We've been counting it down for far too long, and now the season has begun. We're into the best part of the weekend now, practice sessions almost done, qualifying and the race still to come. There is no need for a countdown anymore, and that being the case, it's worth checking out what the biggest counter of the off-season has to say.

Let's go!! Start your engines and welcome the 2011 season! Oh yeah!!


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That'll do it.

So, what is underway today? We have Free Practice 3 and Qualifying coming up very shortly. Both will have live threads here on Sidepodcast, and will be covered by the Factbyte Factbox as well.

Later on in the day, it's time for the 2011 Boat Race, the annual battle along the River Thames between the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews. Assuming I can wake up in time, (the coverage begins at 3:45pm on the BBC), then I'm hoping to Factbyte Factbox that as well. Busy weekend!

Back to F1, and if you're looking for more ways to follow the sport that you love, Mr C has rounded up some of the new initiatives from teams for the 2011 season. With redesigned websites and live telemetry, it's hard to keep up. I do particularly like the Lotus videos though, it's great to go behind the scenes like that.

I'm considering handing out points to Lotus for those videos when Christine's Rankings returns next Tuesday. Although it's still a few days away, now seems like a good time to remind you all that I'm counting on you to point out things I may have missed. There are so many tweets, photos, videos and news articles floating around now that the season is underway, it's impossible to keep up. If you want your favourite team or driver to be counted, let me know what you've spotted!

Now, I think it's time for a nap. Our sleep schedules are all kinds of messed up but that doesn't even matter. Today we'll find out who's on pole for the first GP of the year, and that is worth sacrificing sleep for.

591 responses

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:11

    hullo new day.

  • startledbunny26/03/2011 at 00:13

    hullo new day.

    it's a new dawn, it's a new day - Nina Simone, and Muse

    (am definitely going now)

    (no, really)

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:22

    Is everyone getting some pre-session sleeping?

    #tumbleweeds

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 00:22

    Is everyone getting some pre-session sleeping?

    Just about to go and grab 2 hours

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:22

    Is everyone getting some pre-session sleeping?

    am staying up and maybe napping between sessions.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:24

    am staying up and maybe napping between sessions.

    It's a small gap, only an hour and a half

    Half an hour if you want to see the run up to qualy

    Wish I could nap and guarantee I'd wake again. Think I'll just sleep sometime tomorrow afternoon and be fresh for the race then :)

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 00:27

    Is everyone getting some pre-session sleeping?

    #tumbleweeds

    I'm not sure what I'm doing. I want an early night so I wake at 5 although I don't feel the need to sleep.. but I don't want to start anything in case I stay up too long!

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:28

    am reading this paywalled autosport column, but if what button says is true, i am gong to be loving these tyres: http://plus.autosport.com/premium/feature/3382

    ...such is the high degradation rate, a driver stopping earlier than a rival will comfortably pass him as fresh tyres will be worth 3-4s per lap. However, the earlier you stop, the longer a final stint you are consigning yourself to. Should you run out of rubber in that final stint, you're a sitting duck. "In the closing stages I think there is going to be a huge amount of overtaking," says Button.

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:28

    It's a small gap, only an hour and a half

    true. red bull it is then.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 00:30

    am reading this paywalled autosport column, but if what button says is true, i am gong to be loving these tyres: plus.autosport.co…mium/feature/3382

    I hate the if he is right. And I think he is

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:30

    ...Should you run out of rubber in that final stint, you're a sitting duck. "In the closing stages I think there is going to be a huge amount of overtaking," says Button.

    Sounds great

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 00:30

    Time for sleep.

    See you all in 2 hours

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 00:31

    ...such is the high degradation rate, a driver stopping earlier than a rival will comfortably pass him as fresh tyres will be worth 3-4s per lap. However, the earlier you stop, the longer a final stint you are consigning yourself to. Should you run out of rubber in that final stint, you're a sitting duck. "In the closing stages I think there is going to be a huge amount of overtaking," says Button.

    We ought to see some teams opt to take the hit in the middle part of the race and change to new tyres with 10-12 laps left... sadly some teams are still locked in the mentality of protecting themselves against the opposition so they'll probably all eat the tyres before then.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:32

    Time for sleep.

    See ya in a bit Steven

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 00:33

    Time for sleep.

    See you all in 2 hours

    bye

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:37

    ooh, calendar says it's alia's birthday today. happy birthday!

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 00:38

    It's a small gap, only an hour and a half

    true. red bull it is then.

    No quick nap beforehand? It's a long way to 7am

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 00:38

    ooh, calendar says it's alia's birthday today. happy birthday!

    Happy Birthday Alia!

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:39

    No quick nap beforehand? It's a long way to 7am

    not tired really.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:42

    not tired really.

    Same

    Happy Birthday Alia

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 00:44

    @KataHyde: @IsabellDoreen you wanna come for tea (and internet)?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:50

    Don't know which UK store this is but that's a lot of iPads

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/335581/IMG_20110325_174707.jpg

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 00:57

    He he

    iPaditis from BBC Comedy on Youtube

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:01

    Relaxing vodafone style. I get to watch careers cup in a "sling"not quite sure what that means!

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:03

    Relaxing vodafone style. I get to watch careers cup in a "sling"not quite sure what that means!

    Sounds odd

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:03

    Mr c?

    I can't listen to the song on the iPhone. Any ideas?

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:04

    Sounds odd

    Hehehe yep. Shall report back

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:05

    I can't listen to the song on the iPhone. Any ideas?

    the pirelli song? which page are ya playing it on?

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:06

    the pirelli song? which page are ya playing it on?

    Tried just from the web page

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:08

    Tried just from the web page

    hmm, seems okay on my ipod. can you play it from the itunes store?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:08

    Tried just from the web page

    If you right click on the file in the grey box on the right, open in a new page and it will play after it loads. Just tested

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:09

    If you right click on the file in the grey box on the right, open in a new page and it will play after it loads. Just tested

    Press and hold, I mean

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:09

    If you right click on the file in the grey box on the right, open in a new page and it will play after it loads. Just tested

    right click on an iphone? i wish.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:09

    right click on an iphone? i wish.

    Sorry, holding is the new right click :D

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:09

    hmm, seems okay on my ipod. can you play it from the itunes store?

    No :-(

    Never mind will try when I get home

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:10

    Never mind will try when I get home

    maybe large files are blocked over 3g?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:11

    maybe large files are blocked over 3g?

    Should be a 20mb and the file is only 1.1

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:11

    Should be a 20mb and the file is only 1.1

    20MB limit, that is

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:12

    Hehehe check this out on the main straight

    http://t.co/2RQ67iX

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:12

    maybe large files are blocked over 3g?

    Aha! Good point

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:12
  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:13

    want!

    Want it for the race!

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:13

    Hehehe check this out on the main straight

    http://t.co/2RQ67iX

    Looks comfy

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:14

    If you press and hold on the file in the grey box on the right, open in a new page and it will play after it loads. Just tested

    Paul, try this

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:14

    Looks comfy

    It's the way to watch f1 I tells ya

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:14

    Paul, try this

    A cool. Will try when out of the sling

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:20

    Paul, try this

    Yay thanks bassano that worked

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:20

    Paul, try this

    Yay thanks bassano that worked

    *looks at ipod in a baffled manner*

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:21

    *looks at ipod in a baffled manner*

    I would blame iPhone madness

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:22

    *looks at ipod in a baffled manner*

    Ooh, I can get it to work from the web page now, you have to hit the play button a couple of times and it mysteriously disappears for a few seconds before loading

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:22

    Do we know if HRT will have 2 cars today?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:22

    Do we know if HRT will have 2 cars today?

    They are claiming they will

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 01:23

    Ooh, I can get it to work from the web page now, you have to hit the play button a couple of times and it mysteriously disappears for a few seconds before loading

    it doesn't on mine though. i did upgrade to 4.3.1 though.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:23

    it doesn't on mine though. i did upgrade to 4.3.1 though.

    I'm doing that now for both devices

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:24

    They are claiming they will

    Kk

    I feel a bit sorry.

    Now I want a tshirt with " your logo here" or "this us a great spot"

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:44

    Just introduced brother and his wife to Christine awesomeness. Laughs and very impressed

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 01:45

    Just introduced brother and his wife to Christine awesomeness. Laughs and very impressed

    What about Felipe Baby

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 01:47

    What about Felipe Baby

    That comes later :-)

  • F1Wolf26/03/2011 at 01:59

    just watched the "bad guy" Vodafone ad with Hamilton and Button, LOL

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 02:00

    just watched the "bad guy" Vodafone ad with Hamilton and Button, LOL

    Did I miss something? I thought it was quite unfunny, didn't realise it was supposed to be funny. Maybe I need to see it again

  • F1Wolf26/03/2011 at 02:00

    Did I miss something? I thought it was quite unfunny, didn't realise it was supposed to be funny. Maybe I need to see it again

    well, it was aimed at the Spanish fans

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 02:02

    well, it was aimed at the Spanish fans

    Yeah, just getting the Alonso angle. Not sure it's gonna do Vodafone any favours over there

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 02:07

    hadn't seen it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoaOKpULdg8&feature=player_embedded

    awesome.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 02:08

    I do like FF4's Paste & Go option

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 02:09

    awesome.

    Bless Hamilton!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 02:09

    apparently Lewis came in the back way today. Boo. Almost everyone else good with signing today.

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 02:16

    Here's a post and a poll: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-australia-2011-free-practice-3

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 02:26

    Is everyone getting some pre-session sleeping?

    I was already doing so at the time. 4 hours' sleep and I feel as bright as a Button :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 02:27

    We ought to see some teams opt to take the hit in the middle part of the race and change to new tyres with 10-12 laps left... sadly some teams are still locked in the mentality of protecting themselves against the opposition so they'll probably all eat the tyres before then.

    Mathematically taking the hit in the last phase is better.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 02:28

    ooh, calendar says it's alia's birthday today. happy birthday!

    Thank you very much, Mr C, Pat and Bassano :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 04:13

    am hour to kill til 2nd tour. Paddock will be a lot busier this time!

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 04:24

    Results ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/australia-2011-free-practice-3-results

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 04:32
  • Amy26/03/2011 at 04:32

    aw the fanvision people are so nice :)

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 04:35

    @fanvision_f1: @amyfulton We love the @5LiveF1 crew!! Our favourite too! And you of course Amy - remember meeting you in Singapore last year, lovely!

    madness! :)

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 04:36

    @fanvision_f1: @amyfulton We love the @5LiveF1 crew!! Our favourite too! And you of course Amy - remember meeting you in Singapore last year, lovely!

