Tuesday is here and with it brings our first action of the week, in the shape of a Force India launch. The team are going online with their new car, so let's hope they are more successful than Virgin were. Keep an eye out for the breakout thread ahead of the action at 9am. Meanwhile, here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • F1 Debrief is up and ready for everyone to listen to, and I would warn you of two things. Firstly, there is quite a lot of Twitter talk, and whilst we both find the service leaves a bad taste in our mouths, it is revolutionising F1 coverage all the time. Secondly, I try and be down with the kids a couple of times and it's quite embarrassing. Enjoy!
  • Adam Cooper has been delving into the history books to find out some of the stories of other new teams, in this case Mastercard Lola. It's fair to say that fiasco is an understatement, but it makes fascinating reading, and like the comments say, let's hope for more history from Mr Cooper.
  • I may have started another blog yesterday, and whilst that may not make a change, the content is certainly a bit different to our normal offerings. After thinking about it a lot, I started writing fiction again, and I've posted the beginnings of an F1 story that you get to control. Hopefully it is self-explanatory, but head on over to Ten Step Stories and cast your vote.

That should do it for now. Hopefully, you've had a good start to the week, let us know, and I'll see you in the comments.

363 responses

  • Jon "Not John" Waldock09/02/2010 at 00:11

    GRRR

    Websites with Auto-play music should be shut down, i opened Chrome and music is playing but i dont know which tab its coming from!!

  • me09/02/2010 at 00:11

    am liking adam coopers blog a lot - "...the whole thing collapsed like, well, a house of MasterCards"

    :)

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 00:13

    Speaking of Twitter (in the Daily), I'm halfway through the Twitter-related post I keep promising.

  • me09/02/2010 at 00:14

    Speaking of Twitter (in the Daily), I'm halfway through the Twitter-related post I keep promising.

    will it be up today?

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 00:14

    will it be up today?

    If today is Tuesday, then hopefully :)

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 00:17

    If today is Tuesday, then hopefully :)

    i.e. probably not until I've had a chance to rethink some of it after work. I can't seem to bang out blog posts in WP like I could in Blogger.

  • me09/02/2010 at 00:17

    i.e. probably not until I've had a chance to rethink some of it after work. I can't seem to bang out blog posts in WP like I could in Blogger.

    no worries.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 00:18

    Just realised that's another MCM I've missed. Nuts.

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 00:18

    Oh god why did I start watching creepy tv home alone at night? I'm such an idiot....

    I need someone to knock some sense into me....

  • Will09/02/2010 at 00:25

    am liking adam coopers blog a lot - "...the whole thing collapsed like, well, a house of MasterCards"

    The MasterCard Lola story should serve as a warning to the new teams entering this year.

    I will see you all tomorrow.

  • me09/02/2010 at 00:28

    The MasterCard Lola story should serve as a warning to the new teams entering this year.

    I will see you all tomorrow.

    night will.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 00:29

    Just heard this on TWiT. Google ad showing how Tiger Woods can use google to sort his life out

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcZ-arbR0EE

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 00:29

    The MasterCard Lola story should serve as a warning to the new teams entering this year.

    I will see you all tomorrow.

    Night Will

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 00:34

    Oh god why did I start watching creepy tv home alone at night? I'm such an idiot....

    Ah it's okay. I'll watch a documentary about skin cancer for some light relief....

  • Alianora La Canta09/02/2010 at 00:36

    Yesterday's medical terminology class wouldn't have taxed anyone here. It lasted ten minutes (i.e. just long enough to get the pleasantries out of the way) before there was a power cut to the entire area (including the McDonald's across the road). Everyone got evacuated...

  • Alianora La Canta09/02/2010 at 00:38

    Originally we were told to continue the class (bit difficult when your classroom has only two emergency lights on and the class consists of worksheets and dictionaries with tiny print) but then it was discovered that the emergency lights two floors down hadn't come on, which meant I spent over an hour in the train station with a book before I could go home.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 00:41

    Ah it's okay. I'll watch a documentary about skin cancer for some light relief....

    That sounds cheery and a really good idea when you are just back from a hot country

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 00:42

    That sounds cheery and a really good idea when you are just back from a hot country

    It's okay. I won't get skin cancer. I use sun block. I always have. I'm nice and pale and I don't want to tan.

  • me09/02/2010 at 00:42

    Just heard this on TWiT. Google ad showing how Tiger Woods can use google to sort his life out

    http://www.you...m/watch?v=qcZ-arbR0EE

    :) :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 02:49

    Just heard this on TWiT. Google ad showing how Tiger Woods can use google to sort his life out

    Masters 2005 chip shot FTW! :D

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 03:06

    Grrr it really is sleep time :( I have a tummy ache :(

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 03:15

    Hang on. Alison, you're still awake? It's past 3 AM there.

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 03:16

    Hang on. Alison, you're still awake? It's past 3 AM there.

    Yeah. Bad times :(

    I can't sleep. I have a sore tummy.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 03:16

    I can't sleep. I have a sore tummy.

    Oooh. Not good. Did you take medicine for that?

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 03:17

    Oooh. Not good. Did you take medicine for that?

