I slept through my planned daily writing last month so now I have 8 weeks of Heikki news to catch up on. Sorry all! A big thank you to Christine for jumping in with some excellent Heikki tweets in my absence too!

We’ve had five races since my last post, and sadly three of them ended in retirement. Did you know Heikki hasn’t finished two races in a row for the last seven races? In 2010 the eleventh race of the season was his last retirement for the year so with eleven races behind us this year hopefully history will repeat itself.

I was hoping to skip through time through the medium of photo but I didn’t find enough to cover all the eight weeks so instead I’ll show you the greatest photos I’ve seen in a while as clearly the only thing better than one Finnish F1 driver is two Finnish F1 drivers. Plus bonus Catherine! Heikki also shared with us a photo of a driver’s eye view of the FIA press conference. The journalists look rather bored if you ask me.

Last month Heikki gave his fans a bit of one-on-one time via Facebook chat. I’d hate to see how many chat windows he would have had open at the same time. I thought it was very cool of him to do that for his fans and hopefully those who got to chat with him enjoyed the experience. He has also been talking to people via telephone as earlier this week he took some calls at the Fonecta call centre in Finland.

Fun day in Finland spend a day with Fonecta guys, went to the call center where people can call for all kind of info, I picked up many calls


H_Kovalainen's Twitter avatarH_Kovalainen

He said that people didn’t believe they were actually talking to him and I don’t blame them, if I was calling my telephone company I certainly wouldn’t expect an F1 driver to answer. On top of all of this interaction he has been answering many fan questions and giving fantastic responses on Twitter as usual. This has been my favourite one, it appears Heikki has an excellent sense of humour.

“@emmanuel_99: @h_kovalainen you disappointed me today... Sorry, no more a fan of you...” Ok cool just click the unfollow button mate!


H_Kovalainen's Twitter avatarH_Kovalainen

I also learned through Twitter that Heikki won’t be doing the Race of Champions this year. That’s a shame but after last year’s crash perhaps it’s a good idea.

As well as racing Heikki has been playing a lot of golf as usual and when he’s not playing it he’s watching it on Youtube. Now that’s dedication!

We’re into our first weekend of the summer break now and it seems Heikki is spending his in Finland.

Pretty much all packed up and ready to go tomorrow to have my summer holiday in North Finland. Looking forward to seeing @H_Kovalainen... :)


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Hopefully he has a great break because there really is nothing quite like going back to your home country when you don’t live there anymore. What are your plans for this weekend, Sidepodreaders? Feel free to tell us in the comments! Whatever you’re up to, I hope you all have a good one.

441 responses

  • Mr C05/08/2011 at 23:05

    it's heikki news monthly baby!

  • Steven Roy05/08/2011 at 23:15

    it's heikki news monthly baby!

    Phew. I was worried about the lack of Heikki news recently

  • Mr C05/08/2011 at 23:18

    What are your plans for this weekend, Sidepodreaders? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

    coding. am making the most of the summer break.

  • Steven Roy05/08/2011 at 23:24

    Fun day in Finland spend a day with Fonecta guys, went to the call center where people can call for all kind of info, I picked up many calls

    Points

  • Mr C05/08/2011 at 23:40

    did we know tamara was on twitter?

    https://twitter.com/#!/TamEcclestone

  • Steven Roy05/08/2011 at 23:42

    did we know tamara was on twitter?

    I saw it mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I haven't followed her though

  • Mr C05/08/2011 at 23:42

    I saw it mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I haven't followed her though

    at least someone in the family is tech savvy.

  • Steven Roy05/08/2011 at 23:44

    at least someone in the family is tech savvy.

    Hopefully she will explain it to her father

  • Sidepodcast Update05/08/2011 at 23:45
  • startledbunny05/08/2011 at 23:45

    did we know tamara was on twitter?

    we do now.

    I saw it mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I haven't followed her though

    same here

    at least someone in the family is tech savvy.

    bernie must know how to operate sky+ (booooo)

  • Steven Roy05/08/2011 at 23:48

    bernie must know how to operate sky+ (booooo)

    He has his own bus at the races which has screens for 6 different TV feeds in it. He doesn't need Sky+

  • Mr C05/08/2011 at 23:49

    we do now.

    she follows mark webber and shops in homebase.

  • startledbunny05/08/2011 at 23:51

    she follows mark webber and shops in homebase.

    we have a connection.

    does she like her dad? (the connection falls down if the answer is in the positive)

  • startledbunny05/08/2011 at 23:52

    He has his own bus at the races which has screens for 6 different TV feeds in it. He doesn't need Sky+

    (more boos)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:00

    He has his own bus at the races which has screens for 6 different TV feeds in it. He doesn't need Sky+

    doesn't go to every race though.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:02

    doesn't go to every race though.

    True. I doubt he even watches the races. He would only watch if someone was paying him

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:02

    no idea what i1 super series is, but the post mentioned mika so it seemed appropriate to post it in this daily:

    http://www.asianage.com/racing/f1-stars-set-compete-i1-super-series-851

  • startledbunny06/08/2011 at 00:02

    doesn't go to every race though.

    and i won't be watching every race live next year neither.

    first time for 16 years.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:02

    True. I doubt he even watches the races. He would only watch if someone was paying him

    someone is. all of us :)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:05

    and i won't be watching every race live next year neither.

    first time for 16 years.

    ouch. no online streams for you?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:08

    no idea what i1 super series is, but the post mentioned mika so it seemed appropriate to post it in this daily:

    They are using Radical sportscars. Radical make cars from very low performance to fairly high performance

    http://www.radicalsportscars.com/uk/?loadnews=intl

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:11

    www.radicalsports…uk/?loadnews=intl

    "Radical Sportscars is pleased to announce a new association with single-seater ace Alex Brundle"

    small world :)

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:11

    "Radical Sportscars is pleased to announce a new association with single-seater ace Alex Brundle"

    It was only announced yesterday I think

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:12

    Alex shared one with his dad in a race a while ago

  • startledbunny06/08/2011 at 00:15

    ouch. no online streams for you?

    i could try, but I am useless at that kind of thing.

    I can remember exactly what happened at the beginning of the '93 Brazillian GP, without seeing it live, and just hearing radio commentary, and that was with Legard commentary. Michael Andretti crashed badly, and I saw the highlights later in the day, and nothing much was added to that. A similar experience a year later, when Senna spun out. I only had radio commentary to guide me, but watching the Senna film, I remember the story of the race through words, not pictures. They were filled in later.

    I know it's been really exciting this year. Edge of the seat stuff for most of the races, but personally I have to draw a line, and this is it.

    That's not to say there could be a point where I'm on the phone to virgin media asking for sky.

    Crofty and Ant will paint the pictures for me for now, and I reckon they will be just fine.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:19

    Crofty and Ant will paint the pictures for me for now, and I reckon they will be just fine.

    interesting. i think i'm all in, or all out. need a lot more info on packages before making any choices though. i reckon sky will do a much better job than the beeb, but it's an 18 month contractual risk to take.

  • startledbunny06/08/2011 at 00:25

    interesting. i think i'm all in, or all out. need a lot more info on packages before making any choices though. i reckon sky will do a much better job than the beeb, but it's an 18 month contractual risk to take.

    They have followed ITV's path so far, as in they recruited Tony Jardine, but I can imagine they will do a good enough job also. I just think they will put it on something like Sky Sports 4, which costs more to subscribe to in the end.

    I think you need to just rely on 5 live commentary for one race, to see if you can do without Sky.

    It's difficult to pick one race though, as most have been awesome.

    The timing app helps enormously also.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:28

    I think you need to just rely on 5 live commentary for one race, to see if you can do without Sky.

    we can't do sidepodcast without pictures. no way. at least not the podcast. what would we say?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:33

    I think streams are essential if you don't get SKy

  • guille230606/08/2011 at 00:34

    interesting. i think i'm all in, or all out. need a lot more info on packages before making any choices though. i reckon sky will do a much better job than the beeb, but it's an 18 month contractual risk to take.

    It's interesting that Fox Sports Latinoamérica, part of the same Murdoch empire, shows F1 on the basic cable package, you only need to pay extra for the HD version of it. So, in the UK you are lacking the SD option "free" with your basic Sky subscription.

    Fox Sorts LA covers all the countries from Mexico down to Argentina (except Brazil), maybe the bigger scale allows them to charge less here (besides the fact that their coverage is really poor and cheap).

  • startledbunny06/08/2011 at 00:37

    we can't do sidepodcast without pictures. no way. at least not the podcast. what would we say?

    I'm hoping that they might do a Pay Per Race deal for F1 fans, at £1 or £2 a race. In the same way I hoped my PS3 would work when I stuck the mainboard in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. (The eternal optimist.)

    I would rather pay more to you guys to watch the race on Sky and me watch FBFB and the dashboard on top of 5live and the Timing app.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:37

    I think streams are essential if you don't get SKy

    i know that watching bbc online last year was a dreadful experience. i can't imagine watching illegal streams will offer anything better. to my mind, either we go all in on sky, or we don't watch any races and concentrate on things surrounding the sport. technically we don't need to watch any f1 to do christine's rankings, tweets of the week etc.

    i can't see the fun in doing something half-arsed. but it's still too early to call.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:39

    I'm hoping that they might do a Pay Per Race deal for F1 fans, at £1 or £2 a race. In the same way I hoped my PS3 would work when I stuck the mainboard in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. (The eternal optimist.)

    yeah that would be good, but you still need the equipment i guess. there's the option of a 3rd party dish and something like RTL coverage. equipment is costly up front, but i don't think there's any subscription.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:42

    I would rather pay more to you guys to watch the race on Sky and me watch FBFB and the dashboard on top of 5live and the Timing app.

    that's an interesting prospect, but the risk to my mind is - what if the season is dreadful again? if someone bans DRS during the off-season, after we'd just shelled out for a full sky+ package, i might jump off a bridge.

    i wish there was some kind of commitment not to fiddle with any rules for 3 years or something. i'd commit to paying for sky if every race was as good as hungary, but can i get my money back if they're not?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:44

    i might jump off a bridge.

    Seems a little extreme

    i wish there was some kind of commitment not to fiddle with any rules for 3 years or something. i'd commit to paying for sky if every race was as good as hungary, but can i get my money back if they're not?

    Nothing in F1 is stable for 3 years. THe Concorde Agreement is about to run out so anything can happen

  • startledbunny06/08/2011 at 00:44

    I am reasonably lucky, as in I have Virgin Media, so the outlay to get the Sports channels would not be that great, but there's two of us in this house, and I am finding it difficult to justify spending £140 a year for the races BBC won't show live.