    Aww :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 04:37

    @fanvision_f1: @amyfulton We love the @5LiveF1 crew!! Our favourite too! And you of course Amy - remember meeting you in Singapore last year, lovely!

    Lovely stuff :)

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 04:48

    @fanvision_f1: @amyfulton We love the @5LiveF1 crew!! Our favourite too! And you of course Amy - remember meeting you in Singapore last year, lovely!

    Amazing how everyone seems to know her. She's not quite as famous as Alex, but she's darn well trying. :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 04:51

    Amazing how everyone seems to know her. She's not quite as famous as Alex, but she's darn well trying. :)

    certainly not spending as much money as Alex

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 04:52

    certainly not spending as much money as Alex

    Probably because there's not as many races to go to for you. ;)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 04:52

    F1 isn't the only live TV I have on this weekend. My farm has a mare on it that's 2 weeks late for giving birth to a foal...

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 04:55
  • Amy26/03/2011 at 04:56

    Probably because there's not as many races to go to for you. ;)

    which is why I'm not as famous :)

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 04:57

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-australia-2011-qualifying

  • Pad-Rock26/03/2011 at 05:03

    Morning morning

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 05:04

    Morning morning

    Hey Pad, come join us in the Qualifying thread

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 07:33

    *jumps*

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 07:34

    I can smell mum cooking bacon downstairs. But bed is so comfortable...

    #decisions

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 07:34

    I can smell mum cooking bacon downstairs. But bed is so comfortable...

    Bacon or bed. Tough one

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 07:35

    Bacon or bed. Tough one

    Where's Wallace and Gromit and their inventions when you need them :)

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 07:42

    BBC News have a RBR Sim feature on

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 07:43

    Results ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/australia-2011-qualifying-results

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 07:47

    Nap or full on sleep time, time will tell

    See ya peeps

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 07:48

    hmm breakfast was good. Now 2 hours until we pick up the car!

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 07:48

    righto, we must sleep before we die. goodnight.

  • Alex Andronov26/03/2011 at 08:14

    Lukeh maybe you could send your mum a text message saying that you would be happy to exchange one hug for a bacon sandwich in bed?

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 08:22

    Lukeh maybe you could send your mum a text message saying that you would be happy to exchange one hug for a bacon sandwich in bed?

    Mmmmmmm bacon

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 08:24

    Standing next to the main straight for quali was awesome. Especially watching the rear wings.

    A great experience, looking forward to the race tomorrow.

  • Amanda26/03/2011 at 08:27

    "Later on in the day, it's time for the 2011 Boat Race, the annual battle along the River Thames between the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews. Assuming I can wake up in time, (the coverage begins at 3:45pm on the BBC), then I'm hoping to Factbyte Factbox that as well. Busy weekend!"

    gonny miss the race due to Wales vs. England but I'm recording it. hahaha

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 08:28

    How strange. No stewarding decisions have been posted yet on the FIA's website despite at least 2 pit lane speeding penalties being awarded yesterday.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 08:35

    At one point today, all the non-promoted trending topics on Twitter in the UK were F1-related. Go us!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 08:42

    Kovalainen's rear wing got stuck open. I thought those things were meant to get stuck shut?

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 08:46

    At one point today, all the non-promoted trending topics on Twitter in the UK were F1-related. Go us!

    After all, who else would get up so early? :D

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:46

    Kovalainen's rear wing got stuck open. I thought those things were meant to get stuck shut?

    Same - I'm not sure I believe that story - isn't there a cut off switch?

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 08:47

    "Later on in the day, it's time for the 2011 Boat Race, the annual battle along the River Thames between the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews. Assuming I can wake up in time, (the coverage begins at 3:45pm on the BBC), then I'm hoping to Factbyte Factbox that as well. Busy weekend!"

    You'll also see Legard's 2011 debut! :)

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:47

    You'll also see Legard's 2011 debut! :)

    He's on the R5L, not the TV commentary though.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 08:50

    Same - I'm not sure I believe that story - isn't there a cut off switch?

    It came out of the Lotus press release, so I have to believe the story, but yes, there should be a kill switch. The trouble is that the compulsory kill switch for it alos kills other stuff, including the engine.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 08:50

    He's on the R5L, not the TV commentary though.

    Radio suits him better anyhow. Wanna hear it, just to find out if it helps him get better.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 08:50

    After all, who else would get up so early? :D

    Point taken :D

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:56

    It came out of the Lotus press release, so I have to believe the story, but yes, there should be a kill switch. The trouble is that the compulsory kill switch for it alos kills other stuff, including the engine.

    Yeah probably. So in the first race the main safety feature of the system has been proven to be bogus.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 08:57

    I am concocting a plan I will need Sidepodcasts help with. More details later :)

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:57

    Should probably point out that even with a catastrophic loss of downforce he was still faster than Trulli, both Virgins and both HRT's!

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:58

    I am concocting a plan I will need Sidepodcasts help with. More details later :)

    Look Amy, we already got you one pit tour already ;)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 08:58

    Should probably point out that even with a catastrophic loss of downforce he was still faster than Trulli, both Virgins and both HRT's!

    thats because he's amaaaaaazing.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 08:58

    Look Amy, we already got you one pit tour already ;)

    no, you got me two :D

  • RG26/03/2011 at 08:58

    Should probably point out that even with a catastrophic loss of downforce he was still faster than Trulli, both Virgins and both HRT's!

    A thought, if it was stuck open, wouldn't he have done a Sutil?

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:59

    no, you got me two :D

    TWO! :D

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 08:59

    A thought, if it was stuck open, wouldn't he have done a Sutil?

    Not necessarily. Sutil spun because of the sudden change in downforce.

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 08:59

    A thought, if it was stuck open, wouldn't he have done a Sutil?

    Not necessarily. Sutil spun because of the sudden change in downforce.

    Sutil went wide because of the sudden change in downforce.

  • RG26/03/2011 at 09:00

    Not necessarily. Sutil spun because of the sudden change in downforce.

    Ah, fair enough.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 09:00

    Should probably point out that even with a catastrophic loss of downforce he was still faster than Trulli, both Virgins and both HRT's!

    Yes. Awesome Heikki. Not-so-awesome safety feature.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 09:00

    no, you got me two :D

    TWO! :D

    You have tasted justice, and it is delicious! :D

    I wonder what you're planning now...

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 09:00

    Sutil went wide because of the sudden change in downforce.

    Ah, yes.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:01

    I wonder what you're planning now...

    I need to get the pieces in place before I reveal the details :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 09:02

    A thought, if it was stuck open, wouldn't he have done a Sutil?

    It would if it had happened at a point where the downforce was needed and/or Heikki hadn't realised what was going on before the downforce was required. While those two possibilities cover a lot of the lap, they need not have covered all of it, especially if the Lotus has a notification system for such failures and/or a wing position light.

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 09:02

    I need to get the pieces in place before I reveal the details :)

    Well, whatever it is, I am sure we will be happy to help.

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 09:02

    It would if it had happened at a point where the downforce was needed and/or Heikki hadn't realised what was going on before the downforce was required. While those two possibilities cover a lot of the lap, they need not have covered all of it, especially if the Lotus has a notification system for such failures and/or a wing position light.

    He would have realised and adjusted accorfingly.

  • RubberGoat26/03/2011 at 09:02

    Right, off to pick up our new car. See you all later!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:03

    Right, off to pick up our new car. See you all later!

    ooh how exciting! bye!

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 09:03

    Right, off to pick up our new car. See you all later!

    Enjoy!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 09:04

    Right, off to pick up our new car. See you all later!

    Hope it goes well!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:10

    LOOK LOOK LOOK AT MY AMAZING PHOTO

    http://twitpic.com/4dfbn7

    *ahem*

    Out of the three photos I've had with Heikki in my life, this is my favourite :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 09:11

    LOOK LOOK LOOK AT MY AMAZING PHOTO

    :D What a lovely pair of smiles.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:13

    :D What a lovely pair of smiles.

    thats why I like it, he's got a nice smile and I don't look completely awful as so often happens on that angle.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:52

    ooooh I've been Suttoned!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:54

    and my flag is juuuust visible in this one :) http://www.sutton-images.com/previews/d11aus1213.jpg

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 09:55

    and my hat is in this one :D http://www.sutton-images.com/previews/d11aus1230.jpg

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:04

    ooooh I've been Suttoned!

    Was one of their photographers stalking you stalking Heikki?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:04

    The FIA have announced the 2 HRT cars will not be allowed to take part in the race tomorrow.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:04

    ooooh I've been Suttoned!

    It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? :P :D

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:04

    Was one of their photographers stalking you stalking Heikki?

    every driver that came along the fence had about 40 photographers with them, I knew I'd be in some photos somewhere!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:05

    It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? :P :D

    This one that I tweeted http://www.sutton-images.com/previews/d11aus1223.jpg shows just how crazy it gets. You can see my flag but you can't see me because I was buried! Buried by arms and programmes!

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:05

    The FIA have announced the 2 HRT cars will not be allowed to take part in the race tomorrow.

    Unless they get special dispensation for 1 more day of testing, they're doomed. We'll probably just have 22 cars on the grid by season's end.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:06

    The FIA have announced the 2 HRT cars will not be allowed to take part in the race tomorrow.

    That makes sense, disappointing as that will be for Tonio and Narain.

    Meanwhile, could the FIA please update their site? It still doesn't have yesterday's pit lane speeding penalties in the correct section!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:07

    Unless they get special dispensation for 1 more day of testing, they're doomed. We'll probably just have 22 cars on the grid by season's end.

    They've still got their six days of straightline testing they can use in-season. And the day of standard testing per driver change...

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:07

    Meanwhile, could the FIA please update their site? It still doesn't have yesterday's pit lane speeding penalties in the correct section!

    :D Awww! You'll have to pester them - I'm not sure anyone else has noticed, TBH. :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:08

    :D Awww! You'll have to pester them - I'm not sure anyone else has noticed, TBH. :)

    How? They're not on Twitter and I don't know who in the organisation to email...

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:08

    They've still got their six days of straightline testing they can use in-season. And the day of standard testing per driver change...

    Per driver change? So if they switch from Narain to Klien and back to Narain, they get 2 days?

    If not, that's 8 extra days, tops. I wonder if that's enough. Then again, it's not so much lack of testing that is the issue. Rather, it's the lack of funds. Or lack of everything. Depends on how you see it.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:10

    How? They're not on Twitter and I don't know who in the organisation to email...

    You'd know that better than me, quite honestly. Try a search engine.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:11

    Per driver change? So if they switch from Narain to Klien and back to Narain, they get 2 days?

    1 extra day per new driver. So Narain -> Klien -> Narain would be 1 day, but Narain -> Klien -> A N Other -> Narain (which is permitted because a team may have 4 drivers per season) would be 2 days.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:12

    You'd know that better than me, quite honestly. Try a search engine.