    Nah. I'm sure it'll be fine in the morning. I'm off tomorrow so I can have a sleep in.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 03:17

    Nah. I'm sure it'll be fine in the morning. I'm off tomorrow so I can have a sleep in.

    Oooh. Good for you! :)

  • KerbRider09/02/2010 at 03:20

    So. . .

    Anyone else as excited as me about the impending RBR launch?

    Im even excited about the Force India. Im very keen to see how they go this year. Pity about the driver line up though!

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 03:23

    So. . .

    Anyone else as excited as me about the impending RBR launch?

    I'm confused. Have Red Bull missed out on testing time by not launching before?

  • KerbRider09/02/2010 at 03:25

    They have, but it'll be fine. i promise. :-)

    @ journeyer

    Are you in Australia?

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 03:37

    I'm confused. Have Red Bull missed out on testing time by not launching before?

    Yes but the flip side is that they have been able to spend more time developing the car. Given how reliable the cars have been so far missing a few days testing should not harm them. In 1988 McLaren launched there car one week before the season began and managed little more than a shakedown test. All the experts said they would struggle but they won 15 out of 16 races and were leading the other one when Senna crashed with a backmarker.

  • KerbRider09/02/2010 at 03:48

    who can name that backmarker?

    Why isnt there a 'sidepodcast quiz'?

    we could all submit questions and the winner would get a kiss from Mrs C or MR Mrs C, depending on your preference. LOL

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 03:51

    who can name that backmarker?

    Jean-Louis Schlesser

    Sidepodquiz - http://sidepodcast.com/category/sidepodquiz/

    So far there has only been one. I think there is a wiki page for future contestants but the future could be a long way away.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 03:53

    Sidepodquiz - http://sidepod...category/sidepodquiz/

    So far there has only been one. I think there is a wiki page for future contestants but the future could be a long way away.

    You can sign up on the wiki page but people signed up more than a year ago and so far they have been so busy that they have been unable to fit the quiz into the schedule.

    http://wiki.sidepodcast.com/page/Sidepodquiz

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 03:54

    Time I was in bed.

    Good night all

  • KerbRider09/02/2010 at 03:56

    Yeah i didnt like that quiz. no offense.

    I eman like a 50 question bonanza. maybe 10 questions from each decade. so 60 then.

    no fill in the gap stuff. some multiple choice stuff even.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 04:35

    @ journeyer

    Are you in Australia?

    Nope. I'm in the Philippines.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 04:37

    Why isn't there a 'sidepodcast quiz'?

    Christine wasn't so keen on creating so many questions. :)

    VivaF1 (formerly Pitlane Fanatic) do have a weekly quiz that we Sidepodders usually join on Wednesday nights. But it's currently on hiatus.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 04:38

    VivaF1 (formerly Pitlane Fanatic) do have a weekly quiz that we Sidepodders usually join on Wednesday nights. But it's currently on hiatus.

    The weekly quiz has 25 questions (numbered 1-26, there's no 13 in F1).

    More info here.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 04:38

    Good night all

    Night Steven.

  • KerbRider09/02/2010 at 04:50

    wow, thanks for that journeyer.

    i think i remember you saying once before now, that your were in the philippines

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:11

    Why isn't there a 'sidepodcast quiz'?

    Christine wasn't so keen on creating so many questions. :)

    it's bloomin hard work. we'll do something some day though.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 08:21

    Has anyone seen JA's new head banner? It actually looks nice...

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:22

    Has anyone seen JA's new head banner? It actually looks nice...

    mm, was mentioned yesterday. certainly the best yet.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 08:22

    mm, was mentioned yesterday. certainly the best yet.

    First, the nice looking twitter aggregator, then this.

    I'm starting to wonder if he got new designers this year...

    morning mr c.

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:28

    First, the nice looking twitter aggregator, then this.

    I'm starting to wonder if he got new designers this year...

    i think he must've. it's weird though, because i always thought he designed his own headers or something, but i recall dank saying the header designer got a special mention in his book.

    either way, vast improvement.

    morning mr c.

    we must stop meeting like this, people will talk.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 08:28

    we must stop meeting like this, people will talk.

    :D hahaha! you mean they're not talking already? :D

    but i'm always awake this time of the day. tough luck. ;)

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:29

    but i'm always awake this time of the day. tough luck. ;)

    noted ;)

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 08:36

    Hey everyone. Watching BTCC on SpeedTV right now. Top Gear wasn't kidding. It's like NASCAR with right hand turns.

    New article, I hope Claire doesn't issue a restraining order on me because of this.

    LINK: http://www.racingeagles.com/2010/02/i-heart-claire-williams.html

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 08:37

    Good morning everyone.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 08:40

    Looks like the Force India website is having trouble.

    A F1 launch wouldn't be an F1 launch without a failing website.

    It's becoming a tradition.

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:42

    Good morning everyone.

    hello.

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 08:49

    Overnight, the vote on the story swung completely in the opposite direction. How exciting!

    http://tenstepstories.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/life-in-the-fast-lane-part-1/

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:58

    Overnight, the vote on the story swung completely in the opposite direction. How exciting!

    http://tenstep...the-fast-lane-part-1/

    am i missing the bit that shows the results? or are you the only one who can see that.

