Hello everyone, Thursday is upon us once more which means we've broken the back of the week, it is nearly race weekend!

Congratulations to Anthony Davidson (and Carrie!) on the birth of son Rohan yesterday! He says he's overwhelmed already.

As Gavin mentioned in yesterday's post, the new Silverstone Wing was officially opened this week and there's now an official video of the launch. Despite the silly name, the place looks fantastic now it is completed, I must admit to being a little sceptical when the plans were announced but was won over a bit when I saw it in person (under construction) last year and it looks even better now. Not quite convinced by the 'best in world' claims but it puts it right there amongst the best.

I love the idea of having the podium angled towards the fans at Club. I'm less sure of the idea of having a sort of garden in pitlane.

Wondering about the Magic Paddle which MercedesGP are using this year? Let's take a wander over to the Giggles Technology Centre to find out more about this unique device.

Did you see this test flight for the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo? This was a 'feather' test, as it descends from space the tail is locked into a different position and the whole thing acts like a feather, slowing it down to a safe speed to glide through the atmosphere to the runway. This was the first time it had been demonstrated by the actual machine, which for the test was dropped from the carrier plane 'White Knight'. Once the feathering is engaged it all looks a bit perilous and I'm not sure I'd want to be on board with it moving around like that!

Leigh tells us the first ever F1 Archive podcast is on the way, so keep an eye or ear out for that.

We've mentioned before the Twitter hashtag #firstworldproblems - I'm not sure if this has been found before but check out White Whine on the same theme!

Practice sessions for the Indy 500 keep being rained out - you don't want to be doing 220mph on an oval with no run-off. The drivers are sitting around all day, they are getting bored... then this 'planking' craze appears in Australia, and the Aussie drivers learn about it... it quickly spreads through the paddock! (If you do this, do it safely!)

F1 Weekend

I'm looking forward to the Spanish GP, and I haven't said that for a few years. I really hope the 2011 rules are going to transform this race into something worth watching. I'm not asking for fireworks, just some action compared to the boring procession it usually is! At the time of writing the DRS zone hasn't been announced as far as I can see with a cursory check, but it isn't too much of a stretch to assume it'll be the main straight. I think that'll bring the cars close enough together to see some real battles at La Caixa.

Speaking of La Caixa, I'd been pronouncing it the British way "La Caicksa" for nigh on 15 years, until I visited my sister in Spain last year and discovered they say the letter 'x' like a soft 'sh', so it is "La Caisha". I had no idea! Since then I've noticed Matt Roberts on the BBC MotoGP coverage pronounces Spanish X's as "sh" too.

Think you know about the Spanish GP? Take the quiz and find out! I only got a pitiful 3 out of 10.

After you've done the quiz, check out these excellent information posts..

- Race Information

- Preview & Track Facts

Other Racing This Weekend

Turning away from F1, the interest elsewhere this week is on the ovals with the highlights being Kimi in NASCAR, and the qualifying sessions for the Indy 500 (with Scott Speed joining in).

  • NASCAR - All three series are in action this weekend and one of those is a very special event: the debut of Kimi Räikkonen in the Truck Series at Charlotte on Friday night. This was such a surprise to me, I can't wait to find out how he gets on! Of note for UK people with Sky TV, go to Premier Sports (ch.433) from 1am Saturday morning to watch the race for free, they are waiving their subscription for this one-off event.
  • Elsewhere in the world of NASCAR, the non-points All-Star Race is on Saturday night, and there's a Nationwide Series race in Iowa on Sunday.
  • IndyCar Pole Day & Bump Day - This weekend features qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Saturday is Pole Day, the top 2/3rds of the field will be set in the long first session and that'll be followed by a Pole session for the top 9 fastest drivers. Sunday is Bump Day, so-called because once 33 drivers have set a time, the only way into the field is to 'bump' somebody else out of it - and remember this is one-at-a-time qualifying over a four lap average. The drama on both days is intense! This should be the most meaningful and exciting Bump Day in 15 years as for once it will feature actual bumping, there are many more cars than there are spots in the field.
  • GP2 & GP3 Barcelona - the second weekend for F1's official support series
  • F3 International Trophy - After a short hiatus the long-running Pau Grand Prix returns for Formula 3 cars competing in the FIA's brand new International Trophy.
  • V8 Supercars are at Winton.
  • The Blancpain Endurance Series for GT3 and GT4 cars have their second ever meeting, at Navarra in Spain. This is run by the people who run FIA GT1 but I'm not sure of the quality of the field just yet.

As usual I'll be investigating the race start times for these later tonight, so check www.toomuchracing.com tomorrow for more information.

I hope you have a great day!

410 responses

  • Kathi19/05/2011 at 01:44

    I hope you have a great day!

    It's snowing!! http://aijaa.com/v.php?i=008298061133.jpg

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 01:55

    It's snowing!! aijaa.com/v.php?i…=008298061133.jpg

    Delivering sheep in the snow can't be much fun

  • Kathi19/05/2011 at 02:04

    Delivering sheep in the snow can't be much fun

    The older lambs and their mums were outside already, we had to catch them again and find some space in the sheep house. It's a bit cramped at the moment.

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 02:06

    The older lambs and their mums were outside already, we had to catch them again and find some space in the sheep house. It's a bit cramped at the moment.

    I guess you can't have little lambs running around in the snow. I suppose the sheep house was not designed with a thousand additional lambs in mind.

  • Sidepodcast Update19/05/2011 at 05:45
  • Nick19/05/2011 at 06:14

    Ive just been sent the most appealing groupon ever. 4 nights at the fairmont in monaco with a balcony overlooking the track for less than a grand...

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 07:42

    Ive just been sent the most appealing groupon ever. 4 nights at the fairmont in monaco with a balcony overlooking the track for less than a grand...

    struggling to fill the place?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 07:43

    struggling to fill the place?

    I guess so... want want want

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 07:48

    I guess so... want want want

    overlooking Portier I think

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 07:50

    I guess so... want want want

    It's my birthday soon ;)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 07:51

    It's my birthday soon ;)

    Would you be angry if i took 2 days off next weekend after you leave? :)

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 07:53

    Would you be angry if i took 2 days off next weekend after you leave? :)

    I'm not entirely sure that angry would cover it...

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 07:57

    morning everyone

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 07:59

    I'm not entirely sure that angry would cover it...

    It will have to be a work thing then...

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:01

    morning Leigh

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:01

    morning mav,

    how are you today?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:02

    Early Thursday Ping -->

    http://theformulaoneandmotorsportsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/planking-at-indianapolis/

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:03

    overlooking Portier I think

    oh no, overlook the hairpin

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:03

    how are you today?

    at a loss for what to do today

    how are you?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:04

    at a loss for what to do today

    how are you?

    Not too bad. A bit tired, but with stuff to do today - ho hum.

    :)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:05

    Ive just been sent the most appealing groupon ever. 4 nights at the fairmont in monaco with a balcony overlooking the track for less than a grand...

    Starting from 5776 € for a 4-night stay according to their website, that's quite some deal

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:09

    Starting from 5776 € for a 4-night stay according to their website, that's quite some deal

    Wow - over €1400 per night. I think I'll stay in that weekend

    ;)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:11

    Wow - over €1400 per night. I think I'll stay in that weekend

    there'll be some idiot paying that who doesn't know the GP is in town and spend the entire weekend complaining about the noise

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:12

    there'll be some idiot paying that who doesn't know the GP is in town and spend the entire weekend complaining about the noise

    There are people who recently moved to Francorchamps doing that right now

  • F1Wolf19/05/2011 at 08:13

    Wow - over €1400 per night. I think I'll stay in that weekend

    well, sounds bad but if it offers the view of the track it is not such a bad deal given the cost of tickets in Monaco ...

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 08:15

    There are people who recently moved to Francorchamps doing that right now

    don't get me started on brandshatch's neighbours

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 08:24

    Morning..

    Ive just been sent the most appealing groupon ever. 4 nights at the fairmont in monaco with a balcony overlooking the track for less than a grand...

    Starting from 5776 € for a 4-night stay according to their website, that's quite some deal

    Does it say who the package operator is?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:26

    Does it say who the package operator is?

    Bernie Inc.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 08:33

    Bernie Inc.

    Sounds like it might be through a company I used to work for

  • F1Wolf19/05/2011 at 08:38

    finally got to reading the Turkey GP+ mag. Liked the Isle of Man movie article. Most of the riders in the article race every year in Macau and most of them party on Sat night after the race in a pub with the fans - very different bunch compared with the F1 drivers ...

