Hello there, it's Christine. I am covering for RG today as he has taken to the books to begin studying for exams. We wish him all the best of luck, but also know that he won't need it because he's a clever little soul. I am in the midst of working out the new daily rotas, so if you have expressed a desire to write for us, please bear with me as I get to grips with it all.

Moving on. Hey look at that! We're halfway through May already. Is time flying for you? It certainly is for me. We're rushing headlong into another back-to-back race weekend situation as well, with Spain and then Monaco rapidly approaching us. We'll be expecting more action like we saw in Turkey, like this photo from the opening lap.

Red Bull lead in Turkey

Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Red Bull lead in Turkey

However, there's an entire week to get through first, and this is Monday, so it is time to begin the week. On Twitter:

Just back from weekend in austria helping to open revamped redbullring..photos to follow..


AussieGrit's Twitter avatarAussieGrit

And there are, indeed, photos on his Twitter account. We are pondering what this revamp will mean - could the A1 Ring return to Formula One?

Whilst we've mentioned Twitter, it's worth mentioning to look out today as I'll be posting my Tweets of the Week later on. Ten of the best updates, 140 characters or less. Such fun!

Yesterday I wrote about the game Real Racing 2 on the iPad 2, which is a game that even really rubbish people at racing games can win. Trust me, I am one of those!

A quick plug for Maverick's most excellent post on Elio de Angelis which is great reading if you like your F1 history.

Yesterday, we watched a bit of Formula 1 on TV, when Richard Hammond took his engineering mind to the sport on the BBC. I apologise to those outside the UK, but it was a good show, not massively in depth but great for those who want an introduction into the concepts that go into making fast cars. Also, you get to see a fuel tank outside the car and it's all bendy! So cool!

Finally, if you are a follower of Leo Laporte of TWiT fame, you'll know that he's moving into a new studio. I'm a massive Leo fan, he's pretty much the inspiration for a lot of the podcasting efforts we do. He's selling bricks in his new studio, and they can feature a message. Does anyone else think we should have a Sidepodcast brick within Leo's studio? I reckon we could do that via Paypal, what do you think? If you feel like donating towards the cause, check the right hand side of the homepage for the big yellow buttons. We could get our name up in lights etched stone!

That will do it for me today. Happy Monday everyone, keep smiling, and I will see you in the comments.

163 responses

  • Mr C15/05/2011 at 23:19

    Also, you get to see a fuel tank outside the car and it's all bendy! So cool!

    the last time i saw an actual f1 fuel tank was because jenson button had a secret second tank to make his car faster. #goodtimes

  • Leigh O'Gorman15/05/2011 at 23:26

    Hey folks,

    Not long back from Snetterton. WHat goes on?

  • Steven Roy15/05/2011 at 23:28

    Not long back from Snetterton. WHat goes on?

    I heard Magnussen had a good weekend

  • Leigh O'Gorman15/05/2011 at 23:29

    I heard Magnussen had a good weekend

    Pretty much every overtake he did was around the outside...

  • Steven Roy15/05/2011 at 23:30

    Pretty much every overtake he did was around the outside...

    I read that. Obviously inherited some of his old man's talent. I hope he has a better attitude

  • Leigh O'Gorman15/05/2011 at 23:30

    Pretty much every overtake he did was around the outside...

    Around the outside f turn 1 for a win... twice!! After a shaky first couple of rounds, it was a great job.

  • Leigh O'Gorman15/05/2011 at 23:30

    I read that. Obviously inherited some of his old man's talent. I hope he has a better attitude

    Read it? Where may I ask..?

  • Steven Roy15/05/2011 at 23:32

    Read it? Where may I ask..?

    Autosport I think

  • Leigh O'Gorman15/05/2011 at 23:33

    Autosport I think

    Gahhhh... they're amateurs (probably)

    ;)

  • Steven Roy15/05/2011 at 23:33

    Gahhhh... they're amateurs (probably)

    :D

  • Sidepodcast Update15/05/2011 at 23:45
  • Jeremy16/05/2011 at 01:50

    i think a lot of people here will get a laugh out of this video from the new york times regarding photography apps for iphone:

    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/04/28/technology/personaltech/100000000795257/apps-for-photographers.html

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 02:08

    i think a lot of people here will get a laugh out of this video from the new york times regarding photography apps for iphone:

    video.nytimes.com…hotographers.html

    :)

  • Sidepodcast Update16/05/2011 at 05:45
  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 06:41

    Morning. My Azeri colleague was very happy about his homeland's Eurovision win :)

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 07:18

    Morning. My Azeri colleague was very happy about his homeland's Eurovision win :)

    OMG, he's brought cake later to celebrate! :D

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 07:21

    OMG, he's brought cake later to celebrate! :D

    Hehe!

