Well hello there.  It must be Wednesday again!  I have been very busy this week, mainly with the fact that I will be running in a 5x5km relay on Thursday.  I’ve been training really hard for 6 months, and I feel ready.  We got our shirts in yesterday and all our team gear (start numbers, etc.) too, so I’m super excited by how it will turn out…

I don’t have many links for you though.  Check out Christine’s Driver and Team Rankings for lots of nice links and info, along with an F1 Minute piece on the legendary Gordon Murray getting a job in F1 again, and a lovely F1 Big Picture

There have been a few comments about a pet peeve of a lot of people, namely the phrase “Going Forward”.  Speaking of which, here’s an article from Heikki about how to make a start in an F1 car, something Mark Webber might want to read.  Also Jenson Button is hoping that “Going Forward” he will be a McLaren driver, which strangely hasn’t happened yet.  Hmm, 2009 all over again?

A couple of blog posts for you – first, Joe has some big picture stuff (I wonder where he got that name from ;) ), fast Frenchmen and a story which you may have already seen, but interested me in that the Lotus vs. Lotus saga may be near an end.  Lukeh has his round up of the Belgian GP, while Gary Marshall gives us a glimpse into the future.

Have you ever heard of a cardboard recyclable building?  Well, in Christchurch the Cathedral was sadly knocked down by the recent earthquakes, so while it is being rebuilt, they have commissioned a Japanese architect to build one out of waterproof cardboard – it has to last 10 years, apparently.  Not sure I’d like sitting in a cardboard building, myself…

Finally, io9 reports that Pandas may be able to help mitigate a future shortage of oil … so now when the Sidepodcast Panda Racing Team gets off the ground, Pandas may actually help us fuel it too!

Have a great day and see you in the comments.  May the Cake be with you!

202 responses

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 00:20

    There have been a few comments about a pet peeve of a lot of people, namely the phrase “Going Forward”

    what's wrong with going forward? surely a significant improvement on going backwards or standing still. i shall continue to go forwards, stuffy guardian person - although love the f1 reference :)

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 00:22

    love the cardboard church. great daily sir.

  • Kai31/08/2011 at 00:24

    love the cardboard church. great daily sir.

    oh, that's really cool.

  • Jordan F131/08/2011 at 01:22

    Mr C 31/08/2011 at 01:20:51

    There have been a few comments about a pet peeve of a lot of people, namely the phrase “Going Forward”

    what's wrong with going forward? surely a significant improvement on going backwards or standing still. i shall continue to go forwards, stuffy guardian person - although love the f1 reference :)

    It implies events or process in the future. As time travel is impossible with current non-sdepodcast research and development projects, we are destined to enter the future, anyway. So under this phasing the words "going" and "fowards" as it relates to "time" makes the words "going" and "forward" redundant at best or mere filler at best. (Which means that the speaker has let to get his thoughts together, so you just wonder how much of it is him shooting off his mouth......)

  • Jordan F131/08/2011 at 01:40

    Mr C 31/08/2011 at 01:20:51

    There have been a few comments about a pet peeve of a lot of people, namely the phrase “Going Forward”

    what's wrong with going forward? surely a significant improvement on going backwards or standing still. i shall continue to go forwards, stuffy guardian person - although love the f1 reference :)

    How about these phase that mean the same thing as "Going Forward", but with increasing weight and decisiveness implied in the wording.

    "In the future" <=== a change coming up.

    "From now on" <== Sorry, a new thing just happened. Here is what it is.

    "Effective Immediately" <== You're toast unless you change.

    "You Shall" <= Your wife is mad at you.....

    "Thou Shalt". <== Hellfire and Brimstone. What did you do now?

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 01:47

    you don't get this with itunes:

    Enjoying the SENNA movie all bar the numbnuts who put the second reel in upside-down. We r all sitting around looking at the ceiling waiting

    https://twitter.com/#!/leighdiffey/statuses/108713555234258944

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 01:49

    It implies events or process in the future. As time travel is impossible with current non-sdepodcast research and development projects, we are destined to enter the future, anyway. So under this phasing the words "going" and "fowards" as it relates to "time" makes the words "going" and "forward" redundant at best or mere filler at best. (Which means that the speaker has let to get his thoughts together, so you just wonder how much of it is him shooting off his mouth......)

    it's the opposite of going backwards.

    e.g. getting somewhere. or at least not standing still.

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 01:53

    "In the future" <=== a change coming up.

    doesn't say "making progress"

    "From now on" <== Sorry, a new thing just happened. Here is what it is.

    that's three words when two were fine.

    "Effective Immediately" <== You're toast unless you change.

    i'd sound like a ponce.

    "You Shall" <= Your wife is mad at you.....

    i'd get beaten up...

    "Thou Shalt". <== Hellfire and Brimstone. What did you do now?