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 08:58

    am i missing the bit that shows the results? or are you the only one who can see that.

    I set them as private, cos I thought otherwise it might be a bit spoiler-ish.

  • me09/02/2010 at 08:59

    I set them as private, cos I thought otherwise it might be a bit spoiler-ish.

    got ya. i assumed from you comment i was missing something obvious.

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 09:00

    got ya. i assumed from you comment i was missing something obvious.

    Nope. Only that I went to bed thinking what would happen next and woke up to find it had all changed.

    Pesky voting ;)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 09:02

    Nope. Only that I went to bed thinking what would happen next and woke up to find it had all changed.

    Pesky voting ;)

    The power of democracy! :D Hey Christine. :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 09:05

    The power of democracy! :D Hey Christine. :)

    Oh, when does Part 2 come out? Am excited to read it. :)

  • me09/02/2010 at 09:06

    Nope. Only that I went to bed thinking what would happen next and woke up to find it had all changed.

    Pesky voting ;)

    :D

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 09:06

    Oh, when does Part 2 come out? Am excited to read it. :)

    Not 100% sure yet. Initially I thought it could be a weekly thing, but that is much too long. Even I want to know what happens next before then :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 09:07

    Not 100% sure yet. Initially I thought it could be a weekly thing, but that is much too long. Even I want to know what happens next before then :)

    Woohoo! :D That's great to hear. :)

  • me09/02/2010 at 09:07

    New article, I hope Claire doesn't issue a restraining order on me because of this.

    have tweeted her :)

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 09:12

    New article, I hope Claire doesn't issue a restraining order on me because of this.

    have tweeted her :)

    Why am I getting bright red in embarrassment when I am over 5000 miles away?

  • me09/02/2010 at 09:13

    Why am I getting bright red in embarrassment when I am over 5000 miles away?

    awww.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 09:17

    New article, I hope Claire doesn't issue a restraining order on me because of this.

    Speaking of this. If we had to pick the best non racing departments in F1. Would it be Williams for PR, Red Bull for Marketing, and ????? for sponsorship recruitment?

  • me09/02/2010 at 09:18

    Speaking of this. If we had to pick the best non racing departments in F1. Would it be Williams for PR, Red Bull for Marketing, and ????? for sponsorship recruitment?

    fernando alonso

  • F1Wolf09/02/2010 at 09:18

    and ????? for sponsorship recruitment?

    definitelly not Force India, they continue in their fine tradition of pasting logos of different Mallya's companies and brands over the car. not much 3rd party sponsorship there ...

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 09:20

    fernando alonso

    Ah!!!

    I was about to say the Argentine government for their ability to re-sell toasters.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 09:20

    definitelly not Force India, they continue in their fine tradition of pasting logos of different Mallya's companies and brands over the car. not much 3rd party sponsorship there ...

    but give him credit, he's still around in Year 3. which is more than can be said of Midland or Spyker. and Super Aguri just barely made it too.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 09:21

    but give him credit, he's still around in Year 3. which is more than can be said of Midland or Spyker. and Super Aguri just barely made it too.

    I will say it was fun watching him get chased all over Europe by creditors.

  • F1Wolf09/02/2010 at 09:23

    but give him credit, he's still around in Year 3. which is more than can be said of Midland or Spyker. and Super Aguri just barely made it too.

    I am not sure I would want to be the one giving him credit :-)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 09:23

    I am not sure I would want to be the one giving him credit :-)

    :D

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 09:52

    Morning everyone

  • Alianora La Canta09/02/2010 at 10:09

    definitelly not Force India, they continue in their fine tradition of pasting logos of different Mallya's companies and brands over the car. not much 3rd party sponsorship there ... {Comment #67}

    Unfortunately true. Which now there seems to be some sort of problem getting the money where it is needed, is pretty frustrating :(

    At least he's trying though - as Journeyer pointed out, at least he didn't cut and run at the first sign of trouble like the last two.

  • Alianora La Canta09/02/2010 at 10:09

    Morning everyone {Comment #73}

    Good morning, Lukeh!

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 11:27

    Todt will stay for only one term

    Wow. Didn't see that coming. This could be a Mosley-like plot for the others to convince him to stay, but... somehow, I think this will be different...

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 11:32

    Wow. Didn't see that coming. This could be a Mosley-like plot for the others to convince him to stay, but... somehow, I think this will be different...

    It makes sense, then if people dont want him in a few years time he can claim he always only wanted to stay for 1 term...

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 11:44

    Wow. Didn't see that coming. This could be a Mosley-like plot for the others to convince him to stay, but... somehow, I think this will be different...

    He also confirmed the whole 3 races thing as well

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81359

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 12:04

    Something that might interest some people. Video footage of the Gran Turismo 5 GT Academy Portuguese finals racing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and a bit of real life footage from the track as well http://bit.ly/9QszHs

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 12:12

    According to the Lotus story yesterday, they are doing a shakedown with the car at Silverstone today. Wonder if there'll be any spy shots.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 12:12

    According to the Lotus story yesterday, they are doing a shakedown with the car at Silverstone today. Wonder if there'll be any spy shots.