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:39

    very different bunch compared with the F1 drivers ...

    Part of my extended family are bike riders, some of whom have done the TT - the word "nutters" comes to mind

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 08:40

    Ooh I need to find out if Kimis race is live on tv here. I assume it will be somewhere.

  • F1Wolf19/05/2011 at 08:41

    Part of my extended family are bike riders, some of whom have done the TT - the word "nutters" comes to mind

    yes, people who dare to ride bikes in places like Macau (or Isle of Man) can't be called anything else.

    friend of mine is close to being a nutter but despite the best efforts of his buddies he never agreed to even go for a ride in Macau ... he says he is mad but not suicidal :-)

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:41

    Ooh I need to find out if Kimis race is live on tv here. I assume it will be somewhere.

    Not sure about Australasian TV, but I can't imagine there not being loads of streams

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 08:44

    "North Carolina Education Lottery 200: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 200-mile, fender-banging, bumper-to-bumper battle for the glory."

    Is that the one? If so, 9.30 Saturday morning live on Speed. Sometimes I'm pleased I finally got around to getting my non-pay tv installed.

  • F1Wolf19/05/2011 at 08:44

    talking about nutters ... photo of nutter

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:46

    "North Carolina Education Lottery 200: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 200-mile, fender-banging, bumper-to-bumper battle for the glory."

    That's it. It's a special broadcast for the Kimi race I believe, because they're showing it like that here too

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 08:46

    That's it. It's a special broadcast for the Kimi race I believe, because they're showing it like that here too

    I did a search for Nascar and it found 2 pages of results, I think they just show it 24/7 on Speed here :D

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 08:50

    ahh good its also being repeated 3 times because the chances of me waking up at 9.30 on a Saturday are slim to none.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 08:51

    ahh good its also being repeated 3 times because the chances of me waking up at 9.30 on a Saturday are slim to none.

    :)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 09:14

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 09:15

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    Very nice - it's very urgent (as it were)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 09:16

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    I saw it on Posterous but seeing it on the actual site is much better :)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 09:17

    Very nice - it's very urgent (as it were)

    Urgent?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 09:17

    Urgent?

    It grabs you.

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 09:18

    It grabs you.

    Righto.

  • James19/05/2011 at 09:19

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    I love it. I know imagine you with a stopwatch each time you record F1 Minute :)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 09:20

    I love it. I know imagine you with a stopwatch each time you record F1 Minute :)

    i now imagine it sounding like Countdown

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 09:43

    i now imagine it sounding like Countdown

    Hehehe that's what I thought. I've been humming the tune the whole way out to the shop and back. Love the banner though :P

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 09:48

    Hehehe that's what I thought. I've been humming the tune the whole way out to the shop and back. Love the banner though :P

    Which Shop? :)

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 09:51

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    Awesome

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 09:52

    Which Shop? :)

    Park n shop. I'm not going near that silly samosa shop ever again

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 09:52

    Part of my extended family are bike riders, some of whom have done the TT - the word "nutters" comes to mind

    Someone in the family was a fairly well known superbike rider at national level, I don't know him though. He had to stop for some reason.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 09:52

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    Tick..Tick... Tick.. Boom!

    Love it :)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 09:52

    Pat, have I already made TMRG picks this week? Can't remember

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 09:52

    Park n shop. I'm not going near that silly samosa shop ever again

    There was nearly blood spilled last night when a vegetable samosa was found to contain a meat like substance

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 09:53

    Pat, have I already made TMRG picks this week? Can't remember

    Dunno, I don't really look at it until Thursday nights.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 09:53

    Dunno, I don't really look at it until Thursday nights.

    I better check then

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 09:53

    Ping: Should Indian GP Move for Bahrain?

    http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=6679

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 09:54

    Has everyone seen the fancy new F1Minute header? http://www.f1minute.com/

    Hehe, the favicon confused me for a second there, because its a bit like the Firefox loading ticker which appears in the tab until the page loads :)

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 09:55

    There was nearly blood spilled last night when a vegetable samosa was found to contain a meat like substance

    It's lamb. I wasn't impressed at all.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 09:59

    Ping: Should Indian GP Move for Bahrain?

    Still can't believe it's being considered.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 09:59

    Ooh I need to find out if Kimis race is live on tv here. I assume it will be somewhere.

    Kimi news;

    It took him an hour or two at Gresham to get up to speed, but when we got to Rockingham, in four laps, he'd run faster than we'd been there testing

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91490

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 10:00

    Oops sorry, I don't remember pressing the link button on that first bit of text

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 10:00

    Oops sorry, I don't remember pressing the link button on that first bit of text

    I probably did thought because FF was having a funny

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 10:05

    I probably did thought because FF was having a funny

    *though

    Can I have new hands please? :)

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 10:29

    Ooh I need to find out if Kimis race is live on tv here. I assume it will be somewhere.

    JTV shows all the NASCAR races, in case you don't find any on your local telly.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 10:30

    JTV shows all the NASCAR races, in case you don't find any on your local telly.

    I'm sooo not that dedicated to the Kimi cause :D

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 10:36

    I'm sooo not that dedicated to the Kimi cause

    Hahahahaha! :D

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 10:42

    Morning, Just been for a run: http://runkeeper.com/user/RubberGoat/activity/36050427

    Love the F1 Minute Header!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 10:42

    HI Gavin,

    How are you today?

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 10:42

    Morning, Just been for a run: runkeeper.com/use…activity/36050427

    eek, miles!

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 10:44

    How are you today?

    Fine, but knackered! Just had Paella for lunch though so I'm quite content. You?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 10:45

    Fine, but knackered! Just had Paella for lunch though so I'm quite content. You?

    Tired and getting tireder. Having one of those days in work now, but at least the week is nearly three-quarters through

    :)

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 10:46

    Love the F1 Minute Header!

    Now THAT is a logo! :D

    When do we get a full-blown SPC logo?

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 10:48

    Tired and getting tireder. Having one of those days in work now, but at least the week is nearly three-quarters through

    Mine finishes in 3 hours - we have a bank holiday tomorrow and the outlaws are coming over for the weekend... :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 10:50

    Mine finishes in 3 hours - we have a bank holiday tomorrow and the outlaws are coming over for the weekend... :)

    nice

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 10:50

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91491

    Didn't anyone tell him that Ferrari are quitting F1? ;-)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 10:52

    When do we get a full-blown SPC logo?

    I think there's more to do on F1M, then I think it's FBFB's turn next.

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 10:52

    Morning, Just been for a run: runkeeper.com/use…activity/36050427

    Turtle!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 10:54

    I think there's more to do on F1M, then I think it's FBFB's turn next.

    Listened to the podcast you and Mr C guested on last night - nice effort by the chap involved. Was interesting to hear Crofty's story about getting into F1

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 10:54

    Morning, Just been for a run: runkeeper.com/use…activity/36050427

    phew, got my km back. Now your run makes sense to me :D

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 10:54

    Listened to the podcast you and Mr C guested on last night - nice effort by the chap involved. Was interesting to hear Crofty's story about getting into F1

    Gonna blog it shortly.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 10:55
  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 10:56

    Listened to the podcast you and Mr C guested on last night - nice effort by the chap involved. Was interesting to hear Crofty's story about getting into F1

    Which one was this?

  • James19/05/2011 at 11:00

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    Didn't anyone tell him that Ferrari are quitting F1? ;-)

    :)

    he'll have been in F1 for 16 years by the end of the new deal....

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:01

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    Didn't anyone tell him that Ferrari are quitting F1?

    he'll have been in F1 for 16 years by the end of the new deal....

    15 (not including 2002). That'll take him to 3rd in the most-races-entered record.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:02

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    even I don't plan that far ahead. That's terrifying.

  • James19/05/2011 at 11:03

    15 (not including 2002). That'll take him to 3rd in the most-races-entered record.

    he was still in F1 in 02, just a test driver (back when they had something do) ;)

    I can see him possibly retiring then, depending of course how the the next few years go.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:04

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    I wonder what happens when nobody at ferrari knows how to build a 4 cylinder engine?

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 11:04

    even I don't plan that far ahead. That's terrifying.

    seems shortsighted, I think Ferrari will struggle with change to small turbos

    unless Alonso knows something we don't

  • James19/05/2011 at 11:05

    unless Alonso knows something we don't

    they'll be all sort of clauses in it so he can get out I expect.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:05

    ooh in total I have been running for 10 hours 39 minutes and have gone 92.05km. I like stats like that :)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:05

    Turtle!

