On my last daily post a fortnight ago a pub prediction question was submitted on whether or not it would rain during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.  The answer given to this question was, 'Yeah, probably.'  It has come to my attention that the Grand Prix was dry throughout, therefore the answer given in the post was incorrect.  I wish to apologise for the error made and promise that such inaccuracies may or may not happen again, depending on if I can be bothered to put the research in.

And with that out of the way, hello everyone and welcome to Thursday's daily post.  Before we concentrate on the Belgian GP, I should draw everyone's attention to the official 2012 calendar, which the FIA ratified on Wednesday.  There are some points of note, namely that the Turkish GP has been dropped due to regularly poor attendances [hurray], the Australian GP will be the opening race of the season again [hurray again], the US GP in Austin has been confirmed for the penultimate race i.e. November [don't mind either way] and the Bahrain GP has been scheduled for race 4 of the season, presumably in the hope that the civil unrest there will have subsided by then.

So back to 2011 and the race last weekend.  The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa was a braw feast with overtaking, incidents and the same old German taking the top step of the podium.  Even though he's 24 and not really that old.  The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is an all-time classic racetrack that can hold its own against the newer, modern tracks, and as such has been the location for some unforgettable moments in Formula 1.  Thus, here are five of my personal favourites:

  1. Here's a fun look at a pre-World Championship Belgian Grand Prix from 1937, which was won by Germany's Rudolf Hasse for the Auto Union team.  You might be able to recognise some familiar corners.
  2. 1995 saw one of the most exciting battles between two supremely talented drivers.  Michael Schumacher [Benetton] started from 16th on the grid and had fought his way up into 2nd.  Damon Hill [Williams] had been leading before it started raining.  Hill decided to pit for wet tyres but Schumacher elected to stay with slicks.  The battle that ensued culminated in the German winning in superb and controlled style.
  3. Who can possibly forget the 1998 race?  Where do you start?  I would suggest starting here, and then eventually here.
  4. There was another titanic battle for the lead in the year 2000, this time between Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen.  The Finn is desperately trying to get past his Ferrari nemesis but without much success, so he decides to use a back-marker to help him.
  5. Wet weather is a regular theme in Spa and 2008 was no exception.  In the last remaining laps of the Grand Prix, the heavens opened after what had been a dry race, but the top 2 of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton decide not to pit for wet tires.  The resulting see-sawing battle is something to behold.  Although Hamilton eventually won, he was stripped of his victory after having deemed to have overtaken Raikkonen by cutting the final chicane, despite giving the place straight back as they crossed the start-finish line.

And there it is, five memorable moments.  Okay, make that four memorable moments and one interesting one.  Still, anything's more interesting than the most recent IndyCar race at Sonoma, California.  It was an event, which, it has to be said, had a procession-ness and a boredom factor similar to that of the Hungaroring or Valencia.  Or Istanbul.  Or Abu Dhabi.  Or Singapore.  Take your pick.  It was a race where Will Power claimed victory to reduce his arrears over championship leader Dario Franchitti by leading the race from start to finish.  With four races left to go, there's a 26-point gap between the top two, or a race win and a 10th place in F1 money.

So that's it for another fortnight.  And with another historical race - the Italian GP at Monza - coming next week, the F1 train just keeps on rolling along.  Well, that's as good an ending as I can think of just now.

cmcb

290 responses

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:05

    I have decided not to ever take Heikki's advice on tennis after he tweeted "saw Nadal arlier today he looked strong"

    um, no. he didn't win that match in the slightest, more the other guy made one of the worst chokes I've ever seen.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:12

    Howdy.

    I have just see Cowboys and Aliens. I give it a big tick Yes.

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:15

    also, now that that calendar is all ratified and what not

    WHO'S COMING TO GERMANY WITH MEEEEEE

  • RG31/08/2011 at 23:17

    WHO'S COMING TO GERMANY WITH MEEEEEE

    There's a chance...

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:18

    There's a chance...

    I don't think they're like Spa who let us make lots of little bookings then still sit together so I'll eventually decide on a cut off date and if you're in before then we can sit together, if you're not you can sit by yourself if you later decide to come :D

  • RG31/08/2011 at 23:19

    I don't think they're like Spa who let us make lots of little bookings then still sit together so I'll eventually decide on a cut off date and if you're in before then we can sit together, if you're not you can sit by yourself if you later decide to come :D

    I'm not fully sure like, still need to see my school calendar and when everything is really, have to make sure I don't miss anything important. But I'm trying to see a F1 race next year...

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:20

    I'm not fully sure like, still need to see my school calendar and when everything is really, have to make sure I don't miss anything important. But I'm trying to see a F1 race next year...

    fair enough :)

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:23

    woah, I can book a one way flight London -> Melbourne for less than $1k for the date I need, I think I have to get on that.

    Melbourne to Frankfurt can wait :)

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:25

    also, now that that calendar is all ratified and what not

    WHO'S COMING TO GERMANY WITH MEEEEEE

    I need to spend a whole evening doing costings for all the 'big things' I want to do next year, before committing to anything. With Hock, Spa and LM there are tough choices to make. :)

    Also I need to take my mate to Silverstone on Sunday after next to try and use it as a carrot/stick to make him come to Le Mans with me because he's got camping gear and knows how to use it..

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 23:27

    I need to spend a whole evening doing costings for all the 'big things' I want to do next year, before committing to anything. With Hock, Spa and LM there are tough choices to make. :)

    if spa isn't a bank holiday, is that worse? but if it's the last one until 2014 though you might wanna go :)

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:29

    The Singapore airlines site keeps giving me prices in GBP and my brain doesn't work that way :(

    Just because I'm departing from London doesn't mean I want you to override my "Location: Australia" settings

    Their website is horrible.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:29

    if spa isn't a bank holiday, is that worse? but if it's the last one until 2014 though you might wanna go :)

    It is only worse because it uses up another day of holiday allocation, but in other ways it is better because the Eurotunnel won't be as busy as it was last year.

    The 2014 thing is the biggest consideration in going there next year to be honest.

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 23:30

    lovely daily mr colin.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:32

    Howdy.

    I have just see Cowboys and Aliens. I give it a big tick Yes.

    Ooh I got home and found an envelope with some F1 Minute stickers, thanks very much :)

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:33

    grrr stupid website keeps taking me back to the homepage. Don't they know I should be working, not booking flights?