    My mistake, doesn't mention a location.

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 12:14

    My mistake, doesn't mention a location.

    I dont know whay they keep going to half of silverstone, surely if its just a shakedown then their must be other options?

    Have they announced the colours yet or are we all assuming its Green and yellow with lots of malaysian flags? I guess we will find out today

  • me09/02/2010 at 12:18

    I dont know whay they keep going to half of silverstone, surely if its just a shakedown then their must be other options?

    maybe 'stone is pushing for more work/money?

    lack of testing must've hurt their bottom line last year.

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 12:25

    apparently there is lots of circuit construction happening down at the park. I must go there! There was nothing last time I was there!

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 12:26

    apparently there is lots of circuit construction happening down at the park. I must go there! There was nothing last time I was there!

    Run, amy, run!

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 12:26

    Run, amy, run!

    Here is a photo from someone else http://img158.yfrog.com/i/rrds.jpg/ just to soothe my circuit construction needs.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 12:27

    Here is a photo from someone else http://img158.yfrog.com/i/rrds.jpg/ just to soothe my circuit construction needs.

    Woohooo! And so it begins :)

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 12:28

    Woohooo! And so it begins :)

    I hadn't had time to get there in the weekends because the tennis was on and then the weekend just gone I wanted to hibernate and then today I was not at work but I went to ikea instead. Perhaps I will go tomorrow night if its still daylight when I finish work :D

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 12:30

    maybe 'stone is pushing for more work/money?

    True, but you would think other circuits could offer the teams more in terms of garages and facilities, and they would have grandstands e.t.c...

    Although i guess they need less marshals on a short track, so less costs?

  • me09/02/2010 at 12:36

    Although i guess they need less marshals on a short track, so less costs?

    garages tend to be small and pokey. awnings can be as big as you like.

  • Alex Andronov09/02/2010 at 13:07

    I'm not here... But because it's a kind of #MFC style question you might be interested... Today's post on my blog is about what people will be amazed at us not having had in our lifetimes... In the same way I'm amazed that I've met people who didn't have electricity at home when they were kids.

    http://gamboling.co.uk/2010/02/09/what-will-the-third-generation-be-amazed-at/

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:16

    In Danica news: Danica to make Nationwide debut at Daytona

    Nationwide is one rung below Cup, but many of the Cup drivers race there too. If she does well enough there...

    Twas nice knowing ya, IndyCar.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:16

    http://www.f1today.nl/foto/7579/

    A photo of the Lotus transporter... that logo looks reaaaaally retro...

  • me09/02/2010 at 13:17

    http://www.f1today.nl/foto/7579/

    A photo of the Lotus transporter... that logo looks reaaaaally retro...

    me like!!

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 13:18

    A photo of the Lotus transporter... that logo looks reaaaaally retro...

    Interesting, I love its classic theme

    alll of it apart from the weird car clipart thing

  • me09/02/2010 at 13:19

    http://www.f1today.nl/foto/7579/

    also nice: http://www.f1today.nl/foto/7578/

  • me09/02/2010 at 13:19

    alll of it apart from the weird car clipart thing

    that's a watermark.

  • me09/02/2010 at 13:20

    who did lotus buy the transporter from. is it an old ferrari motorhome or something? renault maybe.

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:22

    oooh Singapore prices are out

    http://singaporegp.sg/ticket/ticket_price.php

    HELP ME CHOOOOSE

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 13:24

    A photo of the Lotus transporter... that logo looks reaaaaally retro...

    Niiiice!

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 13:25

    that's a watermark.

    #EpicNickFail

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:28

    HELP ME CHOOOOSE

    What's your budget in SGD?

    The Premier Walkabout option is mighty tempting...

    But I'd say Padang if you're on a budget, Stamford if you can afford a bit more.

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:30

    What's your budget in SGD?

    I don't want it to cost more than any of my other 3 because spending more on Singapore than Spa or Monza is ridiculous. Padang I did last time so don't want to do again, I was thinking Stamford...

  • Nick in Dubai09/02/2010 at 13:30

    HELP ME CHOOOOSE

    Im disappointed there isnt a Piquet Corner option listed :(

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:31

    I don't want it to cost more than any of my other 3 because spending more on Singapore than Spa or Monza is ridiculous. Padang I did last time so don't want to do again, I was thinking Stamford...

    If you're lucky with your Stamford seat, you'll get seated at either the left-side edge (and thus see the best overtaking point of the circuit) or the right-side edge (and see the cars twice a lap).

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:31

    I don't want it to cost more than any of my other 3 because spending more on Singapore than Spa or Monza is ridiculous. Padang I did last time so don't want to do again, I was thinking Stamford...

    although Stamford is more than I planned to spend when I started planning this, back then I was thinking perhaps Waterfront Esplanade. Ahhhh decisions, I hate you.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:33

    although Stamford is more than I planned to spend when I started planning this, back then I was thinking perhaps Waterfront Esplanade. Ahhhh decisions, I hate you.