    I would rather spend that money on taking my Wife out for meals and holidays.

    i wish there was some kind of commitment not to fiddle with any rules for 3 years or something. i'd commit to paying for sky if every race was as good as hungary, but can i get my money back if they're not?

    Theres a few months before any money needs to be spent, so you have enough time to make a decision either way.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:45

    Nothing in F1 is stable for 3 years. THe Concorde Agreement is about to run out so anything can happen

    but the minimum commitment for sky is 18 months. it's a risky purchase.

    thinking about it, f1 moving to sky is the final admission that formula 1 is entertainment, isn't it? if i pay my money, i want value for money back.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:47

    Theres a few months before any money needs to be spent, so you have enough time to make a decision either way.

    agreed. many months.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:47

    thinking about it, f1 moving to sky is the final admission that formula 1 is entertainment, isn't it? if i pay my money, i want value for money back.

    It's the final admission that there is no long term strategy and just a short term profit grab

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:48

    It's the final admission that there is no long term strategy and just a short term profit grab

    heh.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 00:54

    Seems a little extreme

    you can sort of see why though. we were depressed enough with the 2010 season to stop watching. imagine if we'd paid a pocket load of money not to watch.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 00:59

    It's the final admission that there is no long term strategy and just a short term profit grab

    A good example of the lack of long term strategy is the engine formula over the championship years

    4.5 litre

    2.5 litre

    1.5 litre

    3.0 litre

    1.5 litre turbo

    3.5 litre

    2.4 litre (ie what we had more or less in 1952)

    1.6 litre (ie what we had in 1977)

    Round and round it goes. Where it stops nobody knows

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 01:00

    A good example of the lack of long term strategy is the engine formula over the championship years

    yikes!

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 01:02

    yikes!

    The same applies to all sorts of other things two.

    Of course gearboxes are different. We keep getting more gears. 8 gears next is just stupid

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 01:03

    1.6 litre (ie what we had in 1977)

    turbo obviously

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 01:03

    The same applies to all sorts of other things two.

    i guess on the plus side, if we don't like the first 12 months, the final 6 will be the opposite :)

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 01:04

    The same applies to all sorts of other things two.

    too

    Why do I never notice spelling mistakes till it is too late

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 01:05

    i guess on the plus side, if we don't like the first 12 months, the final 6 will be the opposite :)

    Guaranteed

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 01:40

    just testing something, ignore the next comment being some 14 hours early.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 01:40

    just testing something, ignore the next comment being some 14 hours early.

    sidepodtime?

  • Sidepodcast Classics06/08/2011 at 01:45

    Enjoy a little something from the sidepodcast.com back catalogue.

    - Live: Abu Dhabi 2010 - Free Practice 1

    Originally published 12 November 2010

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 01:47

    sidepodtime?

    hehe, yes. sorry about that. all sorted now.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 01:51

    oops, forgot coldplay were on: http://www.youtube.com/Lollapalooza

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 03:28

    hello daily, hello sidepodcast,

    the rumours about Davis Cup being played in Perth weren't true, they're playing in Sydney! I get to go to Sydneeeeeeeeey! I hope Roger comes :)

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 03:35

    what if the season is dreadful again? if someone bans DRS during the off-season, after we'd just shelled out for a full sky+ package, i might jump off a bridge.

    3.... 2..... 1....... BUNGEEE! :P

    Just try not to jump out of basement window of your apartment building, that type of suicide attempt is just so embrassing....

  • Sidepodcast Update06/08/2011 at 05:45
  • Bridget06/08/2011 at 07:07

    Ooh, Heikki News! I always love this daily! Thank you, Amy :)

    does she like her dad? (the connection falls down if the answer is in the positive)

    I don't know about Tamara Ecclestone, but I ran into a friend of Bianca Symmonds recently - apparently there's little love lost between her and Pat (but she's still an avid racing fan, because, well, it's awesome).

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 07:16

    interesting. i think i'm all in, or all out. need a lot more info on packages before making any choices though. i reckon sky will do a much better job than the beeb, but it's an 18 month contractual risk to take.

    I have sky, though not the sports package. You can take the basic channels which is about £20 a month and then have sports on a month by month basis during the season. The only problem is that you must take the sports for 31 days and then it takes another 30 days to cancel them. In theory, you could just have sports March until July, cancel them and then restart for September until November, the rest of the time you'd have to take the basic £20 package. You are allowed to stop and start packages as often as you like within the subscription period as long as you take it for the month and then have the one post post cancellation period.

  • Lynch06/08/2011 at 08:50

    I'm hoping that they might do a Pay Per Race deal for F1 fans, at £1 or £2 a race.

    More like £5 a race i would say!

    In the same way I hoped my PS3 would work when I stuck the mainboard in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.

    I heat gunned mine and it worked for 2 months or so then it packed up again....

  • Marti06/08/2011 at 09:35

    Morning :)

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 10:42

    you can sort of see why though. we were depressed enough with the 2010 season to stop watching. imagine if we'd paid a pocket load of money not to watch.

    At least you don't have to pay the full whack for the full 18 months, if F1 turns out to be boring you can offload the 'extras' and drop to the most basic package for the rest of the term, I think?

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 10:46

    I have sky, though not the sports package. You can take the basic channels which is about £20 a month and then have sports on a month by month basis during the season. The only problem is that you must take the sports for 31 days and then it takes another 30 days to cancel them. In theory, you could just have sports March until July, cancel them and then restart for September until November, the rest of the time you'd have to take the basic £20 package. You are allowed to stop and start packages as often as you like within the subscription period as long as you take it for the month and then have the one post post cancellation period.

    I suppose Sky like it when people aren't so proactive and just pay all year. :) It does seem like a lot of faffing but for the cost saving I'm sure it's worth it.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 10:50

    I suppose Sky like it when people aren't so proactive and just pay all year. :) It does seem like a lot of faffing but for the cost saving I'm sure it's worth it.

    Well you would save yourself 4 * 16 quid or whatever it is for the sports since you'd only need 8 months per year, guess it depends if you would watch any other sports

  • Sidepodcast Update06/08/2011 at 11:45
  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 12:59

    At least you don't have to pay the full whack for the full 18 months, if F1 turns out to be boring you can offload the 'extras' and drop to the most basic package for the rest of the term, I think?

    we don't need basic package though. we'd only get that because we have to, because of f1.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:11

    we don't need basic package though. we'd only get that because we have to, because of f1.

    Is Sky Sports available via Freeview's Top UP TV?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:12

    Is Sky Sports available via Freeview's Top UP TV?

    some, but we don't have enough info on packages yet. if they put f1 on ss4, then no.

    also, not in hd on freeview.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:13

    also, not in hd on freeview.

    Yet. That should change when the digital swichover finishes

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:14

    Yet. That should change when the digital swichover finishes

    there's no guarantees of that? or have sky committed?

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:14

    there's no guarantees of that? or have sky committed?

    True, I can't see SD being the norm in 5 years time

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:15

    True, I can't see SD being the norm in 5 years time

    too much speculation for my liking :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:15

    too much speculation for my liking :)

    HD has spoiled us. It even irritates me when the forum switches to a Lo Def feed :D

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:17

    HD has spoiled us. It even irritates me when the forum switches to a Lo Def feed :D

    agreed.

    digital switch over doesn't finish until 2013, so that's a whole season guaranteed to be in SD if we go the freeview route.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:19

    Is Sky Sports available via Freeview's Top UP TV?

    I hadn't realised it but yes it is, £24 per month for SS1 and SS2. Still a lot of money. I live in an area with a restricted Freeview service and only get half the channels, there's no word on the site about whether the paid channels will even be available to me

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:20

    I hadn't realised it but yes it is, £24 per month for SS1 and SS2. Still a lot of money. I live in an area with a restricted Freeview service and only get half the channels, there's no word on the site about whether the paid channels will even be available to me

    If available, it's still cheaper than shelling out for a SKy or Cable package. Still sucks though

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:21

    If available, it's still cheaper than shelling out for a SKy or Cable package. Still sucks though

    Definitely cheaper, but still not affordable.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:21

    I hadn't realised it but yes it is, £24 per month for SS1 and SS2. Still a lot of money. I live in an area with a restricted Freeview service and only get half the channels, there's no word on the site about whether the paid channels will even be available to me

    can you not got to that channel and see if it's there? ours says "no data" because we haven't bought a CAM thing.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:25

    can you not got to that channel and see if it's there? ours says "no data" because we haven't bought a CAM thing.

    I don't think it is because I had no idea Sky Sports was on Freeview already until a few minutes ago.

    I've also got a BT Vision box and checking the site now, SS1&2 is £17.40 per month on that. The aerial connector broke some time ago and I've not replaced the box yet, I ought to get on that. :)

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:26

    I've also got a BT Vision box and checking the site now, SS1&2 is £17.40 per month on that. The aerial connector broke some time ago and I've not replaced the box yet, I ought to get on that. :)

    I have a very cheap Freeview box alongside it which I use instead, perhaps it isn't picking up some of the channels because it is very cheap :) :)

  • RG06/08/2011 at 13:27

    some, but we don't have enough info on packages yet. if they put f1 on ss4, then no.

    To be fair, ss4 is for stuff like speedway and repeats, I highly doubt Sky will stick something they probably paid a lot of money on and it not being on the two main channels.

    Speaking of speedway, Amy, I notice your daily forgets to note the moment Heikki became awesome and went to a speedway meeting, which is slightly disappointing...

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:27

    I have a very cheap Freeview box alongside it which I use instead, perhaps it isn't picking up some of the channels because it is very cheap :) :)

    does it even have a CAM slot?

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:28

    does it even have a CAM slot?

    No but the BTV does

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:28

    To be fair, ss4 is for stuff like speedway and repeats, I highly doubt Sky will stick something they probably paid a lot of money on and it not being on the two main channels.

    The worry is that they split it across SS1 and 2

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:29

    No but the BTV does

    phew

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 13:29

    does it even have a CAM slot?

    Who's Cam?

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:29

    The worry is that they split it across SS1 and 2

    Agreed, if they stick it on one channel that brings the cost down quite nicely, I could afford that

  • RG06/08/2011 at 13:29

    The worry is that they split it across SS1 and 2

    I thought the package was with both?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:29

    Who's Cam?