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 23:34

    Ooh I got home and found an envelope with some F1 Minute stickers, thanks very much

    w00t!

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:44

    yaaay I now have a flight! I will be leaving your fine shores on 9 August next year :)

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:45

    I don't think they're like Spa who let us make lots of little bookings then still sit together so I'll eventually decide on a cut off date and if you're in before then we can sit together, if you're not you can sit by yourself if you later decide to come :D

    Good idea.

    I'll do my best to get there but I might not arrange it until after Christmas.

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 23:46

    I'll do my best to get there but I might not arrange it until after Christmas.

    I doubt I'll buy tickets until next year anyway (shocking for me, I know!)

    My credit card won't forgive me otherwise, I think I just hurt its feelings by booking that flight.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:48

    w00t!

    I donated a little something, it isn't much but you might be able to get some wine..

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 23:52

    My credit card won't forgive me otherwise

    That's why I can't book yet! Well, technically I can, I just don't want to load it up.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 00:08

    I'll do my best to get there but I might not arrange it until after Christmas.

    I doubt I'll buy tickets until next year anyway (shocking for me, I know!)

    My credit card won't forgive me otherwise, I think I just hurt its feelings by booking that flight.

    For what it might be worth, I found return flights Thur-Mon on Lufthansa Gatwick-Frankfurt for £124.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 00:09

    For what it might be worth, I found return flights Thur-Mon on Lufthansa Gatwick-Frankfurt for £124.

    Just in case going via London is cheaper than Melbourne to Frankfurt.

    I wanted to check in case it was crazy cheap being the night after the GP dates were announced. :)

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 00:11

    Just in case going via London is cheaper than Melbourne to Frankfurt.

    it's roughy the same to fly to London or Frankfurt but thanks anyway :D

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 00:27

    I donated a little something, it isn't much but you might be able to get some wine..

    you're a star, thank you. we sent out as many stickers as we could afford based on donations coming in, so everything helps muchly.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 02:26

    yay email from air asia!

    They have arranged accommodation for 3 nights October 15-18, and have also booked domestic flights from Seoul to Yeongam for us. Wow! No bullet train for me anymore :)

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 02:56

    They have arranged accommodation for 3 nights October 15-18, and have also booked domestic flights from Seoul to Yeongam for us. Wow! No bullet train for me anymore :)

    hooray! :D

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 03:30

    hooray! :D

    I have replied to enquire about transport to the track, I assume they'll have something sorted but Yeongam is just that little bit further away than Mokpo. I've also asked when they'll know the dates so Jeremy can book his flight to Melbourne and I can reconfirm my leave. If we have to fly back to Seoul I doubt we'll make the early Monday flight to KL that I was planning on.

    It's all coming together slowly with only 7 weeks to go!

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 03:33

    It's all coming together slowly with only 7 weeks to go!

    It's getting there, it's getting there! :D I personally hope that the title is clinched at Korea so you'd be there to see a little history. :)

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 03:37

    It's getting there, it's getting there! :D I personally hope that the title is clinched at Korea so you'd be there to see a little history. :)

    and I still have Sydney and Singapore and my friends wedding to get through first! It's a busy tine of year. It'll be a poor time of year too as most of my leave will be unpaid :(

    Seeing the title won would be very very cool. I will also accept Lotus's first points.

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 04:21

    and I still have Sydney and Singapore and my friends wedding to get through first! It's a busy tine of year. It'll be a poor time of year too as most of my leave will be unpaid :(

    And you still have next year! Gosh, I don't know how you do it. You should really start saving soon. :)

    Seeing the title won would be very very cool. I will also accept Lotus's first points.

    You'll need a good amount of rain to even make that possible.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 04:23

    You should really start saving soon.

    .....dad? ;)

    You'll need a good amount of rain to even make that possible.

    they had more than enough last year!

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 04:25

    .....dad? ;)

    :D Ha!

    they had more than enough last year!

    Let's just hope they didn't take the extra rain from this year. ;)

  • F1Wolf01/09/2011 at 04:27

    You'll need a good amount of rain to even make that possible.

    Italian grand prix at monza will be a big few days for Team Lotus. New technology, new people , new location with caterham cars. The future looks good for our F1 team.

    Posted by: tonyfernandes

  • F1Wolf01/09/2011 at 04:28

    morning

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 05:44

    You'll need a good amount of rain to even make that possible.

    Italian grand prix at monza will be a big few days for Team Lotus. New technology, new people , new location with caterham cars. The future looks good for our F1 team.

    Posted by: tonyfernandes

    New... name? :D

  • F1Wolf01/09/2011 at 05:54

    New... name? :D

    I think they are going to stick with Team Loftus they tested at Spa :-)

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 06:15

    Im a huge fan of the fact Indian gp tickets start at 35 pounds for 3 days :)

    http://www.jaypeesports.com/purchase-tickets.shtml

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:35

    Good morning.

    Anyone is awake?

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 06:35

    Anyone is awake?

    always

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 06:35

    Anyone is awake?

    Allegedly

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:38

    always

    Yes, I know you don't sleep too much hehe.

    But now it is the afternoon in Australia, isn't it?

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:39

    Allegedly

    Hi Nick.

    Will you go to Jaypee later this year? I've read you posted something about the tickets. 35 pounds is nothing for a F1 ticket!

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 06:40

    But now it is the afternoon in Australia, isn't it?

    4.40pm, almost finished work for the day :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:41

    4.40pm, almost finished work for the day :)

    Good for you! Here it is 8:42am. I am on holidays, but in two weeks i'll have to return to the high school.......

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 06:42

    Will you go to Jaypee later this year? I've read you posted something about the tickets. 35 pounds is nothing for a F1 ticket!

    There is a possibility, we need to have a work meeting in india, so maybe we will have it in Delhi around the same date :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:44

    There is a possibility, we need to have a work meeting in india, so maybe we will have it in Delhi around the same date :)

    Lucky you :)

    The track looks good, and I can't wait to test it in the F1 2011 game.

    I guess it won't be the only Indian track in the calendar in the future...

  • F1Wolf01/09/2011 at 06:48

    Anyone is awake?

    yep, but falling asleep after lunch

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 06:49

    I've just updated the 'Friends' page of my blog.