    Have you considered Connaught?

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:34

    Have you considered Connaught?

    that was on my initial list but the more I think about it, it seems to be the poor mans Stamford?

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:34

    that was on my initial list but the more I think about it, it seems to be the poor mans Stamford?

    Yup. And this might be the best fit for you budget-wise.

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:35

    Yup. And this might be the best fit for you budget-wise.

    budget-schmudget (I make snap decisions and worry about consequences later :D )

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:36

    budget-schmudget (I make snap decisions and worry about consequences later :D )

    because you see, as I will purchase on March 1, by the time September 24 rolls around months and months and months and months later, anything I spent will be long in the past and paid off and forgotten about :D

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:36

    budget-schmudget (I make snap decisions and worry about consequences later :D )

    :D Hahaha! Very well. If budget isn't so much of a consideration, take Stamford.

    Be advised, though - when I went in 2008, this was the first grandstand to sell out (this was my first choice, and because of the uber-slow server, I couldn't get it). Not sure if they sold out last year, but you'll need to act fast.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:37

    because you see, as I will purchase on March 1, by the time September 24 rolls around months and months and months and months later, anything I spent will be long in the past and paid off and forgotten about :D

    very true, dat. :)

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:38

    Be advised, though - when I went in 2008, this was the first grandstand to sell out (this was my first choice, and because of the uber-slow server, I couldn't get it). Not sure if they sold out last year, but you'll need to act fast.

    Hmm I wonder what time on March 1 this all kicks off :D Must...buy...first....

    (Stamford it is!)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:38

    Hmm I wonder what time on March 1 this all kicks off :D Must...buy...first....

    (Stamford it is!)

    In 2008, it (planned to) kick off at 8 AM SGT. Which would be 11 AM your time.

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:39

    In 2008, it (planned to) kick off at 8 AM SGT. Which would be 11 AM your time.

    they have banned laptops from work but I am going to flout the rules!

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:39

    BTW, Amy, did you get an email last year inviting you to stress-test their servers by buying tickets?

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:40

    BTW, Amy, did you get an email last year inviting you to stress-test their servers by buying tickets?

    I did, and everytime I got one I got sad that I wasn't going :(

  • Kathi09/02/2010 at 13:41

    they have banned laptops from work but I am going to flout the rules!

    Will the ticket arrive before you leave for Europe?

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:41

    Will the ticket arrive before you leave for Europe?

    I'm assuming so, my 2008 one came pretty early. It's more my Monza one I am worried about, the site implied they don't send them until quite late.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:42

    I did, and everytime I got one I got sad that I wasn't going :(

    Their servers were flawless last year. But let's see if they do it again this year...

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:42

    I'm assuming so, my 2008 one came pretty early. It's more my Monza one I am worried about, the site implied they don't send them until quite late.

    Why not just pick it up at Monza itself?

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:43

    Why not just pick it up at Monza itself?

    I don't like that option. I always get lost when I try and find ticket booths. Always.

  • Kathi09/02/2010 at 13:43

    I'm assuming so, my 2008 one came pretty early. It's more my Monza one I am worried about, the site implied they don't send them until quite late.

    Hm are you still going to Munich. If yeas you could let them send the ticket to my parents/sister and collect it from there.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:43

    I don't like that option. I always get lost when I try and find ticket booths. Always.

    Then you'll have to call Monza and check if they'll send it to you in time.

  • Kathi09/02/2010 at 13:44

    (sleepy Kathi -> even worse English than usual, sorry)

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:44

    Hm are you still going to Munich. If yeas you could let them send the ticket to my parents/sister and collect it from there.

    nein, Munich has been crossed from the itinerary sadly. My LJ archives tell me I got my 2008 tickets on 6 August. :D

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:45

    (sleepy Kathi -> even worse English than usual, sorry)

    You just missed out on one question mark and misspelled yes. Not bad English at all. :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:45

    nein, Munich has been crossed from the itinerary sadly. My LJ archives tell me I got my 2008 tickets on 6 August. :D

    where would you be by then this year?

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 13:46

    where would you be by then this year?

    at home. I don't leave til the 22nd.

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 13:47

    I'm not here... But because it's a kind of #MFC style question you might be interested... Today's post on my blog is about what people will be amazed at us not having had in our lifetimes... In the same way I'm amazed that I've met people who didn't have electricity at home when they were kids.

    Interesting question!

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:48

    at home. I don't leave til the 22nd.

    perfect! :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 13:48

    Interesting question!

    Indeed. Have duly answered. :)

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 13:49

    Crikey... last time I heard of a Zoltar Machine http://twitter.com/zoltar_machine/status/8853341041 Tom Hanks was acting like a child.

    I am worried.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 13:52

    I always feel so cheap using a MacBook Pro in the apple store.... but they're sooooooo cool...

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 13:56

    alll of it apart from the weird car clipart thing

    that's a watermark.

    ha :-D

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 14:00

    I always feel so cheap using a MacBook Pro in the apple store.... but they're sooooooo cool...

    Also the magic mouseamajig scares me... for some reason...