    The turtle is back!

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 11:06

    Which one was this?

    http://sidepodcast.com/post/a-chat-with-andy-meyrick-david-croft-and-the-sidepodcrew

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:06

    they'll be all sort of clauses in it so he can get out I expect.

    His contract may have yearly or performances clauses - they're just options that may or may not be activated at the end of each year

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:07

    Which one was this?

    sidepodcast.com/p…d-the-sidepodcrew

    Thanks - love the new audio player thingy!

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 11:07

    Thanks - love the new audio player thingy!

    Not ours, just an embed. Mr C will probably tell me off!

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:08

    Not ours, just an embed. Mr C will probably tell me off!

    Ah, I thought it was like the one for F1Minute?

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 11:09

    Ah, I thought it was like the one for F1Minute?

    It looks like it, but the F1 Minute one isn't Flash and is therefore much better :)

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:11
  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:14

    Which one was this?

    sidepodcast.com/p…d-the-sidepodcrew

    I'm looking forward to hearing the parts that weren't in the previously posted chat, later on.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:14

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    even I don't plan that far ahead. That's terrifying.

    I take your 2016 and raise you 2034

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91493

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:14

    Marmite mouse?

    You either love it or hate it ;)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 11:15

    I take your 2016 and raise you 2034

    Wow!!

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:15

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    So he'll be there until he's 35. I think he'll retire after that.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:15

    I take your 2016 and raise you 2034

    Suddenly I understand how Mr C feels when I start talking about going places :)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:15

    I take your 2016 and raise you 2034

    They'll still be racing the same cars then too!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:16

    Are any folks here from the Spa trip from last year?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:16

    *probably could have worded that better

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:16

    Are any folks here from the Spa trip from last year?

    yes

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:17

    Are any folks here from the Spa trip from last year?

    roger roger

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:17

    yes

    roger roger

    Can you remember if the town of Francorchamps is near the circuit itself?

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:17

    They'll still be racing the same cars then too!

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:19

    If circuits could get points, I'd offer them to the folks at the Nurburgring, who have just sent me a local bus timetable for non-F1 weekends

    :)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:19

    Can you remember if the town of Francorchamps is near the circuit itself?

    yes. it's tiny though.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:19

    Can you remember if the town of Francorchamps is near the circuit itself?

    Yes, it was less than 5 minutes walk away. My impression was that it was a sleepy village geared up to suck every last cent from teh F1 tourist...

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:19

    Can you remember if the town of Francorchamps is near the circuit itself?

    10 minutes walk.

    Or more accurately 10 minutes to the gate, 15-20 minutes coming back, steep hill :)

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:20

    Or more accurately 10 minutes to the gate, 15-20 minutes coming back, steep hill :)

    That might include the bit to the track itself not just the gate

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:20

    yes. it's tiny though.

    Yes, it was less than 5 minutes walk away

    Or more accurately 10 minutes to the gate, 15-20 minutes coming back, steep hill :)

    Thanks all. Just looking at sorting out my F3 weekend there.

    :)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:21

    Thanks all. Just looking at sorting out my F3 weekend there.

    I want to stay at http://www.hotel-de-la-source.com you really can't get any closer to the track :D

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:23

    They'll still be racing the same cars then too!

    :)

    It's just not interesting to me in it's current format. Group A was awesome, and about 10 years ago there was a split in Aussie Motorsports and they had a 2L Super Tourer Bathurst (with Murray Walker commentating!). That was awesome!

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 11:24

    Thanks all. Just looking at sorting out my F3 weekend there.

    Emma who is @deltachild on twitter might be a good person to ask too, she goes to Spa all the time for non-F1 races so I'm sure she'd have more relevant tips for you because I imagine other races are quite different to when the F1 is around :)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:24

    Thanks all. Just looking at sorting out my F3 weekend there.

    What's your plans? It's a little tricky to get to and from the circuit I think.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:26

    Emma who is @deltachild on twitter might be a good person to ask too, she goes to Spa all the time for non-F1 races so I'm sure she'd have more relevant tips for you because I imagine other races are quite different to when the F1 is around :)

    Oooohhh thank you

    What's your plans? It's a little tricky to get to and from the circuit I think.

    Nothing booked yet. I've been trying to sort Nurburgring first, because that coming up in about 6 weeks, with Spa 4 weeks after that.

    I'm dropping the French race though - there's simply nowhere to stay near Paul Ricard, unless I plan to stay 20-30 miles away (which I don't)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:26

    I'm dropping the French race though - there's simply nowhere to stay near Paul Ricard, unless I plan to stay 20-30 miles away (which I don't)

    Hire car?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:26

    Hire car?

    I can't drive.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:28

    I want to stay at http://www.hotel-de-la-source.com you really can't get any closer to the track :D

    That looked great when we walked past. We should've had a cheeky drink in there (probably wouldn't have got in)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:29

    That looked great when we walked past. We should've had a cheeky drink in there (probably wouldn't have got in)

    I think we used up our "cheeky drink in a hotel" allowance on Saturday though ;)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 11:29

    If circuits could get points, I'd offer them to the folks at the Nurburgring, who have just sent me a local bus timetable for non-F1 weekends

    but does the local bus go around the nordshleife ?

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:29

    It's just not interesting to me in it's current format. Group A was awesome, and about 10 years ago there was a split in Aussie Motorsports and they had a 2L Super Tourer Bathurst (with Murray Walker commentating!). That was awesome!

    '97 or so? I miss Super Touring. They need more than 2 makes of car. I would still watch it though if I had time.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:29

    Emma who is @deltachild on twitter might be a good person to ask too, she goes to Spa all the time for non-F1 races so I'm sure she'd have more relevant tips for you because I imagine other races are quite different to when the F1 is around :)

    Great idea

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:29

    I can't drive.

    How hard can it be?

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:30

    '97 or so? I miss Super Touring. They need more than 2 makes of car. I would still watch it though if I had time.

    Think so. Super Touring in the 90's was great...

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:30

    I want to stay at http://www.hotel-de-la-source.com you really can't get any closer to the track :D

    If I had a little cash to spare

    but does the local bus go around the nordshleife ?

    It says it stops at the circuit welcome centre

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:31

    If you could stay in Francorchamps Leigh, that would be great for you I reckon.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:32

    I'm dropping the French race though - there's simply nowhere to stay near Paul Ricard, unless I plan to stay 20-30 miles away (which I don't)

    When you go to the next race or two, ask around and see what they're doing. Might even score a lift!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:32

    If you could stay in Francorchamps Leigh, that would be great for you I reckon.

    Aye - go to have a look later. I have a room provisionally booked in the village of Nurburg for the German race.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:32

    I think we used up our "cheeky drink in a hotel" allowance on Saturday though ;)

    heheh :)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 11:33

    It says it stops at the circuit welcome centre

    boring!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:34

    When you go to the next race or two, ask around and see what they're doing. Might even score a lift!

    It's not just that though. Paul Ricard has virtually no facilities at all, because there are next to no races there anymore (it's just a test track mainly).

    The teams / drivers / crew take up space at the circuit hotel and a few outer regions, leaving it difficult to find anything reasonable near by.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:34

    boring!

    :D

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 11:34

    Ping: Should Indian GP Move for Bahrain?

    Since I'm not confident that it would be possible to run Bahrain this year anyway, no.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:35

    Think so. Super Touring in the 90's was great...

    I hear the place to be now is Scandinavian Touring Cars.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:36

    I read this in hard copy earlier but couldnt find a link, now i have!

    http://www.thenational.ae/sport/formula-one/no-rush-for-changes-for-abu-dhabis-yas-marina-circuit

    Changes to Yas may not go ahead this year.

    I actually wouldnt mind them waiting then basing the changes on how the race pans out this year.

    But i really did like the sound of some of the changes...

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:38

    I hear the place to be now is Scandinavian Touring Cars.

    STCC is quite cool for that. I'm bored with WTXX.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:38

    I actually wouldnt mind them waiting then basing the changes on how the race pans out this year.

    Yes, in the interests of a fair experiment I suppose.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 11:39

    I can't drive.

    How hard can it be?

    Very!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:39

    Yes, in the interests of a fair experiment I suppose.

    Aye - and previous GP2 races there have been decent (bar this year's GP2 Asia), so it's probably best to see how this year pans out.

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:41

    Alonso extends Ferrari contract to 2016 www.autosport.com…port.php/id/91491

    even I don't plan that far ahead. That's terrifying.

    One major side-effect: this probably keeps Vettel away from Maranello for the foreseeable future.