    If you have a personal website, you can ask me and i'll put a link there :)

    http://martif1.com/webs/webs-amigas/

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 06:51

    yep, but falling asleep after lunch

    We have had a 2 day holiday, and the weekend starts tomorrow, every other business in this business park has taken thursday off...

    good parking though :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 07:32

    There's nothing worse than checking out the woothemes.com themes portfolio.

    You would like to buy them all!

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 07:32

    I just got a letter from Haymarket thanking me for my recent subscription payment but that it was rejected by my credit card company

    That confirms my suspicion that they were auto-renewing my F1 Racing subscription which I certainly never asked them to do. Old expired credit card details to the rescue! Now they'll stop taking my money for their magazine I don't even want!

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 07:34

    That confirms my suspicion that they were auto-renewing my F1 Racing subscription which I certainly never asked them to do. Old expired credit card details to the rescue! Now they'll stop taking my money for their magazine I don't even want!

    Couldn't you ask your bank to not do the payment to Haymarket?

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 07:35

    If you have a personal website, you can ask me and i'll put a link there :)

    You can always put mine there if you want - f1numbers.wordpress.com ;)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 07:35

    You can always put mine there if you want - f1numbers.wordpress.com ;)

    Here I go :)

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 07:36

    We have had a 2 day holiday, and the weekend starts tomorrow, every other business in this business park has taken thursday off...

    Yeah, we had some colleagues visiting us because of that...

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 07:41

    Couldn't you ask your bank to not do the payment to Haymarket?

    last time they took the money out I thought 'ooh I didn't ask for that' and then assumed that perhaps it was a once off :D

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 07:47

    You can always put mine there if you want - f1numbers.wordpress.com ;)

    Here it is! ;) http://martif1.com/webs/webs-amigas/

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 07:52

    You can always put mine there if you want - f1numbers.wordpress.com ;)

    Here it is! ;) http://martif1.com/webs/webs-amigas/

    Thanks man. Although I should point out that my blog is actually called 'Making Up The Numbers'.

    Lots of us here have blogs though so you may have quite a few to add!

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 07:53

    Lots of us here have blogs though so you may have quite a few to add!

    Now I'll update the name ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 08:06

    Morning all

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 08:22

    Morning Leigh

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 08:22

    Hi Marti

    How are you today?

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 08:23

    How are you today?

    Fine, thanks :) And you?

    I've just had breakfast, now I'll update some little things of my blog!

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 08:24

    Fine, thanks :) And you?

    I'm not bad - just started work. Nice enough day.

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 08:25

    Thankfully, the forecast for Rockingham this weekend is nice

    Phew

    :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 08:26

    Thankfully, the forecast for Rockingham this weekend is nice

    I think the forecast of where I am says it will rain.

    Not bad, I like to hear raining when I am out of the city, but if I am in Barcelona it makes me sad.

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 08:27

    I think the forecast of where I am says it will rain.

    :/

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 08:40

    Just read Wordpress.com has 500.000.000 visits par month. Wow!

    My blog only has 200-300 xD

  • That'll be the Day01/09/2011 at 09:00

    How well do you know your Formula 1 history?

    The book That'll be the Day: 365 F1 Stories takes a look at significant moments or quirky happenings on this day in Grand Prix history. Can you guess what event the following describes?

    - Who became the youngest driver to test an F1 car on this day in 2010, sitting behind the wheel of the Lotus?

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:36

    Just read Wordpress.com has 500.000.000 visits par month. Wow!

    My blog only has 200-300 xD

    i think the max you can get as an f1 site is about 50,000 - if that's a more realistic target :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 09:38

    i think the max you can get as an f1 site is about 50,000 - if that's a more realistic target :)

    Never that bothered about numbers though. I've always felt that if you start writing for numbers, then you may not in the right head spot.

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 09:38

    But that's just me...

    :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:39

    i think the max you can get as an f1 site is about 50,000 - if that's a more realistic target :)

    Actually my target is 20 visits par day hehehe

    I know a spanish f1 website which has 1.000.000 different visitors par month. It's the largest spanish f1 web on the net.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:39

    Never that bothered about numbers though. I've always felt that if you start writing for numbers, then you may not in the right head spot.

    a noble stance.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:40

    Never that bothered about numbers though. I've always felt that if you start writing for numbers, then you may not in the right head spot.

    I don't write for numbers, believe me. If I did so, then I would have quit in the second week of having my blog (sorry for my english).

    I just enjoy :)

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:40

    I don't write for numbers, believe me. If I did so, then I would have quit in the second week of having my blog (sorry for my english).

    i like looking at charts and graphs.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:41

    I know a spanish f1 website which has 1.000.000 different visitors par month. It's the largest spanish f1 web on the net.

    actually. 50,000 individual users might be the figure. here's autosport's data:

    https://www.google.com/adplanner/site_profile#siteDetails?uid=domain%3A%20autosport.com&geo=001&lp=false

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:41

    i like looking at charts and graphs.

    Yes, me too, although my stats look like Monaco. Now we go up, now down,...

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:43

    https://www.googl…=001&lp=false

    320.000 unique visitors. I always thought they had more...

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 09:44

    I don't write for numbers, believe me. If I did so, then I would have quit in the second week of having my blog (sorry for my english).

    I just enjoy :)

    All's good.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 09:46

    actually. 50,000 individual users might be the figure. here's autosport's data:

    I must have contributed to that downward trend, I can't remember the last time I went there!

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:49

    320.000 unique visitors. I always thought they had more...

    ooh, it's 50k a day, for some reason i thought that was a month. that's a slightly higher target to hit.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:50

    I must have contributed to that downward trend, I can't remember the last time I went there!

    where are you getting your news?

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:50

    ooh, it's 50k a day, for some reason i thought that was a month. that's a slightly higher target to hit.

    What do you mean?

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 09:51

    where are you getting your news?

    F1 Minute app!

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:51

    F1 Minute app!

    ha! touché.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 09:51

    F1 Minute app!

    plus twitter and the comments. Speed newsing.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:53

    I am looking at the Autosport data and I see that the visits to their website are decrising. They've decreased a 50% in four months!

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:53

    I am looking at the Autosport data and I see that the visits to their website are decrising. They've decreased a 50% in four months!

    i blame twitter ;)

    that is a lot though. ouchy.

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 09:55

    I am looking at the Autosport data and I see that the visits to their website are decrising. They've decreased a 50% in four months!