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 08:03

    So i was just casually walking past the newspaper...

    and... http://gulfnews.com/sport/football/maradona-to-be-al-wasl-boss-1.808333

    Maradona, as in the actual Argentinian bloke is going to coach the team i supported here as a kid.

    WTF??? I think the next most famous person to have been at the club once sat on Herta Berlins Subs bench in 1993

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 08:15

    I see Mr. Rubython is at it again, this time about Richard Burton: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13399439

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 09:06

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang For Sale

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13405700

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 09:20

    morning all

  • Amy16/05/2011 at 09:41

    The dessert from the ad is finally on masterchef! Turns out it's cherry sorbet covered in coconut icecream covered in sponge covered in meringue. I won't be making one.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 09:41

    The dessert from the ad is finally on masterchef! Turns out it's cherry sorbet covered in coconut icecream covered in sponge covered in meringue. I won't be making one.

    Sounds interesting

  • Amy16/05/2011 at 09:45

    Sounds interesting

    I'm sad there is no custard aferall but it still looks good

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:21

    off topic comments over here (gavin)

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:21

    off topic comments over here (gavin)

    Which one?

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:22

    Which one?

    really don't want a discussion about rachel's fab badger post in the photographers thread.

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:23

    really don't want a discussion about rachel's fab badger post in the photographers thread.

    That's a bit harsh. It's one sentence referring to that while the rest of the comment was on topic.

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:25

    That's a bit harsh. It's one sentence referring to that while the rest of the comment was on topic.

    i know, but you know what will happen, rachel will come back and say "thanks gavin i had a great time in turkey", and you'll say "yeah, we had a great time in spa last year". etc.

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 10:25

    i know, but you know what will happen, rachel will come back and say "thanks gavin i had a great time in turkey", and you'll say "yeah, we had a great time in spa last year". etc.

    Someone got out the wrong side of bed today!

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 10:25

    Ping --> Public Transport’s Ping-Pong Ball

    http://theformulaoneandmotorsportsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/public-transports-ping-pong-ball/

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:28

    Someone got out the wrong side of bed today!

    it happens all the time, i'm not picking on gavin specifically, i deleted this conversation yesterday too:

    - "i only popped in for a few minutes, am off now"

    - "bye x"

    - "see ya x"

    - "yeah, bye x"

    we have daily posts for just these things. but yes, i might have a hangover. apologies.

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:28

    i know, but you know what will happen, rachel will come back and say "thanks gavin i had a great time in turkey", and you'll say "yeah, we had a great time in spa last year". etc.

    Oooh, how did you know I was going to say that? ;)

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 10:30

    Oooh, how did you know I was going to say that? ;)

    :)

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:31

    it happens all the time, i'm not picking on gavin specifically, i deleted this conversation yesterday too:

    Fair enough. I've tried really hard to keep comments on topic and have been really careful not to post them in the wrong thread lately.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 10:31

    {Grumble}

    I think I've got a cold coming...

    :/

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 10:31

    OMG, he's brought cake later to celebrate! :D

    Yum :)

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:32

    Fair enough. I've tried really hard to keep comments on topic and have been really careful not to post them in the wrong thread lately.

    tis okay, this one is important though, lots of non-spc people are reading it.

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:32

    Yum :)

    It's only 90 minutes away!

  • Amy16/05/2011 at 10:33

    tis okay, this one is important though, lots of non-spc people are reading it.

    thats scary enough to keep me from posting in it, ever :D

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 10:34

    thats scary enough to keep me from posting in it, ever :D

    ha :)

  • Alex Andronov16/05/2011 at 10:34

    So #nopolitics obv but I like that people are starting to visualise proposals more now that we have the web. For example the proposal about the future of parental leave after child birth:

    http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/modernworkplaces/visualisation/#none

    It's a really really really complicated thing to understand and I think it's pretty neat that they have drawn both options out.