  • Sidepodcast Update19/05/2011 at 11:45
  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:45

    One major side-effect: this probably keeps Vettel away from Maranello for the foreseeable future.

    Hmm. James Allen took those two facts and started banging on about Hamilton moving to Red Bull instead.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 11:46

    STCC is quite cool for that. I'm bored with WTXX.

    Haven't watched WTCC lately but my impression is the field is thin, so is BTCC

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:47

    One major side-effect: this probably keeps Vettel away from Maranello for the foreseeable future.

    Hmm. James Allen took those two facts and started banging on about Hamilton moving to Red Bull instead.

    This Hamilton-Red Bull talk has really been gaining traction in recent weeks. But with Vettel contracted there for the foreseeable future, does Lewis really want to take that risk? Unless, of course, Vettel suddenly ends up at Mercedes.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:48

    Unless, of course, Vettel suddenly ends up at Mercedes.

    Ouch - what a down turn.

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:50

    Unless, of course, Vettel suddenly ends up at Mercedes.

    Ouch - what a down turn.

    Schumacher IS his idol, right? What better way to emulate him that than to do a Ferrariesque turnaround of his idol's team?

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:50

    Unless, of course, Vettel suddenly ends up at Mercedes.

    Who knows? I think he's the key though. Unless Rosberg/di Resta/the Hulk start winning for them

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:51

    Who knows? I think he's the key though. Unless Rosberg/di Resta/the Hulk start winning for them

    Vettel the key to Mercedes? I agree. Only Hulk seems to have race-winning pace of the trio, so far, and even that is no slam-dunk.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:52

    Schumacher IS his idol, right? What better way to emulate him that than to do a Ferrariesque turnaround of his idol's team?

    I just don't see it. It's easy to forget how important the likes of Rory Byrne, etc were to the Ferrari squad in the late-90's

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:52

    Vettel the key to Mercedes? I agree. Only Hulk seems to have race-winning pace of the trio, so far, and even that is no slam-dunk.

    Hulk? nahhhh

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:54

    Hulk? nahhhh

    I fully believe the Hulk is a world champion in waiting. He's like Schumi and Vettel. In fairness he hasn't had a proper bite at F1 yet.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:54

    Hulk? nahhhh

    This time last year he didnt look that different to Pastor.

    Of course there was brazil, but still.. that wasnt even enough to keep him over rubens

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:54

    This time last year he didnt look that different to Pastor.

    True. It took him a while to get settled in

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:54

    I fully believe the Hulk is a world champion in waiting. He's like Schumi and Vettel. In fairness he hasn't had a proper bite at F1 yet.

    I think he will win races, cant see him as a world champion though

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:54

    Vettel the key to Mercedes? I agree. Only Hulk seems to have race-winning pace of the trio, so far, and even that is no slam-dunk.

    I can't see Vettel leaving Red Bull myslef, just as much as I don't see Alonso or Hamilton moving teams.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:55

    I think he will win races, cant see him as a world champion though

    He has class. I saw him in A1GP, at a track he never raced at before and he won by a whole lap. So much like Schumi it wasn't funny.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 11:56

    He has class. I saw him in A1GP, at a track he never raced at before and he won by a whole lap. So much like Schumi it wasn't funny.

    I think in the right package, he's a champion. Williams just isn't that right now

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:56

    He has class. I saw him in A1GP, at a track he never raced at before and he won by a whole lap. So much like Schumi it wasn't funny.

    :D I was thinking the exact same thing. It wasn't exactly top-notch competition, though.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 11:57

    This time last year he didnt look that different to Pastor.

    I think he actually looked poorer than Pastor at this stage but i think that's probably down to tyre changes

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 11:58

    Have you seen these recent posts on sidepodcast.com?

    yes I have, the last link on the daily is wrong though

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 11:58

    :D I was thinking the exact same thing. It wasn't exactly top-notch competition, though.

    Yeah true. But it was something about the way he drove - he wasn't just content to win, he had to dominate. That's a big deal for me. Also he was ace in GP2...

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 11:59

    yes I have, the last link on the daily is wrong though

    Ooooh, so it is.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 11:59

    He has class. I saw him in A1GP, at a track he never raced at before and he won by a whole lap. So much like Schumi it wasn't funny.

    Im not convinced F1 is relevent to spec series. Its a different ballgame.

    The success of kobyashi and difficulties of so many coming though who looked to be good but havent proved it hints that way.

    Of course good drivers will shine in every series, but i dont think success is tightly correlated at all,

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:00

    The success of kobyashi and difficulties of so many coming though who looked to be good but havent proved it hints that way.

    Fair point, but he was good at F3, A1GP and GP2.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:03

    yes I have, the last link on the daily is wrong though

    Ooh ta, I forgot the http

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:15

    I think in the right package, he's a champion. Williams just isn't that right now

    di Resta has been much more impressive

    if Hulk joins him at Force India he might have his work cut out

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:17

    di Resta has been much more impressive

    Exactly, Look at Hulk after 4 races last year vs a more experienced teammate, and DiResta.

    No real contest.

    Cant see DiResta getting a pole this year mind.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:18

    di Resta has been much more impressive

    if Hulk joins him at Force India he might have his work cut out

    Now that would be a great pairing!

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:18

    Exactly, Look at Hulk after 4 races last year vs a more experienced teammate, and DiResta.

    change of tyres has probably levelled the difference though

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:19

    Looks like the FIA are worried about overtaking into barcelonas turn 1...

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91494

    The longest DRS zone so far!

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:21

    The longest DRS zone so far!

    abu dhabi will be pushing the 1.2 km mark at this rate

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:22

    Hmm. James Allen took those two facts and started banging on about Hamilton moving to Red Bull instead.

    That makes no sense whatsoever. He's got more chance of going to Mercedes!

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:22

    abu dhabi will be pushing the 1.2 km mark at this rate

    Im glad im sitting at the end of it!

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 12:23

    That makes no sense whatsoever. He's got more chance of going to Mercedes!

    I wouldn't totally dismiss Hamilton-Red Bull. RBR are interested, no doubt, and it's a lot easier to attract top talent when they're this good.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:23

    The longest DRS zone so far!

    okay so it was too long in Turkey, so in Spain let's make it... longer!

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:23

    Im glad im sitting at the end of it!

    you'll have missed the pass by the time they get to the end!

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 12:24

    okay so it was too long in Turkey, so in Spain let's make it... longer!

    Turkey's DRS zone was always a natural passing place. This one... not so much.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:24

    This one... not so much.

    Still isn't

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 12:25

    This one... not so much.

    Still isn't

    Well, we'll see. I think they did the right thing to make it effective. I don't think it'll be too effective in this case.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 12:26

    my old flatmate has asked me for tips for her trip to Monaco next weekend. I may be slightly jealous.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:27

    Well, we'll see. I think they did the right thing to make it effective. I don't think it'll be too effective in this case.

    we'll see... but if they've completed the pass and moved over for the corner before they even get to the braking zone that's not going to be that entertaining

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:27

    The longest DRS zone so far!

    Still don't see it helping, unless overtakes that are nullified the next lap count :(

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:27

    okay so it was too long in Turkey, so in Spain let's make it... longer!

    If this doesn't make Spain exciting then nothing will. I do hope the FIA know what they are doing, I'm not sure I can stand more criticism about too much overtaking.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:28

    abu dhabi will be pushing the 1.2 km mark at this rate

    It'll be as long as its longest zone to not feature braking... ...and I suspect it still won't suffice.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:28

    Turkey's DRS zone was always a natural passing place. This one... not so much.

    It's the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:29

    I wouldn't totally dismiss Hamilton-Red Bull. RBR are interested, no doubt, and it's a lot easier to attract top talent when they're this good.

    I just can't see Hamilton sharing a team with Vettel.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:29

    It's the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has.

    It's the only place, right?

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:30

    It's the only place, right?

    If Spain has any natural passing places, that's the one.

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 12:31

    I wouldn't totally dismiss Hamilton-Red Bull. RBR are interested, no doubt, and it's a lot easier to attract top talent when they're this good.

    I just can't see Hamilton sharing a team with Vettel.

    I agree - but I don't think Vettel is a total lock for Red Bull, either.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:31

    I'm not sure I can stand more criticism about too much overtaking.

    I don't have a problem with the Pirelli effect, they've been great

    But pushing a button to go past is not difficult, especially when you don't need to even take the braking zone into account

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:31

    I agree - but I don't think Vettel is a total lock for Red Bull, either.