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 14:02

    Also the magic mouseamajig scares me... for some reason...

    worst.mouse.ever

  • Alex Andronov09/02/2010 at 14:15

    True fact... somebody at the office just lent me their iPod nano so I could listen to a couple of tracks they recomended. They pressed play and wondered off.. I couldn't work out how to pause it... I kept touching the play/pause button but nothing happened! Apparently you have to press the button... urgh... how old fashioned ;)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 14:16

    True fact... somebody at the office just lent me their iPod nano so I could listen to a couple of tracks they recomended. They pressed play and wondered off.. I couldn't work out how to pause it... I kept touching the play/pause button but nothing happened! Apparently you have to press the button... urgh... how old fashioned ;)

    I'm surprised it took you so long to try pressing it. ;)

  • Kathi09/02/2010 at 14:16

    nein, Munich has been crossed from the itinerary sadly. My LJ archives tell me I got my 2008 tickets on 6 August. :D

    I asked my lj-friend. She got her Monza tickets at the end of June last year

  • Amy09/02/2010 at 14:21

    I asked my lj-friend. She got her Monza tickets at the end of June last year

    I just did some scouting of their website, it says they send the first lot out in June and I bought them the first week they are on sale, so your comment and my scouting make me feel much better :D and I should go to sleep on that, its 1.21am :(

  • Kathi09/02/2010 at 14:22

    and I should go to sleep on that, its 1.21am :(

    :) Goodnight

  • me09/02/2010 at 14:44

    Also the magic mouseamajig scares me... for some reason...

    worst.mouse.ever

    very true.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 14:52

    and I should go to sleep on that, its 1.21am :(

    Night Amy. :)

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 15:30

    About to go to bed, but before I do:

    What do Cherie Blair, Heather Mills, Max Mosley, and Brangelina all have in common?

    They've all sued News of the World!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8505035.stm

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 15:44

    very true.

    I only used it for 5 minutes and it went all funny on me... so I just kinda... walked off with it going funny...

    Oops :)

  • Jon Waldock09/02/2010 at 15:47

    SAFETY CAR RACE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIuIbO2Ul1U

    epic. totally epic

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 15:49

    SAFETY CAR RACE

    heheh, awesome! I like how it has graphics and everything!

  • Jon Waldock09/02/2010 at 15:50

    If you're a sarah palin fan, you need to see this...

    Lets hope this works

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 15:56

    SAFETY CAR RACE

    That happens on the Thursday before every race. They have one hour set aside for the drivers of the safety and medical cars to go out and play. Not sure what they do in Monaco where they have practise on Thursdays

  • Jon Waldock09/02/2010 at 15:58

    That happens on the Thursday before every race. They have one hour set aside for the drivers of the safety and medical cars to go out and play. Not sure what they do in Monaco where they have practise on Thursdays

    I knew they went out but didnt realise that they "raced" but then it's not a bad idea because they'll push each other and know exactly where the limits are!

  • Will09/02/2010 at 16:04

    Hi everyone

    SAFETY CAR RACE

    lol cool!

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 16:10

    I knew they went out but didnt realise that they "raced" but then it's not a bad idea because they'll push each other and know exactly where the limits are!

    I don't think they race but they push the cars as hard as they can so they know the limit. I think someone was just having a laugh making it look like a race.

  • Journeyer09/02/2010 at 16:11

    SAFETY CAR RACE

    A more complete version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BorYVg8nkbs

    They even use short-hand names. Who needs ALO or MSC when you have SC1 and MC1? ;) It works like an FP, so they're just setting hot laps rather than racing.

    Really going to bed now. :D

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 16:24

    A more complete version: http://www.you...m/watch?v=BorYVg8nkbs

    I guess the timing people will use the safety/medical car runs to check out their equipment as they will be the first cars on track and clearly they have timing transponders in them which I didn't know.

  • me09/02/2010 at 16:26

    I don't think they race but they push the cars as hard as they can so they know the limit. I think someone was just having a laugh making it look like a race.

    it helps the camera men, directors and graphics people. they do it for every event i think. also checks the timing beams etc.

  • me09/02/2010 at 16:31

    I guess the timing people will use the safety/medical car runs to check out their equipment as they will be the first cars on track and clearly they have timing transponders in them which I didn't know.

    this was from alan van der merwe last year:

    "Plane been diverted to Kuala Lumpur because of bad weather in Singapore. Lets hope I make it there in time for track test!"

    5live referenced taking bets on the cars at each race, but i've no idea if they were serious.

    http://twitter.com/alanvdm/status/4329967529

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 16:37

    5live referenced taking bets on the cars at each race, but i've no idea if they were serious.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the drivers were betting with each other on who got the fastest lap

  • me09/02/2010 at 16:38

    I wouldn't be surprised if the drivers were betting with each other on who got the fastest lap

    that would be fab. i guess with access-all-areas this year, we'll be finding out a lot more background info about the paddock.

  • jpancoast (USF1 toaster salesman)09/02/2010 at 16:41

    A more complete version: http://www.you...m/watch?v=BorYVg8nkbs

    They even use short-hand names. Who needs ALO or MSC when you have SC1 and MC1? ;) It works like an FP, so they're just setting hot laps rather than racing.

