It's Franck day today! Racing gets going this weekend in Sebring and a live commenting post will be along later. It'll be good practice for next week. Meanwhile, in F1:

  • There seem to be two vaying opinions on the FIA's change of heart. Either massive celebrations or wondering whether the FIA had this planned out. Maybe both?
  • Brawn GP will be last in the pitlane, according to Autosport. They're classed as a new entry so it's last place for them. Force India must be pleased.
  • Rosberg has said he wants to get on the podium as soon as possible, maybe even repeating last year's Australia success. What are the chances?

That'll do for now, it's all about Franck anyway. You haven't forgotten, have you? Live commenting here, later. I'll see you there.

53 responses

  • Dank21/03/2009 at 10:38

    Mark Webber gives us (or Seb at least) a run down on Aussie culture: http://www.redbullracing.com/PageFiles/17636/Oz_prixview.pdf :-D

  • Jon Waldock21/03/2009 at 10:43

    Mark Webber gives us (or Seb at least) a run down on Aussie culture: http://www.redbullracing.com/PageFiles/17636/Oz_prixview.pdf :-D

    that is pure genius

  • Lukeh21/03/2009 at 11:26

    Mark Webber gives us (or Seb at least) a run down on Aussie culture: http://www.redbullracing.com/PageFiles/17636/Oz_prixview.pdf :-D

    aww that's fantastic :D

    Love his awesome aussie fact

  • Christine21/03/2009 at 11:33

    Right, we are on our way to continue the mixer saga. Gotta be back in time for Franck!

  • Jon Waldock21/03/2009 at 11:37

    Right, we are on our way to continue the mixer saga. Gotta be back in time for Franck!

    oh yeah, what time is that?

  • Christine21/03/2009 at 11:49

    half two, we think. a thread will be going up shortly.

  • RG21/03/2009 at 11:56

    Mark Webber gives us (or Seb at least) a run down on Aussie culture: http://www.redbullracing.com/PageFiles/17636/Oz_prixview.pdf :-D

    Brilliant. 'This is a great city to have a broken leg fixed mate'

  • Jackie21/03/2009 at 12:01

    Has anyone bought GrandPrix+ .. should I have had a link to the site or something?

  • Kathi21/03/2009 at 12:10

    Has anyone bought GrandPrix+ .. should I have had a link to the site or something?

    I got a mail with my logon name and password. But I've already had a subscription before. And the mail said it was temporary and I will get a new one 'nearer to the start of the new season'.

  • Jackie21/03/2009 at 12:11

    Thanks Kathi :D

  • lou21/03/2009 at 12:15

    Looks like Jenson did a shakedown of the second Brawn GP car the other day at Silverstone. (or so his latest video on his site says). As an aside he also looks and sounds v. v. v. happy, and extremely excited about the race and the season ahead :D gooo Brawn GP :D

  • Lukeh21/03/2009 at 12:16

    Bit of news just popped up on Autosport, Ferrari are gonna kick off the season with KERS

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73818

    So thats... Renault, Ferrari... and my midns gone blank with who else... bum

  • Lukeh21/03/2009 at 12:16

    Looks like Jenson did a shakedown of the second Brawn GP car the other day at Silverstone. (or so his latest video on his site says). As an aside he also looks and sounds v. v. v. happy, and extremely excited about the race and the season ahead :D gooo Brawn GP :D

    Woo! Next 7 days can't go quick enough... :)

  • Christine21/03/2009 at 12:26

    So thats… Renault, Ferrari… and my midns gone blank with who else… bum

    After all their moaning that they were behind schedule as well!

    I think BMW said theirs was ready but they're just weighing up the options.

  • Dom21/03/2009 at 12:32

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73817

    I don't believe a word of it. How could they not know?

  • Jon Waldock21/03/2009 at 12:33

    I don’t believe a word of it. How could they not know?

    FOTA proposed the complete opposite to them....did something not twig?!

    gah

  • Dom21/03/2009 at 12:43

    FOTA proposed the complete opposite to them….did something not twig?!

    I do like the 'blame it on Bernie and let him say something stupid' idea though:

    "That’s the problem with democracy. These teams couldn’t agree with themselves let alone each other. The simple fact is that because the sporting regs are out the FIA cannot do anything for now, but we will do next year. There is nothing the teams can do about it then. For now it’s just a shame that fans, the sporting public, may not see the kind of racing they would have done under the system I put forward."

    That man doesn't have a clue...

  • Bassano Clapper21/03/2009 at 13:24

    Diffuser row continues - stewards expected to get involved (Oh dear!)