    True, but where would he go? Especially since he's contracted for 2012.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:32

    my old flatmate has asked me for tips for her trip to Monaco next weekend. I may be slightly jealous.

    If she has a hire car and some patience, you can lap the circuit during the week (we did it on the Monday before the race), which isn't normally possible out of GP-time.

    If there's a spare afternoon/evening, go for a drink at Hotel Columbus (owned by DC). Or if she can afford it, have a meal. Might spot famous people? We saw... Jim Rosenthal of ITV Sport..

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 12:32

    True, but where would he go? Especially since he's contracted for 2012.

    Well, with Alonso at Ferrari, it's Mercedes or bust. Mercedes would love to have Vettel, that's for sure.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:32

    I'm not sure I can stand more criticism about too much overtaking.

    It's too much pointless overtaking that bothers me - the situation has ended up all energy and no meaning.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:32

    If there's a spare afternoon/evening, go for a drink at Hotel Columbus (owned by DC).

    Didn't DC sell his share? or am I imagining that?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:33

    But pushing a button to go past is not difficult, especially when you don't need to even take the braking zone into account

    I dont mind it, but would be interesting to see if they could program it to close once the cars draw level

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:33

    my old flatmate has asked me for tips for her trip to Monaco next weekend. I may be slightly jealous.

    Oh, earplugs. You might get away without them at a more open venue but it is louder at Monaco with all the echoing (unless that was the difference between V8s and the V10s they had when I went)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:33

    It's too much pointless overtaking that bothers me - the situation has ended up all energy and no meaning.

    But pushing a button to go past is not difficult, especially when you don't need to even take the braking zone into account

    Much better than nothing at all.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:33

    Didn't DC sell his share? or am I imagining that?

    Dunno

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:33

    It's too much pointless overtaking that bothers me - the situation has ended up all energy and no meaning.

    I would rather have too much than have an overtake be something that takes place once every 4 races

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:34

    Much better than nothing at all.

    Why?

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:34

    Oh, earplugs. You might get away without them at a more open venue but it is louder at Monaco with all the echoing (unless that was the difference between V8s and the V10s they had when I went)

    I needed ear defenders even at Silverstone at 2009.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:34

    I would rather have too much than have an overtake be something that takes place once every 4 races

    i thought you liked yas marina!!!

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 12:34

    If there's a spare afternoon/evening, go for a drink at Hotel Columbus (owned by DC). Or if she can afford it, have a meal. Might spot famous people? We saw... Jim Rosenthal of ITV Sport..

    I'm not sure she'd recognise anyone from F1 circles :)

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:34

    Much better than nothing at all.

    For me it's a lot worse than nothing at all. At least nothing at all takes effort and skill.

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:34

    i thought you liked yas marina!!!

    :D :D :D

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:34

    It's the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has.

    Turn 10 is a far better spot

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:35

    Why?

    Because I got bored watching dry races last year. This year they have been brilliant.

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:36

    Because I got bored watching dry races last year. This year they have been brilliant.

    What's the point of overtaking someone when they're just going into the pit lane anyways. It just doesn't make any sense to me.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:36

    Because I got bored watching dry races last year. This year they have been brilliant.

    Pirelli alone would cure your craving

    DRS is rubbish

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:36

    i thought you liked yas marina!!!

    He just wants it better, that's all! ;)

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:36

    Pirelli alone would cure your craving

    I'm not sure about that.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:38

    I'm not sure about that.

    china didn't need drs, overtaking was taking place all over the joint as drivers were on different aged tyres

    china didn't have a lot of overtaking during the first stint when everyone was on the same tyres - drs wasn't helping

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:38

    i thought you liked yas marina!!!

    lols, I enjoyed watching the V8s overtake there! :)

    I think this year is pointing to it being a car rather than a circuit problem

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:38

    If she has a hire car and some patience, you can lap the circuit during the week (we did it on the Monday before the race), which isn't normally possible out of GP-time.

    On each day of track action, it is opened at about 7pm if you want to pick up rubber marbles or walk the circuit - I went and watched the teams pack up for a while (harder now the pits face the other way).

    Oh! The paddock. They probably use the new bridge now but they used to have to walk from the paddock gate at Rascasse, across the track and into the pitlane entrance to get to the pits. This was 2005. Some 'names' might still prefer to do that especially on Thursday when it is less busy..

    There also used to be a gap between the paddock and the buildings, and the paddock and the water. Explore that to peer through.. Not sure if waterside is still accessible now Red Bull float their palace.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:38

    Turn 10 is a far better spot

    That's an interesting one. It's also far enough away from Turn 1 that DRS-activating it won't make Turn 10 an automatic place for returning the status quo.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:39

    Because I got bored watching dry races last year. This year they have been brilliant.

    I got thoroughly bored watching Turkey this year. The first three races worked for me though, indicating that it's the DRS rather than the other changes that were responsible for the problem.

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 12:41

    #bringbackrefuelling

    Just thought I'd throw that in.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:41

    I got thoroughly bored watching Turkey this year. The first three races worked for me though, indicating that it's the DRS rather than the other changes that were responsible for the problem.

    have to agree, the inevitability of the overtaking in Turkey wasn't worth waiting for

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:41

    #bringbackrefuelling

    With all the other changes, it would be interesting but I wouldn't dare predict what effect that would have on the racing (positive, negative or otherwise).

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:42

    NIIIIIICK

    I don't need to book something now do I?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:42

    For me it's a lot worse than nothing at all. At least nothing at all takes effort and skill.

    I think the current overtaking takes far more skill than just sitting in a trulli train untill the pitstops, then doing a quali lap, pitting and then doing nothing for the rest of the race

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:42

    have to agree, the inevitability of the overtaking in Turkey wasn't worth waiting for

    Especially when it tended to stick people in the same places that they'd qualified unless they'd been clever enough to save at least 2 sets of tyres by doing minimal qualifying.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 12:42

    I think the current overtaking takes far more skill than just sitting in a trulli train untill the pitstops, then doing a quali lap, pitting and then doing nothing for the rest of the race

    Agreed. And I hated refuelling for that.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:42

    Just thought I'd throw that in.

    i think some journalists' heads would explode if you threw fuel loads into the current equation

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 12:42

    It's the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has.

    For a second, I read that as "Abu Dhabi is the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has"

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:43

    china didn't need drs, overtaking was taking place all over the joint as drivers were on different aged tyres

    Not sure about that, the drs was putting the cars closer together at the start of the lap.

    I dont think we would have seen so many passes in the middle of the lap if they had been pushed back down that long straight

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 12:43

    #bringbackrefuelling

    Lewis agrees with you too :)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:43

    I don't need to book something now do I?

    Yeah, give them a call

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:43

    I think the current overtaking takes far more skill than just sitting in a trulli train untill the pitstops, then doing a quali lap, pitting and then doing nothing for the rest of the race

    More skill than pressing a button, waiting for the inevitable button-press on the next lap to return everything to square 1, rinsing and repeating 26 times subject to pit stops?

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:43

    For a second, I read that as "Abu Dhabi is the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has"

    :D

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:44

    Yeah, give them a call

    Can't I wait until you get back? I don't know where to call.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:45

    More skill than pressing a button, waiting for the inevitable button-press on the next lap to return everything to square 1, rinsing and repeating 26 times subject to pit stops?

    I definatly think that requires more skill, and its racing as opposed to traffic. If i wanted high speed traffic i could drive to abu dhabi

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:45

    my old flatmate has asked me for tips for her trip to Monaco next weekend. I may be slightly jealous.

    If travelling in from Nice by train, allow an extra hour on Saturday and Sunday as compared to Thursday/Friday. Nice station, the train, and Monaco stations were rammed.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:45

    For a second, I read that as "Abu Dhabi is the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has"

    can't be right, surely silverstone is the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 12:45

    If travelling in from Nice by train, allow an extra hour on Saturday and Sunday as compared to Thursday/Friday. Nice station, the train, and Monaco stations were rammed.

    you're being very helpful, ta :) I will remember these for my trip, her trip will probably be all about booze and not actually watching the cars :)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:45

    Perhaps the comments can choose? :P

    Im sure the websites have phone numbers :)

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 12:46

    Not sure about that, the drs was putting the cars closer together at the start of the lap.

    that's even worse!

    DRS is a device to let slower cars keep up with faster ones?

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:47

    I definatly think that requires more skill, and its racing as opposed to traffic. If i wanted high speed traffic i could drive to abu dhabi

    For me, switching positions at the press of a button on a two-lap loop is high-speed traffic, just the same as overtakes due to offset pit strategies of equal speed but with less scope for breaking the loop.

