We've been away for the weekend, and appear to have missed out on a lot of commenting fun, but normal service has now been resumed - except for that emergency Debrief tonight. Until then, there seems to be plenty going on that needs discussing, although not all of it F1 related.

  • Sébastien Loeb never really entered on my radar until he tested in F1. I'd heard of him, as one hears of multi-champs, but now for the first time ever - he has brought rallying to Sidepodcast. You guys were commenting as he steered his team to a manufacturers championship, so I'd love to hear what is so appealing about rallying. Perhaps I can be convinced to join in some live commenting on it next year.
  • The annual Autosport Awards were dished out last night in London, and the BRDC award went to Alexander Sims. Never heard of him, what makes him worthy, and is he destined for F1?
  • Vettel picked up the rookie award, Hamilton is officially International Driver of the Year, and McLaren's MP4-23 won the gong for best car - although sadly the acceptance speech left much to be desired.
  • Dank offered up a link to Brundle's plan to save Formula 1. There's a mine of information there, some of it new, some of it not, but all of it from an insider who knows how things work. Let us know what you think of Brundle's suggestions and if you can come up with any better ones.

As mentioned above, we'll be back later this evening with a hastily scheduled Debrief show. Expect plenty of talk on Honda and all the recent goings on, but we'll cover all the usual F1 goodness. Until then, I'll see you in the comments.

87 responses

  • lou08/12/2008 at 00:45

    wow cool header. :) it certainly catches your attention.

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 00:51

    Hmm, I have the Ferrari header in Firefox and the Yellow Nose one in Safari

    A cookie/cache thing I guess

    I use the beta site for commenting most times so see neither unless I'm looking for news on the front page

  • Dom08/12/2008 at 01:05

    I had the new header and now I have the Ferrari one back again?

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 01:08

    I have the new one and I like it. Definitely better than a Ferrari.

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:08

    Just refreshed and new one is in both browsers now

    SidePod Towers does strange things to the interwebz. I bet geese get lost when flying above it, weird ju-ju

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:09

    I have the new one and I like it. Definitely better than a Ferrari.

    Good point :D

  • lou08/12/2008 at 01:10

    I had the new header and now I have the Ferrari one back again?

    What happens if you clear your cache? do you get the new one?

    to start with i had the new one in FF but the only one in Chrome, after a few refreshes Chrome soon caught up though :)

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:13

    Am interested to see what Chrome's like when it reaches the Mac. Am flicking between FF2 and Safari these days. Wish Safari had the Ad blocking capabilities that FF add-ons give you

  • Dom08/12/2008 at 01:16

    What happens if you clear your cache? do you get the new one?

    It came back by itself?

    Stop trying to confuse me! :P

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:19

    Am interested to see what Chrome’s like when it reaches the Mac. Am flicking between FF2 and Safari these days. Wish Safari had the Ad blocking capabilities that FF add-ons give you

    "The design of the window is based on Windows Vista"

    Maybe I'm not so interested having read the Wiki entry on it (not SPC :D )

  • lou08/12/2008 at 01:24

    “The design of the window is based on Windows Vista”

    it's not that bad. the very fact you can move tabs into new windows by dragging them away from the top is something that i miss if i don't have it (like when at school). it's like one of the things you don't realise is great until you don't have it any more.

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:35

    I'll probably give it a go when it's ready. Still think Firefox is bestest to use and Safari the one that looks betterer :)

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 01:36

    It's really hard trying to comment in the style of Mark Blundell!

  • Dirty Scarab08/12/2008 at 02:38

    I probably should make a header for each team. I only have to do 9 now. Thanks Honda!

    Brundle's plan makes a lot of sense. We all hate the idea of standardized engines and even standardized "brakes, gearbox, wheel hubs and fixings", as Brundle puts it, but to be honest, if it keeps the sport alive, then no-one can really gripe about it...

  • Jordan Allen ()08/12/2008 at 02:49

    Dirty Scarab said:

    I probably should make a header for each team. I only have to do 9 now. Thanks Honda!

    Brundle’s plan makes a lot of sense. We all hate the idea of standardized engines and even standardized “brakes, gearbox, wheel hubs and fixings”, as Brundle puts it, but to be honest, if it keeps the sport alive, then no-one can really gripe about it...

