it took extra laps to obtain useful data.

    UGH!! *bangs head on wall*

  • Selidor11/01/2009 at 19:21

    look on the bright side - you're still faster than your teammate!

    also, i have a feeling i may finish somewhere other than 2nd

    (Gasp!)

    And just wondering; since "sidepodcast, your weekly f1 podcast" is part of the mark webber header, do you really need it on the right hand side too?

  • Dank11/01/2009 at 19:22

    Just got back from Autosport... my mind is made up. Unless I receive free tickets somehow for next year I definitely won't be going back. I just felt that it hasn't improved on last time and offers very little for normal Joe Punter to be interested in. Rather frustrating really as it could be very good.

  • me11/01/2009 at 19:26

    Just got back from Autosport… my mind is made up. Unless I receive free tickets somehow for next year I definitely won’t be going back. I just felt that it hasn’t improved on last time and offers very little for normal Joe Punter to be interested in. Rather frustrating really as it could be very good.

    that's kinda how we summed it up. if you have an interest in a variety of motorsports then there's certainly a lot on offer, but for f1 fans there's few good pickings.

    almost exactly like the magazine in fact!

    interviews were good, when they had people on who we've heard of, but it took ages to find out who was on the stage and we ended up missing quite a few people.

  • Andy Taylor - trying to break Lou's comment record one post at a time...11/01/2009 at 19:31

    Ooo Panda on Antiques Roadshow :)

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 19:51

    that’s kinda how we summed it up. if you have an interest in a variety of motorsports then there’s certainly a lot on offer, but for f1 fans there’s few good pickings.

    i couldnt understand how you couldnt not like it but now it all makes sense. i especially thought the F1 Racing stand was very lacking this year. just aload of cars with some barriers put up, unless they were going for the parc ferme look.

    personally as an all round motorsport fan it was good, not great, but definitely worth the entry fee, although hopefully next year i wont make the stupid mistake of buying a paddock pass, what a waste of time that was. i got into alot of good conversations with some interesting people AND (this may shock you so brace yourself....) I FOUND RACE BOOTS THAT FIT ME....this might not strike you as that impressive but when you have size 14 feet (like moi) it gets impossible to find shoes that fit! woot

  • me11/01/2009 at 19:57

    personally as an all round motorsport fan it was good, not great, but definitely worth the entry fee, although hopefully next year i wont make the stupid mistake of buying a paddock pass

    never done that, but we got franck's signature without one and plenty of people were getting stuff signed at the barriers of the stage without queuing either.

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 20:01

    never done that, but we got franck’s signature without one and plenty of people were getting stuff signed at the barriers of the stage without queuing either.

    the only reason i have before is to go to the Live Action Arena paddock but i've always forgotten to go! Doh! This year however i remembered and although seeing the look on Terry Grants face as he rebuilt his car was priceless, i don't think i'll be doing it again.

    Just for anyone that cares, if you join the BRSCC (British Racing Sports Car Club) you get free entry to Autosport and free tickets to some of their meetings too.

  • Dank11/01/2009 at 20:02

    never done that, but we got franck’s signature without one and plenty of people were getting stuff signed at the barriers of the stage without queuing either.

    Same here. Didn't go with the paddock pass and DC, Murray Walker and Anthony Davidson came and signed our stuff after talking on the Autosport stand.

    Just going through my pics now. Nearly two-thirds of them contain an appearance by Mr. Codling :-D

  • me11/01/2009 at 20:05

    Just going through my pics now. Nearly two-thirds of them contain an appearance by Mr. Codling

    we didn't see him once!

    don't forget to plug them here if you put them onto flickr.

  • Bassano Clapper11/01/2009 at 20:20

    Evening all

    What time are we expecting the debrief show?

  • lou11/01/2009 at 20:22

    What time are we expecting the debrief show?

    some time next sunday ;)

  • Bassano Clapper11/01/2009 at 20:24

    some time next sunday

    Ah, that kind of delay

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 20:25

    some time next sunday

    Don't mind much, the darts is fantastic

  • Andy Taylor - trying to break Lou's comment record one post at a time...11/01/2009 at 20:27

    Don’t mind much, the darts is fantastic

    I don't usually watch darts, but that was pretty good.