    ...and then fired.

    i'm sticking with 'going forwards' :)

  • Jordan F131/08/2011 at 03:30

    Trust me mr. C, "going forwards" , does not specifically mean making progress either, expect those all too frequent times when you are drifting downriver without a paddle toward that impending waterfall.

    In those circumstances, going forwards/making progress, is the dead last thing you want to do.....

    "Going Forwards" just means that there is a change in the way something is done. You hope that change will being progress, but that's the iffy part. You might have personnel changes but the same process occurs. going forwards, We could always replace vinegar for ketchup on Fish and Chips, for example. . . . .

    The point is that phase is just a silly business buzzword that has become a mockery of itself.

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 04:20

    The point is that phase is just a silly business buzzword that has become a mockery of itself.

    i still like it. i'll squeeze it into to debrief somewhere ;)

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 06:13

    i still like it. i'll squeeze it into to debrief somewhere ;)

    Oooh that's a great idea :)

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 06:41

    The point is that phase is just a silly business buzzword that has become a mockery of itself.

    I don't particularly see why it annoys people so much. It kind of makes sense.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 06:56

    I don't particularly see why it annoys people so much. It kind of makes sense.

    I don't particularly dislike it as much as others - I hate it when people are described as project 'champions' or 'gatekeepers' though...

  • F1Wolf31/08/2011 at 07:01

    afternoon !

    another mailing from Singapore GP in the mailbox, so not only Rick Astley, but also Boy George ... they really want to hurt me, they really want to make me cry ... #needtodigatunneltothegrandstand

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 07:03

    I don't particularly dislike it as much as others - I hate it when people are described as project 'champions' or 'gatekeepers' though...

    Fair enough. I'm addicted to this podcast http://www.ft.com/comment/columnists/lucykellaway so I'm well aware of how worked up people can get about silly phrases :P

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:07

    Fair enough. I'm addicted to this podcast www.ft.com/commen…ists/lucykellaway so I'm well aware of how worked up people can get about silly phrases :P

    Oh its a great podcast.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:20

    Fair enough. I'm addicted to this podcast www.ft.com/commen…ists/lucykellaway so I'm well aware of how worked up people can get about silly phrases :P

    I suppose I don't mind the phrases themselves, but I don't like the way people use them. I prefer actions over big words any day ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 08:29

    i'm sticking with 'going forwards' :)

    Wha...............'?

    i still like it. i'll squeeze it into to debrief somewhere ;)

    Noooooooo........

    I don't particularly dislike it as much as others - I hate it when people are described as project 'champions' or 'gatekeepers' though...

    I utterly despise the saying with an utter passion.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 08:29

    I utterly despise the saying with an utter passion.

    And I mean that utterly

    ;)

    Morning by the way

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 08:32

    another mailing from Singapore GP in the mailbox, so not only Rick Astley, but also Boy George ... they really want to hurt me, they really want to make me cry ... #needtodigatunneltothegrandstand

    and Korean superstars! After Rain in Malaysia I'm wondering if I'll ever get to another race without Korean superstars :D

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:34

    and Korean superstars! After Rain in Malaysia I'm wondering if I'll ever get to another race without Korean superstars :D

    Oh man, you just wait until you hear Korean Pop music ;)

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:34

    I utterly despise the saying with an utter passion.

    And I mean that utterly

    Meh, I don't get worked up about such things ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 08:35

    Meh, I don't get worked up about such things ;)

    Or maybe I need to calm down somewhat...

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 08:36

    Meh, I don't get worked up about such things ;)

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 08:37

    Problem is, I don't do calm very well at all

    :/

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:37

    Or maybe I need to calm down somewhat...

    Dunno. I just know that there are much bigger things to worry about other than buzzwords. Besides, they make a great detector of someone who may speak a lot but not know what they are talking about...

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 08:37

    Problem is, I don't do calm very well at all

    I have found it's something you have to learn.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 08:38

    I have found it's something you have to learn.

    Yeah, probably.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 08:43

    I have found it's something you have to learn.

    Yeah I think I need a bit of work on that #roadrage

  • That'll be the Day31/08/2011 at 09:00

    How well do you know your Formula 1 history?

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

    - Which Austrian driver and journalist was born on this day in 1948?

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 09:01

    - Which Austrian driver and journalist was born on this day in 1948?

    Niki Mathias von Lauda?

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 09:02

    Niki Mathias von Lauda?

    Nope. I actually went to the book to check :D

  • F1Wolf31/08/2011 at 09:04

    Oh man, you just wait until you hear Korean Pop music ;)

    oh I heard :-)

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 09:04

    Oh man, you just wait until you hear Korean Pop music ;)

    I am very familiar in the ways of KPop :D

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 09:13

    aw my mum just sent me an email

    Hi,

    With complements from Ron (penfriend) in Wales.