    That only gives me the email for technical problems with the site. Lack of updates is not a technical problem but a people problem.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:13

    1 extra day per new driver. So Narain -> Klien -> Narain would be 1 day, but Narain -> Klien -> A N Other -> Narain (which is permitted because a team may have 4 drivers per season) would be 2 days.

    Yup, so 8 days max. Narain isn't much good, so they can switch him round while keeping Tonio in. Problem is, going testing also incurs costs. Is it something they can afford?

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:14

    That only gives me the email for technical problems with the site. Lack of updates is not a technical problem but a people problem.

    Would this work for you? [email protected]

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:14

    Yup, so 8 days max. Narain isn't much good, so they can switch him round while keeping Tonio in. Problem is, going testing also incurs costs. Is it something they can afford?

    it was so awful sitting at T1 today and just watching the HRT get in every single persons way :(

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:15

    it was so awful sitting at T1 today and just watching the HRT get in every single persons way :(

    Hmmm. I wonder if they can get special dispensation to just run their 2010 car. At least that's reliable...

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:17

    ooh ooh ooh also it pains me to admit it but the two tone mclaren hats look nicer in person.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:17

    Yup, so 8 days max. Narain isn't much good, so they can switch him round while keeping Tonio in. Problem is, going testing also incurs costs. Is it something they can afford?

    I suspect not.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 10:18

    ooh ooh ooh also it pains me to admit it but the two tone mclaren hats look nicer in person.

    Doesn't matter to me - I won't see them in person, so I still think they're ugly. :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:26

    Would this work for you? [email protected]

    I've just given it a try. It will be interesting to see the response...

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 10:40

    it was so awful sitting at T1 today and just watching the HRT get in every single persons way :(

    It really was. Me thinks it might be over. Who is lining up to buy I wonder?

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:42

    It really was. Me thinks it might be over. Who is lining up to buy I wonder?

    Colin, I'd guess. But probably nobody else (I know I can't pay for an F1 team, for a start...)

  • RG26/03/2011 at 10:43

    It really was. Me thinks it might be over. Who is lining up to buy I wonder?

    Or we could be going through the new team process all over again...

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 10:43

    Or we could be going through the new team process all over again...

    Not if Bernie has his way

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 10:46

    Colin, I'd guess. But probably nobody else (I know I can't pay for an F1 team, for a start...)

    Stefan? Is he still around?

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 10:47

    Stefan? Is he still around?

    Not seen Stefan for a few months. Perhaps he's trying to persuade the FIA that he's Hermann Tilke and therefore can have a Serbian Grand Prix...

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 10:48

    Not seen Stefan for a few months. Perhaps he's trying to persuade the FIA that he's Hermann Tilke and therefore can have a Serbian Grand Prix...

    Hehehe :-)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 10:51

    heheh we walked past the One HD guy in the paddock as he was doing a live cross. I noticed us because I saw Pamela's bright yellow backpack :D

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 10:58

    Morning guys, yay for the Heikki and Amy photo!

  • Eric the baker26/03/2011 at 10:59

    I had a meeting for work in Indianapolis this week. On the way back, I stopped by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. I only had my point-n--shoot camera, but I took a couple pictures I thought y'all might enjoy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5560953728/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5560950362/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5560947182/

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 11:15

    Nice Eric, live the lotus

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:25

    I took a picture of my moment of national TV fame ;)

    http://amyfulton.posterous.com/i-was-on-the-telly

    I only could find me because I knew I was there!

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:26

    Amy! you got Suttoned! did you take a photo of the photographer? :)

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:27

    Oooooh my brother has bought Top Spin 4! Yaaaay! finally have a tennis game to play.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:27

    Amy! you got Suttoned! did you take a photo of the photographer? :)

    there are photographers in heaps of my photos,there were so many there.

    I only chatted to one, he was an American dude but he was working for a Finnish company so the main request from his employers was lots of pictures of Heikki. Sounds like a good job to me!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:27

    I took a picture of my moment of national TV fame ;)

    In sutton photos, on tv, photod with heikki, getting the attention of teams...

    amy is taking over :)

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:28

    there are photographers in heaps of my photos,there were so many there.

    ohhhhh!!! :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:28

    In sutton photos, on tv, photod with heikki, getting the attention of teams...

    you just wait until you hear of my secret plan tomorrow!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:29

    you just wait until you hear of my secret plan tomorrow!

    How exciting :D

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:29

    you just wait until you hear of my secret plan tomorrow!

    does it involve kidnapping Jenson?... or maybe sabotaging Vettel's car?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:29

    does it involve kidnapping Jenson?... or maybe sabotaging Vettel's car?

    nooo it does not involve this race at all.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:31

    nooo it does not involve this race at all.

    Intriguing... *strokes non-existant beard in wonder*

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 11:32

    nooo it does not involve this race at all.

    Aha! Private jet with Tony to Malaysia right ?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:32

    Aha! Private jet with Tony to Malaysia right ?

    you got me!

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:32

    nooo it does not involve this race at all.

    ohh i get it, you're kidnapping Jenson in Malaysia.. very sneaky :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 11:32

    ohh i get it, you're kidnapping Jenson in Malaysia.. very sneaky :)

    :D

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:33

    ohh i get it, you're kidnapping Jenson in Malaysia.. very sneaky :)

    Hehehe.

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 11:33

    ohh i get it, you're kidnapping Jenson in Malaysia.. very sneaky :)

    But if you kidnap Jenson, he can't get another championship...

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:33

    But if you kidnap Jenson, he can't get another championship...

    What if he wins the championship by singapore and Amy kidnaps him then?

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 11:34

    What if he wins the championship by singapore and Amy kidnaps him then?

    That's fine then :)

  • Alex Andronov26/03/2011 at 11:34

    Intriguing... *strokes non-existant beard in wonder*

    Is that like Lewis's?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:34

    Aha! My stupidly long recording has finally reached qualifying. I wanted to hear this DC and Martin thing :)

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:35

    But if you kidnap Jenson, he can't get another championship...

    did you see the speed of that red bull? we can return him when Mclaren give him a super car..

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 11:35

    Is that like Lewis's?

    Caaaa Ching !

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:35

    did you see the speed of that red bull? we can return him when Mclaren give him a super car..

    Personally I think we should get steven to find contact details for NASA to help the cause out

  • lou26/03/2011 at 11:35

    Is that like Lewis's?

    maybe Amy has a plan to shave Lewis!!

  • Eric the baker26/03/2011 at 11:35

    Don't kidnap Jenson. If you do, we'll just have to hear snarky comments from Bernie saying stuff like "If Jenson drove faster he wouldn't have been kidnapped"

  • Alex Andronov26/03/2011 at 11:37

    Don't kidnap Jenson. If you do, we'll just have to hear snarky comments from Bernie saying stuff like "If Jenson drove faster he wouldn't have been kidnapped"

    And then Bernie would get kidnapped a month or two later and then he'd have to do a watch advert about it!

    Nightmare!

  • Eric the baker26/03/2011 at 11:38

    Nightmare!

    Exactly!!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:38

    And then Bernie would get kidnapped a month or two later and then he'd have to do a watch advert about it!

    when Bruno was signing today one of the guys next to me told him he had a nice watch. Bruno said thanks, then he said 'can I have it? Just tell them you lost it' and Bruno said 'so I'll go inside, and I'll come back with lots of passes and watches? OK'

    I like it when drivers have a sense of humour :)

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:39

    I like it when drivers have a sense of humour :)

    Awwww. I miss bruno :(

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:40

    Awwww. I miss bruno :(

    He was most excellent today. I'd say the only driver who was friendlier was Vettel. Considering he's the world champion and has a lot of demands on his time he is amazing

  • Alex Andronov26/03/2011 at 11:41

    He was most excellent today. I'd say the only driver who was friendlier was Vettel. Considering he's the world champion and has a lot of demands on his time he is amazing

    Ooh that's good to hear.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:41

    I recognise http://yfrog.com/h7d2vejwj that interior. They are back at 2 Doors Down!

  • Alex Andronov26/03/2011 at 11:41

    Ooh that's good to hear.

    I do still feel that it must be the silly Red Bull management people are the problem for him not him.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:41

    My first game of Top Spin 4 and Andy Murray has beaten me. It's OK though, I felt bad for him losing in the first round at several tournaments so I let him beat me see, and now he'll do better with that new found confidence :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:42

    Ooh that's good to hear.

    he signed for everyone and was smiley and grinning the whole time, very chatty with anyone who talked to him too.

    He was asked about Kinky Kylie and whether it's named after Kylie Minogue, he said 'it is when I'm in Australia' :D

  • RG26/03/2011 at 11:54

    Sauber and qualifying related ping: http://sauberinsight.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/the-ups-and-downs-of-a-sauber-fan/

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:56

    Hamilton and the two Merc drivers have had warnings from the Jackie Stewards:

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/90251

    Tut tut, Johnny won't stand for no nonsense this weekend!

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 11:57

    Tut tut, Johnny won't stand for no nonsense this weekend!

    I'm impressed it appears he listened to my 'be nice to Lotus' instructions.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 11:58

    I'm impressed it appears he listened to my 'be nice to Lotus' instructions.

    :)

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:04

    Hello.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:05

    how is it 11pm already? this was meant to be my early night! I'm not ready! I'm still sorting photos, let alone getting my blog done.

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:06

    ooooh I've been Suttoned!

    Excellent :)

    While ignoring Newey too

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:16

    While ignoring Newey too

    thats how I roll #lotusfo'life

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:17

    how is it 11pm already? this was meant to be my early night! I'm not ready! I'm still sorting photos, let alone getting my blog done.

    Do the blog on Monday evening, don't want to be too tired for the GP.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:18

    Do the blog on Monday evening, don't want to be too tired for the GP.

    thats the new plan. I shall still upload a few photos though :)

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:20

    Oops. Someone wandered from a VIP pit tour and broke Webber's air box! Could you get another tour at Mercedes..?

    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/overzealous-fan-nearly-sends-red-bull-spinning-20110326-1cb4b.html

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:24

    I've lots of blogging to do as well, perhaps this afternoon is the time to do it.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:26

    Oops. Someone wandered from a VIP pit tour and broke Webber's air box! Could you get another tour at Mercedes..?

    some of the people you see on tours make me facepalm.