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73816

  • Selidor21/03/2009 at 13:31

    Just got the Guardian's F1 guide, and Im pretty impressed. One nice offbeat feature is that they give kids tv character equivilants of all the teams:

    Ferrari - The Fonz

    Mclaren - Sportacus

    BMW Sauber - Skeletor

    Renault - Basil Brush

    Toyota - Dogtanian (I've never heard of him, but some sort of Dog Muskateer judging by the picture)

    Toro Rosso - Scrappy Doo

    Red Bull - Scooby Doo

    Williams - Bagpuss

    Brawn GP - Mr Benn (The information on Brawn GP doesnt seem up to date as there are no mentions of their blisteringly quick times)

    Force India - Metal Mickey

    Also Included - Circuit guide with Nico, Feature on Tilke, Hamilton (naturally) and the BBC Coverage.

  • Sara21/03/2009 at 13:31

    I admit to not watching Franck doing his thing, I'm watching the 6 nations. Last weekend and nail biting stuff. Come on the Irish.

    And now back to the Franck love... From Christine at least. :p

  • RG21/03/2009 at 13:33

    Just got the Guardian’s F1 guide, and Im pretty impressed. One nice offbeat feature is that they give kids tv character equivilants of all the teams:

    Its great innit. Intresting to see Maurice Hamilton predicting Vettel 3rd. Other than that, I agree about him about most of his predos (apart from the BMW ones, obviously) and even the Brawn GP ones (14th + 16th

  • Selidor21/03/2009 at 13:35

    Its great innit. Intresting to see Maurice Hamilton predicting Vettel 3rd. Other than that, I agree about him about most of his predos (apart from the BMW ones, obviously) and even the Brawn GP ones (14th +

    16th

    Yeah same, although I think Jenson and Rubens will finish slightly higher.

  • Selidor21/03/2009 at 13:35

    Damn, meant to have "Slightly" in italics there :P

  • lou21/03/2009 at 14:19

    I've just looked at my sky + planner and realised there is an ep of question of sport on today, it's at 11:50 i think, and DC is in it. :) not sure if this is a repeat of last nights, or an advance showing of next weeks.

  • Alianora La Canta21/03/2009 at 15:49

    I've posted the definitive version of the 2008 practise-qualifying-race comparitor into drop.io, just in time for 2009.

  • me21/03/2009 at 15:51

    I’ve posted the definitive version of the 2008 practise-qualifying-race comparitor into drop.io, just in time for 2009.

    nice one. looking forward to this years. dank could do with it for his betting pan too :)

  • Dank21/03/2009 at 18:14

    Loving The Guardian's F1 preview. Especially their 'If they (team) were in kids' TV...' comparison.

    Red Bull: Scooby-Doo

    Hyperactive bungler who drives around in a slow vehicle with garish livery and hangs about with women in short skits. Muddles through life and solves mysteries almost despite himself. Has a voracious appetite which is kept at bay by constant refuelling from offloading his annoying relative.

    Toro Rosso: Scrappy-Doo

    Over-exuberant and infantile relative of the supposed established star of the show whose baffling success threatens to undermine the whole franchise. Obsessed with feisty underdog status and can be heard muttering: "Lemme at 'em. I'll splat 'em." This puppy has power but proves to be very irritating for his outshone family member.

    Toyota: Dogtanian

    Annoyingly optimistic despite all evidence to the contrary. They've got whole regiments mustered behind them but still they manage to make a dog's breakfast of everything and, though victory should be relatively straightforward with their resources, they still stretch out their struggles over hundreds of tortuous episodes.

  • me21/03/2009 at 18:16

    Over-exuberant and infantile relative of the supposed established star of the show whose baffling success threatens to undermine the whole franchise. Obsessed with feisty underdog status and can be heard muttering: “Lemme at ‘em. I’ll splat ‘em.” This puppy has power but proves to be very irritating for his outshone family member.

    that is some kind of genius :)

  • Dom21/03/2009 at 18:19

    Loving The Guardian’s F1 preview. Especially their ‘If they (team) were in kids’ TV…’ comparison.

    Am reading it now. :)

  • Dank21/03/2009 at 18:20

    Am reading it now

    The only downer is that it is glaringly obvious it was penned before testing last week as they don't rate Brawn GP's chances very highly!

  • me21/03/2009 at 18:49

    sidepodcast has a new battery:

    http://drop.io/sidepodcast/asset/sidepodcast-battery-png

    much better than the old battery:

    http://drop.io/sidepodcast/asset/the-end-of-my-macbook-battery-png

  • Fiox21/03/2009 at 18:49

    Is the f1 preview (guardian) on-line?

  • RG21/03/2009 at 18:49

    Is the f1 preview (guardian) on-line?

    I don't think so. I'll have a look for you though

  • RG21/03/2009 at 18:54

    Sorry Fiox, it doesn't look like it.

  • Flibster21/03/2009 at 19:37

    I know it's GMM but...

    Webber broke his shoulder as well?

    http://www.f1complete.com/content/view/11807/1/

  • Andy Taylor21/03/2009 at 19:39

    sidepodcast has a new battery:

    So which Apple store did you visit? :)

    I also notice you're using iStat pro.