    Him and daughter went to see Jenson in Manchester on Monday and got into the vip area because of Vodophone contracts.

    He conducted an interview for the crowd so Ron snapped a few shots and forwarded this especially for you.

    Cheers.

    Mum

    Of all the people in the world to send me pictures of Jenson Button I never though my mum would be one of them :D

    I also enjoy her spelling of Vodafone.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 09:17

    aw my mum just sent me an email

    That's cool!

  • F1Wolf31/08/2011 at 09:22

    Of all the people in the world to send me pictures of Jenson Button I never though my mum would be one of them :D

    that is one nice big water filled hole on the tarmac ...

  • lou31/08/2011 at 10:00

    Of all the people in the world to send me pictures of Jenson Button I never though my mum would be one of them :D

    yay for pics of JB, am pleased your friend had a good time in Manchester. looks like they had a good view of everything too!

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:32

    Am often taken aback by how expensive some of Motorsport Magazine's nights are. Their screening of "Truth in 24" with Allan McNish comes in at £145 if you're not a subscriber...

    :o

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:33

    Am often taken aback by how expensive some of Motorsport Magazine's nights are. Their screening of "Truth in 24" with Allan McNish comes in at £145 if you're not a subscriber...

    £145!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 10:34

    Dunno. I just know that there are much bigger things to worry about other than buzzwords. Besides, they make a great detector of someone who may speak a lot but not know what they are talking about...

    Going forwards we'll think outside the box to provide a blue sky 360-degree approach and sidestep any prevarication. We'll touch base later.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:34

    £145!!!!!!!!!!

    Aye - £125 if you do subscribe to the mag.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:34

    Going forwards we'll think outside the box to provide a blue sky 360-degree approach and sidestep any prevarication. We'll touch base later.

    I think I'll just sleep now

    ;)

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:35

    Aye - £125 if you do subscribe to the mag.

    To see a 2-year old doco with Allan McNish? Considering in the UK you can see it for free, that seems mighty steep.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:36

    To see a 2-year old doco with Allan McNish? Considering in the UK you can see it for free, that seems mighty steep.

    Yep - their "Senna" night was £65, which was far too much -- even if Jo Ramirez was there.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:38

    Yep - their "Senna" night was £65, which was far too much -- even if Jo Ramirez was there.

    Where does the money go?

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:39

    Where does the money go?

    No idea. There didn't seem to be any charities mentioned around the time of the Senna screening, so I can only presume it goes to the magazine / guest fees / film licence?

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 10:41

    Am often taken aback by how expensive some of Motorsport Magazine's nights are. Their screening of "Truth in 24" with Allan McNish comes in at £145 if you're not a subscriber...

    I might pay that for Stirling Moss, no offence to Allan as he's a great guest but he's not Stirling Moss

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:41

    Admittedly, there is a lot on during the evening and the guests look ace, but not for £145

    http://www.motorsportmagazine.co.uk/2011/08/15/readers-evening-with-special-guests-allan-mcnish-and-tom-kristensen/

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:42

    No idea. There didn't seem to be any charities mentioned around the time of the Senna screening, so I can only presume it goes to the magazine / guest fees / film licence?

    Hmm. If it was for charidee I would consider it, but that's just too steep even for TK.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:44

    I might pay that for Stirling Moss, no offence to Allan as he's a great guest but he's not Stirling Moss

    I dunno really. It's not like we can't see and hear them in other places...

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 10:46

    I dunno really. It's not like we can't see and hear them in other places...

    It is being held at Audi UK. I suspect it is being aimed at Audi customers and the respective income level..

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 10:47

    It is being held at Audi UK. I suspect it is being aimed at Audi customers and the respective income level..

    True - there is that element.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 10:48

    It is being held at Audi UK. I suspect it is being aimed at Audi customers and the respective income level..

    Therefore normal motorsport plebs need not apply. Duly noted, Audi.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 10:50

    I think Motor Sport itself is a more premium brand than it used to be too, it seems notably more upmarket than 10 years ago.

  • Pat W31/08/2011 at 11:13

    Off to count pallets of things.. ah ah ah

    Potential for all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet later, shall report back after :)

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 11:18

    Potential for all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet later, shall report back after :)

    Have fun!

    Off to count pallets of things.. ah ah ah

    (is it like counting sheep?)

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 11:51

    - Which Austrian driver and journalist was born on this day in 1948?

    Read today's article. Had no idea who he was before today.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 11:52

    another mailing from Singapore GP in the mailbox, so not only Rick Astley, but also Boy George ... they really want to hurt me, they really want to make me cry ... #needtodigatunneltothegrandstand

    Hahahahahahahaha! Love that pun. :D

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 12:04

    Read today's article. Had no idea who he was before today.

    I remembered the name when I saw it, but I knew nothing of him!