    But is it really Formula 1 or is it something else like Formula 2? GP2 or Indycar European Version?

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 03:03

    I probably should make a header for each team. I only have to do 9 now. Thanks Honda!

    Maybe the winning team can have the SPC header for the week.

    Great work Scarab btw

  • Bassano Clapper08/12/2008 at 03:07

    Am guessing that when Drop.io is 'preparing a file' that has recently been added, it's really just waiting for approval.

  • Dirty Scarab08/12/2008 at 03:55

    Maybe the winning team can have the SPC header for the week.

    Not a bad plan chief. According to "Doctor" Mario Thiessen, BMW will dominate the header next season. Yeah right.

    Footnote: I was curious as to why Mario is called 'Dr'.

    Turns out he has a doctorate in mechanical engineering... Lucky bastard. I'd love to have the title 'Dr'. You could get away with anything...

  • Dan Brunell08/12/2008 at 07:09

    I've been down since the Honda announcement. This brought up my spirits.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQ9wEP8pUg

    As for Martin's plan, I like a few of his points, especially regarding testing. I have a few more suggest however. I really believe if we want more teams to compete in Formula One, we need less regulation not more. Right now, the regulatory maze in the sport led to confusion and counterproductive rules regarding the cars themselves. Some of things I would suggest is:

    - Require that any Formula created to govern the sport are set in stone for five years at a time in order to create a consistent, predictable environment for the teams, owners, and sporting regulators. Any changes to the formula must be approved by all three interested parties (FOTA, FOM, and FIA.)

    - The only downforce elements of the cars are the front and rear wings. The only they are restricted in size (surface area) and cannot extend past the center line of the wheels. All other rules are thrown out.

    - Customer chassis and customer engines are allowed. However, a customer team cannot have the same engine / chassis combination as any other team on the grid. For example, Prodrive couldn't use a McLaren chassis and a Mercedes engine; they would have had to choose one or the other and get the engine or chassis from somewhere else.

    - I really like the idea of open team inspections. I would like to see it every race. How about Friday after second practice, the cars are put on the grid in order and the teams are allowed two hours of open time to inspect cars. Fans can stay and watch the teams inspect the cars. To see the look on Ron Dennis' face when team Ferrari comes in with their measuring tape would be priceless.

    - Also, on that front. No more secrets in the paddock. Teams are required to provide real time telemetry and radio chatter without any censorship.

    -The current 2.4L v8 engine formula stays but standardizations efforts are thrown out the door.

  • Stuart C08/12/2008 at 07:54

    Morning all,

    I was at the Awards last night. The announcement of Alexander Sims came as a bit of a surprise to people who are 'in the know' (who'd expected Christodoulou to win). Family Sims, at an adjacent table to ours, were predictably pleased.

    I think the Christodoulous have faced a bit of an uphill struggle for credibility over the past few years, ever since the question of Papa C sorting out hooky engines in karting.

    In other news, we greeted the John Bolster Award with our traditional fanfare. This involves pretending to smoke a pipe and then holding forth with one of the deerstalker-clad tech legend's most famous utterances (many years ago an Autosport staffer answered the phone; Bolster, at the other end of the line, and without troubling to introduce himself or say hello, spluttered furiously, "Now see here! Some c--t's cut my copy!"

    In other other news, Damon Hill responded to Anthony R.

    "I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about and I don't know who you are."

  • lou08/12/2008 at 08:38

    I probably should make a header for each team. I only have to do 9 now. Thanks Honda!

    maybe the sidepodcast header should be a Honda...it would show that sidepodcast is not biased ;) cause the team don't really exist anymore. ;)

  • Jon Waldock08/12/2008 at 10:16

    The announcement of Alexander Sims came as a bit of a surprise to people who are ‘in the know’

    I was very surprised too, i guess it's about what happened on the test at Snett rather than what happened this season.

    Stuart, what are your feeling about the FPA Shootout winner getting a place on the BRDC award thingy-magig?? Do you feel it should be dealt out in the same way as the other places?

  • me08/12/2008 at 11:42

    I’ll probably give it a go when it’s ready. Still think Firefox is bestest to use and Safari the one that looks betterer

    chrome is super-duper fast. it starts faster than safari, and is mostly stable. i wish it were available for the mac too :(

  • me08/12/2008 at 11:45

    I probably should make a header for each team. I only have to do 9 now. Thanks Honda!