  • Bassano Clapper11/01/2009 at 20:30

    I don’t usually watch darts, but that was pretty good.

    I can't stop laughing at Mr Hanky, keep thinking of South Park

  • Andy Taylor - trying to break Lou's comment record one post at a time...11/01/2009 at 20:31

    I can’t stop laughing at Mr Hanky, keep thinking of South Park

    Phew, it's not just me then. This Mr Hankey is "the Count", which makes me think of the Carry On film - "my 'usband, the Count" :D

  • Selidor11/01/2009 at 20:34

    Phew, it’s not just me then. This Mr Hankey is “the Count”, which makes me think of the Carry On film - “my ‘usband, the Count” :D

    so that explains all the vampire stuff those people had :)

    I dont usually watch darts either but that was good tv.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 20:37

    so that explains all the vampire stuff those people had

    I dont usually watch darts either but that was good tv.

    I remember from a few years back when Phill Nixon came back from 6-0 down to 6-6, before losing 7-6. That was exciting

  • Alianora La Canta11/01/2009 at 20:43

    I think there must have been a few Kimi’s who disappeared for a lap or two. {Steven Roy - 63 comments ago}

    I was one of them - my fastest lap for the final is given as over 10 minutes...

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 20:44

    I was one of them - my fastest lap for the final is given as over 10 minutes…

    My guess is that a lap only takes 1 minute? Just put the decimal place in the wrong area?

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 20:46

    My guess is that a lap only takes 1 minute? Just put the decimal place in the wrong area?

    Laps were about 25-28 seconds depending on whether there was the odd tangle. I am sure i would have noticed if I had lapped you about 20 times.

  • Andy Taylor - trying to break Lou's comment record one post at a time...11/01/2009 at 20:48

    Laps were about 25-28 seconds depending on whether there was the odd tangle. I am sure i would have noticed if I had lapped you about 20 times.

    I was amazed to have started 6th, got up to 5th, back to 6th again yes still managed to finish 5th...

  • me11/01/2009 at 20:51

    Laps were about 25-28 seconds depending on whether there was the odd tangle. I am sure i would have noticed if I had lapped you about 20 times.

    these guys do the timing:

    http://www.supersporttiming.com/

    either their solutions are ropey, or the setup is flaky, but they suffered more timing problems than hockenheim.

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 20:54

    did anyone go and see the BRCA stand by the way? (The radio controlled cars...)

    when Model Expo was about (Autosport but for people Radio controlled things) i did a demo as part of the junior team. Racing mini touring cars around a track wasn't fun as my car kept having problems. silly thing.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 20:54

    either their solutions are ropey, or the setup is flaky, but they suffered more timing problems than hockenheim.

    *Tries not to judge timing by the website. Struggles.

    Haven't seen it, hard to tell.

  • me11/01/2009 at 20:56

    *Tries not to judge timing by the website. Struggles.

    hehehe.

  • Andy Taylor - trying to break Lou's comment record one post at a time...11/01/2009 at 20:57

    Tries not to judge timing by the website. Struggles.

    :D

  • Lukeh11/01/2009 at 21:05

    I've just noticed this in DC's interview with Autosport:

    *'I'll still be in Melbourne. I'll be at the grands prix, I'll be travelling out there, I'll be doing the same routine'

    ...I thought the BBC were studio-presenting from London for F1? Or so I heard...

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 21:08

    either their solutions are ropey, or the setup is flaky, but they suffered more timing problems than hockenheim.

    normally timing in indoor karting is perfect because the reader has clear line of sight of the transponder and they are only about 6 feet apart at best. It's not like it is inside an F1 car with a load of electrics and passing the reader in all weathers at 200 mph.

  • Steven Roy11/01/2009 at 21:10

    did anyone go and see the BRCA stand by the way? (The radio controlled cars…)

    Yes I saw it, Those things are quick. I decided not to spend to much time there or I would have wanted one. I really do want one but had I stayed longer or got my hands on a controller it could have got expensive.