    ...or there was news at the time (Perez Monaco crash / Bahrain debacle) that inflated their numbers at that time and what we see now is actually a return to normality.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:55

    ...or there was news at the time (Perez Monaco crash / Bahrain debacle) that inflated their numbers at that time and what we see now is actually a return to normality.

    Yes, it could be this.

    Something similar happens to the website where I work.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:56

    i blame twitter ;)

    But can twitter assume the rol of professional journalism website? I think no. :S

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 09:56

    I am looking at the Autosport data and I see that the visits to their website are decrising. They've decreased a 50% in four months!

    Thats over 16 months. But looking at their demographic data, i would say its a very valuable place to advertise.

    -High numbers of Males 25-34

    -High proportion High earners

    -Average time on site over 5 mins

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:57

    ...or there was news at the time (Perez Monaco crash / Bahrain debacle) that inflated their numbers at that time and what we see now is actually a return to normality.

    interesting. their paywall views aren't decreasing as much: https://www.google.com/adplanner/site_profile#siteDetails?uid=domain%3A%20plus.autosport.com&geo=001&lp=false

    forum is tailing off too: https://www.google.com/adplanner/site_profile#siteDetails?uid=domain%3A%20forums.autosport.com&geo=001&lp=false

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 09:58

    forum is tailing off too: https://www.googl…=001&lp=false

    I wonder how much relevance a lot of site forums have nowadays though. Have they largely been replaced by social networks and site comment sections?

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 09:59

    That's the website where I work: https://www.google.com/adplanner/site_profile#siteDetails?uid=domain%3A%20caranddriverthef1.com&geo=001&lp=false

    The visits have decreasede too, but not too much as autosport.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 09:59

    I wonder how much relevance a lot of site forums have nowadays though. Have they largely been replaced by social networks and site comment sections?

    social is replacing forums and comments.

    of note, the demographic for the forum is 100% male. that's quite the achievement :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 10:00

    of note, the demographic for the forum is 100% male. that's quite the achievement :)

    Hehehehee

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 10:01

    Here's my little new Life List :) With a link to Christine's blog.

    http://martif1.com/sobremi/life-list/

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 10:01

    social is replacing forums and comments.

    Yes, there are more comments on Facebook or Twitter than in websites.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 10:04

    Yes, there are more comments on Facebook or Twitter than in websites.

    facebook comments can be added to blogs to replace traditional comments too: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/08/hurricane_irene.html#comments

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 10:05

    facebook comments can be added to blogs to replace traditional comments too: www.boston.com/bi…ene.html#comments

    Yes, I think wordpress did something related to this.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 10:05

    Jeremy had his leave approved today :D

    yay for nice bosses!

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 10:06

    Jeremy had his leave approved today :D

    yay for nice bosses!

    Good stuff - enjoy Korea

    :D

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 10:07

    Jeremy had his leave approved today :D

    yay for nice bosses!

    w00t!

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 10:07

    w00t!

    Pamelas boss could learn a thing or two from them :(

  • F1Wolf01/09/2011 at 10:09

    But can twitter assume the rol of professional journalism website? I think no. :S

    there are many people interested in news, not in journalism, and that twitter can provide ...

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 10:09

    there are many people interested in news, not in journalism, and that twitter can provide ...

    Touché

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 10:10

    Well, time to leave.

    See you later! :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 10:10

    See you Marti

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 10:23

    ...or there was news at the time (Perez Monaco crash / Bahrain debacle) that inflated their numbers at that time and what we see now is actually a return to normality.

    There's also a lot of '(x) thinks their new car will be faster', '(y) says he expected to do better'.

    Ya think? :)

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 10:24

    There's also a lot of '(x) thinks their new car will be faster', '(y) says he expected to do better'.

    more than there used to be though?

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 10:25

    interesting. their paywall views aren't decreasing as much: https://www.googl…=001&lp=false

    I don't have time to analyse the stats so I won't look at them until later, but I will say their paywall articles are the best thing they have.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 10:25

    I don't have time to analyse the stats so I won't look at them until later, but I will say their paywall articles are the best thing they have.

    agreed.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 10:26

    more than there used to be though?

    Maybe not in numbers of them, but it feels that way in terms of a signal:noise ratio. It would mean going back and checking and comparing to now, though.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 10:29

    Maybe not in numbers of them, but it feels that way in terms of a signal:noise ratio. It would mean going back and checking and comparing to now, though.

    i was thinking the same, but didn't know if it was because i was paying more attention, or they are getting worse.

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 10:42

    Maybe not in numbers of them, but it feels that way in terms of a signal:noise ratio. It would mean going back and checking and comparing to now, though.

    i was thinking the same, but didn't know if it was because i was paying more attention, or they are getting worse.

    Autosport is less easy to read than it used to be. I also think most F1 news isn't as earth shattering as it used to be, so those like GPWeek and GP+ can nicely summarise it without losing too many readers.

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 10:43

    I also agree, forums have become too hardcore and social media have replaced them.

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 10:54

    Jeremy had his leave approved today

    yay for nice bosses!

    Hooray! :D

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 10:55

    I don't have time to analyse the stats so I won't look at them until later, but I will say their paywall articles are the best thing they have.

    agreed.

    Kinda like F1 on Sky, then. :D

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 10:56

    Autosport is less easy to read than it used to be. I also think most F1 news isn't as earth shattering as it used to be, so those like GPWeek and GP+ can nicely summarise it without losing too many readers.

    Autosport's main purpose now is to confirm news. The news is already widely known to what would be Autosport's main audience (hardcore fans) before they even get to publish it.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:01

    I have an internet connection. I still can't make calls from my phone as it diverts to BT but I only use the line for internet anyway. Shame I have to go out shortly after waiting two days to get connected.

    I assume BT has decided that I have paid the zero pounds, zero pence I owed them

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 11:02

    Autosport is less easy to read than it used to be. I also think most F1 news isn't as earth shattering as it used to be, so those like GPWeek and GP+ can nicely summarise it without losing too many readers.

    Mmm I suppose with less politics, or less dramatic politics anyway.

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 11:02

    Mmm I suppose with less politics, or less dramatic politics anyway.

    yesh.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 11:02

    I assume BT has decided that I have paid the zero pounds, zero pence I owed them

    I would've sent them a cheque for that amount.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 11:02

    I assume BT has decided that I have paid the zero pounds, zero pence I owed them

    !!

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 11:02

    I would've sent them a cheque for that amount.