    :)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:30

    I thought the package was with both?

    yeah it is: http://www.topuptv.com/skysports/

    am only worried if it moves off of those two. again to early to speculate.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:32

    I thought the package was with both?

    :(

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:32

    Agreed, if they stick it on one channel that brings the cost down quite nicely, I could afford that

    Just re-checking the sites and I was wrong on the Top Up TV cost. It was £24 just for SS1, and £33 for SS1+SS2. Ouch.

    BT is £12.30 for a single channel or £17.40 for both but you do have to pay another £4 subs for the service.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:33

    If you use Freesat, are you allowed to just subscribe to Sky Sports?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:37

    If you use Freesat, are you allowed to just subscribe to Sky Sports?

    is skysports on freesat?

    http://www.sky.com/shop/freesat/home/what-can-i-watch/

    don't know much about it to be honest.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:40

    am only worried if it moves off of those two. again to early to speculate.

    It is but I think it'll be worth checking what sports are on Sky during the next few races.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:41

    Changing the subject temporarily, for anyone still looking to join google+ here's a link via twitter http://twitter.com/#!/9to5Google/status/99831263518666752

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:42

    Changing the subject temporarily, for anyone still looking to join google+ here's a link via twitter twitter.com/#!/9t…99831263518666752

    ooh, assumed everyone was on there already. are you jackie? you can circle christine here: https://plus.google.com/112564622463572350003

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:42

    is skysports on freesat?

    Ah I think there are two Freesats, the other is this one http://www.freesat.co.uk/what-you-get/our-channels

    Doesn't look like it is on either though

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:44

    Doesn't look like it is on either though

    so the choices are:

    SD - bt vision or freeview

    HD - sky

    failing that, try and get a big dish and pick up free to air canal+ coverage.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:44

    ooh, assumed everyone was on there already. are you jackie? you can circle christine here: https://plus.goog…64622463572350003

    Was just about to join, though since I'm an anti-social so and so I don't know if I'd use it

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:44

    Was just about to join, though since I'm an anti-social so and so I don't know if I'd use it

    social networking overload :)

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:45

    Was just about to join, though since I'm an anti-social so and so I don't know if I'd use it

    The only reasons I haven't joined is because I don't know whether I would use it or if it would suck up even more time :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:46

    social networking overload :)

    well maybe, I like twitter, hated facebook and finally managed to delete my hardly ever used account there a few weeks ago, don't know if I'd use this

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:46

    Doesn't look like it is on either though

    so the choices are:

    SD - bt vision or freeview

    HD - sky

    failing that, try and get a big dish and pick up free to air canal+ coverage.

    Virgin Media too, but you have to live in a cabled area.. and you'd have to deal with Virgin Media. :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:46

    Virgin Media too, but you have to live in a cabled area.. and you'd have to deal with Virgin Media. :)

    I think they're fine. So much better than the Ntl days

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:47

    Virgin Media too, but you have to live in a cabled area.. and you'd have to deal with Virgin Media. :)

    ah-ha. well we have to move to put up a dish, so i guess we can move into a cable area too :)

  • James06/08/2011 at 13:47

    ah-ha. well we have to move to put up a dish, so i guess we can move into a cable area too :)

    any excuse to move ;)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:48

    so the choices are:

    I'm seriously thinking of trying the first non BBC race as highlights and listening to the commentary on 5 Live if I feel deperately sad about missing the thing live

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:48

    any excuse to move ;)

    hehe. the risk is we move to a noisy area and then that affects podcasting.

    #middleclassproblems

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:49

    I think they're fine. So much better than the Ntl days

    I still see a lot of complaints on Twitter and so forth, they had a long way to go though! I was with them for a while, then another time I was with Telewest who were much better, so when they merged I hoped they'd take the best bits of both into VM - but I moved to a non-cable area.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:50

    part of me thinks we have to make a stand and not just give in to paid coverage

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:51

    part of me thinks we have to make a stand and not just give in to paid coverage

    That would be good but it'll only work if we can stream :D

  • RG06/08/2011 at 13:52

    That would be good but it'll only work if we can stream :D

    /not already caved in.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:52

    part of me thinks we have to make a stand and not just give in to paid coverage

    That would be good but it'll only work if we can stream :D

    it'll be just like indycar :(

    even worse, i can see the live comments being a battle between the haves and the have nots. gonna be a fun 2012.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:53

    I would be so much more annoyed with Valencia if I'd paid £24 to watch a poo race

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:53

    I'm seriously thinking of trying the first non BBC race as highlights and listening to the commentary on 5 Live if I feel deperately sad about missing the thing live

    Find someone you know who has Sky. I'd rather watch it at home but if I can't I'll go to Dad's.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:54

    Find someone you know who has Sky. I'd rather watch it at home but if I can't I'll go to Dad's.

    That'll be fun for Australia, knocking on my friend's door :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:54

    even worse, i can see the live comments being a battle between the haves and the have nots. gonna be a fun 2012.

    How do the people from the states, who don't get to see the race live get on in the comments during the race, or don't they comment?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:54

    That'll be fun for Australia, knocking on my friend's door :)

    eheheheheh

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 13:54

    Find someone you know who has Sky. I'd rather watch it at home but if I can't I'll go to Dad's.

    I'm just waiting for my mate who has Sky at £80 a month to start bragging...

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:55

    How do the people from the states, who don't get to see the race live get on in the comments during the race, or don't they comment?

    when races are streamed live, they join in, sometimes people are watching on dodgy streams.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:55

    part of me thinks we have to make a stand and not just give in to paid coverage

    That would be good but it'll only work if we can stream :D

    it'll be just like indycar :(

    even worse, i can see the live comments being a battle between the haves and the have nots. gonna be a fun 2012.

    Agreed and it'll be worse, the number of people who use live threads for F1 is much higher.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 13:56

    That'll be fun for Australia, knocking on my friend's door :)

    Hah :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:57

    Maybe we need to have Badger-esque meet ups on non BBC race days. Find a pub willing to put up with us and charge for tickets

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 13:58

    Maybe we need to have Badger-esque meet ups on non BBC race days. Find a pub willing to put up with us and charge for tickets

    it's a good plan... but australia?

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 13:59

    it's a good plan... but australia?

    Schucks... there has to be a downside

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 13:59

    Maybe we need to have Badger-esque meet ups on non BBC race days. Find a pub willing to put up with us and charge for tickets

    Badger are asking about interest in doing just that

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:00

    Badger are asking about interest in doing just that

    The problem is that we are all so spead out across the country it would be difficult to find a meet-up that wasn't more expensive to travel to than paying for Sky

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:01

    Maybe we need to have Badger-esque meet ups on non BBC race days. Find a pub willing to put up with us and charge for tickets

    it's a good plan... but australia?

    I've done that once, admittedly we may have got lucky with a hotel willing to put a TV in the dining area and let us sit there at 5am. They thought we were mad. Or it might've been Japan at 2am, I can't remember.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:01

    I wish they would come out and say which races the BBC will cover and which channel/(s) Sky will show the coverage on, we can't really plan without it

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:02

    The problem is that we are all so spead out across the country it would be difficult to find a meet-up that wasn't more expensive to travel to than paying for Sky

    Yes that's a problem.

    Another is that people then like to talk all the way through it.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:03

    Does anyone know how you can test if you can receive a signal from Canal+ ?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:03

    Schucks... there has to be a downside

    to me, it's either sell a kidney and go all out for sky, move house and do it properly. or give up and follow something else. can't see that decision coming before march though.

    worst case scenario - we can't do f1 debrief of the factbyte factbox. upside - internal organs in full working order :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:03

    Does anyone know how you can test if you can receive a signal from Canal+ ?

    Which format?

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:05

    worst case scenario - we can't do f1 debrief of the factbyte factbox. upside - internal organs in full working order :)

    I think that's really the crux of the matter if you run a website, you really need it to do the work but it increases hosting costs considerably

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:05

    Which format?

    Hehe, how would I know #nottootechsavvy

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:06

    Does anyone know how you can test if you can receive a signal from Canal+ ?

    I think you need a satellite dish which isn't from Sky, and point it in the right direction.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:06

    Hehe, how would I know #nottootechsavvy

    No, I mean, how do you receive your programming. Did you say Sky earlier?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:06

    I think that's really the crux of the matter if you run a website, you really need it to do the work but it increases hosting costs considerably

    i think our hosting still costs more than sky a year. but hosting, plus sky makes it quite an expensive preposition.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:06

    No, I mean, how do you receive your programming. Did you say Sky earlier?

    Yes, unfortunately I succumbed to the dark side for my daughters entertainment a few years ago

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:08

    Could we go to a rnon BBC ace on the cheap, I mean cheaper than a sky subscription? that might make the situation more bearable

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 14:08

    i think our hosting still costs more than sky a year. but hosting, plus sky makes it quite an expensive preposition.

    A proposition perhaps :)

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:08

    i think our hosting still costs more than sky a year. but hosting, plus sky makes it quite an expensive preposition.

    Ah but you could both watch Aston Villa live. ;)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:08

    A proposition perhaps :)

    damn you autocorrect :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:08

    damn you autocorrect :)

    :D

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:09

    Ah but you could both watch Aston Villa live. ;)

    hehe, we don't really have time for more tv.

  • RG06/08/2011 at 14:09

    Could we go to a rnon BBC ace on the cheap, I mean cheaper than a sky subscription? that might make the situation more bearable

    You can all come round my house. There are two benefits to this:

    a) you get to come to Newcastle

    b) I will force you to watch the speedway afterwards

    Win-win. If you want.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:11

    Maybe I could get into BTCC instead of F1, it'd be cheaper

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 14:13

    Ah but you could both watch Aston Villa live. ;)

    Ooh, I forget I like them :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:13

    Or, drop the Autosport and F1Racing subscriptions, that'll pay for about half the skysports

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:15

    Or, drop the Autosport and F1Racing subscriptions, that'll pay for about half the skysports

    will it? sadly we don't have either.

    except for the online thing, which is essential.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:16

    well half of the sports package bit of the costs.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:17

    well half of the sports package bit of the costs.

    ha.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:18

    Did people see the links to a government petition about loss of live free to air coverage, as if that would help. Slacktivism

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:19

    Did people see the links to a government petition about loss of live free to air coverage, as if that would help. Slacktivism

    and also every petition was discounted as not being something the government would control. must admit all the tweets about it and the twitter accounts begging for followers on the premise that their username (keep_F1_free) would do anything to help

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 14:20

    ha.

    hey, I'm Scottish... every little helps

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:25

    hehe!