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 21:13

    …I thought the BBC were studio-presenting from London for F1? Or so I heard…

    That's what I was thinking. He's been suggesting all along that he's going to the races, as if the been hadn't told him...

  • Jon Waldock11/01/2009 at 21:13

    Yes I saw it, Those things are quick. I decided not to spend to much time there or I would have wanted one. I really do want one but had I stayed longer or got my hands on a controller it could have got expensive.

    amen to that, thats how i got hooked. i bought a car at the first Model Expo in 2004 i think, and then started racing club level and then got into National Level....

    so.very.much.money

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 21:15

    as if the been hadn’t told him

    (the beeb)

  • me11/01/2009 at 21:15

    christine would've posted this, but she's passed out again.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 21:16

    christine would’ve posted this, but she’s passed out again.

    hehehe!

  • Dave in NZL11/01/2009 at 21:16

    Franck. She hearts him.

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 21:17

    You should have got him to look to the camera and said "Hello, this is Franck Montagny and you're watching Sidepodcast TV." :D

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 21:17

    christine would’ve posted this, but she’s passed out again.

    I'm surprised she didn't as soon as she got home

  • Dom11/01/2009 at 21:19

    You should have got him to look to the camera and said “Hello, this is Franck Montagny and you’re watching Sidepodcast TV.”

    :D

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 21:22

    You should have got him to look to the camera and said “Hello, this is Franck Montagny and you’re watching Sidepodcast TV.”

    And how many times whould we have heard that on the next Debrief? ;)

  • me11/01/2009 at 21:23

    And how many times whould we have heard that on the next Debrief?

    ha. i'm sure he would've, he's a very nice chap. we're not good as this promotion business are we?

  • Lady Snowcat11/01/2009 at 21:25

    That's lovely for Christine but is there a reason why he has helmet hair today?....

  • Scott Woodwiss11/01/2009 at 21:28

    ha. i’m sure he would’ve, he’s a very nice chap. we’re not good as this promotion business are we?

    How are you going to run your own stand if you're not logical enough to get Christine's favourite driver to promote the show? ;)

    I'm joking of course :)

  • Alianora La Canta11/01/2009 at 21:28

    Disappointingly, no one came to my stand to say hello {Stuart C}

    I wanted to, but there were certain problems preventing me. The first time I saw you, you came out of the F1 Racing office while I was stuck towards the back of a massive queue for Martin and Alex Brundle. I pointed you out to Dad and explained who you were, but decided that shouting across three rows of queuing people would not be appreciated by crowd control (or indeed the eardrums of the queuers).

    The second time, you were interviewing Martin Brundle in the historic part of the F1 Racing stand (and doing a very good job of it too, I might add). Again, probably not a good time to shout "Hello!", especially since Martin had been kind enough to autograph a hat for me a few hours earlier. You left by the opposite end of the stand to where Dad and I were - very sensible since it was the side nearest the F1 Racing rest area, but not easy to get to when there's a throng of people in the way.

    Sorry I didn't get to talk to you, but let me assure you that you did a good job yesterday :)

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 21:29

    That’s lovely for Christine but is there a reason why he has helmet hair today?….

    The man has a 50% share in a salon business. Chances are it's the height of fashion.

  • Alianora La Canta11/01/2009 at 21:30

    My guess is that a lap only takes 1 minute? Just put the decimal place in the wrong area? {R.G.}

    No - I'll let Christine and me explain in the podcast (or try), as it isn't worth spoiling the surprise element ;)

  • Lady Snowcat11/01/2009 at 21:33

    The man has a 50% share in a salon business. Chances are it’s the height of fashion.

    I wouldn't bank on it being a money spinner...

    Don't tell Christine but his receding hair line shown off by this style reminded me of Robert Kubica....

    But I am sure they are both very nice guys....

  • Christine11/01/2009 at 21:43

    Don’t tell Christine but his receding hair line shown off by this style...

    Hair styles can be changed but if you're born with a monotone, you're stuck with it.