    :) :)

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 11:03

    I would've sent them a cheque for that amount.

    That has been known to crash computers before!

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:03

    I would've sent them a cheque for that amount.

    That would have taken longer but would not have meant spending hours in mobile phone bills.

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 11:03

    yesh.

    I really should wear my glasses when I type!

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:04

    I have an internet connection.

    I do too until the landlord turns off the generator any moment. So if I stop responding, that's why.

    Hopefully today power will be restored. Still no power or running water. Day 5.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 11:04

    I really should wear my glasses when I type!

    I thought you were being the Churchill dog.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:04

    !!

    You missed that a couple of days ago. The 'restricted' my phone line because I had not paid zero pounds, zero pence. Restricted means incoming calls only. Not much use when it is only used for the internet

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:05

    You missed that a couple of days ago. The 'restricted' my phone line because I had not paid zero pounds, zero pence. Restricted means incoming calls only. Not much use when it is only used for the internet

    omg.

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 11:06

    You missed that a couple of days ago. The 'restricted' my phone line because I had not paid zero pounds, zero pence. Restricted means incoming calls only. Not much use when it is only used for the internet

    Scottish or English pounds?

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 11:06

    You missed that a couple of days ago. The 'restricted' my phone line because I had not paid zero pounds, zero pence. Restricted means incoming calls only. Not much use when it is only used for the internet

    Demand a refund for the inconvenience

    ;)

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:06

    I do too until the landlord turns off the generator any moment. So if I stop responding, that's why.

    Is everything else OK there? I spoke to someone a day or two in NJ who got a direct hit and the only problem was his power went out for a few hours.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:06

    Scottish or English pounds?

    :D

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:08

    Is everything else OK there? I spoke to someone a day or two in NJ who got a direct hit and the only problem was his power went out for a few hours.

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/08/hurricane_irene.html

    Lots of trees down. Flooding has receded for the most part here. First day of school postponed to Tuesday because the police don't want kids walking under precarious tree situations.

    Worst grid destruction we've ever had.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:09

    Demand a refund for the inconvenience

    I will write up the whole thing as I have been taking notes. I have a claims form arriving in not more than 5 days. Well 3 now. For all the inconvenience involved BT will only pay a pound a day without receipts. We will see about that. For reasons I never quite understood one of the managers I spoke to decided to give me a pound a day for every day since the bill was paid. Seemed pretty random but I wasn't going to argue about free money. Sadly the bill was only paid 5 days ago.

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:09

    Lots of trees down. Flooding has receded for the most part here. First day of school postponed to Tuesday because the police don't want kids walking under precarious tree situations.

    and downed power lines.

    Shelters are open so people can have food, water and shower.

    We're getting there, though. I had a dream last night power came back on. :)

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:10

    Lots of trees down. Flooding has receded for the most part here. First day of school postponed to Tuesday because the police don't want kids walking under precarious tree situations.

    You always find a way to get days off school

    Worst grid destruction we've ever had.

    Ouch

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:10

    You always find a way to get days off school

    hehehe

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:11

    We're getting there, though. I had a dream last night power came back on. :)

    Crews from as far as Texas, Florida, Missouri here to help. Yay, help!

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:12

    I will write up the whole thing as I have been taking notes..

    Can't wait to read that. What a mess.

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:13

    We're getting there, though. I had a dream last night power came back on. :)

    Vermont is VERY bad, though. The flooding there was really, really bad. They need a lot more help than we do.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 11:14

    and downed power lines.

    There must be a fair few of those

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:15

    There must be a fair few of those

    um, yeah. hehe

    Thousands.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:16

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/08/hurricane_irene.html

    #7 That is a candidate for a Darwin Award

    #12 Why not put it inside rather than in the pool?

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:17

    #7 That is a candidate for a Darwin Award

    I thought the same.

    #12 Why not put it inside rather than in the pool?

    I dunno. Maybe not enough room inside? I'm not a qualified lifeguard, so I don't know the protocol. :)

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:20

    Useful information

    If BT tell you that there is no way they can guarantee that they can re-connect your phone line in less than 24 hours they are lying.

    When you get to someone more senior and they say there is no way they can guarantee less than 5 hours they are lying

    Eventually after a great deal of moaning and complaining and making their lives miserable you can get someone to connect to their senior manager who can do it immediately. Well in 30 minutes anyway.

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:21

    Useful information

    *makes a note*

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:21

    F1 Apex looking for feedback on new results page

    http://f1apex.jimmymorris.co.uk/results.php

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:21

    I dunno. Maybe not enough room inside? I'm not a qualified lifeguard, so I don't know the protocol. :)

    Seems odd to lob them in the pool. That doesn't seem a whole lot safer. The only thing I can think is that they will break up waves in the pool and stop that causing problems

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:22

    Seems odd to lob them in the pool. That doesn't seem a whole lot safer. The only thing I can think is that they will break up waves in the pool and stop that causing problems

    oh yeah, good thinkin'.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:22

    *makes a note*

    You need to find a way to get the powers that be to le you stay in the country first

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:22

    You need to find a way to get the powers that be to le you stay in the country first

    *makes another note*

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:24

    F1 Apex looking for feedback on new results page

    I like that. Never seen that site before

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:25

    I like that. Never seen that site before

    I follow them on twitter.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:26

    I have to go out now. I really don't want to leave my internet connection now it is working but I have to. If I am not around this evening it is because I have no phone line because someone at BT has decided that it is fun to have me call and rant at more people

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:27

    I have to go out now. I really don't want to leave my internet connection now it is working but I have to. If I am not around this evening it is because I have no phone line because someone at BT has decided that it is fun to have me call and rant at more people

    Good luck. School has power so I will have access there today until 2:30, then who knows, whenever the generator is on or the power comes back.

    Miss you guys and a normal life.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 11:31

    Miss you guys and a normal life.

    It is very sad if we are your definition of normality

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:33

    It is very sad if we are your definition of normality

    hehe

    I miss you guys.

    I miss a normal life, with running water at home, and food I can cook and keep cold.

    Fixed. :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 11:48

    Hello again :)

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:52

    Hello again :)

    Hi Marti :)

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 11:57

    Growth in AT&T's data traffic in from 2007-2010?

    8000%

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 11:58

    8000%

    Not bad, I think hehe.