    @pauldirestaf1: Good luck to @GaryPaffett and @JamieGreenRacin at nurburgring DTM this weekend. Give it large

    @Susie_Stoddart: @pauldirestaf1 thanks Paul!!! We're even from the same country and you don't wish me luck!!! ☹

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 14:25

    hehe!

    he's not having a good few days with the ladies

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:32

    Or, drop the Autosport and F1Racing subscriptions, that'll pay for about half the skysports

    I don't get F1 Racing but I should cut down Autosport.. is the digital edition any cheaper than the paper one?

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:33

    hehe!

    @pauldirestaf1: Good luck to @GaryPaffett and @JamieGreenRacin at nurburgring DTM this weekend. Give it large

    @Susie_Stoddart: @pauldirestaf1 thanks Paul!!! We're even from the same country and you don't wish me luck!!! ☹

    Hah :)

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 14:33

    he's not having a good few days with the ladies

    What else has happened?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:33

    Hah :)

    i need to steal suzie's smiley's.

    or rather, frownies.

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:33

    for those playing along at home I have chosen my Hockenheim hotel, the price is good and my contacts there will try and swing the wifi for free instead of its stupid hotel price, and a possible upgrade (although no promises there as they're busy at F1 time)

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 14:34

    What else has happened?

    https://twitter.com/#!/pauldirestaf1/status/99571568803463168

    hehehe.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:34

    Justin Wilson just crashed in practice at Mid Ohio

    Officials using a back brace to help @JustinWilson22 get out of the car following an unplanned trip through a tire barrier. #indycar - @curtcavin

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 14:34

    hehehe.

    Aww I saw that :(

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 14:34

    for those playing along at home I have chosen my Hockenheim hotel, the price is good and my contacts there will try and swing the wifi for free instead of its stupid hotel price, and a possible upgrade (although no promises there as they're busy at F1 time)

    Please do keep us informed :) definitely interested in sidepodhockenheim

    (still seems a long word to me)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:35

    (still seems a long word to me)

    sidepodhockers.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 14:35

    Please do keep us informed :) definitely interested in sidepodhockenheim

    Sidepockeneheim?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:35

    Sidepockeneheim?

    :) :)

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 14:35

    Officials using a back brace to help @JustinWilson22 get out of the car following an unplanned trip through a tire barrier. #indycar - @curtcavin

    He's so tall he needs a back brace to get in and out of the car anyway ;)

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:35

    Please do keep us informed :) definitely interested in sidepodhockenheim

    I was telling my friend at work about my trip and she said 'hmm that name sounds familiar, I'm sure my German friend lives there or works there' so she messaged her and yes, she works there, in the very hotel I was already considering. Small world :D

  • RG06/08/2011 at 14:35

    sidepodhockers.

    Sounds like slang for hockey.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:36

    for those playing along at home I have chosen my Hockenheim hotel, the price is good and my contacts there will try and swing the wifi for free instead of its stupid hotel price, and a possible upgrade (although no promises there as they're busy at F1 time)

    Ooh sounds intriguing.

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 14:36

    Sidepockeneheim?

    Just... perfect

    The pun works perfectly. fate that we must go.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:37

    Please do keep us informed :) definitely interested in sidepodhockenheim

    Sidepockeneheim?

    Hockencast?

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 14:38

    I was telling my friend at work about my trip and she said 'hmm that name sounds familiar, I'm sure my German friend lives there or works there' so she messaged her and yes, she works there, in the very hotel I was already considering. Small world :D

    Hehehe. That is awesome.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 14:38

    The pun works perfectly. fate that we must go.

    Ooh!

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:40

    Ooh sounds intriguing.

    its a 35 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport then a 20 minute train ride to Hockenheim station each day, from where you can get a shuttle to the track. Perrrrrfect.

    If I was to book today total cost for 4 nights Thurday-Monday is 284,68 €, 248,14 pounds or 387,81 AU$. Mmmm less than $100 per night.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:41

    I was telling my friend at work about my trip and she said 'hmm that name sounds familiar, I'm sure my German friend lives there or works there' so she messaged her and yes, she works there, in the very hotel I was already considering. Small world :D

    Small world

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:42

    my finger is so close to hitting 'book' but I really should do my flights first :(

    In the meantime I should be finding somewhere to stay in Sydney for Davis Cup which is oddly harder than finding somewhere in the middle of Germany.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:45

    my finger is so close to hitting 'book' but I really should do my flights first :(

    Plus, the date isn't fixed yet

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:45

    Plus, the date isn't fixed yet

    I'm not waiting for that, if it moves I'll just be touristy :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:45

    In the meantime I should be finding somewhere to stay in Sydney for Davis Cup which is oddly harder than finding somewhere in the middle of Germany.

    I know a good hostel that have rooms as well as dorms. A ferry ride away from Circular Quay

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 14:46

    its a 35 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport then a 20 minute train ride to Hockenheim station each day, from where you can get a shuttle to the track. Perrrrrfect.

    That sounds ideal. :)

    If I was to book today total cost for 4 nights Thurday-Monday is 284,68 €, 248,14 pounds or 387,81 AU$. Mmmm less than $100 per night.

    Not bad at all

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:46

    I'm not waiting for that, if it moves I'll just be touristy :)

    wha? there's nothing in hockeneminem is there?

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:46

    wha? there's nothing in hockeneminem is there?

    heidelberg looks lovely

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 14:47

    heidelberg looks lovely

    ooh, they make printers.

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:47

    I know a good hostel that have rooms as well as dorms. A ferry ride away from Circular Quay

    I am trying to avoid hostels, even private rooms, but all recommendations welcome :) We were originally trying to stay in the area of the Royal Sydney Golf Club but theres not much out there.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:47

    heidelberg looks lovely

    That's where the Beetles were made

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 14:48

    Ping: http://www.f1minute.com/news/mclaren-branch-out-into-rugby-union-and-tour-de-france

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:48

    I am trying to avoid hostels, even private rooms, but all recommendations welcome :) We were originally trying to stay in the area of the Royal Sydney Golf Club but theres not much out there.

    http://www.glenferrielodge.com/ in Kirribilli

    Actually, it's not a hostel but I can confirm it's nice in a basic and affordable way

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:50

    Or you could ask Jeremy for a recommendation

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:50

    http://www.glenferrielodge.com/ in Kirribilli

    ooh that does look nice but perhaps not in the right part of town for us :( if we can't stay close by we'll probably do CBD for ease of transport.

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:50

    Or you could ask Jeremy for a recommendation

    Jeremy has already asked if I'll be visiting :) I'll be up on Saturday morning and coming back Sunday night so I'm not sure there'll be much free time between tennis.

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:51

    ooh that does look nice but perhaps not in the right part of town for us :( if we can't stay close by we'll probably do CBD for ease of transport.

    It's 5mins to the ferry.

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:52

    It's 5mins to the ferry.

    but we'd have to transfer twice, I really am trying to keep it even simpler than that #lazy

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:53

    but we'd have to transfer twice, I really am trying to keep it even simpler than that #lazy

    Fair enough, where's the tournament held?

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:54

    Fair enough, where's the tournament held?

    Rose Bay. The Rose Bay and Kirribilli ferries do depart from the same wharf though so I'll keep it in mind :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:55

    Rose Bay. The Rose Bay and Kirribilli ferries do depart from the same wharf though so I'll keep it in mind :)

    Nice part of town

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:56

    Nice part of town

    it sounds like a pretty snooty golf club but they wanted to play on grass courts so thats where we're going! Fingers crossed Roger shows up

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 14:57

    it sounds like a pretty snooty golf club but they wanted to play on grass courts so thats where we're going! Fingers crossed Roger shows up

    Why would he not?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 14:57

    That's where the Beetles were made

    That was Hamburg

    Mr C is right. Heidelberg make printers

    #nothere

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 14:59

    Why would he not?

    the tie starts 5 days after the US Open final and its a long way to fly for 3 days of tennis. It's rare that he plays Davis Cup anyway. He did say he would play this tie but that was before they drew Australia, and he did also say that he didn't want to draw Australia. It's 50-50 I'd say.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:00

    Hey everyone,

    Justin Wilson may not be in this weekend's IndyCar race at mid-Ohio - news is a coming in...

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 15:01

    That's where the Beetles were made

    we're not going to liverpool, silly :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:02

    From CC:

    @curtcavin: Officials using a back brace to help @JustinWilson22 get out of the car following an unplanned trip through a tire barrier. #indycar

    If there's damage to the @justinwilson22 car, it's to the underside. He must have bounced his way into pain.

    @simonpagenaud meeting with D&R officials about filling in for @JustinWilson22 who is awake, alert, to hospital by ground, back pain.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:03

    Oh wait - just noticed Gavin already put it up

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 15:03

    @simonpagenaud meeting with D&R officials about filling in for @JustinWilson22 who is awake, alert, to hospital by ground, back pain.

    Hope he is OK. I always worry about anyone that tall in a crash

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 15:03

    ooh, they make printers.

    Yeah, my Dad works with them and I think he's been there...

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:04

    Hope he is OK. I always worry about anyone that tall in a crash

    The words that struck me were "through the tyre barrier". Mid-Ohio is not a nice place to have a big crash.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 15:04

    Hope he is OK. I always worry about anyone that tall in a crash

    Sounds quite serious.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:05

    On a slightly different note, I can hear the Field Day festival from bedroom window. Willy Mason played a set earlier on.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:06

    Am finally watching the Hungarian GP now (at last).

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:09

    Thinking to myself, Pastor Maldonado may well be the first properly bald F1 driver since Roberto Moreno.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 15:09

    Hope he is OK. I always worry about anyone that tall in a crash

    Hopefully just a precaution

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:10

    Hopefully just a precaution

    Absolutely. No news yet on indycar.com, so no idea what actually happened.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:12

    This is rather less promising

    @ploweylive: Scary yellow for Justin today. Hope he's ok.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:13

    Interesting, Martin Plowman (finally making his IndyCar début this weekend) has two Twitter accounts - one for his own personal / racing exploits and a separate account for when he's in the car, that an assistant uses.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 15:17

    Jake Query has just confirmed that Pagenaud will be in Wilson's car for this race. A bit obvious, but simply confirmation.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 15:20

    Mr C 06/08/2011 at 15:03:53

    Schucks... there has to be a downside

    to me, it's either sell a kidney and go all out for sky, move house and do it properly. or give up and follow something else. can't see that decision coming before march though.

    worst case scenario - we can't do f1 debrief of the factbyte factbox. upside - internal organs in full working order :)

    Hmmm, the amount of wine you drink, I do not think one of your kidneys to be worth much, and before you go about selling both kidneys, please make sure that Chrisitne is listed as the benefittsureary (sic) of your life insurance policy.....