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 12:54

    @ManipeF1: Trulli has signed a 2012 contract with Team Lotus http://mf1.ie/n/a/12579/ #F1

  • Amy31/08/2011 at 13:19

    @ManipeF1: Trulli has signed a 2012 contract with Team Lotus http://mf1.ie/n/a/12579/ #F1

    oooh

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 13:39

    @ManipeF1: Trulli has signed a 2012 contract with Team Lotus http://mf1.ie/n/a/12579/ #F1

    oooh

    That closes the door on Chandhok, then. Trulli's the 3rd oldest guy on the grid after Schumacher and Barrichello - I'm amazed he's stuck around this long.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 14:28

    @ManipeF1: Trulli has signed a 2012 contract with Team Lotus http://mf1.ie/n/a/12579/ #F1

    So another year of grumpiness and pointless driving at the back then?

  • RG31/08/2011 at 14:31

    So another year of grumpiness and pointless driving at the back then?

    He's leading the 'new' teams championship, I'd say his new deal is well deserved.

  • RubberGoat31/08/2011 at 14:33

    He's leading the 'new' teams championship, I'd say his new deal is well deserved.

    I've always thought he could have been a better driver than he was though.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 14:36

    So another year of grumpiness and pointless driving at the back then?

    I've often wondered if Lotus are holding out to bring Rossi in for a seat in 2013 though. The timing would be right.

  • RG31/08/2011 at 14:45

    I've always thought he could have been a better driver than he was though.

    I think thats true.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 15:22

    I've often wondered if Lotus are holding out to bring Rossi in for a seat in 2013 though. The timing would be right.

    You mean Alexander, not Valentino. :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 15:22

    You mean Alexander, not Valentino. :D

    Of course.

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 15:23

    For Rossi, it all depends on his 2012 season though

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 15:36

    For Rossi, it all depends on his 2012 season though

    Indeed. Him doing well is also good news for F1 in the US - they need a good American to root for.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 15:40

    Indeed. Him doing well is also good news for F1 in the US - they need a good American to root for.

    And to be frank, I don't think Conor Daly will the American driver to root for. Very little he's done so far stands out and I don't see him suddenly improving any time soon.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 15:51

    For Christine, from BBC Sport:

    Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has joined Inter Milan from Atletico Madrid.

  • RG31/08/2011 at 15:56

    Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has joined Inter Milan from Atletico Madrid.

    Villa are after some of Spurs' deadwood as well.

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:05

    Villa are after some of Spurs' deadwood as well.

    Who are they dragging now?

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:08

    Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has joined Inter Milan from Atletico Madrid.

    Yay! This is why I love transfer deadline day.

    Also provides a (very weak) F1 link for Christine in the fact the blue inters are based off Inter Milan and now her man is at Inter Milan ;)

    Evening all!

  • RG31/08/2011 at 16:09

    Who are they dragging now?

    Hutton to Villa, Jenas to Stoke, Crouch to Sunderland, I love this day!

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:09

    From Joe:

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/why-f1-is-heading-hybrid/

    That said, I'm not sure I agree with this. I'm not sure an electric-powered F1 will be all that popular. The noise is the part of the appeal here - and we know if we're being tricked by gadgets that make noise for the heck of it. F1 trying to be too relevant would be missing the forest for the trees - if no one likes it, the manufacturers won't bother with it, relevant or not.

    For me, F1 should be held up as an aspiration - not so much what cars should be like but rather what we want our cars to be like - very noisy and very fast.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:10

    Also provides a (very weak) F1 link for Christine in the fact the blue inters are based off Inter Milan and now her man is at Inter Milan ;)

    So now she'll remember Diego Forlan everytime we have rain and the cars put on inters. :D The light blue mark on the inters would also be a good match to the flag of Diego's home country, Uruguay. :D

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:12

    Hutton to Villa, Jenas to Stoke, Crouch to Sunderland, I love this day!

    Gavin said sifting the news was worse than GMM! Inclined to agree with him.

  • RG31/08/2011 at 16:14

    Gavin said sifting the news was worse than GMM! Inclined to agree with him.

    I've got like four live texts going at once, so, it makes life a lot easier. Twitter is annoying though.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:14

    Gavin said sifting the news was worse than GMM! Inclined to agree with him.

    In all honesty it what makes transfer deadline day even better with so many silly rumours

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:16

    Gavin said sifting the news was worse than GMM! Inclined to agree with him.

    In all honesty it what makes transfer deadline day even better with so many silly rumours

    It's like F1 silly season amped up and jampacked into one day!

    An F1 transfer window is a fun idea - imagine rumors of Rosberg talking to Ferrari, while Vettel talks to Red Bull, Ferrari, AND Mercedes in parallel. :D

  • RG31/08/2011 at 16:17

    An F1 transfer window is a fun idea - imagine rumors of Rosberg talking to Ferrari, while Vettel talks to Red Bull, Ferrari, AND Mercedes in parallel. :D

    This has to happen.