    One company that doesn't know what crisis means. Lucky them.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 11:59

    8000%

    I hope they've been maintaining their network to cope with that :)

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 12:00

    @vickychandhok Great day with Charlie Whiting today inspecting the BIC for the Indian GP who said the progress "exceeded expectations" ! !

    https://twitter.com/#!/vickychandhok/statuses/109233772448329729

  • Kai01/09/2011 at 12:00

    I hope they've been maintaining their network to cope with that :)

    They're looking to buy all kinds of other companies to keep up. They're known here as the captains of dropped calls, so, I guess "not quite" is the answer so far. I have them, and it's just ok. I want something else.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 12:11

    Surfing the net, trying to found out how to code a pop-up in HTML.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 12:11

    Surfing the net, trying to found out how to code a pop-up in HTML.

    window.open("http://example.com");

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 12:13

    window.open("http://example.com");

    Thanks :) Is it javascript?

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 12:15

    Thanks :) Is it javascript?

    yeah, put it inside a method that's bound to your click event.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 12:32

    yeah, put it inside a method that's bound to your click event.

    Shame, then I can't use it.

    My blog is a wordpress.com one.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 12:35

    My blog is a wordpress.com one.

    yeah, always a problem.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 12:36

    yeah, always a problem.

    I think I will create a .org as soon as I can.

  • James01/09/2011 at 12:47

    @vickychandhok Great day with Charlie Whiting today inspecting the BIC for the Indian GP who said the progress "exceeded expectations" ! !

    https://twitter.c…09233772448329729

    low expectations then? ;)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 12:48

    low expectations then? ;)

    Good point of view

  • Alex Andronov01/09/2011 at 12:58

    I'm off to bed now. Jessica Ennis. Goodnight.

  • Christine01/09/2011 at 12:59

    I'm off to bed now. Jessica Ennis. Goodnight.

  • Alex Andronov01/09/2011 at 13:01

    It really does work in almost any situation :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 13:01

    I'm off to bed now. Jessica Ennis. Goodnight.

    Bye Alex.

    What happens with this sentence? I've read it twice today! :P

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 13:04

    What happens with this sentence? I've read it twice today! :P

    you have to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6o52kZxvtg#t=188s

    these people wanted the rights to f1 coverage in the uk.

  • RG01/09/2011 at 13:10

    you have to watch this: www.youtube.com/w…6o52kZxvtg#t=188s

    Oooh, I wouldn't want to be the one to get John Rawling's name wrong...

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 13:16

    you have to watch this: www.youtube.com/w…6o52kZxvtg#t=188s

    ooh thats cringeworthy

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 13:19

    you have to watch this: www.youtube.com/w…6o52kZxvtg#t=188s

    is that really worse than andy grey on sky sports though? he just happens to be a famous, if poor presenter

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 13:20

    I think my favourite bit is when he's talking about the decathlon.

    "Thats coming up..........um........rightnowtenevents....

  • RG01/09/2011 at 13:22

    is that really worse than andy grey on sky sports though? he just happens to be a famous, if poor presenter

    Andy Gray was at least capable of being in front of a camera in a live environment and know what he was talking about. To some extent.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 13:22

    you have to watch this: www.youtube.com/w…6o52kZxvtg#t=188s

    My situation has gone worse.

    I wanted to know what was the joke about, and I see the explanaiton is in a YouTube video. And I am connected with a really slow connection :(

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 13:25

    Andy Gray was at least capable of being in front of a camera in a live environment and know what he was talking about. To some extent.

    ...or any worse than Sky's muted F1 presenter, Georgie Thompson being arrested for drink driving last week?

  • Christine01/09/2011 at 13:26

    ...or any worse than Sky's muted F1 presenter, Georgie Thompson being arrested for drink driving last week?

    During a live broadcast? Jeez louise.

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 13:27

    During a live broadcast? Jeez louise.

    Not yet, but who know what calamity may happen in the future?

  • Alex Andronov01/09/2011 at 13:28

    During a live broadcast? Jeez louise.

    he he love "Jeez louise"

    When asking for keys I always say, "keys please louise" which does tend to confuse people

  • Alex Andronov01/09/2011 at 13:30

    I can't link to it here but there was an absolutely fantastic mistake by an American sports journalist who said something on air when he thought he was off air and also spawned a strange out of context internet meme phrase.

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 13:31

    When asking for keys I always say, "keys please louise" which does tend to confuse people

    I like "cheese please louise"

  • Alex Andronov01/09/2011 at 13:32

    I like "cheese please louise"

    Oh yes... that too

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 13:32

    I can't link to it here but there was an absolutely fantastic mistake by an American sports journalist who said something on air when he thought he was off air and also spawned a strange out of context internet meme phrase.

    in New Zealand our journalists just do a little 'yay I rule' fist pump when they think no one can see them. Very Ana Ivanovic.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 13:33

    I can't link to it here but there was an absolutely fantastic mistake by an American sports journalist who said something on air when he thought he was off air and also spawned a strange out of context internet meme phrase.

    Situation: Airport. All the flights are cancelled and people is angry. The airport is fuuuull of people.

    The journalist, who thinks he is off air, starts screaming: "¡SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT IS HAPPENING!"

    It was epic hahahaha

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 13:51

    for those pondering Sidepockenheim 2012 the hotel I have booked has gone up 120 Euro in the three weeks since I booked it. Get in early for the best prices :D

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 13:54

    for those pondering Sidepockenheim 2012 the hotel I have booked has gone up 120 Euro in the three weeks since I booked it. Get in early for the best prices :D

    I love that track, but unfortunetely it will took me some years before I can go there.

    Le Mans, my european dream (waves)

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 13:56

    I love that track, but unfortunetely it will took me some years before I can go there.

    don't worry, I hadn't been anywhere at your age, theres plenty of time :)

  • Christine01/09/2011 at 14:02

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/an-aside-with-joe-the-absolutely-greatest-thing-since-toasted-fried-bread

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 14:02

    for those pondering Sidepockenheim 2012 the hotel I have booked has gone up 120 Euro in the three weeks since I booked it. Get in early for the best prices :D

    Ouch, what is the total for it now?

    I thought they said people don't go to Germany any more :)

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 14:02
  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 14:03

    Ping: sidepodcast.com/p…asted-fried-bread

    Ooh a surprise podcast :)

    Now I have to wait 3 hours to hear it.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 14:03

    Ouch, what is the total for it now?