    That should give her a couple of months of Sky, after the other major expenses are done with...

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 15:26

    Bassano [Entertainment … 06/08/2011 at 15:18:03

    Did people see the links to a government petition about loss of live free to air coverage, as if that would help. Slacktivism

    Sure, I think you are supposed to call up a number and its is not like the guys running Sky are hacking the phones or anything, so it should work, let me try

    Let see, Country code of the UK, rest of the number...... one ring, two rings HEY, MY PHONE LINE JUST DIED ON ME!!!!!!! WTH ?

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 15:34

    for those playing along at home I have chosen my Hockenheim hotel, the price is good and my contacts there will try and swing the wifi for free instead of its stupid hotel price, and a possible upgrade (although no promises there as they're busy at F1 time)

    Please do keep us informed :) definitely interested in sidepodhockenheim

    (still seems a long word to me)

    Mr C:

    sidepodhockers.

    Rubbergoat 06/08/2011 at 15:35:14

    Sidepockeneheim?

    Mr C 06/08/2011 at 15:35:37

    :) :)

    Let us try to ennoble ourselves while going to Hockenehim so for a nice German title, how about....

    "Seitehulse von Hockenheim",

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 15:38

    Amy 06/08/2011 at 15:46:39

    wha? there's nothing in hockeneminem is there?

    heidelberg looks lovely

    Why does Heidelberg sound familiar to somebody like me across the ocean..... ?

  • Amy06/08/2011 at 16:11

    Why does Heidelberg sound familiar to somebody like me across the ocean..... ?

    maybe you have one nearby? Melbourne has a Heidelberg :D

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 16:43

    To go back to what we were talking about earlier, I've been doing some reading and I thought I would share it here in case it was of any help to anyone.

    If like me your Freeview signal comes from a repeater relay not a main transmitter, you can't get Sky Sports or ESPN on Freeview. I checked. I get 19 channels instead of the 40+ most of the rest of the country get. You can check yours here.

    This makes it not worth my while to replace my broken BT Vision box to get Sky Sports because I can't, but if anyone else is in the right area - and most are now - and is with BT it is worth looking at getting SS through them because it is cheaper than the other options.

    Now, I can try to persuade the landlord to get on the roof and point the aerial at the main transmitter, in which case it opens up that option again. :) :)

    So I looked at Sky TV+broadband+phone not incl SS and I looked at my BT bill for same and they are pretty much identical on price, the difference is BT TV is all on demand with a bit of HD while Sky is more linear with more HD and a better PVR. Ultimately with adding SS it makes it £62 per month which is a heck of a lot but I'll have more Cool Stuff, but I'd need to save up for an HD TV..

    Lots to think about.. #rubchin #rubchin

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 16:45

    To go back to what we were talking about earlier, I've been doing some reading and I thought I would share it here in case it was of any help to anyone.

    Sadly no good to me. What I get is purely at the behest of my landlord and the building in which I live.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 16:46

    Cheers anyhoo though

    :)

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 16:46

    Sadly no good to me. What I get is purely at the behest of my landlord and the building in which I live.

    I think a lot of people are restricted like that and I'd have to check again with the landlord to see if I'd be allowed (others in the building are).

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 16:53

    Lots to think about.. #rubchin #rubchin

    plus the possibility of pre-season offers.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 16:58

    plus the possibility of pre-season offers.

    Yes indeed, and introduce a friend (I think I'd rather it were money off the subscription!).

    A headache to think about nearer the time perhaps.

    For what it is worth I checked my tenancy agreement and it says "not to install a satellite dish without Landlord's consent, which will not be unreasonably withheld" so it is worth checking the small print.

  • Sidepodcast Classics06/08/2011 at 17:00

    Enjoy a little something from the Sidepodcast back catalogue.

    - Live: Europe 2010 - Free Practice 2

    Originally published 25 June 2010.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:03

    Yes indeed, and introduce a friend (I think I'd rather it were money off the subscription!).

    They sell booze in M&S :P

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 17:05

    They sell booze in M&S :P

    Aha :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:07

    Aha :)

    And there's nothing to stop me recomending you, we both get £50 vouchers, then you recommend Leigh (for example), you get another £50 worth

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:08

    Recommend 6 people and that's half your subscription fee reclaimed

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:09

    Recommend 6 people and that's half your subscription fee reclaimed

    Doesn't the recomendee have to sign up though?

  • RG06/08/2011 at 17:09

    Doesn't the recomendee have to sign up though?

    You only need someone who has Sky already.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:09

    Doesn't the recomendee have to sign up though?

    Oh yes, but presumably if we all work this right, everyone can recommend someone else and get something back

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:11

    I wouldn't recommend someone unless I knew that they wanted sky in the first place. I told my dad about if and it was about 2 weeks after he signed up that we both got the vouchers

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:14

    I'm wondering about being very self indulgent and blogging about viva's 500th blog post

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 17:17

    I'm wondering about being very self indulgent and blogging about viva's 500th blog post

    Yes do

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:18

    Yes do

    Not sure what to say about it though other than to highlight some of the fab guest posts we've had

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:19

    Not sure what to say about it though other than to highlight some of the fab guest posts we've had

    look back over some of your favourite posts. first ever, compared to most recent?

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:21

    look back over some of your favourite posts. first ever, compared to most recent?

    Good plan, I might just do that, can't believe it's been 2 years since the blog started #blamesSidepodcast :-)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:21

    Good plan, I might just do that, can't believe it's been 2 years since the blog started #blamesSidepodcast :-)

    heh. here's to the next 500 ;)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 17:22

    heh. here's to the next 500 ;)

    mostly written by Mav (hehe I can say that cause he's on holiday)

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:23

    Nearly done watching the Hungarian GP - interesting little race.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:24

    Hamilton was definitely a bit unfortunate in the last twenty laps.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:25

    Hamilton was definitely a bit unfortunate in the last twenty laps.

    or... hotheaded.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:27

    or... hotheaded.

    There is that, but it was changeable at the time, so I'll give him that.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:28

    There is that, but it was changeable at the time, so I'll give him that.

    the call was unfortunate. spinning into traffic was silly.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:29

    the call was unfortunate. spinning into traffic was silly.

    Spinning into traffic was moronic. Was a bit surprised MB and DC seemed so OK with it. Ham drove Di Resta clean off the track.

    Worked out incredibly well for Vettel in the end though.

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 17:30

    Spinning into traffic was moronic. Was a bit surprised MB and DC seemed so OK with it. Ham drove Di Resta clean off the track.

    Should mention after the race Brundle admitted on second viewing he could see what was wrong with it. Ant also said what Lewis did was fine, interesting how the drivers all said it was OK.

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 17:30

    Amy 06/08/2011 at 17:11:04Why does Heidelberg sound familiar to somebody like me across the ocean..... ?

    maybe you have one nearby? Melbourne has a Heidelberg :D

    Yup. Just to the northwest of the University of Waterloo and RIM Global Headquaters... (Waterloo) right at the western edge of all those other towns that have German sounding names like Agatha, Hamburg, Berlin, Breslau, and Plattsville....

    Knew the place sounded familiar....

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:32

    Should mention after the race Brundle admitted on second viewing he could see what was wrong with it. Ant also said what Lewis did was fine, interesting how the drivers all said it was OK.

    i wish i could remember who did the same last year? was it vettel in spa? damn my memory.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:32

    Should mention after the race Brundle admitted on second viewing he could see what was wrong with it. Ant also said what Lewis did was fine, interesting how the drivers all said it was OK.

    I see. Will not watch post-race until later - am going to dip into the pub first. I haven't been there in weeks.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:38

    Can't help but notice the massive gaps in the stands too.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 17:39

    Should mention after the race Brundle admitted on second viewing he could see what was wrong with it. Ant also said what Lewis did was fine, interesting how the drivers all said it was OK.

    Ant said on TCF that on second viewing that he would have given a penalty too.

    Can't help but have a nagging doubt that part of the reason he got a penalty was because he is Lewis though!

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:40

    Can't help but have a nagging doubt that part of the reason he got a penalty was because he is Lewis though!

    I disagree with that. He spun into traffic. That's pretty much not on in any form of motorsport for any driver

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:40

    Can't help but have a nagging doubt that part of the reason he got a penalty was because he is Lewis though!

    he got a penalty because it was a crazy move. he could've waited ten seconds and still been fine.

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 17:41

    Can't help but have a nagging doubt that part of the reason he got a penalty was because he is Lewis though!

    He span into traffic, that's enough as it is. I don't think McNish or any of the stewards cared who it was, the penalty fits the crime

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:42

    I must say, as much as I like MB and DC, they came up with some awful, awful puns during the race.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 17:43

    I disagree with that. He spun into traffic. That's pretty much not on in any form of motorsport for any driver

    So why did three grand prix drivers initially say it would have been a bit harsh? Ant even said that as a racing driver he would have done the same.

    I agree it was a silly move though.

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 17:43

    I must say, as much as I like MB and DC, they came up with some awful, awful puns during the race.

    Crofty compared some of the battles to pirates on ships going after treasure. If that's not reason enough to get people to swap over... :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:44

    So why did three grand prix drivers initially say it would have been a bit harsh? Ant even said that as a racing driver he would have done the same.

    I'm surprised at that, considering what happened to Di Resta

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 17:44

    So why did three grand prix drivers initially say it would have been a bit harsh? Ant even said that as a racing driver he would have done the same.

    because he was in the lead and obviously refused to wait for traffic to pass knowing jenson was approaching. Lewis is a racer and he's going to do things like that to keep position, it doesn't mean to me at least that the stewards will pick him out because of that. he's just been much more aggressive this year in his ability to race.

  • Sidepodcast Update06/08/2011 at 17:45
  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 17:45

    I'm surprised at that, considering what happened to Di Resta

    He seemed rather calm about the whole thing, although he did add that Hamilton would have hit him had he not gone off the grass!

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 17:46

    He seemed rather calm about the whole thing, although he did add that Hamilton would have hit him had he not gone off the grass!

    as someone (maybe steven) pointed out at the time. di resta is heading for mclaren, no need to rock that boat.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:46

    although he did add that Hamilton would have hit him had he not gone off the grass!