  • Alex Andronov16/05/2011 at 10:36

    Christine did you see that they were having problems selling TWIT bricks to non-us people? Boo

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 10:36

    It's a really really really complicated thing to understand and I think it's pretty neat that they have drawn both options out.

    Still looks quite complicated to me.

    Also, you are sneaky. Talking about babies but also mfc stuff. You've got away with it twice now :)

  • Alex Andronov16/05/2011 at 10:37

    Also, you are sneaky. Talking about babies but also mfc stuff. You've got away with it twice now :)

    I am pretty sneaky... it's important to remember that ;)

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 10:37

    Christine did you see that they were having problems selling TWIT bricks to non-us people? Boo

    Since he launched the international one?

  • Alex Andronov16/05/2011 at 10:37

    Still looks quite complicated to me.

    But imagine how much more complicated it would be if you tried to read it :)

  • Alex Andronov16/05/2011 at 10:37

    Since he launched the international one?

    Ignore me... oooooops

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 10:38

    thats scary enough to keep me from posting in it, ever :D

    I'd go back in, but it's a subject that tends to get me quite fired up and right now, I'm too tired, ill and am in work to really give it too much though

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 10:39

    It's a really really really complicated thing to understand and I think it's pretty neat that they have drawn both options out.

    Took me a while to realize the 2 options changed with a button and you didnt mean whether you chose to be a man or a woman :D

  • Amy16/05/2011 at 10:43

    I'd go back in, but it's a subject that tends to get me quite fired up and right now, I'm too tired, ill and am in work to really give it too much though

    I've mostly been reading it with a shocked look on my face going 'why so meeeeeeean'

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 10:44

    This looks awesome. they are remaking lunar-lander (nearly everyone must have played this) in 3D

    http://kotaku.com/5802163/one-of-the-oldest-video-games-makes-a-comeback

    Better still it will run in your browser!

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 10:45

    I've mostly been reading it with a shocked look on my face going 'why so meeeeeeean'

    I must be hard for Lou, great to have so many F1 snappers on Sidepodcast, but I would guess she doesnt want to upset anyone

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:45

    This looks awesome. they are remaking lunar-lander (nearly everyone must have played this) in 3D

    Oh my!

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 10:45

    I've mostly been reading it with a shocked look on my face going 'why so meeeeeeean'

    Me too! :)

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 10:45

    This looks awesome. they are remaking lunar-lander (nearly everyone must have played this) in 3D

    I spent a fortune learning not to smash the lander to bits when it was an arcade game. Seems so weird now that you had to go to an arcade to play video games

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:45

    This looks awesome. they are remaking lunar-lander (nearly everyone must have played this) in 3D

    I have that as a chrome app BTW. Love it!

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 10:46

    I've mostly been reading it with a shocked look on my face going 'why so meeeeeeean'

    It happens... I've heard some brilliant arguments on both sides, but also some absurd ones - later on maybe.

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 10:47

    I have that as a chrome app BTW. Love it!

    Do you have a link?

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 10:53

    Do you have a link?

    Not right now but I believe I found it in the chrome app store - it's an official Atari app.

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 10:54

    Not right now but I believe I found it in the chrome app store - it's an official Atari app.

    Ah, the classic one.

    I will have a look though, cheers!

  • Sidepodcast Update16/05/2011 at 11:45
  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 12:34

    Pretty much a confirmation of what we already know

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/13412925.stm

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 12:34

    Meanwhile, it's probably best to avoid Central London right now

  • The Boston Red Scott16/05/2011 at 12:46

    On the realtime page, the shuttle launch isn't in the drop down box of active pages. should it be?

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 12:47

    On the realtime page, the shuttle launch isn't in the drop down box of active pages. should it be?

    Problem is the post was written in April for the original launch date.

  • The Boston Red Scott16/05/2011 at 12:47

    Problem is the post was written in April for the original launch date.

    OK. Glad I'm not going crazy/blind.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 12:56

    Hmmmmm....

    @BenConsty: Once again I'm back at Sky looking for 3 races that evidently haven't been f**ing recorded...if it's not football they don't care!