    €445.45 for 4 nights

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 14:06

    €445.45 for 4 nights

    Ouch.

  • Amy01/09/2011 at 14:06

    Ouch.

    not too bad between two though :)

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 14:07

    not too bad between two though :)

    Exactly what I was thinking. :)

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 14:07

    not too bad between two though :)

    Aaah then it's better :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 14:16

    Ping: sidepodcast.com/p…asted-fried-bread

    Mega

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 14:31

    Interesting-ish

    http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns23528.html

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 14:34
  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 14:35

    Sad news...

    If it happens. Admittedly the suggested replacements do not inspire huge amounts of confidence

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 14:42

    http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns23528.html

    Lotus should grab him instead of trulli!

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 14:42

    Lotus should grab him instead of trulli!

    It's a bit late for that...

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 14:43

    If it happens. Admittedly the suggested replacements do not inspire huge amounts of confidence

    No, they just inspire money...

  • Leigh O'Gorman01/09/2011 at 14:44

    No, they just inspire money...

    Williams with two pay drivers? Just sad...

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 14:46

    nice prizes for rob's charity gig: https://www.facebook.com/notes/zoes-place-baby-hospice-middlesbrough/fancy-a-bid-have-a-look-at-the-amazing-some-of-the-amazing-prizes-we-have/10150350496536763

    - Two places at an F1 Test Day at Silverstone (or Barcelona if no Test at Silverstone)

    interesting.

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 14:47

    - Two places at an F1 Test Day at Silverstone (or Barcelona if no Test at Silverstone)

    Interesting.

    Tests at Silverstone? I had read that it would be two weeks here. Maybe they go to Silverstone and it snows again..

  • Nick (@Twiger)01/09/2011 at 14:49

    nice prizes for rob's charity gig: https://www.faceb…10150350496536763

    - Two places at an F1 Test Day at Silverstone (or Barcelona if no Test at Silverstone)

    You are going to get a higher price if you suggest its at silverstone ;)

    interesting.

  • Sidepodcast Classics01/09/2011 at 17:00

    Enjoy a little something from the Sidepodcast back catalogue.

    - Live: Crashed Ice, Round 4 - Québec, Canada

    Originally published 19 March 2011.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 17:51

    absolutely didn't see this coming: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/scuderia-toro-rosso-ownership/

    The Spanish media is reporting that Scuderia Toro Rosso will be taken over from the Italian Grand Prix onwards by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 17:55

    absolutely didn't see this coming: joesaward.wordpre…-rosso-ownership/

    sounds like an ipic deal of money involved.

  • RG01/09/2011 at 17:55

    The Spanish media is reporting that Scuderia Toro Rosso will be taken over from the Italian Grand Prix onwards by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the United Arab Emirates.

    So Toro Rosso = Manchester City?

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 17:56

    sounds like an ipic deal of money involved.

    :) :)

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 17:58

    I was starting to like the name Toro Rosso and everything, they feel like an established team now. Hope they don't undergo a major change. Although moving away from the Red Bull livery would be useful...

  • Christine01/09/2011 at 18:01

    absolutely didn't see this coming: joesaward.wordpre…-rosso-ownership/

    There is not allowed to be news when I have gone away for a day!

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:01

    So Toro Rosso = Manchester City?

    i have no idea what that means. did they get bought out?

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:01

    Also thank you for the strickers mr and mrs c :D

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:01

    There is not allowed to be news when I have gone away for a day!

    *waves*

    i think joe has the scoop, you're okay for a day or two.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:01

    Also thank you for the strickers mr and mrs c :D

    yippeee!

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:02

    i have no idea what that means. did they get bought out?

    man city got bought out by arab oil peoples with lots and lots of money despite initially being quite poor

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:02

    yippeee!

    i was like.. oooh, coool, i have 2 sets... no wait... there's more!!!

    best letter ever.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:02

    man city got bought out by arab oil peoples with lots and lots of money despite initially being quite poor

    ah-ha.

  • RG01/09/2011 at 18:03

    i have no idea what that means. did they get bought out?

    They were your standard, mid-table club, hadn't done anything special in years (and I mean years). Dubai prince comes in, spends stupid money on the best players going, and Roque Santa Cruz, and are probably going to challenge for the title this year.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:03

    They were your standard, mid-table club, hadn't done anything special in years (and I mean years). Dubai prince comes in, spends stupid money on the best players going, and Roque Santa Cruz, and are probably going to challenge for the title this year.

    ah yes. didn't chelsea do that years ago too?

  • RG01/09/2011 at 18:05

    ah yes. didn't chelsea do that years ago too?

    Yep. For the likes of Mallorca and Paris St Germain as well, could really transform the team.

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:05

    ah yes. didn't chelsea do that years ago too?

    Yeah. Abromavich pretty much kicked off the whole rich worldwide billionaires buying your bog standard premier league clubs thing I'd say

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:06

    Heheheh. Love the irony of this photo.

    http://twitpic.com/6ei926

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:10

    Also I really wish I realised weeks ago the red bull thingy on Saturday was a ticket only event and not a general public event :(

  • Marti01/09/2011 at 18:11

    Hello.

    Back from a 20km ride with my bike.

    How is the Sidepodworld this afternoon?

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:11

    Also I really wish I realised weeks ago the red bull thingy on Saturday was a ticket only event and not a general public event :(

    oh no. how do/did you have to get tickets?

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:11

    oh no. how do/did you have to get tickets?

    well, it seems from that game they posted online, and... uh...

    ...beats me. All the website says is look out for local promotions, except, nobody has promoted it locally.

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:12

    even phoned up the South Wales Argus newspaper and they had no idea what I was on about

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:15

    ...beats me. All the website says is look out for local promotions, except, nobody has promoted it locally.

    put they can't close the streets of cardiff to the public, can they?

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:15

    put they can't close the streets of cardiff to the public, can they?

    it's in cardiff bay so it's off the streets

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:16

    it's in cardiff bay so it's off the streets

    ahh, boo. it says you needed to get special ring pulls in cans in june. sheesh.

  • Christine01/09/2011 at 18:16

    i think joe has the scoop, you're okay for a day or two.

    Phew!

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:17

    ahh, boo. it says you needed to get special ring pulls in cans in june. sheesh.

    poorly publicised. :(

    Still gonna go down and try and blag my way in though. #sneaky

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:17

    Still gonna go down and try and blag my way in though. #sneaky

    good man.