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 12:47

    can't be right, surely silverstone is the nearest thing to a natural passing place Spain has

    Liking this debate about Spain's passing place :D

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:48

    DRS is a device to let slower cars keep up with faster ones?

    I meant as opposed to faster cars being pushed back by aerodynamics

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:48

    Perhaps the comments can choose? :P

    From a list of what??? Dubai is a big place... Loads of them seem to be outdoor!?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:49

    From a list of what??? Dubai is a big place... Loads of them seem to be outdoor!?

    Best get phoning then!

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:50

    you're being very helpful, ta :) I will remember these for my trip, her trip will probably be all about booze and not actually watching the cars :)

    We managed both. :D

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 12:51

    Perhaps the comments can choose? :P

    We could, if we knew what you two were gabbling on about.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 12:52

    On a different note

    @JSummerton: Happy birthday to Mr @dariofranchitti Have a great one buddy.

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 12:53

    Best get phoning then!

    You're making no sense. Why are you offline?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:54

    We could, if we knew what you two were gabbling on about.

    Hehe, friday brunch

    My preference is this one http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/dining/casualdining/saffron.aspx

    *NotAsFishyAsItLooks

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:54

    My preference is this one www.atlantisthepa…ning/saffron.aspx

    220 Dishes and a magican!

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 12:57

    220 Dishes and a magican!

    The magician must be the chef with that many menu items

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 12:58

    My preference is this one www.atlantisthepa…ning/saffron.aspx

    I could buy 10 brunches for that price!

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 12:59

    I could buy 10 brunches for that price!

    Unlimited help yourself alcohol puts the price up!

    its actualy 330 rather than 395

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:00

    Unlimited help yourself alcohol puts the price up!

    alcohol at brunch, noooo thankyou!

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:01

    alcohol at brunch, noooo thankyou!

    Its traditional here, Brunch & Champagne, vodka e.t.c

    Its more like lunch... 12:30-4:30

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:02

    Its traditional here, Brunch & Champagne, vodka e.t.c

    considering I've had one drink all year that doesn't sound good to me. I'd have two and then I'd be asleep under the table, definitely not getting my moneys worth :)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:03

    considering I've had one drink all year that doesn't sound good to me. I'd have two and then I'd be asleep under the table, definitely not getting my moneys worth :)

    Ah, you need to start training with the evening ones, then build yourself up :)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:04

    Ah, you need to start training with the evening ones, then build yourself up :)

    I am content in my non drinking, it makes for a very cheap night when I do want to :)

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:08

    I tried to book and ironically my phone ran out of credit just then!

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 13:09

    Press conference: http://yfrog.com/h8cvtsbj

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:10

    I tried to book and ironically my phone ran out of credit just then!

    I have a landline, its under the bicycle :)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:10

    Press conference: http://yfrog.com/h8cvtsbj

    Looks like Vettel forgot how to do his buttons up!

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:11

    Press conference: http://yfrog.com/h8cvtsbj

    ooh they have so many different countries of Spanish speakers this year!

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:11

    considering I've had one drink all year that doesn't sound good to me. I'd have two and then I'd be asleep under the table, definitely not getting my moneys worth :)

    Yeah I'm not that big a drinker. The last time I was drunk was July. I had one of those 'never again' moments and actually meant it.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:11

    Looks like Vettel forgot how to do his buttons up!

    isn't that Tim?

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 13:11

    Looks like Vettel forgot how to do his buttons up!

    Isn't that Jaime?

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 13:11

    considering I've had one drink all year that doesn't sound good to me. I'd have two and then I'd be asleep under the table, definitely not getting my moneys worth :)

    Yeah I'm not that big a drinker. The last time I was drunk was July. I had one of those 'never again' moments and actually meant it.

    Come have a teetotalling party with Mrs. Goat!

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:11

    I have a landline, its under the bicycle :)

    Oooh I was looking for that yesterday...

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 13:11

    ooh they have so many different countries of Spanish speakers this year!

    less pedalo

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 13:12

    isn't that Tim?

    It is. Vettel's not there. Great time for a plug: http://sidepodcast.com/post/spain-2011-race-information

    :)

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 13:12

    alcohol at brunch, noooo thankyou!

    Its traditional here, Brunch & Champagne, vodka e.t.c

    Its more like lunch... 12:30-4:30

    Lunchtime drinking makes me sleepy. I do like a good pub lunch and a pint though, don't do it often.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 13:12

    Lunchtime drinking makes me sleepy. I do like a good pub lunch and a pint though, don't do it often.

    Lunchtime makes me sleepy!

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:12

    Lunchtime drinking makes me sleepy. I do like a good pub lunch and a pint though, don't do it often.

    Sure you don't fancy Belgian beer cafe brunch nick?

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:13

    Sure you don't fancy Belgian beer cafe brunch nick?

    if he's taking you to an expensive place because it includes all you can drink, and you don't drink much, I feel he's getting the better deal there :)

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:13

    Come have a teetotalling party with Mrs. Goat!

    I do drink. I'm never having that much to drink again though. Ever.

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 13:14

    I do drink. I'm never having that much to drink again though. Ever.

    Fair enough.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 13:15

    ooh they have so many different countries of Spanish speakers this year!

    webber must be feeling like a spare wheel

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 13:15

    ooh they have so many different countries of Spanish speakers this year!

    webber must be feeling like a spare wheel

    Basically that's how my office used to be!

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:15

    webber must be feeling like a spare wheel

    maybe hes like a tennis player and is oddly fluent in Spanish even though he has no reason to be.

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 13:17

    webber must be feeling like a spare wheel

    maybe hes like a tennis player and is oddly fluent in Spanish even though he has no reason to be.

    :D he has the most legit reason of the lot to be there - he's last year's winner!

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:17

    isn't that Tim?

    Oh, it is.

    Silly torro rosso with there identical uniforms!

  • RubberGoat19/05/2011 at 13:18

    Silly torro rosso with there identical uniforms!

    I realised last year at Spa that I hated the two teams choice of running liveries that were impossible to tell apart at speed,

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:18

    if he's taking you to an expensive place because it includes all you can drink, and you don't drink much, I feel he's getting the better deal there :)

    Hehe well either way it's full!

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:35

    Press conference: http://yfrog.com/h8cvtsbj

    NoSutil?

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:35

    Hehe well either way it's full!

    Boooo...... Next!

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 13:38

    Press conference: http://yfrog.com/h8cvtsbj

    No Sutil?

    He can't comment anyway.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 13:40

    He can't comment anyway.

    What a fun Q&A that would be

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:45

    What a fun Q&A that would be

    they've already really, really, really tried

    http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/05/sutil-not-giving-anything-away.html

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 13:47

    :D

    Q: If you score points will you have a party afterwards?

    Sutil: I don't know, maybe, absolutely.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 13:51

    Q: If you score points will you have a party afterwards?

    what a mean question :-)

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:53

    Boooo...... Next!

    You didn't fancy Belgian Beer Cafe? Good reviews...?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 13:53

    Thursday's a little quieter now. It allows me to enjoy this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Ar79f8aN8

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 13:54

    Might explain why Lux was originally happy to keep it quiet...

    ...a rumour I heard in the paddock today is that Lux and other senior Genii people were in Shanghai's M1NT club with four or five Dutch models

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 13:54

    You didn't fancy Belgian Beer Cafe? Good reviews...?

    Aaargh!!!

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 13:56

    Might explain why Lux was originally happy to keep it quiet...

    I got weary when I read the line about Sutil hitting on them.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:57

    You didn't fancy Belgian Beer Cafe? Good reviews...?

    #NotMe

    Nah, its more of a pub, i dont think they would have any veg options

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 13:57

    Might explain why Lux was originally happy to keep it quiet...

    ...a rumour I heard in the paddock today is that Lux and other senior Genii people were in Shanghai's M1NT club with four or five Dutch models

    Ah oh dear

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 13:57

    Might explain why Lux was originally happy to keep it quiet...

    ...a rumour I heard in the paddock today is that Lux and other senior Genii people were in Shanghai's M1NT club with four or five Dutch models

    Ah oh dear

    And we know Sutil is a ladies man... That's a dangerous mix.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 13:58

    Might explain why Lux was originally happy to keep it quiet...

    I just realised what Lux reminds me of.

    Road works.

    They make the portable traffic lights at road works.