    :)

    i think we've used them all now, we can either have a poll, pick our favourite now and stick with it. or if you have time to make some more, please be our guest.

    Am guessing that when Drop.io is ‘preparing a file’ that has recently been added, it’s really just waiting for approval.

    nope, that means it's struggling to create a preview or convert it. we don't approve anything.

  • me08/12/2008 at 11:54

    In other news, we greeted the John Bolster Award with our traditional fanfare...

    we're not 'bolstering' during the live show, ever!

    “I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about and I don’t know who you are.”

    i bet he says that to all the boys ;)

  • Stuart C08/12/2008 at 12:15

    what are your feeling about the FPA Shootout winner getting a place on the BRDC award thingy-magig?

    Well, I’d imagine that this happens for reasons of expediency and quid pro quo, given that the people behind that series also happen to own the circuit that’s used for the evaluation, and circuit hire isn’t cheap, etc…

    Sims was the most impressive person on the day – quicker than Gary Paffett in the DTM car, apparently – and he was the only person not to go off the circuit at any point. Compare and contrast with the aforementioned FPA chappie, who managed to barrel-roll the F3 car after trying to take Riches flat.

    we’re not ‘bolstering’ during the live show, ever!

    More text mania news from Friday evening: Simon A (Motorsport News) texted Anthony R to say “Meet you in the Albert at 6”.

    10 minutes later he got a phone call from Anthony Hamilton saying “What’s this about the Albert???”

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 13:07

    Bulgarian GP in the future?

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72401

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 13:08

    More text mania news from Friday evening: Simon A (Motorsport News) texted Anthony R to say “Meet you in the Albert at 6”.

    10 minutes later he got a phone call from Anthony Hamilton saying “What’s this about the Albert???”

    LMAO! :D

  • Jon Waldock08/12/2008 at 13:30

    Well, I’d imagine that this happens for reasons of expediency and quid pro quo, given that the people behind that series also happen to own the circuit that’s used for the evaluation, and circuit hire isn’t cheap, etc…

    Thought this might be the case, i guess if it means they can use Snett then thats a good thing, but i think it would be better if they could actually choose someone who earnt they're place during the main season (and who would get chosen because of that) rather than someone who wins a 6 race championship on 2 circuits.

  • Alex08/12/2008 at 14:14

    please take part in my formula one survey

    http://www.tigersurvey.com/survey.php?survey=8528

    Thanks

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:29

    please take part in my formula one survey

    will do shortly alex :)

  • Alex08/12/2008 at 14:32

    me - thank you :)

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:43

    Thought this might be the case, i guess if it means they can use Snett then thats a good thing, but i think it would be better if they could actually choose someone who earnt they’re place during the main season (and who would get chosen because of that) rather than someone who wins a 6 race championship on 2 circuits.

    do you think this will change next year given jonathan's association with the fia's f2 project?

    that, presumably would provide a more realistic benchmark.

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 14:46

    please take part in my formula one survey

    Have done so, Alex. Do you want to tell us all a bit more about what the project is, and why you're asking the questions? :)

  • Jon Waldock08/12/2008 at 14:47

    that, presumably would provide a more realistic benchmark.

    do you think this will change next year given jonathan’s association with the fia’s f2 project?

    sorry, my minds not working well today. what do you mean will change?

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:49

    Bulgarian GP in the future?

    what the chuff?

    "It'll be very difficult but I think we'll succeed," said Nikolov, saying that they hoped to submit a plan to the FIA on December 15, for consideration by Ecclestone a day later.

    bernie's put that nikolov chap up to this hasn't he? why by the 15th of december and why must bernie consider it on the 16th?

    is something important happening on that date then and since when to bulgaria have any interest in f1? nothing about that story makes any sense.

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:52

    sorry, my minds not working well today. what do you mean will change?

    palmer won the tender to promote the fia's new feeder series, f2 earlier this year:

    http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20779.html

  • Jon Waldock08/12/2008 at 14:54

    palmer won the tender to promote the fia’s new feeder series f2.

    yep knew that, but how does that affect the BRDC Award?