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:17

    absolutely didn't see this coming: joesaward.wordpre…-rosso-ownership/

    sounds like an ipic deal of money involved.

    :D seriously, though, it explains why Ricciardo got sent to HRT instead of STR. it does make you wonder where he'll be in 2012, though. i also wonder if Aabar will sell their stake in Mercedes, or if they decide to make IPIC their junior team - but given that Mercedes already power so many other teams, I'm not sure that's feasible.

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:21

    Why Stefano's autograph and not Luca's? :D

    http://twitpic.com/6ed8pd

    Can anyone also figure out what car they got this from?

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:22

    Can anyone also figure out what car they got this from?

    I am going to go out on a limb and say... a Ferrari.

    #couldnthelpmyself

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:22

    I am going to go out on a limb and say... a Ferrari.

    Well, yes, but a Ferrari what? :D

    And don't say F1 car. :P

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 18:22

    Hi all. I am still connected to the world. Although for a few seconds I was getting a no internet access and I was ready to scream and shout at BT people again. For reasons I don't understand I still can't dial out on my phone but I will let the BT people who responded to my earlier 'explanatory' tweets deal with that in the morning.

    Of course Had I had an internet connection two days ago when they first replied I would have seen their message and made use of it.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:23

    And don't say F1 car. :P

    a red one?

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:23

    Well, yes, but a Ferrari what? :D

    F...

    And don't say F1 car. :P

    ...orgotten what car it is now.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 18:24

    Why Stefano's autograph and not Luca's? :D

    Schumacher was Todt's man rather than Luca's. Kimi was Luca's man

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:24

    And don't say F1 car. :P

    a red one?

    Like all the others? :D

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 18:24

    Like all the others? :D

    Not all of them

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:24

    Schumacher was Todt's man rather than Luca's. Kimi was Luca's man

    That's true, but Luca could've been a good sport as well.

    #justsaying

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 18:25

    That's true, but Luca could've been a good sport as well.

    he could've at least put a 'hmph'.

  • Mr C01/09/2011 at 18:26

    That's true, but Luca could've been a good sport as well.

    given that he arsed off to mercedes after they gave him an FXX, he's lucky he got so much a cast-off engine cover.

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:28

    That's true, but Luca could've been a good sport as well.

    given that he arsed off to mercedes after they gave him an FXX, he's lucky he got so much a cast-off engine cover.

    but you could also argue that the FXX was a consolation prize for being pushed out of Ferrari. and he still did give them 5 WDCs - it says so on the engine cover too. and that's without even mentioning the 6 WCCs. ;)

  • Journeyer01/09/2011 at 18:28

    Like all the others? :D

    Not all of them

    All the non-NART ones. :D

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 18:31

    All the non-NART ones. :D

    There was one in 1962? that ran in Belgian yellow. I only know because at ASI one year a man in his 60s almost blew a gasket when he saw a model of it in yellow because he had been looking for one for a very long time.

  • Lukeh01/09/2011 at 19:15

    F1 babelfish PING

    http://gridwalktalk.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/f1-babelfish-belgium/

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 19:58

    Hello. What a day! My store has just had a record day :D Happy happy times.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 20:07

    Hello. What a day! My store has just had a record day :D Happy happy times.

    You played records all day?

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:12

    You played records all day?

    Hehehe I was going to say record sales. But I don't work at HMV. Busy busy. Best day ever!

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 20:16

    Hehehe I was going to say record sales. But I don't work at HMV. Busy busy. Best day ever!

    And you want to leave that to go back to schoool?

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:18

    And you want to leave that to go back to schoool?

    Heheh not really... I don't know. I'm very undecided.

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 20:21

    Heheh not really... I don't know. I'm very undecided.

    Did I see something about changing your surname?

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:21

    Did I see something about changing your surname?

    Hahaha you did. I definitely can't be doing with that though!

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 20:22

    Hahaha you did. I definitely can't be doing with that though!

    You could change it to Nick's

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:23

    You could change it to Nick's

    Errrrm....

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:31

    I'll let you tell him!

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 20:34

    I'll let you tell him!

    You want to change your name and that is an easy way

  • Alison01/09/2011 at 20:54

    You want to change your name and that is an easy way

    Harder to live with day to day perhaps than a sucky surname?

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 22:02

    So the Baltimore track sounds fun, in the sense that 4 of the 15 corners are being laid with asphalt overnight, the main straight is very bumpy, there are train tracks across the circuit at two points and at one of those they had to build an impromptu chicane to change the speed and approach angle.

    At least that's according to drivers and others who have reported on Twitter as they walked the lap..

    Tomorrow's practices could be fun.

  • RubberGoat01/09/2011 at 22:27

    Evening all.

    Today, after 6 months of hard training, it was the day of the DHL 5km relay. I had set myself a target time of finishing in under 30 minutes and I beat it by two seconds!

    I'm really pleased and we had a great evening - so much so I felt compelled to blog about it: http://rubbergoat.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/reaching-my-goals/

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 22:31

    Today, after 6 months of hard training, it was the day of the DHL 5km relay. I had set myself a target time of finishing in under 30 minutes and I beat it by two seconds!

    Great stuff, well done :)

  • Rubbergoat01/09/2011 at 22:32

    Great stuff, well done :)

    Thanks! I'm knackered now though!

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 22:37

    At least that's according to drivers and others who have reported on Twitter as they walked the lap..

    RT @curtcavin: Tag on tracks on circuit #IndyCar http://www.yfrog.com/ki1gwoyj

  • Steven Roy01/09/2011 at 22:55

    RT @curtcavin: Tag on tracks on circuit #IndyCar http://www.yfrog.com/ki1gwoyj

    How long before Tilke builds train tracks into a track?

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 23:03

    RT @curtcavin: Tag on tracks on circuit #IndyCar http://www.yfrog.com/ki1gwoyj

    How long before Tilke builds train tracks into a track?

    The last time this happened was at San Jose in 2005. You think they would've learned really.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw6lThe7j0g&feature=youtu.be

  • Pat W01/09/2011 at 23:04

    RT @curtcavin: Tag on tracks on circuit #IndyCar http://www.yfrog.com/ki1gwoyj

    How long before Tilke builds train tracks into a track?

    The last time this happened was at San Jose in 2005. You think they would've learned really.

    www.youtube.com/w…;feature=youtu.be

    That link via @indy44