    Exactly why Hamilton deserved the penalty.

    A bit of Wilson / Pagenaud news

    http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-izod-indycar-series/44454-pagenaud-qualifies-car-in-place-of-wilson/

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:47

    Re: Hungary

    Awful day for Merc and Renault

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 17:48

    as someone (maybe steven) pointed out at the time. di resta is heading for mclaren, no need to rock that boat.

    Not Mercedes then? It's rumoured that it was they who paid Force India to settle with Liuzzi...

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 17:49

    A bit of Wilson / Pagenaud news

    I'm more confused now:

    Wilson’s car ran through the grass entering Turn 1 on the 2.558-mile, 13-turn circuit in the morning practice and made slight contact with a few cones.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:50

    Wilson’s car ran through the grass entering Turn 1 on the 2.558-mile, 13-turn circuit in the morning practice and made slight contact with a few cones.

    Definitely different that "going through the tyres", but it's an IndyCar press release, so I'm suspicious about how they words things

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:53

    Just got to the podium stuff. Interesting to see Ricciardo had most of a lap on Liuzzi - that didn't take long.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:54

    Hungary have a quick little driver in GP3 - one wonders if he'll eventually make it.

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 17:57

    Wilson’s car ran through the grass entering Turn 1 on the 2.558-mile, 13-turn circuit in the morning practice and made slight contact with a few cones.

    Definitely different that "going through the tyres", but it's an IndyCar press release, so I'm suspicious about how they words things

    TracksideOnline tweeted that he bounced heavily on the ground/bumps and that was the problem

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 17:57

    TracksideOnline tweeted that he bounced heavily on the ground/bumps and that was the problem

    I see.

  • That'll be the Day06/08/2011 at 18:00

    How well do you know your Formula 1 history?

    - Which future champion secured his first win on this day in F1 history, taking a surprise win at a wet Hungarian GP?

    To learn about this and more events that helped shape Formula 1, get your copy of That'll be the Day: 365 F1 Stories (Part 2).

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 18:00

    Right folks, I have to disappear for a short while. Should be back later.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 18:02

    - Which future champion secured his first win on this day in F1 history, taking a surprise win at a wet Hungarian GP?

    Hmm. Tough one ;)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 18:03

    Hmm. Tough one ;)

    alonso? was it wet, i can't remember?

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 18:05

    alonso? was it wet, i can't remember?

    Wasn't it Button?

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 18:06

    Wasn't it Button?

    oooh. alonso's first win was in hungary though wasn't it? or am i just hopeless at this game?

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 18:06

    oooh. alonso's first win was in hungary though wasn't it? or am i just hopeless at this game?

    I think this is the point we say... buy the book to find out. :)

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 18:07

    I think this is the point we say... buy the book to find out. :)

    Or in your case... read the book you have bought.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 18:07

    Or in your case... read the book you have bought.

    #bugger

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:10

    If anyone (Jackie or Steven Roy especially) wants to know what evil we Canacks can come up with when we purposely decide to build a race track I found these websites about Mosport, home of the Canadian Grand Prix before moving to Montreal for 1968, 1970 and 1977 onwards.

    First a site about what it is like to drive a lap of Mosport in 2010. Comes with a map of the 1961 circuit.

    http://thegarageblog.com/garage/a-lap-of-mosport/

    Second: todays current track map, from the mosport website itself. To have the proper orientation flip the current track map 180 degrees to match the 1961 map.

    http://www.mosport.com/tracks/mosport-international-raceway/maps-a-pix

    Big differences from 1961 to 2010:

    1) Track widened by 10 feet, so all turns have a wider radius.

    2) The crest of 2 has been cut a little bit.

    3) 10 feet of evaluation at turn 7 has been removed. As cars used to go airborne crusting the hill there. Maybe this is what happened to JYS ?

    But that's it. That's lesser changes than Monza! Why can we have an F1 race here?

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:15

    Rubbergoat 06/08/2011 at 19:05:33alonso? was it wet, i can't remember?

    Wasn't it Button?

    Sounds like Button. I remeber when Benetton had both Fisi and Alonso, Fisi won th efirst race of the season and Alonso the second. Pretty sure that was also Alonso's first win....

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 18:18

    Sounds like Button. I remeber when Benetton had both Fisi and Alonso, Fisi won th efirst race of the season and Alonso the second. Pretty sure that was also Alonso's first win....

    According to Wiki, that would be G.B. 2006

    Oh, and the 68 and 70 Canadian G.P. was held at St. Jovite, my home track. How they pulled it off then is beyond me.

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:23

    Mr C 06/08/2011 at 19:06:17Wasn't it Button?

    oooh. alonso's first win was in hungary though wasn't it? or am i just hopeless at this game?

    You're hopeless. Hungary was never the second race of any F1 season.....

    I had to check where the second race was and what year it happened, but I was right with the details. Fisi and Alonso where both driving for Benetton at the time.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 18:25

    You're hopeless. Hungary was never the second race of any F1 season.....

    wha?

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:28

    Bert 06/08/2011 at 19:18:36Sounds like Button. I remeber when Benetton had both Fisi and Alonso, Fisi won th efirst race of the season and Alonso the second. Pretty sure that was also Alonso's first win....

    According to Wiki, that would be G.B. 2006

    Oh, and the 68 and 70 Canadian G.P. was held at St. Jovite, my home track. How they pulled it off then is beyond me.

    Could you believe that Mosport was getting too dangerous by 1968 standards? I guess we could not find any European-style hay bales for the drivers to crash into....., and Mont-Tremblant / (Ste, Jovite) was considered "modern" and "safe"

    Ooooops!

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:35

    You're hopeless. Hungary was never the second race of any F1 season.....

    wha?

    Well, mr. C here is what you said"

    Mr C 06/08/2011 at 19:06:17Wasn't it Button?

    oooh. alonso's first win was in hungary though wasn't it? or am i just hopeless at this game?

    Here is my rebuttal:

    Sounds like Button. I remember when Benetton had both Fisi and Alonso, Fisi won the first race of the season and Alonso the second. Pretty sure that was also Alonso's first win....

    I did not know the exact year of this, but I did know that Benetton had both Fisichella and Alonso. If you can cross reference this, you can see that this would have been in 2002 and maybe 2003. as Alonso has picked up a couple of wins in 2002, the correct answer has to be 2002, in Malaysia for Alonso's first win.

    So coming back to our statement, which you let the two choices being either Alonso winning his orgignal are in Hungary (proven to be incorrect) or that you are hopeless in this game, you leave us no choice but to take the second option.....

    Sorry. But you can not beat the logic here.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 18:36

    Considered safe, for the speed and performance of the cars. As the cars got faster and started relying on aero grip, tracks had to change. you just can't have a flugplatz with skirt cars.

    Mosport is a very fast track and on the fastest parts the railing and walls are quite close. Look at what happened when the 911 that was pushed off by a prototype last year.

    As it stands now, Tremblant is not all that bad. Only turn 1 is "if-y"

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 18:36

    This is definitely Alonso's first win: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Hungarian_Grand_Prix

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 18:37

    This is definitely Alonso's first win: en.wikipedia.org/…garian_Grand_Prix

    phew!

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 18:38

    This is definitely Alonso's first win: en.wikipedia.org/…garian_Grand_Prix

    Oh, well, I need to read better.

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:41

    darn, I wish I could say that Button "raised the BAR of his F1 carreer " by winning the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix for his maiden win, but he was actually driving for Hoinda at the time....

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:47

    Which future champion secured his first win on this day in F1 history, taking a surprise win at a wet Hungarian GP?

    Hmm. Tough one ;)

    Hey wait a second, as much as I need to read better too, this question is calling for a wet Hungarian GP making this Button's win. Alonso's win was dry.

  • Jordan F1 (The Trigger Happy Tac/O).06/08/2011 at 18:51

    Darn Looks like I owe mr. C an apology....

    "Sorry Mr. C".

    Why can not I remember Alonso's first win although? Was I that much of a Fisichella fan back then to hope that the Benetton would get Fisi a tons of wins? Must have been.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:08

    Question: GP+ comes in a PDF format right? So how would you upload that to read on your iPad?

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 19:10

    Question: GP+ comes in a PDF format right? So how would you upload that to read on your iPad?

    You mean there is no app for that?

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 19:10

    Question: GP+ comes in a PDF format right? So how would you upload that to read on your iPad?

    You can sync it via iTunes, or people seem to like Good Reader: http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:11

    You can sync it via iTunes,

    Via iBooks?

  • Christine06/08/2011 at 19:12

    Via iBooks?

    Yes.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:12

    Yes.

    cool. Thanks for the help, I'll give it a go :)

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 19:12

    Darn Looks like I owe mr. C an apology....

    no worries, the comments are meant to create discussion :)

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 19:20

    You can sync it via iTunes, or people seem to like Good Reader: http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html

    I download it straight to Goodreader. Put a 'g' in front of the web address of the document, it's very nice

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:22

    I download it straight to Goodreader. Put a 'g' in front of the web address of the document, it's very nice

    I don't follow what you mean by that?

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 19:24

    I don't follow what you mean by that?

    When you get the url to download gp+, put 'g' in front of the http and Goodreader opens and begins downloading the pdf

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 19:24

    When you get the url to download gp+, put 'g' in front of the http and Goodreader opens and begins downloading the pdf

    In the browser, that is

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 19:25

    For me, it's easier than downloading and sync'ing

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:26

    When you get the url to download gp+, put 'g' in front of the http and Goodreader opens and begins downloading the pdf

    On the iPad. I see.

  • Mr C06/08/2011 at 19:26

    For me, it's easier than downloading and sync'ing

    i'm favouring downloading and syncing!

    :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 19:34

    Blooming eck I've just been looking at the price of spa grandstands... and I thought Silverstone was pricey

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:42

    I went with goodreader. more options than iBooks. Used GPWeek as a test...

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 19:46

    Evening all

    Have I missed anything exciting today?

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 19:46

    Blooming eck I've just been looking at the price of spa grandstands... and I thought Silverstone was pricey

    That's why I'm not going back this year, ouch :(

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 19:47

    That's why I'm not going back this year, ouch :(

    Took me a bit by surprise, F1 is rapidly becoming unafordable

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:51

    That's why I'm not going back this year, ouch :(

    I'm going to a classic car race tomorrow, because our clients paid for our tickets. They are 1300DKK for 1 day in a grandstand!