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 16:18

    Ping-->

    "Punch Drunk at Sonoma" - http://theformulaoneandmotorsportsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/punch-drunk-at-sonoma/

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:19

    This has to happen.

    "I'm at Heathrow, and I just saw Fernando Alonso go through security!"

    :D That would be LOADS of fun.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:19

    Something from JRobertsF1...

    Breaking news: 2012 F1 calendar confirmed - Bahrain for April 22

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:20

    An F1 transfer window is a fun idea - imagine rumors of Rosberg talking to Ferrari, while Vettel talks to Red Bull, Ferrari, AND Mercedes in parallel. :D

    "Walking to the shops in Woking and just noticed Whitmarsh having a burger with Mark Webber and shaking hands!"

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:21

    Something from JRobertsF1...

    Breaking news: 2012 F1 calendar confirmed - Bahrain for April 22

    2012 F1 season will start in Australia on 18 March and finish on 25 November in Brazil. 20 races. Austin will be 18 Nov - penultimate race

    Guessing Turkey's officially gone.

  • RG31/08/2011 at 16:21

    Breaking news: 2012 F1 calendar confirmed - Bahrain for April 22

    Um, I'm thinking I'll pass on going to a race in my birthday week next year then....

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:22

    Breaking news: 2012 F1 calendar confirmed - Bahrain for April 22

    Um, I'm thinking I'll pass on going to a race in my birthday week next year then....

    Looks like it's a straight swap with India, which originally occupied that date. India complained that going there in April would be too hot.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:23

    Oooooh blimey, 6 back to backs.

  • RG31/08/2011 at 16:24

    Looks like it's a straight swap with India, which originally occupied that date. India complained that going there in April would be too hot.

    Official list: http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pressreleases/wmsc/2011/Pages/wmsc-310811.aspx

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:25

    Breaking news: 2012 F1 calendar confirmed - Bahrain for April 22

    Um, I'm thinking I'll pass on going to a race in my birthday week next year then....

    Also, I have no issues with going there this time - assuming everything has been sorted out by then. But I'm not sure it has.

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:27

    http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pressreleases/wmsc/2011/Pages/wmsc-310811.aspx

    Of note on that same page is Patrick Head becoming a FIA representative of the FIA Endurance Commission.

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:27

    Oooooh blimey, 6 back to backs.

    Not sure they've got the logistics of Japan and Korea sorted, considering they're a few thousand miles apart. Same with USA and Brazil.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:28

    Not sure they've got the logistics of Japan and Korea sorted, considering they're a few thousand miles apart. Same with USA and Brazil.

    Japan to Korea can't be any worse than australia to Malaysia?

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:28

    First time that I can remember that August doesn't feature a race. That's odd.

  • Janna31/08/2011 at 16:29

    Official list: www.fia.com/en-GB…/wmsc-310811.aspx

    Only Hungary clashes with the Olympics. Am guessing the BBC won't be bidding for that one.

    Actually, now this is out, how long will it be until we know which races are being shown on the Beeb?

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:29

    Not sure they've got the logistics of Japan and Korea sorted, considering they're a few thousand miles apart. Same with USA and Brazil.

    Japan-Korea? Isn't that like a hop, skip, and jump away from each other? US-Brazil is a bit farther apart, though.

  • Janna31/08/2011 at 16:30

    First time that I can remember that August doesn't feature a race. That's odd.

    Spa is not on the bank holiday weekend as it has been recently.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:30

    Only Hungary clashes with the Olympics. Am guessing the BBC won't be bidding for that one.

    Martin Brundle doesn't like it there anyway. :D

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:30

    Spa is not on the bank holiday weekend as it has been recently.

    Which gives me half a chance of visiting it as it's after the festival I steward on that weekend!

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:31

    First time that I can remember that August doesn't feature a race. That's odd.

    Good news for my plans that month. :)

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:31

    Just realized: 20 races again. Err, that is a stretch.

  • Christine31/08/2011 at 16:32

    Has Germany moved? Amy has plans on that one.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 16:32

    Just realized: 20 races again. Err, that is a stretch.

    I assumed it was always going to be 20 races

  • Turkey Machine31/08/2011 at 16:33

    Only 8 races are European. F1 is now a global sport, even if the crowds are a lil small!

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:35

    Has Germany moved? Amy has plans on that one.

    Same date as the one they had in the July 29 draft, I think, so no real change.

    I think this is just the FIA rubber-stamping that draft.

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 16:38

    I think this is just the FIA rubber-stamping that draft.

    Oh, there is one minor change - the GP in Valencia moved up by a week to June 24.

  • Janna31/08/2011 at 16:39

    I think this is just the FIA rubber-stamping that draft.