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:55

    do you think this will change next year given jonathan’s association with the fia’s f2 project?

    actually scrub that. i forgot about this:

    "the winner of the F2 championship will get to spend time in the Williams F1 simulator and then get a test in the car out on track"

    http://www.f1minute.com/2008/10/04/04-oct-08-f2-champ-will-get-chance-of-williams-test/

    to be honest though, it sounds like you’d be better off winning fpa and getting a macca drive + cash, wouldn’t you?

  • me08/12/2008 at 14:57

    yep knew that, but how does that affect the BRDC Award?

    i was thinking that running the f2 cars might be better. but don't worry, i answered me own question above!

  • Jon Waldock08/12/2008 at 15:15

    to be honest though, it sounds like you’d be better off winning fpa and getting a macca drive + cash, wouldn’t you?

    not just that, you win an aston martin gt1 test and a watch too.

    plus, most of the people who get nominated for the award (the ones who come from FRenault and FFord) are the ones who have roughly the amount of money for F2 anyway, so the £50k will just help. Plus the award helps drivers get sponsors too.

  • F1Wolf08/12/2008 at 16:07

    grandprix.com says lenovo will move from Williams to McLaren , not much good news for Williams these days...

    I might have missed something but anyone realized that only Renault and Force India still haven't said much after that Honda thing happened ?

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 16:36

    I’ve been down since the Honda announcement. This brought up my spirits.

    I love the Murray song

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 16:39

    I think the Christodoulous have faced a bit of an uphill struggle for credibility over the past few years, ever since the question of Papa C sorting out hooky engines in karting.

    I didn't know about that. I thought Wayne Boyd would win. I saw him at the start of the season and he just blew me away with how good he was. When I found a photo of him he looked like he was about 12 years old. I guess we should look out for him to do well in it next season.

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 16:42

    Bulgarian GP in the future? http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72401

    Pleven is hardly the sort of place to get a GP. They would have a lot more chance if they put in in Sofia the capital or Varna on the Black Sea.

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 16:43

    10 minutes later he got a phone call from Anthony Hamilton saying “What’s this about the Albert???”

    Is there an F1 journalist capable of sending texts to the right person?

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 16:47

    plus, most of the people who get nominated for the award (the ones who come from FRenault and FFord) are the ones who have roughly the amount of money for F2 anyway, so the £50k will just help. Plus the award helps drivers get sponsors too.

    Best win the Autosport Award and get the McLaren test then go and do F2 and win the Willimas test.

  • me08/12/2008 at 17:03

    grandprix.com says lenovo will move from Williams to McLaren , not much good news for Williams these days…

    ahh shucks!

    it says the team aren't offering on-car advertising, instead concentrating on trackside promotion. aside from a logo near the roll-hoop, it sounds like they've taken the same approach as santander.

    presumably there will be something on the drivers overalls though?

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 17:07

    me: 08/12/2008 at 17:03

    grandprix.com says lenovo will move from Williams to McLaren , not much good news for Williams these days…

    ahh shucks!

    it says the team aren’t offering on-car advertising, instead concentrating on trackside promotion. aside from a logo near the roll-hoop, it sounds like they’ve taken the same approach as santander.

    presumably there will be something on the drivers overalls though?

    I'm thinking Lenovo will take Santander's place on the car when they go to Ferrari.

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 17:09

    it says the team aren’t offering on car advertising, instead concentrating on trackside advertising. aside from a logo near the roll-hoop, it sounds like they’ve taken the same approach as santander.

    I'd seriously get rid of the advertising manager, cos he is not doing a good job.

    “the winner of the F2 championship will get to spend time in the Williams F1 simulator and then get a test in the car out on track”

    Will Williams be around by then?

    10 minutes later he got a phone call from Anthony Hamilton saying “What’s this about the Albert???”

    haha, people and there phones

    i think we’ve used them all now, we can either have a poll, pick our favourite now and stick with it. or if you have time to make some more, please be our guest.

    Did someone mention poll?

    I vote Beemer

    “I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about and I don’t know who you are.”

    Why's he got Damon Hill's phone number then?

    Just to confirm, you're putting sidepodcast on at the same time as Spurs v West Ham and The Gadget Show, 8pm.