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 19:51

    Took me a bit by surprise, F1 is rapidly becoming unafordable

    Amy is trying to get to Germany, I don't know if prices have been released yet..

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 19:52

    I'm going to a classic car race tomorrow, because our clients paid for our tickets. They are 1300DKK for 1 day in a grandstand!

    Is that a lot? :)

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 19:52

    I'm going to a classic car race tomorrow, because our clients paid for our tickets. They are 1300DKK for 1 day in a grandstand!

    Is that good?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 19:52

    I'm going to a classic car race tomorrow, because our clients paid for our tickets. They are 1300DKK for 1 day in a grandstand!

    That sounds like a lot although for all I know it could be like Italian Lira and be 50p

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 19:52

    I'm going to a classic car race tomorrow, because our clients paid for our tickets. They are 1300DKK for 1 day in a grandstand!

    What?! 250 CDN $? For a historic race? That is NUTS!

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 19:52

    Can I interest anyone in the Silverstone 6 Hours in September? I'll be going. Sadly the same day as the Italian GP>

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:55

    Is that a lot? :)

    Is that good?

    My Widget says its £130!

  • Pat W06/08/2011 at 19:56

    My Widget says its £130!

    Wow. I went to a historic meeting at Donington in May for about 15 quid

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 19:57

    My Widget says its £130!

    OUCH. I guess it is priced like that to keep the likes of us out #fail

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 19:58

    Wow. I went to a historic meeting at Donington in May for about 15 quid

    The last one I went to at Knockhill was cheaper than that and it had Jackie Stewart and a Spitfire doing a display

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 19:58

    Evening all

    Have I missed anything exciting today?

    Must resist urge to be cheeky again.....

    I think I have dodged one dropped Guillotine blade today so no one minds if I lurk for a while....

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 19:59

    Wow. I went to a historic meeting at Donington in May for about 15 quid

    The last one I went to at Knockhill was cheaper than that and it had Jackie Stewart and a Spitfire doing a display

    At St Jovite it's 10-15-25$ (Fri-Sat-Sun).

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 19:59

    OUCH. I guess it is priced like that to keep the likes of us out #fail

    Guess what? You can pay another £150 for a charity ride with TomK! Bargain! ;)

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 19:59

    Must resist urge to be cheeky again.....

    Surely not

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 20:00

    Wow. I went to a historic meeting at Donington in May for about 15 quid

    Yeah. It's why I haven't been yet!

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:00

    Guess what? You can pay another £150 for a charity ride with TomK! Bargain! ;)

    I would want to sit next to him for a stint at Le Mans for that

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:02

    $490 canadian bucks for a decent 3 day seat in Montreal in 2012 ? are they nuts ?

    http://www.bookf1.com/canadian-formula-1-grand-prix-201/tickets.htm

    I think I will check ou the actual circuit web site....

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:02

    I would want to sit next to him for a stint at Le Mans for that

    Yeah, you may want to take a pass if Allan or Rocky are driving!

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:04

    Yeah, you may want to take a pass if Allan or Rocky are driving!

    No way would I pass on a chance to sit next to McNish.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:05

    I think I will check ou the actual circuit web site....

    Much better choice... 540 for gold and 430 for silver. The price has only gone up 40$ in 5-6 years. Quite reasonable.

    The best tickets to get are in sections 11 and 12. 12 with higher section numbers, and 11 with lower section numbers. (closser to the middle of the V formed by 11 and 12.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:06

    Evening all

    Have I missed anything exciting today?

    Must resist urge to be cheeky again..

    ...

    Steven Roy 06/08/2011 at 20:59:38

    Surely not

    Then you are implying that Christine and / or mr. C at some time was boring, Steven ? :P

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:06

    Looks like Pagenaid did great job in quali after being dropped in the deep end. P18 is very respectable in a car he had driven fitted with someone else's seat and wearing someone else's racesuit.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/93667

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:07

    Then you are implying that Christine and / or mr. C at some time was boring, Steven ? :P

    No. I was suggesting it was unusual for you not to take a shot if one was open to you

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:10

    Bert 06/08/2011 at 21:05:40

    I think I will check ou the actual circuit web site....

    Much better choice... 540 for gold and 430 for silver. The price has only gone up 40$ in 5-6 years. Quite reasonable.

    The best tickets to get are in sections 11 and 12. 12 with higher section numbers, and 11 with lower section numbers. (closser to the middle of the V formed by 11 and 12.

    I got section 15 (bottom of the hairpin) in 2003 I think and section 11 or 12 (Pit lane exit) in 2005. I was complaing about th eprices even back then. I think I want eitehr sections 21 or 24 as close to the bottom as possible tso that I am feet awa from teh actual track. But that is just me.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:14

    Steven Roy 06/08/2011 at 21:07:22

    Then you are implying that Christine and / or mr. C at some time was boring, Steven ? :P

    No. I was suggesting it was unusual for you not to take a shot if one was open to you

    Some idiot of an erk but the bullet in backwards into tle belt and it blew up in the chamber! Not that I ever cared to find out what my kidney actually does look like but it fricken' hurts!

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:18

    Just to prove that nothing is new. I just caught the latest F1Minute about McLaren making a racing bike. Lotus did the same thing almost 20 years ago for Chris Boardman. The Lotus bike looks more high tech than the McLaren

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/474770/boardman-hands-over-his-lotus-superbike-for-new-liverpool-museum.html

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:18

    https://octanemanagement.ca/paiement/main.cfm?l=en

    How about that. $430 Cdn for the decent seats at Gilles whne you buy from the track itself. Somebody, somebody is really ripping us off!

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:20

    24 is nice. I was there in 1991... Lucked in to the ticket at the last minute. My best friend calls me up at 10 am on Sunday and asks me if I want to go... Got a nice shot of Hill in his Jordan that I quite like, though it ain't great due to the surrounding, but I like it.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 20:21

    How about that. $430 Cdn for the decent seats at Gilles whne you buy from the track itself. Somebody, somebody is really ripping us off!

    Oh just about 250 Canadian dollars cheaper than a seat at spa

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 20:21

    I'm editing a month's worth of photos. Like, 1000 of them. It's a lotta work!

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:23

    How about that. $430 Cdn for the decent seats at Gilles whne you buy from the track itself. Somebody, somebody is really ripping us off!

    Oh just about 250 Canadian dollars cheaper than a seat at spa

    And we just rattled off the prime passing locations at Gilles. The only seats higher are the 540's which are the start/finish line seats see the pit action seats.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 20:23

    Oh just about 250 Canadian dollars cheaper than a seat at spa

    673 Canadian equivalent

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:25

    Jordan F1 06/08/2011 at 21:23:51

    How about that. $430 Cdn for the decent seats at Gilles whne you buy from the track itself. Somebody, somebody is really ripping us off!

    Oh just about 250 Canadian dollars cheaper than a seat at spa

    And we just rattled off the prime passing locations at Gilles. The only seats higher are the 540's which are the start/finish line seats see the pit action seats.

    Is someone liking Gilles even more ?

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 20:26

    Does anyone know which european circuit is the cheapest for grandstand tickets?

  • Bassano [Entertainment Officer]06/08/2011 at 20:27

    Does anyone know which european circuit is the cheapest for grandstand tickets?

    Think it used to be Hungary, not sure about now

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:27

    And we just rattled off the prime passing locations at Gilles. The only seats higher are the 540's which are the start/finish line seats see the pit action seats.

    I did the gold's in 2000 and 2001 and by far, section 11 and 12 are MUCH better. Not even in a value for money sort of thing. The only thing that the golds give you is the start, with the grid stopped. 20+ cars sitting there, on the happy pedal, is quite impressive.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:28

    Does anyone know which european circuit is the cheapest for grandstand tickets?

    Monaco. No Grandstand means that they can not charge you anything.... :P Getting a standing room only ticket there might set you back 4000 although.....

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:32

    I think that if your line of sight is not blocked by that tree, then Section 12 must be awesome. My line of sight from section 11 down the pit straight was blocked by that covered granstand which I think was the gold seats.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:35

    jackie 06/08/2011 at 21:23:57

    Oh just about 250 Canadian dollars cheaper than a seat at spa

    673 Canadian equivalent

    250 Canadian might be enough to get an airplane ticket from Toronto to London on a cheap airline. With most of it being Toronto's landing fees! London th Montreal should be cheaper....

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 20:35

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    http://uk.gamespot.com/pc/sim/streetcleaningsim/index.html

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:36

    I think that if your line of sight is not blocked by that tree, then Section 12 must be awesome. My line of sight from section 11 down the pit straight was blocked by that covered granstand which I think was the gold seats.

    The golds are opposite the pits, on the inside of the track. The covered grandstand, right next to the pit-out lane is corporate hospitality (not Paddock club, I believe) I would love to get a Firday in hospitality.... I would spend the day right at pit-out, where they do practice starts.

    12 with the tree in the way, is sections 4-8, and higher rows, so further north if you will. 11 with the tent in the way is sections 1-4, so further east if you will.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:37

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    Is that worse that Train Simulator? 1D gameplay... WOW!

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:38

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    You have surely mentioned the Out Run car simulator... http://technabob.com/blog/2011/08/04/outrun-augmented-reality-driving-game/ And no, I am not calling you Shirley.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:38

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    Why? Who would decide that would make a game?

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 20:38

    Is that worse that Train Simulator? 1D gameplay... WOW!

    It seems to have another game in the series called Garbage Truck Simulator and Tanker Truck Simulator. Exciting stuff.

  • RG06/08/2011 at 20:39

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    The player reviews are having me in stitches:

    "The game every street-sweeping hobbyist has eagerly been anticipating with great reason"

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 20:40

    The player reviews are having me in stitches:

    haha, they have an average review of 9.2 on those :D

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:41

    Lukeh 06/08/2011 at 21:38:58

    Is that worse that Train Simulator? 1D gameplay... WOW!

    It seems to have another game in the series called Garbage Truck Simulator and Tanker Truck Simulator. Exciting stuff.

    Well, at least you can have fun in a tanker truck simulator by trying to jackknife the trailer into on coming traffic....

    What was really fun with indycar was coming dead last in qual and making a u turn and drive the wrong way at teh indy 500 and see who chickens out first. Of course you get DQ'ed, but that was not the point.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 20:41

    "The game every street-sweeping hobbyist has eagerly been anticipating with great reason"

    Sentences you thought you would never read.