    Nearly, Germany hasn't moved since that one but Bahrain, India and Abu Dhabi have.. This still shows the 29/07 dates I think http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Formula_One_season

  • Sidepodcast Classics31/08/2011 at 17:00

    Enjoy a little something from the Sidepodcast back catalogue.

    - The Unofficial F1 World Tour 2010 - Part 3

    Originally published 29 June 2010.

  • Christine31/08/2011 at 17:33

    Ping: http://www.f1minute.com/news/fia-confirm-official-calendar-for-2012-season

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 17:57

    Nearly, Germany hasn't moved since that one but Bahrain, India and Abu Dhabi have.. This still shows the 29/07 dates I think en.wikipedia.org/…ormula_One_season

    So, will it end up being 19 races or will Bahrain move to the end of the year?

    Evening all

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 18:01

    So, will it end up being 19 races or will Bahrain move to the end of the year?

    It will be 20 races with Bahrain in the early part of the season again. India moves down to Abu Dhabi's slot, with Abu Dhabi taking Bahrain's old slot.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:02

    It will be 20 races with Bahrain in the early part of the season again. India moves down to Abu Dhabi's slot, with Abu Dhabi taking Bahrain's old slot.

    I don't mean what is scheduled, I mean what will actually happen

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:07

    1st time I've seen Spa not on the August Bank Holiday weekend, that I can remember. This was also originally the case for the provisional date for 2011's race, till it was changed

  • Journeyer31/08/2011 at 18:12

    I don't mean what is scheduled, I mean what will actually happen

    This time? I think Bahrain will push through, if only because the protests from outside the country have died down.

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:14

    Hi!

    How are you all?

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:15

    This time? I think Bahrain will push through, if only because the protests from outside the country have died down.

    Let's see what happens when the pre-race prep begins. Doesn't seem much has changed. I still find it hard to believe this list will end up being the final one

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:15

    Hi Marti

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:16

    Happy to see Barcelona is still on the calendar. Sad to see Bahrain is still there...

    What do you think of it?

    I've done a post about it: http://martif1.com/2011/08/31/calendario-oficial-de-2012-adios-istanbul-hola-austin/

    Hope to see you in the comments :)

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:18

    Great Vettel portrait photo http://instagr.am/p/LtrW-/

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:24

    Great Vettel portrait photo http://instagr.am/p/LtrW-/

    Hahaha poor guy.

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:27

    So who fancies a trip to Barcelona in March for testing?

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:28

    So who fancies a trip to Barcelona in March for testing?

    When are tickets released?

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:28

    So who fancies a trip to Barcelona in March for testing?

    I think they'll be here in February. I will go there with a press-pass (cross fingers!). It's an enjoyable experience, the tests. 7 hours of F1, four days! 28 hours of F1! :D :D

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:30

    When are tickets released?

    Don't know but the dates have been released. "2nd Balrelona test 1-4th March

  • Leigh O'Gorman31/08/2011 at 18:31

    Don't know but the dates have been released. "2nd Balrelona test 1-4th March

    Didn't realise they were doing tickets. I assumed it was pay on the gate

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:31

    Don't know but the dates have been released. "2nd Balrelona test 1-4th March

    I've you want to buy the tickets for the tests, you can buy them in the track the same day of the tests. You don't have to worry, there are always lots and lots and lots of tickets left. They cost 10€ per day, I think.

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:31

    Didn't realise they were doing tickets. I assumed it was pay on the gate

    Don't they usually do both?

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:31

    Didn't realise they were doing tickets. I assumed it was pay on the gate

    You're right. I've been to the BCN tests twice and it's like this ;)

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:32

    Don't they usually do both?

    Well, you may find some tickets in servicaixa.com in winter, but I am not sure.

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:33

    Don't they usually do both?

    And plus, if you buy the tickets for the Spanish GP, you will have free entrance to the whole tests.

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:34

    And plus, if you buy the tickets for the Spanish GP, you will have free entrance to the whole tests.

    Don't think I'd go to the Spanish GP unless I could afford to do more than one but testing could be fun

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:35

    poo! the direct flights from Brum to Barcelona don't start until the end of March

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:35

    Don't think I'd go to the Spanish GP unless I could afford to do more than one but testing could be fun

    Fun indeed, worth considering

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:36

    Don't think I'd go to the Spanish GP unless I could afford to do more than one but testing could be fun

    There are some cheap tickets (pelouses), and there's a camping next to the track. You could go in a low-cost mode.

    Anyway, the grand prix is very fun. The athmosphere is incredible, the spanish fans are very enthusiasthic.

    But if you are a Hamilton fan, you may here some bad words about him hehe.

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:37

    Fun indeed, worth considering

    I reckon you could get cheap flights for less than £100, question is, how much would accommodation cost

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:37

    But if you are a Hamilton fan, you may here some bad words about him hehe.