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 12:57

    Oh and ex-Force India man Mark Smith started at Lotus today (which I didn't know about)

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 13:09

    Oh and ex-Force India man Mark Smith started at Lotus today (which I didn't know about)

    Probably because he started leaving Force India for there 12 months ago. There was some talk at the time but not much since.

  • RubberGoat16/05/2011 at 13:11

    We just had Eurovision cake! A big fruity layer cake with 'Azerbaijan' written on it, accompanied by the winning song. Apparently in Baku there was a huge party and people have already begun preparations!

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 14:53

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13408162

    Sammy Wanjiru has died aged 24. :( He was a talent in the marathon, set records.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 14:56

    Sammy Wanjiru has died aged 24. :( He was a talent in the marathon, set records.

    Very sad indeed

    :(

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 15:16

    I hadn't realised Marussia Virgin sponsored Carlin's FR3.5 team, here's Wickens

    http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/13273106

    Shame he crashed it.

    http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/13273112

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 15:17

    I hadn't realised Marussia Virgin sponsored Carlin's FR3.5 team, here's Wickens

    It's the same Manor GP team that are in a few junior formulae

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 15:18

    It's the same Manor GP team that are in a few junior formulae

    Caption said Carlin, makes more sense if it is Manor

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 15:21

    Caption said Carlin, makes more sense if it is Manor

    Actually just checked - it is Carlin. Oddly, they're a Red Bull backed team too...

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 15:22

    Does anyone fancy slapping some sense in Andrea Caldarelli? He's ditched a good level team in GP3 for a seat in Formula Nippon...

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 15:36

    Does anyone fancy slapping some sense in Andrea Caldarelli? He's ditched a good level team in GP3 for a seat in Formula Nippon...

    Obscurity beckons.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 15:37

    Obscurity beckons.

    2nd in the Championship after Turkey - seriously, what the...

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 15:38

    2nd in the Championship after Turkey - seriously, what the...

    Wow really? Odd move then.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 15:38

    Wow really? Odd move then.

    Aye - completely off the wall

  • Nick16/05/2011 at 16:05

    Does anyone fancy slapping some sense in Andrea Caldarelli? He's ditched a good level team in GP3 for a seat in Formula Nippon...

    Awesome move, their cars look like fish!

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:06

    Awesome move, their cars look like fish!

    The Nippon cars are great (Swift 0.17n chassis), but the series is motor racing's equivalent of the Sahara Desert

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 16:18

    Evening, I am now home from work :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:18

    Evening, I am now home from work :)

    Hmmm... I've still another hour left - not in the door 'til about half past seven

    :/

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 16:21

    For those not in /realtime, the 3rd practice session has started at Indy and there is a thread for it here:

    http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-indy-500-practice-sessions

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:21

    For those not in /realtime, the 3rd practice session has started at Indy and there is a thread for it here:

    sidepodcast.com/p…practice-sessions

    cheers pat

  • Bassano16/05/2011 at 16:32

    Good afternoon people

    So, is there a warm feeling about buying a TWIT Brick?

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:33

    So, is there a warm feeling about buying a TWIT Brick?

    what's a twit brick?

  • Bassano16/05/2011 at 16:34

    what's a twit brick?

    As mentioned in theDaily and at https://www.brickorder.com/twit/

  • Bassano16/05/2011 at 16:35

    what's a twit brick?

    Part of Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech studio refurb/rebuild project

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:38

    Part of Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech studio refurb/rebuild project

    Oh right.

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 16:39

    Part of Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech studio refurb/rebuild project

    You can even watch and listen to them working on it. The building already existed but they have totally stripped it out and are re-doing the inside

    bit.ly/twitdrop

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:40

    Someone just left a rather interesting comment on my blog Re: motor racing in Angola...

    Racing is a passion in independent Angola...

    last week end, Benguela hosted the "GP de Benguela", with motobykes, touring cars and Radical type cars....Karting is ON with a local Championship...every town has is own rally and speed racing events...

    The Benguela autodrome, next 21 rst may, will be 39 years old. The track is still there and Tuku Tuku club, the owner of the track, is studying some kind of solution for that area with local authorities.

