It's Friday today, Free Practice day in Australia and also Alia's birthday! Happy Birthday! There will be plenty of threads appearing today, from live commenting, to results, to a dedicated post for our intrepid GP explorers. Stay tuned for all things Australia on Sidepodcast. Meanwhile, here are some of the things we're talking about:
- It looks as though the FIA are going ahead with the parc ferme system they trialled in Bahrain - with the cars allowed to stay in the team garages but cameras installed to make sure nothing untoward happens. It's all very Big Brother and is just a by-product of the fact that the FIA hadn't anticipated the amount of space the extra teams would take up.
- Bernie Ecclestone has apparently remembered that the US exists and is pushing for a Grand Prix in New York for 2012. Of course, it would be a street circuit in the midst of the city, as Bernie likes no other kinds of race. That wouldn't cause any disturbance whatsoever, would it?
- Sauber have managed to introduce their own version of the McLaren F-Duct, although they haven't decided if they want to run it in the race or not. Mr C was quite happy to be proved right that it took McLaren a couple of years to design the thing, but he was proved wrong because the other teams are able to introduce it rather quickly!
- I absolutely must plug yesterday's F1 Big Picture just because it is the best one we ever posted.
That should do it for now, I hope you'll join us throughout the day, we'll be around and thus, I will see you in the comments.