    Even more awesome, it's at Indy!

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 16:43

    that would be fab. i guess with access-all-areas this year, we'll be finding out a lot more background info about the paddock.

    You need to ask Claire. I can't imagine 4 racing drivers being let of the leash and not competing with each other. it's in their nature to compete at everything so there is bound to be some form of competition.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 17:04

    A more complete version: http://www.you...m/watch?v=BorYVg8nkbs

    Even more awesome, it's at Indy!

    If they can just change that infield section, that would be a great road course. They need to take out a couple of holes in the golf course and put in some proper turns.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 17:08

    First image of the Lotus!

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81365

  • jpancoast (USF1 toaster salesman)09/02/2010 at 17:11

    If they can just change that infield section, that would be a great road course. They need to take out a couple of holes in the golf course and put in some proper turns.

    I think they've added some turns since then. Don't know if it was made any better, though.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 17:13

    First image of the Lotus!

    Not a lot of sponsorship on that car

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 17:15

    I assume Notus are not planning on racing with those wings and Gascoyne has something clever up his sleeve.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 17:16

    I think they've added some turns since then. Don't know if it was made any better, though.

    The motoGP course is interesting, it gets rid of the terrible "double hairpin" turn and adds a lengthy chicane at the banked turn.

    Personally, I would like to see something like Daytona's road course where they use almost all of the banking and oval... speaking of which... off to quickmaps.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 17:17

    I assume Notus are not planning on racing with those wings and Gascoyne has something clever up his sleeve.

    The front wing looks really odd

  • Will09/02/2010 at 17:18

    Not a lot of sponsorship on that car

    That's becoming a theme this season.

  • James09/02/2010 at 17:19

    Not a lot of sponsorship on that car

    has more than BMW Sauber ;)

  • RG09/02/2010 at 17:19

    has more than BMW Sauber ;)

    Hey! You just watch us

    Evening all.

  • James09/02/2010 at 17:20

    Hey! You just watch us

    #sorryRG

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 17:28

    Not being biased or anything, but that "Lotus" does look good in those colours! :P

  • RG09/02/2010 at 17:30

    Not being biased or anything, but that "Lotus" does look good in those colours! :P

    I know its a poor quality, but I don't like it. I think there is just too much dark green. Needs more yellow I think.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 17:31

    I know its a poor quality, but I don't like it. I think there is just too much dark green. Needs more yellow I think.

    That may just be the interim livery. We don't know (not even me) what the final livery is until the launch on Friday.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 17:33

    Not being biased or anything, but that "Lotus" does look good in those colours! :P

    I know its a poor quality, but I don't like it. I think there is just too much dark green. Needs more yellow I think.

    It's not exactly a Lotus green though.

    I think the low camera angle makes it look as though there is less yellow than there really is. From a normal F1 high camera angle you will see more yellow as they have a stripe on the nose, the wings and on the top of the sidepods.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 17:35

    It's not exactly a Lotus green though.

    Mind you, seeing as it's not actually a Lotus, I guess it doesn't have to be exact. Can be as close as they want it to be.

  • Alex Andronov09/02/2010 at 17:49

    Evening all. In the pub listening to sidepodcast podcast. Hurrah!

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 17:49

    Personally, I would like to see something like Daytona's road course where they use almost all of the banking and oval... speaking of which... off to quickmaps.

    This what I had in mind.

  • me09/02/2010 at 17:55

    Evening all. In the pub listening to sidepodcast podcast. Hurrah!

    why are you in a pub by yourself?

    bassano i can understand, but alex?

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 17:56

    From that Autosport spy shot the new Lotus team looks really odd...doesn't look like a good looking design

  • me09/02/2010 at 17:57

    From that Autosport spy shot the new Lotus team looks really odd...doesn't look like a good looking design

    that green is going to be too heavy, right?

    same reason jaguar raced in a lighter colour.

  • Alex Andronov09/02/2010 at 17:58

    why are you in a pub by yourself?

    bassano i can understand, but alex?

    I am about to meet up with a mate (Nick from SofaF1) who I have known since I was 12. He's been reading the second draft of my novel and is about to give me his notes. He's an author too so it should be very interesting.

    I appear to have arrived 10 minutes early.

  • RG09/02/2010 at 17:59

    same reason jaguar raced in a lighter colour.

    And that is how Lotus wont make it onto my top 5 liveries, but Jaguar did: http://northernwaffler.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/my-top-5-f1-liveries/

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 17:59

    that green is going to be too heavy, right?

    I'll leave the livery be until I see a better shot of the car, but the actual design looks like something you would of see on a Forti car. Especially the front end.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 18:01

    And that is how Lotus wont make it onto my top 5 liveries, but Jaguar did: http://norther...my-top-5-f1-liveries/

    I'm sorry but the Jaguar livery is plain boring.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:01

    I'm sorry but the Jaguar livery is plain boring.

    Whhhaattt?!!

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 18:01

    I'll leave the livery be until I see a better shot of the car, but the actual design looks like something you would of see on a Forti car. Especially the front end.