  • me08/12/2008 at 17:23

    Just to confirm, you’re putting sidepodcast on at the same time as Spurs v West Ham and The Gadget Show, 8pm.

    i didn't know that. but as i don't watch tv, or follow football, knowing that probably wouldn't have changed anything.

    we're just fitting it in during the only spare 2hrs we have this week :)

  • Alex Andronov08/12/2008 at 17:41

    Have a great time this evening all. I unfortunately won't be able to be with you.

    I thought I would mention a topic for you to discuss in case you are running low on news in the off season. Apparently... Honda are leaving F1! Yeah I know crazy huh!

    ;)

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 17:44

    i didn’t know that. but as i don’t watch tv, or follow football, knowing that probably wouldn’t have changed anything.

    Fair enough. I'll just have quite a few browser's open tonight ;)

  • me08/12/2008 at 17:47

    Fair enough. I’ll just have quite a few browser’s open tonight

    how can watch football and the gadget show at the same time? you're make for goodness sakes :)

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 17:48

    I thought I would mention a topic for you to discuss in case you are running low on news in the off season. Apparently… Honda are leaving F1! Yeah I know crazy huh!

    Are you serious. Honda are leaving F1 ????

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 17:50

    how can watch football and the gadget show at the same time? you’re make for goodness sakes

    I have sky+, brilliant concept.

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 17:51

    how can watch football and the gadget show at the same time? you’re make for goodness sakes

    Are you SURE you're okay to do a show today?

  • me08/12/2008 at 17:52

    Are you SURE you’re okay to do a show today?

    i meant "male" :(

  • Alex Andronov08/12/2008 at 17:52

    Are you serious. Honda are leaving F1 ????

    Yeah that's what I heard... Sounds like something we might want to talk about... A bit.

    Well you mainly as I won't be here.

  • me08/12/2008 at 17:52

    Are you serious. Honda are leaving F1 ????

    gutted. i can't believe it.

  • Alex Andronov08/12/2008 at 17:53

    i meant “male”

    I think Me sounds a bit tired...

  • Alex Andronov08/12/2008 at 17:54

    gutted. i can’t believe it.

    I know. You'd have thought more people would have mentioned it!

  • Alex Andronov08/12/2008 at 18:06

    Right enough of this tomfoolery. Have fun everyone!

  • me08/12/2008 at 18:15

    good news for williams :)

    http://www.f1technical.net/news/11222

    "The AT&T Williams team today confirmed that Oris SA of Switzerland, the premium Swiss watch maker, has extended its sponsorship engagement with the team. This renewal will bring the partnership between Williams and Oris to eight years and reflects an established relationship based on mutual commercial benefit and a resonant sponsorship logic."

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 18:20

    me: 08/12/2008 at 18:15

    good news for williams

    http://www.f1technical.net/news/11222

    “The AT&T Williams team today confirmed that Oris SA of Switzerland, the premium Swiss watch maker, has extended its sponsorship engagement with the team. This renewal will bring the partnership between Williams and Oris to eight years and reflects an established relationship based on mutual commercial benefit and a resonant sponsorship logic.”

    Speaking of Williams:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/homepage/d/int/sport/top/3/-/news/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7771407.stm

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 18:23

    Speaking of Williams:

    They have to be committed to it though, don't they? F1 is what they do.

  • Dom08/12/2008 at 18:32

    They have to be committed to it though, don’t they? F1 is what they do.

    Maybe they just like the media attention?

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 18:45

    Maybe they just like the media attention?

    Certainly doesn't do them any harm.

  • lou08/12/2008 at 18:58

    hey guys, am stuck at school doing the tech for a rehearsal of an ancient greek play our classics dept is performing this week, and the next rehearsal starts at 7... i should probably be home by 8 for the show, but who knows. hope everyone is having a better evening than me (have been standing in the tech box for 2 hours and am freezing!) :)

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 18:58

    This doesn't look good: http://www.f1technical.net/news/11223

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 19:00

    This doesn’t look good: http://www.f1technical.net/news/11223

    Amazing how some people behave really, think he's the best since he's competed in F1, shouldn't behave like that.

    But, something else to talk about on the show, as if you didn't already have enough

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 19:01

    Christine: 08/12/2008 at 18:23

    Speaking of Williams:

    They have to be committed to it though, don’t they? F1 is what they do.

    I think what they're trying to say is that they're not going to become Honda anytime soon and they're silencing any thoughts that they're next to go bust.