    Not a problem

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:38

    Is the circuit anywhere near Barcelona?

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:44

    Is the circuit anywhere near Barcelona?

    Yes, 30-45 minutes by car. There's also a train station near the track (30 minutes walking).

    It's very easy to arrive by car. There are some highways over there.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:44

    Is the circuit anywhere near Barcelona?

    Google Maps says 27km to the centre of La Rambla

    About half an hour

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:45

    Google Maps says 27km to the centre of La Rambla

    Ah. so hire car needed too

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:47

    I reckon you could get cheap flights for less than £100, question is, how much would accommodation cost

    As I said, there's a camping next to the track. And when I say next to the track is next. You can see the last sector from there!

    There may be some hotels at Montmeló (30 minutes walk), but I guess they will be all booked). There are some hotels that cost less than 50€ par night near Barcelona.

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:48

    Google Maps says 27km to the centre of La Rambla

    Yes, it's what I've just said hehe. It's very near, 20-30 minutes if you don't find traffic jams.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:48

    As I said, there's a camping next to the track. And when I say next to the track is next. You can see the last sector from there!

    Being nearer to the city gives more options for the evening Sangria and Cevezas

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:48

    Ah. so hire car needed too

    Unless you find an hotel in Montmeló.

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:49

    Being nearer to the city gives more options for the evening Sangria and Cevezas

    Yes, talking about food, yes. Although we don't drink Sangrias (that's typical from north-east Spain) :D

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:50

    Unless you find an hotel in Montmeló.

    What's the town like?

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:50

    Yes, talking about food, yes. Although we don't drink Sangrias (that's typical from north-east Spain) :D

    North-west, I mean.

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:51

    What's the town like?

    A little town. I've never visited it, I've just walked over there to go from the train station to the track (30min). You may find some pics in Google Maps Street View :)

    Anyway, Barcelona is more beautiful, but Montmeló is more practical.

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:51

    Any idea if the campsite does tents to hire?

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:52

    Any idea if the campsite does tents to hire?

    No idea, maybe you could phone the track, to know more about that.

    I think there's a phone number on their website -> http://www.circuitcat.com

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 18:53

    Anyway, Barcelona is more beautiful, but Montmeló is more practical.

    I love Barcelona, I've been a couple of times, just not recently

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:55

    I love Barcelona, I've been a couple of times, just not recently

    Yes, one day we will finish the Sagrada Familia! xD

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:55

    No idea, maybe you could phone the track, to know more about that.

    Thank you <3

  • Marti31/08/2011 at 18:55

    Well, time to leave.

    Bye! :)

  • jackie31/08/2011 at 18:58

    Bye! :)

    toodle-pip

  • Janna31/08/2011 at 19:04

    Just looked up the hotel we stayed in for my 40th at Placa Espanya & it's completely booked. There's the Mobile World Congress on in Barcelona from 27th Feb to 1st March so some hotels may be putting up their prices/getting booked up that week. It may depend if you want to be there all four days of testing or just for a couple if you arrive after the conference ends.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:09

    There's the Mobile World Congress on in Barcelona from 27th Feb to 1st March so some hotels may be putting up their prices/getting booked up that week. It may depend if you want to be there all four days of testing or just for a couple if you arrive after the conference ends.

    That makes it awkward

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 19:12

    electric car at green hell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwHO6sC7Lhs

    via manipe.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:25

    Evening :)

    Thank you very much for my stickers Mr and Mrs C :D

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 19:26

    Thank you very much for my stickers Mr and Mrs C :D

    yay!!

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:32

    I was a bit concerned when the envelope arrived earlier with just "Alison" written on it. I couldn't think for the life of me what it was....

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 19:34

    I was a bit concerned when the envelope arrived earlier with just "Alison" written on it. I couldn't think for the life of me what it was....

    :)

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:47

    I was a bit concerned when the envelope arrived earlier with just "Alison" written on it. I couldn't think for the life of me what it was....

    Just think what Turkey Machine's postman might think

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:48

    Good evening Alison, Mr C

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:50

    Just think what Turkey Machine's postman might think

    I could have put my surname on it I guess. It's just I hate it. I'd rather see it as little as possible tbh.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:50

    I could have put my surname on it I guess. It's just I hate it. I'd rather see it as little as possible tbh.

    Have you ever thought about Deed Poll?

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:51

    I could have put my surname on it I guess. It's just I hate it. I'd rather see it as little as possible tbh.

    Steven would tell you it's a good Scottish name

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:54

    Have you ever thought about Deed Poll?

    Hah! I used to really want to give myself a middle name when I was younger. Hardly anyone I know has no middle name.