    I wonder if I broke this bit? http://twitpic.com/4dh2fk

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 12:29

    I wonder if I broke this bit? http://twitpic.com/4dh2fk

    Wow :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:30

    Wow :)

    carbon fibre is strong right? because i did kind of bash it into the ground a little bit haha.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 12:30

    I wonder if I broke this bit? http://twitpic.com/4dh2fk

    Well it's not Jenson but it's a start :)

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:36

    Lou must have possessed my camera from afar because I just found a photo of Mikey and I have no recollection of taking any photos of him.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 12:58

    The mayor is explaining why he's going to the grand prix.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/ive-revved-up-a-grand-debate-melbourne-lord-mayor-robert-doyle/story-fn7x8me2-1226028731350

    and now I'll go to bed :)

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 12:58

    and now I'll go to bed :)

    Sweet Heikki dreams.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 12:59

    and now I'll go to bed :)

    Night Amy!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 13:03

    I'm really, really enjoying this Top Spin 4 game. The presentation values are absolutely top notch, even down to the umpire getting annoyed at the crowd and telling them to quieten down :)

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 13:05

    I'm re-watching Qualifying in the telly. Still expecting Legard to speak when the FOM intro finishes...

  • startledbunny26/03/2011 at 13:10

    Been out this morning and got a Freeview HD box. £30 at my local Tesco.

    Watching re-run of Quali *drools*

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 13:10

    Been out this morning and got a Freeview HD box. £30 at my local Tesco.

    Nice!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 13:11

    Been out this morning and got a Freeview HD box. £30 at my local Tesco.

    Ooooh, nice one. Good price.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 13:18

    DC and Brundle are pretty good!

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 13:19

    DC and Brundle are pretty good!

    I was worried about DC, but they seem to be unfounded thankfully.

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 13:21

    I was worried about DC, but they seem to be unfounded thankfully.

    Yeah I know what you mean, he seems to have done alright from what I've watched with quali now at the moment so far which is a nice surprise.

    I mean, it's not going to make me swap from 5 Live but it's good to know BBC may have found a good alternative line up

  • Chris26/03/2011 at 13:27

    I mean, it's not going to make me swap from 5 Live but it's good to know BBC may have found a good alternative line up

    At least if 5 live doesn't work for some reason, you know the backup's not going to be too bad! :)

  • startledbunny26/03/2011 at 13:35

    I was worried about DC, but they seem to be unfounded thankfully.

    Yeah they're not bad.

  • startledbunny26/03/2011 at 13:37

    I didn't know you could do replays on the F1 timing app.

    Now I know I can record Quali and still get timing

  • Lady Snowcat26/03/2011 at 13:39

    Did anyone else have problems getting Live timing...

    Both of us here couldn't get past Java....

    Weird....

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 13:40

    Did anyone else have problems getting Live timing...

    There were a few problems during qualifying I believe, at one point Java wouldn't even load for me either but when it did it was all jumbled up most of the time I found

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 13:40

    Both of us here couldn't get past Java....

    Ours died about halfway through qualifying and never came back.

  • Lady Snowcat26/03/2011 at 13:44

    That's a relief... at least it's a general issue...

    Impressed with the HD....

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 14:29

    Well, the FIA partly listened to me. They've posted the FIA communications... ...but not for the day I requested!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 14:29

    Did anyone else have problems getting Live timing...

    Yes. It wouldn't accept my login details!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 14:30

    He was most excellent today. I'd say the only driver who was friendlier was Vettel. Considering he's the world champion and has a lot of demands on his time he is amazing

    Bravo Sebastien and Bruno :)

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 14:31

    Well, the FIA partly listened to me. They've posted the FIA communications... ...but not for the day I requested!

    I'm guessing they may not upload it at all. :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 14:31

    He was asked about Kinky Kylie and whether it's named after Kylie Minogue, he said 'it is when I'm in Australia' :D

    :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 15:14

    I'm guessing they may not upload it at all. :D

    That would be typical...

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 15:40

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-the-2011-boat-race

  • Mr C26/03/2011 at 15:52

    i think f1 broke me. two day f1 weekends please.

  • Nick26/03/2011 at 16:39

    It's earth hour and we have floodlit racing in both Abu dhabi (GT1) and Dubai (GT Horse)

    Hahahaha :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 16:43

    It's earth hour and we have floodlit racing in both Abu dhabi (GT1) and Dubai (GT Horse)

    And we've got mass live-commenting of the boat race. Earth Hour could have been better timed...

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 17:50

    I return to the daily from the boat race with bits of Dr Who news. Apparently there was a bit of an easter egg with the small preview trailer airing on BBC2 including an alien that the BBC1 trailer didn't have, wierdly enough.

    Also Steven Moffat has made a quick prequel to the first episode of the new series!! Eeeek!!

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 17:57

    Ok I'm off to Dad's to do a bit of 'babysitting', will bring ipad and netbook in case I stay over instead of coming back at midnight. May comment from there tonight.

  • Christine26/03/2011 at 18:34

    Pingle: http://www.f1minute.com/news/sebastian-vettel-takes-pole-position-for-the-australian-grand-prix

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 18:39

    Yo folks

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 18:43

    One hopes you all had fun with qualifying this morning.

    :)

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 18:57

    Evening :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 18:57

    hi alison

  • Nick26/03/2011 at 19:01

    Evening :D

    Better head back from the pub then :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 19:02

    Nice to see the Hispania's on the front row of the grid for the race.

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 19:02

    Better head back from the pub then :)

    !!!!!!

  • Nick26/03/2011 at 19:07

    Better head back from the pub then :)

    !!!!!!

    Does that mean I should stay?

    I mean, i now feel I should stay...

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 19:10

    Does that mean I should stay?

    Hah! It means you better RUN home!!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 19:25

    A very happy birthday to Leonard Nimoy. Spock turns 80 today!!

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 19:54

    So, the F1 has gone HD. FOM and/or the Beeb is still formatting the on screen graphics in "4:3 safe" positions. Fail?

    M.B. + D.C. Win?

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 19:55

    M.B. + D.C. Win?

    Decent enough job on day 1. You could clearly hear Brundle getting more confident as the session went on, but realistically it far, far, far to early to give a definitive "yes" or "no".

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 20:00

    Buhhh!!

    IndyCar's timing and scoring page as well as the radio feed has been dieing all weekend, but I suppose this is an improvement on live streaming of the event....

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 20:38

    Just had some magnificent chocolate cake with cream topping, followed by presents: a box of Roses and a book of funny computer jokes. I am very happy :)

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 20:39

    A very happy birthday to Leonard Nimoy. Spock turns 80 today!!

    Happy birthday to Leonard!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 20:41

    Just had some magnificent chocolate cake with cream topping, followed by presents: a box of Roses and a book of funny computer jokes. I am very happy :)

    :)

  • Lynch26/03/2011 at 20:42

    So, the F1 has gone HD. FOM and/or the Beeb is still formatting the on screen graphics in "4:3 safe" positions. Fail?

    Yeh, the graphics during quali were annoying with the "tower" of times kept blocking the action, hopefully during the races it will be OK...

    ... also, I am glad they are still like that as I am still relying on 4:3 terrestrial tv on one of my TVs ....

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 20:44

    So, the F1 has gone HD. FOM and/or the Beeb is still formatting the on screen graphics in "4:3 safe" positions. Fail?

    Fortunate for me - I still have a 4:3 television...

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 20:48

    Fortunate for me - I still have a 4:3 television...

    Then I propose that broadcasters run 2 feeds, one SD - 4:3 safe and one HD - non 4:3 safe. Otherwise, letterboxing for the 4:3 feed. This comes from a 4:3 only watcher (still waiting for the right one!)

    Good news that the FIA did not allow the HRT request for exemption from the 107% rule?

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 20:51

    Been watching a brilliant History of Variety Acts show on BBC2 this evening, recommended watch. Morcambe and Wise never, ever, ever get old.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:00

    Good news that the FIA did not allow the HRT request for exemption from the 107% rule?

    I think so. If it had just missed, I'd have expected an exemption for reasons of keeping the grid full, but at that speed Karthikeyan wouldn't even have been classified and Liuzzi would have only been in the classification by half-a-second per lap. Since the hard tyres have to be used for both wear and regulatory reasons and cost a whole second new, and the soft tyres will in any case wear out, it is highly unlikely that Tonio could have been classified in the results either.

    The stewards are administrating a race, not a test. They cannot be expected to let Hispania in just because they need test miles.

    I think a better solution would be for Hispania to petition the FIA to let them miss the next 3 races and perhaps persuade them to allow a couple of days of full-track testing in exchange for effectively missing 6 days of running. This would allow them to be better-prepared for when they rejoin the action in Spain and should at least let them join the back of the pack.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:01

    I think a better solution would be for Hispania to petition the FIA to let them miss the next 3 races and perhaps persuade them to allow a couple of days of full-track testing in exchange for effectively missing 6 days of running. This would allow them to be better-prepared for when they rejoin the action in Spain and should at least let them join the back of the pack.

    Wouldn't that exclude them from the championship?

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:03

    I think for once Kolles is fighting a battle he cannot win. It's one thing to keep Jordan and other squads just afloat before they get sold on, but if the HRT cannot even qualify, then it will be much harder to keep them up.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:05

    Wouldn't that exclude them from the championship?

    No, because the current version of Concorde allows all teams to miss three races a season subject to FIA approval. If done without approval, they face FIA penalties but only face automatic exclusion if the number of missed races rises to four.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:06

    The controversial bit would be extracting the test days in exchange. However, I think they could argue it would be to the benefit of the sport as a whole if they were permitted to do that deal, especially if it was used as a test of the idea of bringing back limited in-season testing (a popular idea in certain quarters that nobody quite dares discuss - if the team with the lowest budget can benefit from a modest regime, then future seasons could see all the teams allowed a little more testing).

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:09

    The controversial bit would be extracting the test days in exchange. However, I think they could argue it would be to the benefit of the sport as a whole if they were permitted to do that deal, especially if it was used as a test of the idea of bringing back limited in-season testing (a popular idea in certain quarters that nobody quite dares discuss - if the team with the lowest budget can benefit from a modest regime, then future seasons could see all the teams allowed a little more testing).

    agreed

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:09

    woops - quote fail on my part

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:13

    Great job by Mike Conway and Justin Wilson to get top 5 in qualifying in IndyCar at St Pete - shame no one could see it (or hear it, or make out the timing and scoring)...

    :/

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:14

    Evening all

    Just trying out Firefox 4 and so far I like it.

    Since Mr C arranged my transfer to MotorSport I think it is only fair I plug them. Their next podcast victim is none other than Allan McNish. Can't wait.

    http://www.motorsportmagazine.co.uk/2011/03/23/allan-mcnishf1-podcast/

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 21:15

    Evening all

    evening steven

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:16

    McNish should be a fantastic interview! I always love his enthusiasm and obvious passion for what he does. Plus he knows how to stuff a car and then bring it to victory, perhaps the best drive I have personally witnessed.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:19

    McNish should be a fantastic interview! I always love his enthusiasm and obvious passion for what he does. Plus he knows how to stuff a car and then bring it to victory, perhaps the best drive I have personally witnessed.