  • Nick19/05/2011 at 13:58

    #PlankingFail

    courtesy of nascar

    http://www.whosay.com/JimmieJohnson/photos/30192

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 13:59

    #PlankingFail

    courtesy of nascar

    www.whosay.com/Ji…nson/photos/30192

    close jimmy, but no cigar

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 14:00

    And we know Sutil is a ladies man... That's a dangerous mix.

    that's not what google thinks

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 14:00

    Could be a time traveller.

    Eric Lux Capacitor.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:00

    And we know Sutil is a ladies man... That's a dangerous mix.

    Hmmm... I wonder how the moment of tension would be soundtracked. Are we thinking cheap strings from a low budget thriller, poor phat synths from a mid-eighties action or is this a Spanish guitar spaghetti western moment?

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 14:01

    Hmmm... I wonder how the moment of tension would be soundtracked. Are we thinking cheap strings from a low budget thriller, poor phat synths from a mid-eighties action or is this a Spanish guitar spaghetti western moment?

    phat synths. :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:02

    phat synths. :D

    Yes!!

    With dodgy neon lighting on the walls in the background

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 14:02

    Could be a time traveller.

    I'm just disappointed he's not married to Dee

  • Journeyer19/05/2011 at 14:02

    phat synths.

    Yes!!

    With dodgy neon lighting on the walls in the background

    Where's Lukeh when you need him? :D

  • Alison19/05/2011 at 14:02

    #NotMe

    Yeah sorry about that. If you suggest something else I will ring them.

  • Maverick19/05/2011 at 14:03

    Hmmm... I wonder how the moment of tension would be soundtracked. Are we thinking cheap strings from a low budget thriller, poor phat synths from a mid-eighties action or is this a Spanish guitar spaghetti western moment?

    ennio morricone for me

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 14:05

    I'm just disappointed he's not married to Dee

    :)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:14

    I like how on http://runthattrack.info/ how a lot of people add comments to their times as to why they could have been faster and one guy from Red Bull has just said Blah blah tired blah painkillers blah broken pelvis blah ash cloud blah general election blah

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:17

    "...one guy from Red Bull has just said Blah blah tired blah painkillers blah broken pelvis blah ash cloud blah general election blah"

    Hehee

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:18

    hooray.

    Apparently Indianapolis is nice and sunny and ready for cars on track in just under 2 hours time

    :)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:19

    I like how on http://runthattrack.info/ how a lot of people add comments to their times as to why they could have been faster and one guy from Red Bull has just said Blah blah tired blah painkillers blah broken pelvis blah ash cloud blah general election blah

    I've never noticed them before! I like.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:21

    I've never noticed them before! I like.

    even the slow people are all waaaay faster than me. There is a real distinct lack of woman represented which makes me :(

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:22

    even the slow people are all waaaay faster than me. There is a real distinct lack of woman represented which makes me :(

    I like they have a 107% time too.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:22

    I like they have a 107% time too.

    :D

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:24

    Today when I told my brother about my run he said "thats not bad" and that made me feel proper runnery and stuff because previously when I told him about my runs he'd say things along the lines of "thats pathetically slow"

  • James19/05/2011 at 14:25

    I like how on http://runthattrack.info/ how a lot of people add comments to their times as to why they could have been faster and one guy from Red Bull has just said Blah blah tired blah painkillers blah broken pelvis blah ash cloud blah general election blah

    who is Matthew Kingston-Lee? he seems to be beating them Vettelesque ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 14:25

    Today when I told my brother about my run he said "thats not bad" and that made me feel proper runnery and stuff because previously when I told him about my runs he'd say things along the lines of "thats pathetically slow"

    Nothing compares to how slow I cycle

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:26

    Today when I told my brother about my run he said "thats not bad" and that made me feel proper runnery and stuff because previously when I told him about my runs he'd say things along the lines of "thats pathetically slow"

    You should tell him about me! :)

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:28

    who is Matthew Kingston-Lee? he seems to be beating them Vettelesque ;)

    he's a photographer. It appears he runs marathons in his free time so I don't think its a very level playing field :D

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:29

    They've raised tons of money already, and we're only a few races in.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:29

    actuallly hes not a photographer, hes a digital technician. or is that what photographers call themselves these days?

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:29

    They've raised tons of money already, and we're only a few races in.

    I want to run around Korea!

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:30

    I want to run around Korea!

    That would be so cool.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:31

    That would be so cool.

    It would be nice to contribute to the attempt to bankrupt UBS.

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 14:32

    It would be nice to contribute to the attempt to bankrupt UBS.

    I wonder if they knew quite what they were doing.

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 14:32

    I like how on http://runthattrack.info/ how a lot of people add comments to their times as to why they could have been faster and one guy from Red Bull has just said Blah blah tired blah painkillers blah broken pelvis blah ash cloud blah general election blah

    I'm looking through the different circuits and I don't understand the three tables, why are some people's times in Overall not in the Fastest Individual Entry table surely it should have each person's quickest?

  • Alex Andronov19/05/2011 at 14:34

    Thanks - love the new audio player thingy!

    It doesn't work for me here... unlike the F1 Minute one which is aweeeeeeesooooommmememmemememememeeee

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:35

    I'm looking through the different circuits and I don't understand the three tables, why are some people's times in Overall not in the Fastest Individual Entry table surely it should have each person's quickest?

    maybe its a mistake, in most circuits they seem to be in both.

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:36

    Team Lotus should get #points for this on their trucks

    http://yfrog.com/h2df0helj

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 14:47

    Team Lotus should get #points for this on their trucks

    http://yfrog.com/h2df0helj

    Heheh. :)

    They have French-registered trucks? I guess it makes more sense to have left-hand drive if you spend all your time on the continent

  • Amy19/05/2011 at 14:59

    one more day to go ping http://amysrunning.posterous.com/week-9-day-2

    and now sleep, for tomorrow is Friday. Again. Already. Why are my weeks going so fast?

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 15:10

    Nice sunny day and I've got The Specials on iTunes - this is proving to be a nice Thursday afternoon.

    :)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 15:38

    Ping: http://www.f1minute.com/news/fernando-alonso-signs-with-ferrari-until-2016

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 16:03

    Ping: www.f1minute.com/…errari-until-2016

    Schumacher did say that, didn't he? That's it, I'm starting Alonso to Mercedes rumours in 2020!

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 16:04

    Schumacher did say that, didn't he? That's it, I'm starting Alonso to Mercedes rumours in 2020!

    :)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 16:09

    Schumacher did say that, didn't he? That's it, I'm starting Alonso to Mercedes rumours in 2020!

    I seem to remember Alonso making similar comments about McLaren. He definitely aid McLaren was the team he always wanted to drive for.

  • James19/05/2011 at 16:14

    I seem to remember Alonso making similar comments about McLaren. He definitely aid McLaren was the team he always wanted to drive for.

    McLaren were defiantly the team he wanted to drive for since he was a child, but the dream turned into a nightmare ;)

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 16:16

    McLaren were defiantly the team he wanted to drive for since he was a child, but the dream turned into a nightmare ;)

    Quick, quick, change the dream!

  • James19/05/2011 at 16:22

    Quick, quick, change the dream!

    hehe :)

    I think the difference is he's comfortable at Ferrari, and its not just having the team built round him. The mentality is very similar to his own, where as I think McLaren was big shock for him.

    gmm articles have this in from a couple of months ago, so not sure how true it is:

    "I am in no hurry to go; here, I even enjoy finishing second, eighth and twenty third"

    I just wish he'd look more happy when does do that. :)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 16:30

    I think the difference is he's comfortable at Ferrari, and its not just having the team built round him. The mentality is very similar to his own, where as I think McLaren was big shock for him.

    I think he will be happy there as long as he is number one. Just like Schumacher was happy until Kimi was signed for the other seat

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 16:32

    I think the difference is he's comfortable at Ferrari, and its not just having the team built round him. The mentality is very similar to his own, where as I think McLaren was big shock for him.

    I think you're right - they suit each other quite well.

  • James19/05/2011 at 16:38

    Speaking of Fernando, he has picked his classic F1 races over on the BBC. With the Spanish GP 2006, Japanese GPs of 1989 and 1990, the 2000 Belgium GP and finally Korea 2010...

    As all of them have featured before, Korea is the one with extended highlights :)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2011/05/fernando_alonso_picks_his_five.html

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 16:49

    Had to share this with you: How not to cover a baseball ground during a rain delay! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSIJzvNIM8

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 16:49

    As all of them have featured before, Korea is the one with extended highlights :)

    Typical!