    I couldn't be doing with it though tbh. All my official documents have this name on. Wouldn't it be dead annoying getting everything swapped over. I couldn't be bothered. Might just get married.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:56

    Steven would tell you it's a good Scottish name

    Yeah but it's awful so..... :P

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 19:57

    I couldn't be doing with it though tbh. All my official documents have this name on. Wouldn't it be dead annoying getting everything swapped over. I couldn't be bothered. Might just get married.

    Cos I hear they're relatively cheap and easy to organise

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 19:59

    Cos I hear they're relatively cheap and easy to organise

    Definitely much easier than filling in some silly form....

  • Christine31/08/2011 at 20:00

    Definitely much easier than filling in some silly form....

    There are definitely forms involved with weddings.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:00

    I'd definitely add a middle name while I was at it.... Do you not think it's cruel to give one to my sister and not to me....!!!

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:00

    There are definitely forms involved with weddings.

    Shucks.

  • Lukeh31/08/2011 at 20:02

    I'd definitely add a middle name while I was at it.... Do you not think it's cruel to give one to my sister and not to me....!!!

    You should give your middle name a middle name. For example, say you want Sarah as a middle name but also want Jane, Sarjaneah. Now you have two middle names for the price of one.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:03

    You should give your middle name a middle name. For example, say you want Sarah as a middle name but also want Jane, Sarjaneah. Now you have two middle names for the price of one.

    I don't have a middle name to give a middle name to :(

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:04

    I'd definitely add a middle name while I was at it.... Do you not think it's cruel to give one to my sister and not to me....!!!

    Do you want want because your sister has one or because you'd just like one.

    Mine doesn't serve much purpose

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:05

    I'd definitely add a middle name while I was at it.... Do you not think it's cruel to give one to my sister and not to me....!!!

    If you go down the double-barrel route when you marry, you could kill two birds with one stone :)

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:06

    Do you want want because your sister has one or because you'd just like one.

    Everyone I've ever met has one! Including my family and everything. I don't know why I don't have one.

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:07

    Everyone I've ever met has one! Including my family and everything. I don't know why I don't have one.

    I could live with it if my sister didn't have one but the fact she does just adds insult to injury!

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:11

    Everyone I've ever met has one! Including my family and everything. I don't know why I don't have one.

    Honestly, they are overrated.

    In my Mum's family, all the sisters are known by there middle names. To make things more confusing, they have first names that are 'known as' names from a sibling. It's like they had a restricted total of names to give out. Weird

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:16

    In my Mum's family, all the sisters are known by there middle names. To make things more confusing, they have first names that are 'known as' names from a sibling. It's like they had a restricted total of names to give out. Weird

    My mum uses her middle name now. All her side of the family use her 1st name though. I think it's a catholic thing though. Her first name is Mary which I think was basically the name of 2/3 of the girls at her school :P

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:17

    My mum uses her middle name now. All her side of the family use her 1st name though. I think it's a catholic thing though. Her first name is Mary which I think was basically the name of 2/3 of the girls at her school :P

    Mexican boys called Jesus probably get the same thing :)

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 20:22

    Mexican boys called Jesus probably get the same thing :)

    :D

  • Rubbergoat31/08/2011 at 20:30

    Mexican boys called Jesus probably get the same thing :)

    My best mate is called Hay-Zoos and so is his brother. I sit on the right of him too ;)

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:31

    My best mate is called Hay-Zoos and so is his brother. I sit on the right of him too ;)

    Both of them?

  • Rubbergoat31/08/2011 at 20:33

    Both of them?

    Just the elder.

  • Rubbergoat31/08/2011 at 20:33

    Just the elder.

    i've met his bro though.

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:35

    i've met his bro though.

    But they're both called Jesus?

  • Rubbergoat31/08/2011 at 20:36

    But they're both called Jesus?

    Yes. When I asked his mum why, she just told me she likes the name!

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:37

    Yes. When I asked his mum why, she just told me she likes the name!

    Ok then!

  • Bassano31/08/2011 at 20:37

    Yes. When I asked his mum why, she just told me she likes the name!

    Second coming, quite literally :)

  • Rubbergoat31/08/2011 at 20:38

    Second coming, quite literally :)

    Oh you don't know how many jokes we make about his name at work!

  • Alison31/08/2011 at 21:16

    Ooooh I've decided today is a good day! :D My bank have just given me 3 years free travel insurance.

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 21:28

    Good evening Alison, Mr C

    *waves*

  • jpancoast31/08/2011 at 21:49

    My mum uses her middle name now. All her side of the family use her 1st name though. I think it's a catholic thing though. Her first name is Mary which I think was basically the name of 2/3 of the girls at her school :P

    In my house, if someone used your middle name while referring to you (most likely in the form of firstname - middlename, sometimes with last name thrown onto the end) you were in REAL TROUBLE.

  • Mr C31/08/2011 at 22:59

    just for fun, august f1 news recap: http://bitly.com/bundles/sidepodcast/9