  • lou08/12/2008 at 19:01

    Are you serious. Honda are leaving F1 ????

    do we have to keep going on about it. i'd kinda like to try to forget it's happening. ;)

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 19:02

    do we have to keep going on about it. i’d kinda like to try to forget it’s happening.

    Not sure this show will appeal to you then :)

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 19:04

    hey guys, am stuck at school doing the tech for a rehearsal of an ancient greek play our classics dept is performing this week, and the next rehearsal starts at 7… i should probably be home by 8 for the show, but who knows. hope everyone is having a better evening than me (have been standing in the tech box for 2 hours and am freezing!)

    Is a tech boss like some sort of control room?

  • R.G (Survivors : A pandemic is taking out F1, who will survive?)08/12/2008 at 19:06

    tech room even

  • Steven Roy08/12/2008 at 19:25

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72368

    Ross Brawn says he and Nick Fry had a meeting with senior Honda people last Friday expecting to have to cut costs and not to be told that the team would be sold or shut down.

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 19:36

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0WYsGgr_pNE&feature=channel

    Interesting video about how Button got to Williams in 2000 and the teams launch that year

  • Scott08/12/2008 at 19:47

    Cracking new header.

    so I’d love to hear what is so appealing about rallying

    I watch Formula One and occasionally, just for a second, think it looks easy. Of course I know it isn't. With rallying, I'm always in awe of the drivers' skill. I watch thinking, 'He's going to crash... wow, how did he do that?'. Here's an example:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=B-l9FDqc1Vw

    chrome is super-duper fast. it starts faster than safari, and is mostly stable. i wish it were available for the mac too

    I posted a link to a Mac version in the comments a couple of weeks ago. Did you see it, or was it a case of it not working on your machine? I tried the Linux build, and that was OK. I'll dig out the link again if you want it.

  • me08/12/2008 at 19:51

    I posted a link to a Mac version in the comments a couple of weeks ago. Did you see it, or was it a case of it not working on your machine? I tried the Linux build, and that was OK. I’ll dig out the link again if you want it.

    i didn't? google have my email address and say they'll let me know when it's out.

    what am i missing?

  • Scott08/12/2008 at 19:52

    Just realised it's the emergency show in ten minutes. I'll have to make do with something quick/easy for tea - like junk food and beer. Sidepodcast is clearly responsible for my unhealthy lifestyle.

    (That last bit isn't actually remotely true, but is the best excuse I've got.)

  • Christine08/12/2008 at 19:53

    Just realised it’s the emergency show in ten minutes. I’ll have to make do with something quick/easy for tea - like junk food and beer. Sidepodcast is clearly responsible for my unhealthy lifestyle.

    Don't panic. We're not ready.

  • Scott Woodwiss08/12/2008 at 19:53

    I found out what Jeremy was doing in Ireland when he lost his voice - Top Gear Live. Go figure :P Here's a video of when he was on 5Live on Simon Mayo's show.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xRCSKJm17Dc&feature=dir

  • Dave in NZL08/12/2008 at 19:54

    I watch Formula One and occasionally, just for a second, think it looks easy. Of course I know it isn’t. With rallying, I’m always in awe of the drivers’ skill. I watch thinking, ‘He’s going to crash… wow, how did he do that?’. Here’s an example:

    Have you ever been to a race? The speed these lads go around corners is insane.

  • Scott08/12/2008 at 19:54

    i didn’t? google have my email address and say they’ll let me know when it’s out.

    http://www.codeweavers.com/services/ports/chromium/

    what am i missing?

    It's lightening quick. Opera claim Presto 2.2 is faster, but I've tried the beta of version 10, and aren't convinced.

  • Scott08/12/2008 at 20:01

    Have you ever been to a race? The speed these lads go around corners is insane.

    Oh I'd agree that the speed factor in F1 is more impressive than rallying, but if a rally driver makes even a tiny mistake, they're off a cliff/wrapped around a tree/taken out a couple of hundred spectators. It's the skill level that most impresses me about rallying.

    F1 is also also highly skilled, but I haven't felt this has always come across, even at a track watching live.

  • Alex08/12/2008 at 21:08

    "Have done so, Alex. Do you want to tell us all a bit more about what the project is, and why you’re asking the questions?"

    Yes please :)