    I was convinced it was closed down. Recent pictures of it show little more than a dirt track

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 16:40

    bit.ly/twitdrop

    www.bit.ly/twitdrop

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 16:40

    Does anyone fancy slapping some sense in Andrea Caldarelli? He's ditched a good level team in GP3 for a seat in Formula Nippon...

    To be fair, winning Formula Nippon makes a driver automatically eligible for a Superlicence and (I think) often pays money, but this is a serious gamble and even if it works, I think Andrea will need to do some time in GP2 to convince people he's not the next Yuji Ide.

  • Bassano16/05/2011 at 16:40

    bit.ly/twitdrop

    Must be lunch break now then :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:41

    I was convinced it was closed down. Recent pictures of it show little more than a dirt track

    Admittedly though, I still don't think Angola has an international racing authority to grand licenses.

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 16:42

    To be fair, winning Formula Nippon makes a driver automatically eligible for a Superlicence and (I think) often pays money, but this is a serious gamble and even if it works, I think Andrea will need to do some time in GP2 to convince people he's not the next Yuji Ide.

    The reason so many drivers went in the 80s and 90s was money. They were also encouraged to drive in more than one championship so they would do F3 or F Nippon and also do GT/sportscars

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 16:42

    Must be lunch break now then :D

    They have lots of those

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 16:43

    So, is there a warm feeling about buying a TWIT Brick?

    oooh, we gotta have one :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:44

    The reason so many drivers went in the 80s and 90s was money. They were also encouraged to drive in more than one championship so they would do F3 or F Nippon and also do GT/sportscars

    I think those days have gone though. Even in the 90's, Nippon was considered a last chance saloon - it'd be thought of even less now.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 16:44

    The reason so many drivers went in the 80s and 90s was money. They were also encouraged to drive in more than one championship so they would do F3 or F Nippon and also do GT/sportscars

    Very true. I still think multiple simultaneous series in junior formulae is beneficial to overall driver skill (Nico Hulkenburg is a good example), but Japan right now is probably not the best time/place to try it. Still, if the FNippon is paid it may be a more viable long-term solution than possibly running out of money (either during GP3 or on the transition to GP2).

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 16:45

    what's a twit brick?

    *daily*

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 16:46

    I think those days have gone though. Even in the 90's, Nippon was considered a last chance saloon - it'd be thought of even less now.

    Especially when the last person from there to do a F1 race was Yuji Ide. As a direct path, it's useless. Still, as a sidestep that could help progression a bit, I can think of much stupider ideas.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 16:48

    I can think of much stupider ideas.

    Cycling through London without a helmet is one.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 16:49

    Cycling through London without a helmet is one.

    Agreed!

  • Sidepodcast Update16/05/2011 at 17:45
  • Christine16/05/2011 at 18:36

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/tweets-of-the-week-and-your-specialist-subject-is

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 18:37

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91458

    A criminal complaint against Sutil

  • Journeyer16/05/2011 at 18:41

    www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91458

    A criminal complaint against Sutil

    Uh oh.

    One wonders if and when he'll be let go. You just know Hulk wants that seat. On the other hand, Gachot only lost his seat when he was sentenced to jail time. That said, Eddie liked his driving before the arrest. Not to mention, he had no 3rd driver ready to go and needed to look for a replacement.

  • Journeyer16/05/2011 at 18:42

    Uh oh.

    Also:

    “Furthermore, please note that Mr Eric Lux does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter.”

    Hmmm. That'll keep Lewis on his toes.

  • jpancoast16/05/2011 at 18:44

    my wife: "You'd go go kart racing with my parents in town!?"

    me: "yes, yes I would. I'm leading my class, I have to go!"

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 18:45

    Ping: http://www.f1minute.com/news/adrian-sutil-faces-criminal-complaint-from-genii-capitals-eric-lux

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 18:49

    me: "yes, yes I would. I'm leading my class, I have to go!"

    :)

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 18:49

    Ping: www.f1minute.com/…capitals-eric-lux

    You're right, that is a quick process. :)

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 18:51

    You're right, that is a quick process. :)

    hehe, there was a delay because she was writing tweets of the week at the time too.

    *stunned*

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 18:55

    A criminal complaint against Sutil

    Seems odd to take so long to do this

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 18:57

    my wife: "You'd go go kart racing with my parents in town!?"