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 20:42

    Man, this sounds like the best game ever. Who needs grand theft auto when you have... street cleaning simulator!

    The player reviews are having me in stitches:

    I see loads of these types of games ... bus driver simulator, fork lift simulator ...

    What's the point and who buys these???

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:43

    Well, at least you can have fun in a tanker truck simulator by trying to jackknife the trailer into on coming traffic....

    sort of like this... http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81095931/

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 20:43

    I see loads of these types of games ... bus driver simulator, fork lift simulator ...

    They all come from the same company - Excalibur

    They just. keep. making them.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 20:45

    Bert 06/08/2011 at 21:43:05

    Well, at least you can have fun in a tanker truck simulator by trying to jackknife the trailer into on coming traffic....

    sort of like this... www.ebaumsworld.c…o/watch/81095931/

    double car crash bonus! :)

    End of game for crashing into police car.... :(

  • Rubbergoat06/08/2011 at 20:47

    They just. keep. making them.

    Which means people are buying them?

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 20:48

    Which means people are buying them?

    They must be! People out there do buy them. One of my friends who works at GAME says they do sell, you'd be surprised.

    again, it makes me want to refer to this video.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 20:52

    The safety car just broke down in the ALMS race!

  • Eric the baker06/08/2011 at 21:03

    Well, at least you can have fun in a tanker truck simulator by trying to jackknife the trailer into on coming traffic....

    I wonder if you can park it across the railroad tracks, for extra points.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 21:33

    2 hours in to the ALMS race the skies have opened up and are depositing respectable amounts of water on the Mid-Ohio track.

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 21:43

    2 hours in to the ALMS race the skies have opened up and are depositing respectable amounts of water on the Mid-Ohio track.

    ESPN3 won't work for me. What stream are you using, Bert?

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 21:45

    ESPN3 won't work for me. What stream are you using, Bert?

    Indirectly ESPN3, through Rogers Sports Net on TV.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 21:49

    In ALMS news... The 62 Risi spent many minutes under the yellow flag debating staying on slicks. On the last lap of the yellow the 62 pits and goes to full wets. On the first green flag, the 62 makes contact with an M3 and is out of the race.

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 21:56

    The ALMS race seems to be taking a page from the 2011 Canadian GP. It is absolutely pouring down down. Everyone is having to tip-toe around. In a single corner 2 911s and a Vette hve gone off. Level headed driving will greatly rewarded.

    A Flying lizard in the kitty litter brings out a full course yellow.

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 21:58

    A Flying lizard in the kitty litter brings out a full course yellow.

    Read that again and pretend you don't know anything about racing. :)

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 21:58

    I have a sidepodspace query, a geniune one that may sound silly bit I am genuinely intrigued...

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 21:58

    Read that again and pretend you don't know anything about racing. :)

    :D

    Does it worry you more that we all read that and thought there was nothing unusual in it?

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 21:59

    I have a sidepodspace query, a geniune one that may sound silly bit I am genuinely intrigued...

    Do go on.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 21:59

    I have a sidepodspace query, a geniune one that may sound silly bit I am genuinely intrigued...

    Shoot

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 21:59

    Shoot

    Not Jordan

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 21:59

    I don't think that the ALMS race will restart, with 15 minutes to go.

  • Lukeh06/08/2011 at 22:00

    Do go on.

    What would happen if you took a compass onto another planet? Would it still point at earth or just get a bit lost?

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:00

    The ALMS race seems to be taking a page from the 2011 Canadian GP. It is absolutely pouring down down. Everyone is having to tip-toe around. In a single corner 2 911s and a Vette hve gone off. Level headed driving will greatly rewarded.

    It would be lovely to be able to see it, but nothing works for me. It wants to remain hidden from me today.

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:01

    I don't think that the ALMS race will restart, with 15 minutes to go.

    Solves that, then.

    How did Oliver Gavin in the Corvette do?

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:01

    What would happen if you took a compass onto another planet? Would it still point at earth or just get a bit lost?

    It would be influenced by whatever the biggest magnetic field near it was. Earth's magnetic field is too small to have an effect on another planet

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:02

    What would happen if you took a compass onto another planet? Would it still point at earth or just get a bit lost?

    My first thought is that it depends on the magnetic fields of that planet.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:02

    Evening folks,

    Just back in the door

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:03

    Just back in the door

    Pull up a chair. IndyCar qualy is just coming on Speed, maybe it already happened, though.

    #nospoilers

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:04

    Pull up a chair. IndyCar qualy is just coming on Speed, maybe it already happened, though.

    It happened about three / four hours ago. I know the result, but I do not have a TV

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:04

    Pull up a chair. IndyCar qualy is just coming on Speed, maybe it already happened, though.

    I saw the result hours ago

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:05

    hehe

    TV presenter just said about Ryan H-R, "he's not on new tires, he's on probation."

    Great segue!

    #notreally

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:05

    TV presenter just said about Ryan H-R, "he's not on new tires, he's on probation."

    What did he do to be put on probation?

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:05

    TV presenter just said about Ryan H-R, "he's not on new tires, he's on probation."

    Controversially

    ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:06

    What did he do to be put on probation?

    Caused six accidents this year

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:06

    I gather Mid-Ohio has gone red flag.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:06

    Caused six accidents this year

    oops

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:07

    What did he do to be put on probation?

    There are 3 of them on probation and at least one other who should be way beyond probation by now but who seems to have diplomatic immunity

  • Bert06/08/2011 at 22:07

    Pull up a chair. IndyCar qualy is just coming on Speed, maybe it already happened, though.

    Speed? What Speed?

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:07

    What did he do to be put on probation?

    "Avoidable contact" for RHR, Conway and Tagliani

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:08

    There are 3 of them on probation and at least one other who should be way beyond probation by now but who seems to have diplomatic immunity

    What does probation involve?

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:08

    "Avoidable contact" for RHR, Conway and Tagliani

    http://wapo.st/oPg8VU

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:09

    Speed? What Speed?

    ooh, sorry, I always do that Versus and Speed are right next to each other on my channels. :)

    It's on Versus.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:09

    "Avoidable contact" for RHR, Conway and Tagliani

    I prefer to call it idiocy.

    What does probation involve?

    Being kind to race steward Brian Barnhart, who - let's be honest - has far gone passed any kind of usefulness. In fact, he's just useless.

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:09

    What does probation involve?

    Being told he is a naughty boy and if he keeps offending he may end up on the naughty step

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:10

    What does probation involve?

    So far it seems to mean that Brian Barnhart is disappointed in them.

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:10

    Being told he is a naughty boy and if he keeps offending he may end up on the naughty step

    Oh so it's like the new F1 3 reprimands rule

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:11

    Probation in US racing is about as useful as a greenhouse in the arctic.

    Oh so it's like the new F1 3 reprimands rule

    Less effective than that

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:13

    Could be worse though. NASCAR's version of "probation" just about extends to "don't spear a guy into the grandstands"

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:14

    Anyone know who's doing tomorrow's daily?

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:15

    Anyone know who's doing tomorrow's daily?

    Lou, she tweeted it would be a little late

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:15

    Lou, she tweeted it would be a little late

    Grand job. :)

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:17

    Lou, she tweeted it would be a little late

    Perfect

  • jackie06/08/2011 at 22:20

    Heading off to bed so I will bid you all adieu xx

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:21

    night jackie

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:21

    Night Jackie

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:21

    Oh...... I have just hit nerd jackpot

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:30

    Justin Wilson injury update;

    His Dreyer & Reinbold team reported the lanky Brit sustained a compression fracture to his fifth vertebra

    http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-justin-wilson-medical-update/

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:32

    I really like this mid-Ohio track with elevation changes.

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:32

    Justin Wilson injury update;

    His Dreyer & Reinbold team reported the lanky Brit sustained a compression fracture to his fifth vertebra

    auto-racing.speed…n-medical-update/

    Saw that earlier = ouchio !!

  • Leigh O'Gorman06/08/2011 at 22:33

    I really like this mid-Ohio track with elevation changes.

    Decent circuit to drive, but rarely the best for racing.

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:33

    Saw that earlier = ouchio !!

    You could tell the way he winced even though he was on the back board when they got him out that something really wasn't right. :(

  • Kai06/08/2011 at 22:35

    Pagenaud was saying 'nothing fit!'. :) and it was the first time he didn't bring his gear. He thanked everyone who gave him things to wear today.

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 22:49

    Steven Roy 06/08/2011 at 23:01:43

    What would happen if you took a compass onto another planet? Would it still point at earth or just get a bit lost?

    It would be influenced by whatever the biggest magnetic field near it was. Earth's magnetic field is too small to have an effect on another planet

    Kai 06/08/2011 at 23:02:01

    What would happen if you took a compass onto another planet? Would it still point at earth or just get a bit lost?

    My first thought is that it depends on the magnetic fields of that planet.

    Would not a planet need a ferrite metal core for an magnetic field to develop first? I am not quite sure what happens on one of those Gas Giants like Jupiter, for example...

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 22:50

    Hmmm, I have lost all my flesh colour model paint, but I have found my "American War" book and my cell phone, so I guess I am ahead by $400....

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:54

    Would not a planet need a ferrite metal core for an magnetic field to develop first? I am not quite sure what happens on one of those Gas Giants like Jupiter, for example...

    Jupiter is thought to have metallic hydrogen near or at the core. That is one of the things that the Juno mission is going to try to find out. I guess the sun's magnetic field would influence the compass if a planet has not magnitism of its own hence my answer

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:54

    Hmmm, I have lost all my flesh colour model paint, but I have found my "American War" book and my cell phone, so I guess I am ahead by $400....

    :D

  • Jordan F106/08/2011 at 22:55

    Steven Roy 06/08/2011 at 22:59:17

    Shoot

    Not Jordan

    Darn! Giggles! Amy! Initiate Shutdown procedures n the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator !

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:55

    I have now won all 45 career races on the Red Bull karty thing so I can forget about it for a while.

    #notcompetitive

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 22:56

    I have now won all 45 career races on the Red Bull karty thing so I can forget about it for a while.

    #notcompetitive

    Although it looks like we could race each other on it should we choose to do so

  • lou06/08/2011 at 23:26

    PING: http://sidepodcast.com/post/daily-7th-august-2011

    not as late as i thought it would be :)

  • Steven Roy06/08/2011 at 23:27

    not as late as i thought it would be :)

    You could scrub it and start again

  • lou06/08/2011 at 23:27

    You could scrub it and start again

    i could... but i wont :)