    You were at that race?

    We live commented it here. Great recovery drive. His move on Klien towards the end of the race must be one of the most determined passes I have ever seen. I don't think it would have mattered how fast Klien's car was or what he did with it McNish was going past him.

  • jackie26/03/2011 at 21:19

    Just had some magnificent chocolate cake with cream topping, followed by presents: a box of Roses and a book of funny computer jokes. I am very happy :)

    Happy birthday Alia :-)

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:21

    You were at that race?

    No, watched it flag-to-flag. I am about 1000 miles north.

    Like Allan said (or there abouts) "Fix the car and I will get us back in front"

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:23

    Happy birthday Alia :-)

    Thank you :)

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:23

    Happy birthday Alia :-)

    Happy Birthday

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:23

    Happy birthday Alia :-)

    Bonne fête!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:24

    Happy Birthday

    Thank you, Steven and Bery :)

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:24

    Like Allan said (or there abouts) "Fix the car and I will get us back in front"

    He was very determined that day. I think if I was Audi I would be tempted to do something to the car to guarantee he crashed it like that every race.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:26

    Thank you, Steven and Bery :)

    Sorry, Bert

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:27

    I think it's in Truth in 24 where we seem him do a commentary about an on-board lap of La Sarthe, but seen from the outside, behind the camera. His passion is just fantastic. (or his showman skills, and if so, he deserves an Oscar!)

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:28

    By the way Ali, the best birthday wishes from here too.

    :D

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:28

    I think it's in Truth in 24 where we seem him do a commentary about an on-board lap of La Sarthe, but seen from the outside, behind the camera. His passion is just fantastic. (or his showman skills, and if so, he deserves an Oscar!)

    I don't think it is an act. I think that is just how he is.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:30

    By the way Ali, the best birthday wishes from here too.

    Thank you, Leigh :)

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:30

    I don't think it is an act. I think that is just how he is.

    I certainly hope it is, it would destroy the myth.

    N.P. Alianora

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:31

    @MarkGallagher62: Spoke to Tonio Liuzzi & Narain last night; both v disappointed not to qualify but told of their huge effort to try & qualify #AustralianGP

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:32

    I don't think it is an act. I think that is just how he is.

    I certainly hope it is, it would destroy the myth.

    I get the same feeling from listening to JYS and Moss. There are not many out there that do it that well.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:32

    @MarkGallagher62: Spoke to Tonio Liuzzi & Narain last night; both v disappointed not to qualify but told of their huge effort to try & qualify #AustralianGP

    That's completely understandable. Simply because a challenge is impossible doesn't mean failing at it doesn't hurt.

  • jpancoast26/03/2011 at 21:33

    McNish should be a fantastic interview! I always love his enthusiasm and obvious passion for what he does. Plus he knows how to stuff a car and then bring it to victory, perhaps the best drive I have personally witnessed.

    Todd from Formula1blog.com interviewed him last year before Petit Le Mans

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:34

    That's completely understandable. Simply because a challenge is impossible doesn't mean failing at it doesn't hurt.

    In this case the drivers are far from the guilty part. Again HRT fails to do the appropriate pre-season work and tries to do the minimum to get in. Collin, This Space is not Cool.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:34

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:35

    Collin, This Space is not Cool.

    Hardly Kolles' fault.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:35

    In this case the drivers are far from the guilty part. Again HRT fails to do the appropriate pre-season work and tries to do the minimum to get in. Collin, This Space is not Cool.

    Absolutely!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 21:35

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

    As much as I like him, Massa's been rubbish this weekend. Needs to find his groove quickly.

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:35

    Todd from Formula1blog.com interviewed him last year before Petit Le Mans

    Yeah, one of my podcasts, great as usual.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:35

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

    I don't think the 0.6 seconds will have him half as anxious as the fact he nearly didn't make Q2.

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:35

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

    Then Webber?!

  • jpancoast26/03/2011 at 21:36

    As much as I like him, Massa's been rubbish this weekend. Needs to find his groove quickly.

    I'm wondering if a team change might do him good.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:36

    Hardly Kolles' fault.

    In what sense? There doesn't seem to be any sense of organisation or purpose at the team and that's what the team leader is meant to provide (at least if, like Colin, he's focused on the systems side).

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:36

    Then Webber?!

    "Ouch" is all I can think of

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:36

    I get the same feeling from listening to JYS and Moss. There are not many out there that do it that well.

    McNish went through the JYS charm school

  • James26/03/2011 at 21:36

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

    If it continues in the next couple races, then Massa's head will drop further...

    Wait and see though, Massa has never had a good Australian GP

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:37

    Then Webber?!

    Webber tends to panic less than Massa - I think Mark will only get worried if the pattern persists in future races.

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:37

    Hardly Kolles' fault.

    Then less so the drivers. It is a completely un-sorted car that they are looking to put the least amount of time and effort in to. FOM should park them for the year and STILL charge them for freight fees.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:37

    In what sense? There doesn't seem to be any sense of organisation or purpose at the team and that's what the team leader is meant to provide (at least if, like Colin, he's focused on the systems side).

    Kolles is the only thing remotely keeping the project together. Blame lies closer to the absentee owners on this one I feel.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:38

    I'm wondering if a team change might do him good.

    Possibly, but I think it's too early to make a definitive judgement on the topic. One awkward issue is that wherever he goes, he'll probably need to take Rob with him - an option that may not be available to him without a certain amount of control over his own leaving date.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:39

    One awkward issue is that wherever he goes, he'll probably need to take Rob with him

    Another awkward issue is that he'll not find another team like Ferrari again.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:39

    Thoughts folks? A gap of 0.6 between Alonso and Massa - wondering if Felipe is feeling a bit anxious right now about the season.

    He was always goingto struggle against Alonso. He had anadvantage against Raikkonen because the team builds understeering cars and Kimi can't deal with that. Alonso like Massa likes understeer so Massa will never have any kind of car advantage and he just isn't as fast. I would not be surprised if his accident is still affecting him. Something like that can have effects for 2 or 3 years and he will only realise that afterwards

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:40

    Did anyone catch Hamilton's reaction in the press conference? Very telling stuff.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:41

    Kolles is the only thing remotely keeping the project together. Blame lies closer to the absentee owners on this one I feel.

    "Remotely" isn't enough. It's visibly unravelling in the span of a few days, or at least that's how it looks. The chocolate fireguard team owners definitely aren't helping though!

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:41

    Oh maaaaaaannn I totally forgot about the stupid clock stealing an hour of my life tonight....

    Also my phone battery is nearly flat, my charger is in the car and I'm already in my pjs. Not a good day to be me :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:42

    Another awkward issue is that he'll not find another team like Ferrari again.

    True.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:42

    Hamilton, Schumacher and Rosberg got blocking warnings and the HRT drivers did not. Where is the sense in that?

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/90251

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:43

    Also my phone battery is nearly flat, my charger is in the car and I'm already in my pjs. Not a good day to be me :D

    Run out in your pjs. No-one is going to care

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:43

    Hamilton, Schumacher and Rosberg got blocking warnings and the HRT drivers did not. Where is the sense in that?

    You can't warn someone who isn't there to be warned!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:43

    I did a small bit of writing:

    2011 Australian Grand Prix (Rd 1, Free Practice 3) http://wp.me/pSi0N-YA

    Vettel destroys the field in Melbourne (*Updated): (2011 Australian Grand Prix; Rd 1, Qualifying) http://wp.me/pSi0N-Yz

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 21:44

    Hamilton, Schumacher and Rosberg got blocking warnings and the HRT drivers did not. Where is the sense in that?

    Unfortunately, the HRT boys retired to the pub and couldn't hear the phone call from Charlie. Not sure they'll be too worried

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:46

    Run out in your pjs. No-one is going to care

    I might just not get up for work tomorrow.... :)

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:46

    You can't warn someone who isn't there to be warned!

    They could at least acknowledge that their behaviour was not acceptable.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:47

    I might just not get up for work tomorrow.... :)

    Student!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:47

    Hamilton, Schumacher and Rosberg got blocking warnings and the HRT drivers did not. Where is the sense in that?

    Also, the FIA has failed to mention the warnings that did happen in the relevant part of its site. Grrr!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:48

    They could at least acknowledge that their behaviour was not acceptable.

    They've already given them the second-heaviest penalty in their arsenal for other unacceptable behaviour and you can't issue a one-race ban for a first-time blocking offence.

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:49

    Student!

    Slander!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:50

    Also, the FIA has failed to mention the warnings that did happen in the relevant part of its site. Grrr!

    Typical

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:50

    Student!

    Slander!

    Just as well you are not studying law

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:51

    Just as well you are not studying law

    Libel! Litigation!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:51

    Libel! Litigation!

    Cobblers

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:51

    Cobblers

    Bullying!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:52

    Bullying!

    That is libel

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 21:52

    Cobblers

    Cobblers? I haven't had supper yet!

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:53

    That is libel

    If I was a student, I wouldn't have a problem would I.... I could stay in bed all Sunday because I wouldn't have a job.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 21:54

    If I was a student, I wouldn't have a problem would I.... I could stay in bed all Sunday because I wouldn't have a job.

    And you just said you may not get up

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:55

    If I was a student, I wouldn't have a problem would I.... I could stay in bed all Sunday because I wouldn't have a job.

    I've never had a job on Sunday (though there was a time when I worked some Saturdays).

  • Colin26/03/2011 at 21:56

    I used to work on Sundays & I had to record GPs. On the other hand, it was the 2002 season so I never actually missed anything.

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:57

    Jake Humphrey's done a cartoon of the punditry team :)

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 21:57

    And you just said you may not get up

    I'm so confused :(

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:58

    I used to work on Sundays & I had to record GPs. On the other hand, it was the 2002 season so I never actually missed anything.

    I've had a few races that I've missed through galas and have to watch later. One was Austria 2002 - I got back from a gala so late that I had to watch the video after school the next day. Getting the staff not to reveal the twist ending proved quite difficult...

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 21:59

    Jake Humphrey's done a cartoon of the punditry team :)

    Sorry, I'm mistaken. Jake tweeted it, I thought it was his work but it's actually @james_speed's

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:00

    I love this Spanish Lewis and Jenson vid on Joe's site.

    Christine. POINTS

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/a-message-for-spanish-fans/

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:01

    I'm so confused :(

    It's OK you have confused everyone else too

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 22:02

    I love this Spanish Lewis and Jenson vid on Joe's site.