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 16:55

    Had to share this with you: How not to cover a baseball ground during a rain delay! www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=WTSIJzvNIM8

    I would love to know why they didn't just roll it to the in field and open it up where they wanted to put it rather than starting 100 yards away

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 17:06

    I would love to know why they didn't just roll it to the in field and open it up where they wanted to put it rather than starting 100 yards away

    Yeah, seems obvious doesn't it? Still, great fun to watch!

  • Rubbergoat19/05/2011 at 17:06

    Here's another - free kick using wicked misdirection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haxdJT6MBoE&feature=player_embedded

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 17:08

    Here's another - free kick using wicked misdirection: www.youtube.com/w…e=player_embedded

    Never seen that done before

  • Sidepodcast Update19/05/2011 at 17:45
  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 17:49

    Q: If you score points will you have a party afterwards?Sutil: I don't know, maybe, absolutely.

    Has he been listening to Oasis recently?

  • Christine19/05/2011 at 18:17

    Ping: http://www.f1bigpicture.com/news/talk-of-the-town

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:29

    Evening

    Thank Crunchie it's Friday tomorrow!

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:32

    Thank Crunchie it's Friday tomorrow!

    You know people round here get confused by what day it is and you post that. You are just trying to cause confusion

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:33

    You know people round here get confused by what day it is and you post that. You are just trying to cause confusion

    But it is Friday tomorrow. If anything, it should help! :)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:34

    But it is Friday tomorrow. If anything, it should help! :)

    I am not sure it will help much. There are two practise sessions tomorrow so that should help

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:36

    I am not sure it will help much. There are two practise sessions tomorrow so that should help

    You could be right. Being prepared for knowing what tomorrow is must be better than not knowing today ;)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:37

    You could be right. Being prepared for knowing what tomorrow is must be better than not knowing today ;)

    Makes sense, kinda

    Also first spacewalk tomorrow

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:37

    Today, I saw an articulated lorry [co-op delivery] do a three point turn on a busy A-road during rush hour

    I think everyone was a little stressed today

    Also first spacewalk tomorrow

    Ooh, anything exciting?

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:39

    Ooh, anything exciting?

    There are a few jobs on the list but no real biggy. The big deal with this mission is the alpha magnetic spectrometer and that was installed today using both the shuttle and station robotic arms. It is already installed and working.

    http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134/110519fd4/index2.html

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 19:41

    Today, I saw an articulated lorry [co-op delivery] do a three point turn on a busy A-road during rush hour

    I saw one do a 20-point turn in our little yard because he'd come to us instead of our site 20 miles away, and he was a bit annoyed about it.. :) :) Our regular visitors in artics can manage it no probs.

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 19:41

    Finally (finally, finally) threw together a Facebook page for the F1 Archive

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_124269824319339&ap=1

    There's not much on it yet, some more stuff will go up soon

    :)

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:41

    The big deal with this mission is the alpha magnetic spectrometer and that was installed today using both the shuttle and station robotic arms.

    Using a powerful magnet to bend the trajectories of high-energy cosmic rays -- charged particles from supernovas, neutron stars, black holes and other cosmic enigmas -- scientists will look for evidence of antimatter and as-yet-undetected dark matterSounds good to me

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:43

    I saw one do a 20-point turn in our little yard because he'd come to us instead of our site 20 miles away, and he was a bit annoyed about it.. :) :) Our regular visitors in artics can manage it no probs.

    He he

    If it was 5:30 in the morning with no traffic, I don't think it would have been an issue.

    He was so nonchalent about it, I think he does it everyday

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:43

    Full details of the spacewalk are on pages 47 and 48 of

    http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/538352main_sts134_presskit_508.pdf

    Looks like a mix of logistics, mechanics, electrics and plumbing

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:43

    Or even nonchalant ;)

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:45

    Looks like a mix of logistics, mechanics, electrics and plumbing

    I've heard enough about blinking plumbing

    I want to wring the neck of the Boeing 767 rear galley drain design team

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:45

    Using a powerful magnet to bend the trajectories of high-energy cosmic rays -- charged particles from supernovas, neutron stars, black holes and other cosmic enigmas -- scientists will look for evidence of antimatter and as-yet-undetected dark matterSounds good to me

    Sounds fascinating but it still looked like a white box dangling off the robotic arm while they were installing it. I guess that is one of the problems. We get lots of coverage of the installation but not much follow up

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:46

    Sounds fascinating but it still looked like a white box dangling off the robotic arm while they were installing it. I guess that is one of the problems. We get lots of coverage of the installation but not much follow up

    Needs more foil and flashy lights

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:46

    I want to wring the neck of the Boeing 767 rear galley drain design team

    Maybe you should write to them with some advice before they design a 797.

    Wonder what Boeing will do after the 797.

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:47

    Needs more foil and flashy lights

    And a machine that goes ping

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:47

    And a machine that goes ping

    Always :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 19:47

    And a machine that goes ping

    Or just someone with a microphone saying "ping"

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:48

    Maybe you should write to them with some advice before they design a 797.

    The Carbon Fibre 787 is the successor to the mid-range 767, I hope they have learned their lesson already!

    Coffee grounds, congealed milk and T-piece pipe junctions do not a great mix make

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:49

    And a machine that goes ping

    Or just someone with a microphone saying "ping"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arCITMfxvEc

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:50

    Coffee grounds, congealed milk and T-piece pipe junctions do not a great mix make

    It's almost like it is designed to fail

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:52

    It's almost like it is designed to fail

    We're trialling a regular drain cleaning fluid process but it's difficult to gauge effectiveness when the caterers introduce a coffee bag which is more liable to tearing, at the same time

    :lol:

    #TrueStory

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:54

    And a machine that goes ping

    Or just someone with a microphone saying "ping"

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=arCITMfxvEc

    Hard to believe that was before the NHS was privatised.

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:55

    Hard to believe that was before the NHS was privatised.

    :)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 19:55

    We're trialling a regular drain cleaning fluid process but it's difficult to gauge effectiveness when the caterers introduce a coffee bag which is more liable to tearing, at the same time

    I guess drain cleaning fluid is not formulated with bags in mind

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 19:58

    I guess drain cleaning fluid is not formulated with bags in mind

    Well, it's the bags that split in the sink spilling coffee into the drain

    It's hard to tell if the programme is successful if the cause of the blockage is increasing in frequency!

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 20:51

    @adamcooperf1:

    #F1 My budget Barcelona hotel turns out to be a university hall of residence. Trying to blend in but I'm older than the professors

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 20:56

    #F1 My budget Barcelona hotel turns out to be a university hall of residence. Trying to blend in but I'm older than the professors

    Party time

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 21:32

    Anyone have an idea when Nico Rosberg's Mercedes contract is up?

    Just thinking about who will replace Massa next year.

    In fact, I wouldn't mind placing a bet he's not with Ferrari for 2012

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 21:47

    Anyone have an idea when Nico Rosberg's Mercedes contract is up?

    I think it was a 3 year contract so next season should be his last

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 21:47

    anyone know who's doing tomorrow's daily?

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 21:51

    #F1 My budget Barcelona hotel turns out to be a university hall of residence. Trying to blend in but I'm older than the professors

    Nice place to stay, though I can see how the age gap might be an issue...

  • Pat W19/05/2011 at 21:53

    anyone know who's doing tomorrow's daily?

    Lukeh's turn but not sure

  • Leigh O'Gorman19/05/2011 at 21:54

    Lukeh's turn but not sure

    sweet

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 21:58

    I am not sure it will help much. There are two practise sessions tomorrow so that should help

    It will :)

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 22:09

    I think it was a 3 year contract so next season should be his last

    Should ;)

  • Steven Roy19/05/2011 at 22:09

    Should ;)

    It's F1

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 22:10

    It's F1

    Precisely

    If he gets a podium this year [or better] his worth will increase, if he's looking to be snapped up

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 22:14

    Whoever buys an iPad game for their cat , deserves everything that happens as a consequence

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 22:18

    Whoever buys an iPad game for their cat , deserves everything that happens as a consequence

    Why? Just why do these ideas even exist?

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 22:19

    Why? Just why do these ideas even exist?

    I guess there are enough people with more money than sense to make the effort worthwhile

    Maybe they also do a nice line in iPad screen replacements :)

  • Alianora La Canta19/05/2011 at 22:20

    Maybe they also do a nice line in iPad screen replacements :)

    Maybe...

  • Bassano19/05/2011 at 22:33

    Good piece from Scarbs on the EBD use and restriction after the Canadian GP

    http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/fia-ban-on-aggressive-off-throttle-engine-maps/