  • R.G (Mr C was robbed)11/01/2009 at 22:06

    Alreet. Off te bed I am, good night to you all, if I can fall asleep for tomorrow, next time you hear from me, I'll either be estatic of what I have done in French, or in a frozen state still in the room with the tape still running.

    Night

  • me11/01/2009 at 22:07

    Alreet. Off te bed I am, good night to you all, if I can fall asleep for tomorrow, next time you hear from me, I’ll either be estatic of what I have done in French, or in a frozen state still in the room with the tape still running.

    good luck!!

  • Journeyer11/01/2009 at 23:09

    R.G (Mr C was robbed): 11/01/2009 at 22:06

    Alreet. Off te bed I am, good night to you all, if I can fall asleep for tomorrow, next time you hear from me, I’ll either be estatic of what I have done in French, or in a frozen state still in the room with the tape still running.

    Night

    Omelette du fromage... Omelette du fromage... (Dexter's Laboratory flashback. Hehehe.) :D

  • Spikey11/01/2009 at 23:49

    OMG! Dexters Lab!!!!!! great stuff!!!!

    Not quite in the Fillmore class, but close!

  • Stuart C12/01/2009 at 08:31

    Morning all,

    there was a collection of attractive ladies beside your stand, but we didn’t see you there either

    Well, you will turn up on a trade day! I didn't do quite so many 'talks' outside the scheduled interviews on Friday because the show isn't advertised as open to the public (still, quite a few turn up!). Plus it was quite a long stand, with two subs 'pods', which meant that periodically I had to scuttle back into my hidey-hole and nurse my blisters.

    As to the matter of the choice of cars on the stand... as you can imagine, this boils down to which cars the teams are actually prepared to release for public view (the Ferrari was actually loaned by Bridgestone). Some people behave abominably at shows – for instance, on Thursday someone came close to pushing the McLaren off its podium – and many teams just aren't prepared to take that risk. The Exhibitions dept really do spend months trying to get hold of them, so what you see is the best available. It's very unrealistic to expect to see 2009 cars, given that most of them haven't even been launched yet!

    interviewing Pirro is probably an overstatement. Putting a mic in his hand and then shutting him up 10 minutes later is probably closer to the mark.

    He really enjoyed the show, partly because he'd never been to anything on that scale before, but also because he was pleased to see so many people still wanting his autograph. Murray was also tremendous – and also rather impish. He doesn't like having a 'minder' so he's always determined to give them the slip. After his first appearance he handed me the microphone and disappeared stage left, leaving the chap from MotorsTV flummoxed.

  • Alianora La Canta12/01/2009 at 10:15

    As to the matter of the choice of cars on the stand… as you can imagine, this boils down to which cars the teams are actually prepared to release for public view (the Ferrari was actually loaned by Bridgestone). {Stuart C - previous comment}

    I thought the combination of cars was slightly unusual - 2008 mixed with 2007, a Ferrari that may have been older and a Renault of indeterminate vintage (Dad and I couldn't agree on what year it was because I was trying to judge it from the front and Dad was trying to judge it from the back).

    The McLaren looked incredibly popular - there were throngs of people round it - but why did people feel the need to push it off the podium? Didn't they think about the consequences or are they just not capable of reading?!?

    I was pleased to see that at least Force India had sent a 2008 car (yes, I know it would have been a lot of hassle to repaint a previous one, but Midland repainted an EJ13 for the Moscow launch in 2005...). Also kudos to BMW for having two F1 cars at the show, even if it was slightly confusing when the 2008 model was in the middle of a bunch of BMW road cars...

  • Alianora La Canta12/01/2009 at 10:21

    He [Emmanuele Pirro] really enjoyed the show {Stuart C - 2 comments ago}

    Glad to hear it - I got that impression by the big grins on his face every time I saw him. He is really good at conveying what sportscar driving is like.

    After his first appearance he [Murray Walker] handed me the microphone and disappeared stage left, leaving the chap from MotorsTV flummoxed. {Stuart C - 2 comments ago}

    That's hilarious :D Murray was well in command of the interview session I saw and his sheer unpredictability is priceless. No wonder the entire hall stopped moving when Murray opened his mouth.