    Why is there any connection between the two things unless they want to go karting too?

  • jpancoast16/05/2011 at 18:57

    Why is there any connection between the two things unless they want to go karting too?

    I'm guessing she wants me to spend time with them or something.

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 19:07

    after 4 days of commenting, i should probably go get something done for a change :)

  • Christine16/05/2011 at 19:08

    after 4 days of commenting, i should probably go get something done for a change :)

    I shoo you.

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 19:09

    after 4 days of commenting, i should probably go get something done for a change :)

    I wonder how easy it will be to drag you back to the comments

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 19:09

    A criminal complaint against Sutil

    Seems odd to take so long to do this

    I wonder if they would've bothered if it hadn't come out in the press

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 19:11

    I wonder if they would've bothered if it hadn't come out in the press

    If someone had glassed me I would be calling the cops immediately. I certainly wouldn't wait until they were on a different continent

  • jpancoast16/05/2011 at 19:14

    If someone had glassed me I would be calling the cops immediately. I certainly wouldn't wait until they were on a different continent

    and isn't/shouldn't the criminal complaint be filed in China, where it happened? (or will it be?). I tdoes sound awful weird that he waited this long.

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 19:16

    and isn't/shouldn't the criminal complaint be filed in China, where it happened? (or will it be?). I tdoes sound awful weird that he waited this long.

    No-one else other than maybe the FIA has any jurisdiction but the FIA can't exactly award damages or jail Sutil. All they can do is fine him or ban him and what does that achieve? Most people think Hulkenberg is a better driver so why take action that gives the opposition a better driver

  • Rubbergoat16/05/2011 at 19:25

    A criminal complaint against Sutil

    Oh dear. I find all of this really surprising.

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 19:27

    after 4 days of commenting, i should probably go get something done for a change :)

    I wonder how easy it will be to drag you back to the comments

    Pie!

  • James16/05/2011 at 19:28

    Am daily writing, (which feels odd in itself) is there anything anyone would like ncluding? :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 19:30

    Evening everyone

    Am daily writing, (which feels odd in itself) is there anything anyone would like ncluding? :)

    Can I possibly get this squeezed in please?

    http://theformulaoneandmotorsportsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/public-transports-ping-pong-ball/

    :)

  • James16/05/2011 at 19:34

    Can I possibly get this squeezed in please?

    I'll try. :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 19:52

    Football players refusing to learn...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/may/16/ajax-maarten-stekelenberg-drops-eredivisie-trophy

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 19:58

    Interesting news about Highcroft not entering Le Mans. Their muted IndyCar entry this year also fell by the wayside - I'd love to know what's going on...

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 19:58

    Football players refusing to learn...

    www.guardian.co.u…eredivisie-trophy

    Ihave never known that to happen before Real did it

  • Rubbergoat16/05/2011 at 19:59

    Interesting news about Highcroft not entering Le Mans. Their muted IndyCar entry this year also fell by the wayside - I'd love to know what's going on...

    They're blaming the troubles in Japan. SOunds like somthing more to me.

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 20:02

    Ihave never known that to happen before Real did it

    I love how the fan runs down the road after bus waving the shield in the air, celebrating

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman16/05/2011 at 20:03

    They're blaming the troubles in Japan. SOunds like somthing more to me.

    Something is definitely rumbling somewhere. Is part of the sportscar series about to dip?

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 20:04

    Something is definitely rumbling somewhere. Is part of the sportscar series about to dip?

    The ALMS is struggling to get LMP cars, but the ILMC isn't.

  • jpancoast16/05/2011 at 20:06

    The ALMS is struggling to get LMP cars, but the ILMC isn't.

    !?!? there are LMP cars in the ALMS!?!

    ;)

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 20:11

    !?!? there are LMP cars in the ALMS!?!

    Heh, GT race with a bit of a demonstration run at the same time

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:16

    Exciting times at my house. We've just received a load of free broken computers that are considerably faster than anything we currently have. Turns out at least two of them only had relatively minor faults (a laptop that needed its operating system reinstalling and a couple of connectors put back where they belonged and a desktop with a partition virus) and one of them may well be replacing mine in the next fortnight. Hopefully this will mean you won't have to put up with any more "Grr! Site X doesn't work for me but does for everyone else! Grrr!" rants...