    That is brilliant!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:05

    :D

    @alex_wurz: I hear rubens got a famous lecture b4 qualy from mr.X. Having experienced such lecture I know 2well that it takes focus away! Who is mr.X ?

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:06

    @alex_wurz: I hear rubens got a famous lecture b4 qualy from mr.X. Having experienced such lecture I know 2well that it takes focus away! Who is mr.X ?

    Mr Head I assume

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:07

    Mr Head I assume

    Thought the same - he does seem like he could be a "Mr X" type person

    ;)

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 22:08

    It's OK you have confused everyone else too

    That was you!!!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:09

    That was you!!!

    See how confused you are

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:09

    Just finally watching the pre-quali show. Just started the Paul di Resta section

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:11

    I am up and dressed and ready to go 20 minutes early. That's a first.

    Actually, I'm not wearing any shoes.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:12

    Actually, I'm not wearing any shoes.

    You probably need shoes. Unless you have some clever plan to get people to carry you

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:13

    You probably need shoes. Unless you have some clever plan to get people to carry you

    I definitely need shoes. I got back into bed though to do my commenting and shoes in bed is bad :)

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:14

    I definitely need shoes. I got back into bed though to do my commenting and shoes in bed is bad :)

    Have you managed to blag any paddock tours today yet?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:14

    Have you managed to blag any paddock tours today yet?

    no, today is going to be very quiet.

    Off to breakfast though, I hope Crofty is there. I can't believe he went yesterday!

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 22:15

    Have you managed to blag any paddock tours today yet?

    Heikki's going to carry Amy around all day by the sound of it.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:15

    Off to breakfast though, I hope Crofty is there. I can't believe he went yesterday!

    Next year you need to tweet him an invite to the sidepodbreakfast

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:15

    Heikki's going to carry Amy around all day by the sound of it.

    :D

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:17

    Next year you need to tweet him an invite to the sidepodbreakfast

    he'd probably run away in fear.

    When we saw him I said "I've been looking for Crofty all day" and the ausgp lady said "my last tour wanted to see him too!"

    she seemed confused, but then again if she expected us to not recognise drivers her bar must have been set quite low.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:18

    When we saw him I said "I've been looking for Crofty all day" and the ausgp lady said "my last tour wanted to see him too!"

    :D

    she seemed confused, but then again if she expected us to not recognise drivers her bar must have been set quite low.

    Most people probably recognise helmets but not drivers, engineers, physios etc.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:19

    Just finally watching the pre-quali show. Just started the Paul di Resta section

    I thought Paul came across really well

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 22:20

    I thought Paul came across really well

    We all love him now ♥

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:21

    We all love him now ♥

    You said that this morning but I missed the program. What impressed you?

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:21

    I love this Spanish Lewis and Jenson vid on Joe's site.

    speaking of ads, I like this one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvovA9cjJFo

    MIKA!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:21

    I also said recently that Seb Buemi needs to really cook it this year. So great job by the Swiss bloke to pull 10th - hopefully points will follow!!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:23

    speaking of ads, I like this one

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=BvovA9cjJFo

    MIKA!

    Genius

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:23

    speaking of ads, I like this one

    Interesting. I think Lewis, Jenson and Heikki are better acters than Schumacher and Rosberg

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 22:23

    You said that this morning but I missed the program. What impressed you?

    Even though he admitted to nerves (to the commentators if not to us) he sounded very mature and calm. He expressed himself well and managed to speak his thoughts without making anyone feel drowsy. Also, he had humility, rationality and ambition combined in a very attractive way.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:25

    Even though he admitted to nerves (to the commentators if not to us) he sounded very mature and calm. He expressed himself well and managed to speak his thoughts without making anyone feel drowsy. Also, he had humility, rationality and ambition combined in a very attractive way.

    I wonder if that comes from all the time in the DTM or if it is natural. He comes across a lot like his 2nd or 3rd cousin Dario Franchitti

  • Alison26/03/2011 at 22:30

    You said that this morning but I missed the program. What impressed you?

    He was cheerful and good natured. Seemed like a really nice person. It was early in the morning, I don't really remember :D

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:31

    He was cheerful and good natured. Seemed like a really nice person. It was early in the morning, I don't really remember :D

    It's interesting that there was such a positive reaction to him based on a few minutes of coverage. I was surprised but maybe that is because I have been telling everyone who will listen about him for years

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:37

    I was surprised but maybe that is because I have been telling everyone who will listen about him for years

    I've known about him for quite a while, but was a little surprised it took him as long as it did to get to F1 - really thought he could've ended up trapped in DTM

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 22:37

    pamela is here. Off we go!

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 22:38

    pamela is here. Off we go!

    Enjoy!

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 22:38

    pamela is here. Off we go!

    Have fun!

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 22:39

    have fun amy and pamela

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:39

    I've known about him for quite a while, but was a little surprised it took him as long as it did to get to F1 - really thought he could've ended up trapped in DTM

    I said at the start of last year before the FIF1 deal was announced that I thought he was going to be another McNish and not get a chance in F1 despite so obviously deserving one

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:39

    pamela is here. Off we go!

    Have a great day

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 22:46

    Main straight walk on race day!!

    http://t.co/6MIm8pb

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 22:49

    Main straight walk on race day!!

    Love photos from the track

  • Paul26/03/2011 at 22:54

    Awww hrt all packed up

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 22:55

    Awww hrt all packed up

    They should be forced to sit in the corner and watch all the other children play.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:02

    I love this Spanish Lewis and Jenson vid on Joe's site.

    I love this! Vodafone's Lewis-Jenson ads have really been something.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:03

    Hamilton, Schumacher and Rosberg got blocking warnings and the HRT drivers did not. Where is the sense in that?

    HRT might actually be happy if you send them to the back of the grid. :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 23:04

    HRT might actually be happy if you send them to the back of the grid. :D

    True. That would at least place them on the grid.

    I'm sure Charlie will have a word in relevant ears during the Malaysian driver's briefing.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:04

    Happy birthday, Alia! :D

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 23:05

    Happy birthday, Alia! :D

    Thank you, Journeyer :)

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:07

    speaking of ads, I like this one

    Interesting. I think Lewis, Jenson and Heikki are better acters than Schumacher and Rosberg

    Note that not a single word was said in the Schumi-Nico commercial. ;) But it's a very good concept, as you'd expect from the guys who put together the "Anything You Can Do" commercial. Still can't believe how accurately they called that.

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:07

    They should be forced to sit in the corner and watch all the other children play.

    :D

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 23:08

    waiting on a man about a dog

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:08

    I'm sure Charlie will have a word in relevant ears during the Malaysian driver's briefing.

    I wonder how many drivers are thing that pulling over is a huge penalty to endure thanks mainly to the large off-line marbles?

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:08

    waiting on a man about a dog

    eh?

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:09

    waiting on a man about a dog

    The film or are you getting a puppy?

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:09

    waiting on a man about a dog

    @ausgp are giving you a dog?

  • Alianora La Canta26/03/2011 at 23:13

    Off to bed. See you after the race!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:13

    Off to bed. See you after the race!

    Good night

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:13

    Off to bed. See you after the race!

    See ya Alia! :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:16

    see you ali

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 23:18

    it's secret plan code :)

  • Journeyer26/03/2011 at 23:20

    it's secret plan code :)

    what on earth...?! :P

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 23:20

    what on earth...?! :P

    Amy has a secret plan apparently

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:21

    Amy has a secret plan apparently

    Is this the same plan that was mentioned this morning that needs us all to do something?

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 23:22

    Amy has a secret plan apparently

    Does it involve a "Death Star" or underground passages?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:23

    waiting on a man about a dog

    My Dad used to say that. In other words, I'm doing something and I won't give you any more details :)

    Evening all

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:24

    Hi Bassano.

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:24

    Hello

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:25

    hi bassano / kai

  • lou26/03/2011 at 23:25

    Am trying to work out how to set my alarm and make sure it kinda... goes off at the right time. wish i could remember what i did last year..

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:25

    Am watching Let me In

    It's better than I thought but it's not as atmospheric as the original

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:26

    They should be forced to sit in the corner and watch all the other children play.

    they should be forced to sit in the garage during the race stripping down and rebuilding their car

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:26

    Hello

    Hey Kai

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:27

    It's better than I thought but it's not as atmospheric as the original

    Could've been worse. Could've been the atrocity that was The Wicker Man re-make

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 23:27

    they should be forced to sit in the garage during the race stripping down and rebuilding their car

    Or bringing tea for other teams

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:28

    Could've been worse. Could've been the atrocity that was The Wicker Man re-make

    I'm not that masochistic as to watch that! :)

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:28

    Hello

    Hello Kai

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:28

    Or bringing tea for other teams

    With Carabante dressed as a waitress

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:29

    I'm all out of sync with you guys this weekend 'cause I haven't been feeling great so i need my sleep and I can't watch the quali and race at 1:30 or 2am, so I am doing media black out until I can get up and watch my DVR. It feels weird not watching with you all.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:29

    I'm all out of sync with you guys this weekend 'cause I haven't been feeling great so i need my sleep and I can't watch the quali and race at 1:30 or 2am, so I am doing media black out until I can get up and watch my DVR. It feels weird not watching with you all.

    :(

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:30

    :(

    But that's why I read through all the comments after, and twitter, etc etc.

    It's my choice not to stay up, so it's fine. :)

    But a little lonely. :(

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:30

    Listening to Beck to pass the time right now. Guero was a rather calming album.

  • Amy26/03/2011 at 23:31

    the dog is ready. Or maybe it's the man. #allwillberevealed

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:31

    It feels weird not watching with you all.

    I tell you what, why don't we meet up next weekend and make it up to you

    #SocialSidepodcast

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 23:32

    With Carabante dressed as a waitress

    Did the Branson - The Other Guy I'll Dress as a stewardess> thing ever happen?

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:32

    @tomcaryf1: Race day in Oz! Lots of talk Red Bull may be using a 'start only' KERS. Q: If true would it be against spirit of regulations? #f1

    I find tweets like this weird, because I look at my clock and see that it's still only 11.30 on Saturday night.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:32

    Did the Branson - The Other Guy I'll Dress as a stewardess> thing ever happen?

    Branson pulled out.

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:32

    the dog is ready. Or maybe it's the man. #allwillberevealed

    Amy is taking Heikki for a walk ;)

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:32

    the dog is ready. Or maybe it's the man. #allwillberevealed

    I'm excited to see how we can help.

    (I've been trawlin'...)

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:33

    Did the Branson - The Other Guy I'll Dress as a stewardess> thing ever happen?

    Isn't it happening for Malaysia?

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:33

    Branson pulled out.