  • Andy Taylor21/03/2009 at 19:42

    If I can drag you away from drooling over^W^W watching Franck, a sidepodspace upadate:

    We went out to see the ISS/Shuttle again about 20 minutes ago. Well worth the effort as the sight is spectacular. With the new solar array open, the ISS is even brighter than before. Easily the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon.

  • RG21/03/2009 at 20:16

    Btw, did anyone listen to the Fighting Talk episode? Am getting the download via podcast.

  • me21/03/2009 at 20:17

    Btw, did anyone listen to the Fighting Talk episode? Am getting the download via podcast.

    ahh, shucks must do that.

  • me21/03/2009 at 21:18

    So which Apple store did you visit? :)

    not an official store.

    I also notice you’re using iStat pro.

    yes.

  • RG21/03/2009 at 21:22

    Btw, a hint I've learned under Fighting Talk, someone last night answered questions on Mastermind about Jackie Stewart

  • me21/03/2009 at 21:23

    Btw, a hint I’ve learned under Fighting Talk, someone last night answered questions on Mastermind about Jackie Stewart

    yes, i heard that. the last time we mentioned mastermind on spc, sidepodquiz was the result, so i'm saying nothing this time :)

  • RG21/03/2009 at 21:23

    If anyone wants to play along

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jd7m9/Mastermind_2008_Episode_22/

  • Alianora La Canta21/03/2009 at 22:07

    Scott Woodwiss, I've got a problem. For the last 36 hours or so, neither BATRacer nor the RLB forum have loaded - they go straight to a 404 error if I'm lucky and once, loading BATRacer locked the browser up. I've tried my computer and my dad's and the problem remains.

    This could cause a serious problem in RLB since they have 36 hours per session...

  • RG21/03/2009 at 22:08

    Scott Woodwiss, I’ve got a problem. For the last 36 hours or so, neither BATRacer nor the RLB forum have loaded - they go straight to a 404 error if I’m lucky and once, loading BATRacer locked the browser up. I’ve tried my computer and my dad’s and the problem remains.

    I don't know when Scott will come back on, he's had laptop troubles and can only access t'internet via the library computers, which I assume will be shut now. So sorry.

  • Jon Waldock21/03/2009 at 22:09

    I don’t know when Scott will come back on, he’s had laptop troubles and can only access t’internet via the library computers, which I assume will be shut now. So sorry.

    a library closed at 22.09 on a saturday?! PAH! in my day...

    :P

  • Alianora La Canta21/03/2009 at 22:11

    I know it’s GMM but…

    Webber broke his shoulder as well? {Comment #35

    You're not telling me that the erroneous stories about multiple limbs being broken that went around in the first panicked hour or so might have had a point? That must have really hurt - good think Mark is back to doing what he does best i.e. F1 driving.

  • Alianora La Canta21/03/2009 at 22:13

    I don’t know when Scott will come back on, he’s had laptop troubles and can only access t’internet via the library computers, which I assume will be shut now. So sorry. {Comment #45}

    The trouble is that Scott is the only person I know who has a presence in RLB and has a contact method that is not reliant on either the RLB forum or BATRacer loading. So really he's my only hope...

  • Alianora La Canta21/03/2009 at 22:14

    a library closed at 22.09 on a saturday?! PAH! in my day… {Comment #46}

    In my final semester at university, we had a library that only shut in the holidays.

    Now my nearest library shuts at 4pm on Saturday and the library where I used to work was considered strange because it was still open on Saturdays after lunch...

  • RG21/03/2009 at 22:15

    The trouble is that Scott is the only person I know who has a presence in RLB and has a contact method that is not reliant on either the RLB forum or BATRacer loading. So really he’s my only hope…

    Err. My assumption is if it doesn't work on several computers, then it is something to do with the site.

  • Flibster21/03/2009 at 22:16

    Err. My assumption is if it doesn’t work on several computers, then it is something to do with the site.

    try http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

  • littlepurplegoth22/03/2009 at 00:55

    I miss libraries that open on sundays....

    (OK, so the only one I ever knew that did was the Central Library in Bristol, but it was brilliant as a student to have it there. Two hours in the library 10-12pm, then coffee/tea and a sticky bun in the cafe over the green, a small beer around the corner at the watershed with the borrowed books in tow; and maybe back up park street for the rest of the afternoon in the museum before wandering home - usually via somewhere with live music - or to the evening bar job....)

  • Alianora La Canta22/03/2009 at 01:12

    try http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ {Comment #51}

    According to that site, it's "just me". But since it affects the only computers to which I have access for the foreseeable future, it might as well be everyone. I was hoping that Scott would at least have a method of contact with someone in RLB so that people knew why I couldn't play.