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:16

    !?!? there are LMP cars in the ALMS!?!

    Heh, GT race with a bit of a demonstration run at the same time

    It was a bit of shock that the ILMC ended up taking so many more LMPs out of ALMS than LMS.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:18

    They're blaming the troubles in Japan. SOunds like somthing more to me.

    Lack of spares due to other teams crashing their cars, and also a lack of money (lots of teams are having trouble with this in sportscars and not just the prototype ones).

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 22:19

    one of them may well be replacing mine in the next fortnight.

    I am sure you will be very pleased about that

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:20

    Highcroft has also ended its relationship with Honda, so I wouldn't put money on seeing their LMP cars again this year, given the other clues given by Highcroft's various withdrawals.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:22

    I am sure you will be very pleased about that

    I am :) It's a 2.4GHz Celeron machine and just to highlight how technology's moved on, its onboard graphics chip is better than the add-on card my current one uses.

    As I understand it, there are 2 more desktops to be sorted through in this batch.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:34

    No-one else other than maybe the FIA has any jurisdiction but the FIA can't exactly award damages or jail Sutil. All they can do is fine him or ban him and what does that achieve? Most people think Hulkenberg is a better driver so why take action that gives the opposition a better driver

    The FIA wouldn't be trying to punish the team - they'd be trying to punish Adrian as an individual and send a message to anyone else who might consider putting themselves in similar situations. The effect on the team would be irrelevant to them, just as it was 20 years ago when this team was last in this situation.

    The criminal complaint could be filed in France because the victim is French but I would imagine the judge would ask for it to be heard in a Chinese court under Chinese law. As for why it wasn't filed at the time - well, Mr Lux was getting stitches initially and after that probably needed to get out of the country as fast as possible to avoid breaching the visa length. Medical treatment is exempted from visa time restrictions but I don't think there's an exemption for co-operating with police enquiries in China. I may be wrong on that, though.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:35

    I wonder if they would've bothered if it hadn't come out in the press

    Good point.

  • Pat W16/05/2011 at 22:38

    This is fun. @Stefmara took a pic of the shuttle launch from a nearby commercial flight. It has been retweeted countless times in the last few hours.

    Here's another Photo of the shuttle from my plane. http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

    So then she tweets this:

    Anyone want to hire me??? http://linkd.in/mn8QWe #jobs #sportsbiz #worldfamousiphonephotographer

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 22:41

    Here's another Photo of the shuttle from my plane. http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

    Great shot

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:41

    “Furthermore, please note that Mr Eric Lux does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter.”

    I'm taking a wild guess that if we were given the names of the other people whom Eric is considering prosecuting, we wouldn't recognise any of the names.

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 22:53

    I'm taking a wild guess that if we were given the names of the other people whom Eric is considering prosecuting, we wouldn't recognise any of the names.

    lewis hamilton

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 22:54

    and one of them may well be replacing mine in the next fortnight.

    brilliant, now we just need to replace the operator ;)

    #imonlyjoking

    #paranoidaboutpeopleparanoid

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:55

    lewis hamilton

    If he left as soon as it kicked off, would he be getting charged? I can see him being summoned as a witness but that doesn't mean he was in the brawl itself.

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:55

    brilliant, now we just need to replace the operator ;)

    :D

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 22:55

    brilliant, now we just need to replace the operator ;)

    I thought you were too busy to comment. Or has Christine gone to bed?

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 22:56

    I thought you were too busy to comment. Or has Christine gone to bed?

    Hopefully the latter - the row could be frightful otherwise.

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 22:58

    If he left as soon as it kicked off, would he be getting charged

    that's the only other name that has been mentioned and he's friends with sutil. i'm only guessing, but i wouldn't be surprised if the other person is someone known to us.

  • Mr C16/05/2011 at 22:59

    I thought you were too busy to comment. Or has Christine gone to bed?

    thought i oughta check the daily is ok :)

    #confidential

  • Alianora La Canta16/05/2011 at 23:00

    thought i oughta check the daily is ok :)

    :D

  • Steven Roy16/05/2011 at 23:00

    thought i oughta check the daily is ok :)

    :D