    I can't remember what the excuse was, but it was along the lines of "I'm busy washing my hair"

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:33

    I tell you what, why don't we meet up next weekend and make it up to you

    hm. You know what? That sounds great. Come on over. Why don't we meet in......say..... Boston!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:33

    I'm all out of sync with you guys this weekend 'cause I haven't been feeling great so i need my sleep and I can't watch the quali and race at 1:30 or 2am, so I am doing media black out until I can get up and watch my DVR. It feels weird not watching with you all.

    I don't think I could miss the first race of the season. I probably wouldn't be able to sleep.

    I hope you get some sleep and feel better soon

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:33

    But a little lonely. :(

    That is so sad

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:33

    I can't remember what the excuse was, but it was along the lines of "I'm busy washing my hair"

    Beard probably

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:33

    the dog is ready. Or maybe it's the man. #allwillberevealed

    Intriguing

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:34

    hm. You know what? That sounds great. Come on over. Why don't we meet in......say..... Boston!

    Perfect :)

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:34

    I can't remember what the excuse was, but it was along the lines of "I'm busy washing my hair"

    Didn't he hurt his leg doing some insane sport like he does?

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:34

    (I've been trawlin'...)

    You must be feeling better then

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:34

    Hi as well. Still at dads, just had a text to say they are on way back but will be an hour.. I'd intended to go home at 12 and watch race at home..

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:35

    Didn't he hurt his leg doing some insane sport like he does?

    Probably, but being Branson I'm surprised he didn't order a lackey to start feeling pain instead

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:35

    the dog is ready. Or maybe it's the man. #allwillberevealed

    intriguing

  • lou26/03/2011 at 23:35

    OH NO!! I forgot about the daily again!!!

    *starts writing*

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:35

    Didn't he hurt his leg doing some insane sport like he does?

    It was some kind of injury. He will do it though because he likes dressing up like a woman

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:35

    Did the Branson - The Other Guy I'll Dress as a stewardess> thing ever happen?

    delayed to later in the yearw

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:36

    I don't think I could miss the first race of the season. I probably wouldn't be able to sleep.

    Well I've never been so excited and plugged in to the beginning of the season, so I have you all to thank for that, but I want to be healthy for my SPC friends. And work has been totally asinine lately, and that takes it out of me.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:36

    *starts writing*

    May I linkables?

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:36

    I'm all out of sync with you guys this weekend 'cause I haven't been feeling great so i need my sleep and I can't watch the quali and race at 1:30 or 2am, so I am doing media black out until I can get up and watch my DVR. It feels weird not watching with you all.

    sleep's definitely the right thing if off colour

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:36

    OH NO!! I forgot about the daily again!!!

    *starts writing*

    Don't worry about it. Most comments will be on the race thread so if the daily is not done before lunch time it won't matter

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:37

    Intriguing

    I said that. But slowly because I'm on ipad

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:37

    You must be feeling better then

    Yeah, I'm okay, I just had homework to do for Monday and I've been fighting one of the many strains of viri that the kids have been tossing around for 2 weeks.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:37

    Well I've never been so excited and plugged in to the beginning of the season, so I have you all to thank for that, but I want to be healthy for my SPC friends. And work has been totally asinine lately, and that takes it out of me.

    You have to be healthy. That is always top priority

  • lou26/03/2011 at 23:37

    Don't worry about it. Most comments will be on the race thread so if the daily is not done before lunch time it won't matter

    but am going to the zoo tomorrow.. may be a short daily though. am in need of sleep. apologies to all.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:38

    sleep's definitely the right thing if off colour

    By the way Pat, Esteban Guerrieri nabbed pole for the Indy Lights race that we'll never see. First time in a Lights car I think

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:38

    Yeah, I'm okay, I just had homework to do for Monday and I've been fighting one of the many strains of viri that the kids have been tossing around for 2 weeks.

    I suppose being a teacher you are succeptible to all those diseases

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:39

    I suppose being a teacher you are succeptible to all those diseases

    Yeah, but now I'm used to it. First years go down quick and stay down.

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:40

    but am going to the zoo tomorrow.. may be a short daily though. am in need of sleep. apologies to all.

    SOunds like a good day out.

    Short daily is fine

    DId you see this Lewis and Jenson vid?

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/a-message-for-spanish-fans/

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:40

    By the way Pat, Esteban Guerrieri nabbed pole for the Indy Lights race that we'll never see. First time in a Lights car I think

    as well he should as a WSR man against that field, or has it got stronger when I wasnt looking. We'll see it if we torrent it later in the week what with it having tv deal now... Got so much stuff in the queue it'll have to wait though!

  • lou26/03/2011 at 23:40

    SOunds like a good day out.

    its for a photography project so yeah much fun :)

    DId you see this Lewis and Jenson vid?

    ohh no! thank you!

  • Steven Roy26/03/2011 at 23:41

    its for a photography project so yeah much fun :)

    Good

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:41

    has it got stronger when I wasnt looking.

    Not in the slightest

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:43

    Inside Grand Prix is on Motors, haven't seen that in years, it's still terrible :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:43

    Inside Grand Prix is on Motors, haven't seen that in years, it's still terrible :)

    Oh dear

  • Bert26/03/2011 at 23:47

    Inside Grand Prix is on Motors, haven't seen that in years, it's still terrible :)

    Irt's never as terrible as the one for your home G.P.... Apparently my pet is a moose, I live in an igloo and I ride a kayak to work.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:49

    @f1photos:

    @jakehumphreyf1 Wish DC a happy birthday.

  • Leigh O'Gorman26/03/2011 at 23:53

    So Mr Coulthard is 40 on Sunday - happy birthday my good man!!

  • Pat W26/03/2011 at 23:57

    Irt's never as terrible as the one for your home G.P.... Apparently my pet is a moose, I live in an igloo and I ride a kayak to work.

    you're also a lumberjack?

  • lou26/03/2011 at 23:58

    does anyone have any links they would like included in the daily? or anything at all really?

  • Kai26/03/2011 at 23:59

    does anyone have any links they would like included in the daily? or anything at all really?

    SidepodBoston?

  • Bassano26/03/2011 at 23:59

    SidepodBoston?

    Good call

  • Lukeh26/03/2011 at 23:59

    does anyone have any links they would like included in the daily? or anything at all really?

    Have you got Heikki and Amy?

    http://twitpic.com/4dfbn7

  • lou27/03/2011 at 00:00

    Have you got Heikki and Amy?

    of course.

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:00

    does anyone have any links they would like included in the daily? or anything at all really?

    If it's OK:

    Something for the Weekend - http://easymusicfordifficultears.blogspot.com/2011/03/something-for-weekend-die-doraus-und.html

    Aussie GP Qualifying - http://theformulaoneandmotorsportsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/2011-australian-grand-prix-rd-1-qualifying/

    Muchos gracious Lou

    :)

  • lou27/03/2011 at 00:00

    SidepodBoston?

    ohh, can you remind me of the details please?

  • lou27/03/2011 at 00:01

    Muchos gracious Lou

    no problem! thanks for helping me out! :)

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:02

    ohh, can you remind me of the details please?

    http://sidepodcastwiki.com/SidepodBoston

    Next Fri, April 1st - Sun 3rd

  • Paul27/03/2011 at 00:03

    Since the gp is aaaaaages away, we have gone our for a late breaky. The straight walk was fun.

  • Alison27/03/2011 at 00:03

    Next Fri, April 1st - Sun 3rd

    Hehehe April fool!

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:03

    ohh, can you remind me of the details please?

    This should take care of it.

    This Thursday. Janna and Bassano will meet me and Scott in Boston.

    http://sidepodcastwiki.com/SidepodBoston

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:10

    So anyway, who won the boat race and was it fun?

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:11

    Since the gp is aaaaaages away, we have gone our for a late breaky. The straight walk was fun.

    as opposed to the funny walk

  • Lukeh27/03/2011 at 00:11

    So anyway, who won the boat race and was it fun?

    Oxford won, it was very good fun. Learnt lots thanks to resident expert Rachel as the thread comments display

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:11

    Hehehe April fool!

    hah, that would be a he'll of a prank

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:12

    as opposed to the funny walk

    Did John Cleese come up with that one?

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:12

    Oxford won, it was very good fun. Learnt lots thanks to resident expert Rachel as the thread comments display

    good stuff

    :)

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:12

    hah, that would be a he'll of a prank

    bah

  • Amy27/03/2011 at 00:12

    our breakfast has not happened because the dog and man suck. Still waiting.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:13

    So anyway, who won the boat race and was it fun?

    it was alright but not as fun as some years, bit one sided

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:14

    bah

    oh, the joys of touchscreen typing. :( I don't like it much myself.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:14

    oh, the joys of touchscreen typing. :( I don't like it much myself.

    more the autocorrect

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:14

    more the autocorrect

    that too. I have to type things over and over on my iPod. Boo. Waste of time.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:15

    more the autocorrect

    The more you use it, the better it gets

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:17

    The more you use it, the better it gets

    That hasn't happened for me yet. I don't use it enough to get better, so I never get better. Yeah.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:23

    Are we in for another season of Rwd Bull skating near the rules?

    Was reading earlier about the front wing flex and special KERS

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:24

    Are we in for another season of Rwd Bull skating near the rules?

    Was reading earlier about the front wing flex and special KERS

    ...or bitter designers thinking "wish I'd thought of that!"

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:24

    our breakfast has not happened because the dog and man suck. Still waiting.

    are you referring to ant and crofty? :-/

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:25

    Was reading earlier about the front wing flex and special KERS

    What is that about slow charge KERS that is saved for the end of the race.

  • Lukeh27/03/2011 at 00:25

    are you referring to ant and crofty? :-/

    Can't be, Ant is in the UK

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:26

    ...or bitter designers thinking "wish I'd thought of that!"

    Well, if true, the start only KERS is clever but I don't agree with the wing flex. Just makes the parc ferme testing appear inadequate

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:26

    What is that about slow charge KERS that is saved for the end of the race.

    The talk is that it's a light weight unit that is only used at the start

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:27

    I . Am . Not . a . Fan

    @adamcooperf1: #F1 FIA has decreed any driver going off at Turn 3 can now rejoin AFTER the apex of Turn 4 if it's safe and no advantage is gained

  • Bert27/03/2011 at 00:27

    Was reading earlier about the front wing flex and special KERS

    If the "special KERS" is a unit that provides the full KERS boost during the start (at the appropriate speed) but that has no recharging capabilities, I see no issue. Though, that system woudl not account for the .5 second delta.

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:28

    It's seems no one in power is listen to my suggestion of large rumble strips in parts of the run off areas

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:28

    but that has no recharging capabilities

    That's the bit that might be against the rules

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:28

    I . Am . Not . a . Fan

    @adamcooperf1: #F1 FIA has decreed any driver going off at Turn 3 can now rejoin AFTER the apex of Turn 4 if it's safe and no advantage is gained

    If there's no advantage then nothing has changed in the rules. What's he deal with Turn 3? Is that where everyone's been going off?

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:29

    If there's no advantage then nothing has changed in the rules. What's he deal with Turn 3? Is that where everyone's been going off?

    Agreed.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:29

    That's the bit that might be against the rules

    We'll see what happens, I guess

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 00:31

    If there's no advantage then nothing has changed in the rules. What's he deal with Turn 3? Is that where everyone's been going off?

    they've been going off at 3 but probably 6 even more.

  • Steven Roy27/03/2011 at 00:31

    It's seems no one in power is listen to my suggestion of large rumble strips in parts of the run off areas

    I wish they would listen. Anyone leaving the track should suffer a big enough penalty to discourage them doing it as often as they do. There is one part of the track where every car completely crosses the line because the run off is asphalt

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:31

    If there's no advantage then nothing has changed in the rules. What's he deal with Turn 3? Is that where everyone's been going off?

    It's the corner where every one is going off. This idea of "not gaining an advantage" should be ditched. If you go off it should cost you time. Put slalom's in like they do at Monza, but at turn 3/4, it's too easy

    @karunchandhok: Sorry been offline - twitter app on my phone being moody ! Obviously rubbish start to life in a Team Lotus car for me on Friday...

    Awww...

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:32

    they've been going off at 3 but probably 6 even more.

    At least at T6, there's the gravel to slow them down/ catch them.

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:32

    It's the corner where every one is going off. This idea of "not gaining an advantage" should be ditched. If you go off it should cost you time. Put slalom's in like they do at Monza, but at turn 3/4, it's too easy

    I wonder how easy/hard it is to install those. This is normally public road, isn't it?

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:33

    I wonder how easy/hard it is to install those. This is normally public road, isn't it?

    More difficult that installing barriers?

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:33

    I wonder how easy/hard it is to install those. This is normally public road, isn't it?

    Park roads seem to be out if action for a couple of weeks

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:34

    More difficult that installing barriers?

    But these would be on the road itself, so may need to be removed quicker.

  • Amy27/03/2011 at 00:42

    finally off to the track! Thank you dog and man for being 90 minutes late ;)

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:43

    finally off to the track! Thank you dog and man for being 90 minutes late ;)

    ...EH? :P

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:44

    finally off to the track! Thank you dog and man for being 90 minutes late ;)

    Have a great time!

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 00:45

    our breakfast has not happened because the dog and man suck. Still waiting.

    dog and man?

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:45

    dog and man?

    Apparently, we'll find out later

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:45

    our breakfast has not happened because the dog and man suck. Still waiting.

    dog and man?

    Code for Amy's top-secret plan for today.

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:46

    Apparently, we'll find out later

    Suspense. Killing me.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:46

    dog and man?

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_a_man_about_a_dog

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 00:48

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    http://twitpic.com/4do79v

  • Lukeh27/03/2011 at 00:48

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    :O

    wow!!

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 00:49

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    http://twitpic.com/4do79v

    Ace!!

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:49

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    oooh! WOW!

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:49

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    Fantastic!

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 00:50

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    Probably their effort to woo us after the mess with Amy on Friday. :D Just kidding! Awesome stuff!

  • Amy27/03/2011 at 00:50

    dog and man?

    this plan requires major help from sidepodcast but i learned on Thursday that i can rely on you all :)

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 00:51

    this plan requires major help from sidepodcast but i learned on Thursday that i can rely on you all :)

    cool, but we're going to sleep in about 5 minutes, you need us to blog anything?

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 00:52

    this plan requires major help from sidepodcast but i learned on Thursday that i can rely on you all :)

    All for F1 and F1 for all.

  • Amy27/03/2011 at 00:52

    cool, but we're going to sleep in about 5 minutes, you need us to blog anything?

    yes but not yet. The pieces need to be in place first.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:53

    cool, but we're going to sleep in about 5 minutes, you need us to blog anything?

    Sleep? I've heard if that

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 00:53

    yes but not yet. The pieces need to be in place first.

    intriguing.

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 00:54

    Sleep? I've heard if that

    f1 has ruined me :)

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:55

    f1 has ruined me :)

    I woke up after 4 today

    No sleep till after the race unless I attempt a reset by staying up

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 00:58

    Verdict on Let Me In: if you can't face the subtitled Swedish original then this is a lot more accessible. Still a bit strange but worth a watch. Chloe Metz is fabulous as always [Kick Ass]

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 02:02

    comment time check...

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 02:02

    comment time check...

    bugger that's not right.

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 02:03

    comment time check...

    bugger that's not right.

    Yup, not right at all. :D

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 02:03

    Yup, not right at all. :D

    odd, server time has moved forward.

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:03

    Bassano, is Scott meeting you at the airport, seeing as my train doesn't get in until after you arrive?

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 02:04

    Interesting way of looking at it I suppose

    http://www.manipef1.com/news/articles/12018/

  • Christine27/03/2011 at 02:05

    odd, server time has moved forward.

    Stupid BST.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:05

    Bassano, is Scott meeting you at the airport, seeing as my train doesn't get in until after you arrive?

    He's offered but I think we'll probably just get a cab

    Why don't you meet with him near or in the hotel if you want to kill time?

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:06

    odd, server time has moved forward.

    Is the time set to adjust automagically?

    Does it think you are in the US?

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 02:07

    This song and recording always amazes me. It's the "Indian War Whoop" by Hoyt Ming and the Pep Steppers from 1928 (the video is recent obviously), but still the quality for the 1920's is stunning.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wz7K-Kry8k

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:07

    Why don't you meet with him near or in the hotel if you want to kill time?

    Sure. We can all meet in The Lenox lobby.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:08

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    http://twitpic.com/4do79v

    epic :)

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:08

    I am now home

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:09

    dog and man?

    en.m.wikipedia.or…a_man_about_a_dog

    I'm convinced dog means something in this case but I can't work out what.

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:09

    I am now home

    yay. Home is good. Home for a GP is pretty much mandatory, unless you're at the race.

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 02:10

    David, please make up your mind...

    @autosportnews: Lotus receives support from David Hunt: #F1 - Team Lotus has received a message of support from David Hunt, the ... http://bit.ly/fPp5RC

  • Journeyer27/03/2011 at 02:11

    David, please make up your mind...

    @autosportnews: Lotus receives support from David Hunt: #F1 - Team Lotus has received a message of support from David Hunt, the ... http://bit.ly/fPp5RC

    I'm guessing this means they've settled their differences, and they've realized they can't beat Dany if they fight amongst themselves.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:11

    I am now home

    yay. Home is good. Home for a GP is pretty much mandatory, unless you're at the race.

    Well I was offered a bed at Dad's (which until Friday was sat in pieces in various places in this flat) but they'll be up at 7.30 faffing about taking my sister to some street dance thing, despite mega big HD screen I can't be dealing with that hassle 30 mins into a GP, so home it is. :)

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:12

    David, please make up your mind...

    @autosportnews: Lotus receives support from David Hunt: #F1 - Team Lotus has received a message of support from David Hunt, the ... http://bit.ly/fPp5RC

    Officially had enough of David now.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:12

    Officially had enough of David now.

    Agreed

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:13

    Well I was offered a bed at Dad's (which until Friday was sat in pieces in various places in this flat) but they'll be up at 7.30 faffing about taking my sister to some street dance thing, despite mega big HD screen I can't be dealing with that hassle 30 mins into a GP, so home it is. :)

    I love quiet and no distractions on my own time. Distractions are a way of life for me at work, so I need time away to recharge.

  • Mr C27/03/2011 at 02:13

    Officially had enough of David now.

    seconded. what a hunt.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:14

    Interesting way of looking at it I suppose

    www.manipef1.com/…s/articles/12018/

    It's a fair point, Liuzzi found 4 seconds in as many laps, he just did it way way too late.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:14

    seconded. what a hunt.

    :)

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:14

    Am trying out a new browser for the iPhone

    Atomic. Liking the full-screen mode and not SidepodIssues noticed so far

  • Steven Roy27/03/2011 at 02:16

    christine's song made it into the newsletter for melbourne track officials, thanks to @elephino_

    :D

  • Steven Roy27/03/2011 at 02:17

    I'm convinced dog means something in this case but I can't work out what.

    HRT?

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:18

    @GaryDelaney:

    I've just put my clock forward and now it's fallen off the mantelpiece

    :lol:

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:18

    I love quiet and no distractions on my own time. Distractions are a way of life for me at work, so I need time away to recharge.

    Also I'm not sure I'd be comfortable having the netbook and iPad out while watching the race, if people are hovering around making a nuisance.

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:19

    HRT?

    Certainly a dog but in this case I think it's a euphemism

  • Steven Roy27/03/2011 at 02:19

    Officially had enough of David now.

    I had enough of him after he failed as an F3 driver. He had Acorn computer sponsrship so maybe a slight #mfc cpnnection

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:19

    Also I'm not sure I'd be comfortable having the netbook and iPad out while watching the race, if people are hovering around making a nuisance.

    I get that, totally. We all have our Sacred F1 Space while watching. :)

  • Steven Roy27/03/2011 at 02:19

    I've just put my clock forward and now it's fallen off the mantelpiece

    :lol:

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:21

    Haven't decided on commentary choice for the race. DC & MB were good and Ant won't be in the box

  • lou27/03/2011 at 02:21

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/daily-27th-march-2011

    and now.. i sleep.. see you in 4 hours... *sigh* stuuppidd clocks!

    xx

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:22

    Haven't decided on commentary choice for the race. DC & MB were good and Ant won't be in the box

    Standard BBC1 for me, unless they get too simplistic or annoying. So far so good.

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:22

    G'night Lou

  • Leigh O'Gorman27/03/2011 at 02:22

    night lou

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:23

    Na night Lou

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:24

    Haven't decided on commentary choice for the race. DC & MB were good and Ant won't be in the box

    I have heard enough of the BBC now to know just how badly the Speed guys suck. I can barely stand them now (except for Steve Matchett), when before I used to enjoy them just fine. I know now what I'm missing.

  • Pat W27/03/2011 at 02:24

    Night Lou... and I'm off for a 3hr 40min sleep too. Hopefully it won't turn into a 7hr one..

  • Kai27/03/2011 at 02:24

    Night Lou... and I'm off for a 3hr 40min sleep too. Hopefully it won't turn into a 7hr one..

    Night Pat

  • Bassano27/03/2011 at 02:24

    G'night Pat

  • Nick27/03/2011 at 06:37

    DRS needs to be available everywhere, limiting it makes it usesless