    Didn't you say the same thing about Virgin's?

  • RG09/02/2010 at 18:02

    I'm sorry but the Jaguar livery is plain boring.

    I am in shock right now.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:02

    I'll leave the livery be until I see a better shot of the car, but the actual design looks like something you would of see on a Forti car. Especially the front end.

    When are Lotus launching their car? Well, luckily I can go and find out thanks to Sidepodcast's calendar... http://sidepodcast.com/calendar/ ;)

  • Will09/02/2010 at 18:03

    I'll leave the livery be until I see a better shot of the car, but the actual design looks like something you would of see on a Forti car. Especially the front end.

    It looks like the wind-tunnel model.

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 18:04

    Didn't you say the same thing about Virgin's?

    No, I said the same about the Renault livery lol. But I'm talking about the actually design of the Lotus, not the livery.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 18:05

    AUTOSPORT needs to be thankful that Max still isn't in charge. With all the "spying" they are doing, I can only imagine a 100 million euro fine for them as well. ;)

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 18:06

    Whhhaattt?!!

    I am in shock right now.

    I look at this:

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_P1bHXJPv6L8/SnyxfCsa5hI/AAAAAAAAAN8/UruANOnnOsg/jag_thumb[4].jpg?imgmax=800

    and that does for me. It's just green and white, there's no colour to offset it. It's the wrong shade of green, and despite using metallic green, it still doesn't make it look any better for me.

    The green and yellow on the Lotus work well because they offset each other. Just something about the shades they've chosen that go together nicely.

  • me09/02/2010 at 18:09

    I'm sorry but the Jaguar livery is plain boring.

    Whhhaattt?!!

    can we moderate him for that?

  • lou09/02/2010 at 18:16

    hello!

    I've taken some time to think about it... but i've decided i really really don't like the lotus livery, it's hidious, Of course it could be the camera/lighting/angle and i'll reserve my final judgement till i see the press shots but atm i just don't like it at all. I can cope with the green (although it needs to be a bit lighter), but it's the wrong shade of yellow, and the yellow on the wheels is just wrong - yuck!

  • RG09/02/2010 at 18:17

    The green and yellow on the Lotus work well because they offset each other. Just something about the shades they've chosen that go together nicely.

    Alright then, so aside from Lotus, what is your favourite livery.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 18:18

    Alright then, so aside from Lotus, what is your favourite livery.

    Ermm....I need to have a think.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:18

    Ermm....I need to have a think.

    Stefan GP's livery is my favourite

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81361

    ...wait just a second.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:19

    hello!

    evening Lou :)

    I'm undecided on the spy shots... I'll wait and see how it looks in the studio first. #Sauber

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 18:20

    Alright then, so aside from Lotus, what is your favourite livery.

    Still waiting for the Titanic... I mean... USF1 to come into port and show me what they got. If it is the All American Eagles Dark blue with a white racing stripe... my heart will be taken.

  • Saira09/02/2010 at 18:22

    I've taken some time to think about it... but i've decided i really really don't like the lotus livery, it's hidious, Of course it could be the camera/lighting/angle and i'll reserve my final judgement till i see the press shots but atm i just don't like it at all. I can cope with the green (although it needs to be a bit lighter), but it's the wrong shade of yellow, and the yellow on the wheels is just wrong - yuck!

    I'm quite liking it so far.... and I actually like the yellow on the wheels!! But we'll see when we get proper shots of it, in better light etc

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 18:22

    I've taken some time to think about it... but i've decided i really really don't like the lotus livery, it's hidious, Of course it could be the camera/lighting/angle and i'll reserve my final judgement till i see the press shots but atm i just don't like it at all. I can cope with the green (although it needs to be a bit lighter), but it's the wrong shade of yellow, and the yellow on the wheels is just wrong - yuck!

    Yellow wheels are a Lotus tradition. This pic makes the green look darker than it really was.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00614/000lotus_585x350_614195a.jpg

  • lou09/02/2010 at 18:24

    Yellow wheels are a Lotus tradition. This pic makes the green look darker than it really was.

    see, i like that livery. just not the new lotus..

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 18:24

    Speaking of car launches... check out the Indy Car Concept that Swift made to meet the 2012 regulations.

    It's a cross between the batmobile and a F1 car...

    If only the IRL would make it to 2012.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 18:27

    If only the IRL would make it to 2012.

    I would love to see the IRL do something that looked like any of those because it would force the FIA to change the tech regs so that F1 cars didn't look like they were ten years out of date. That gives them an opportunity to tackle some of the problems with overtaking etc.

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 18:28

    Speaking of car launches... check out the Indy Car Concept that Swift made to meet the 2012 regulations.

    Really cool concept but I find it hard to believe that the finally thing would look like that if it actually happens.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:28

    Bah, I wish I'd bought some of the Brawn GP stuff now I'd seen in this new F1 shop in cardiff...

  • lou09/02/2010 at 18:31

    Bah, I wish I'd bought some of the Brawn GP stuff now I'd seen in this new F1 shop in cardiff...

    wait.. you were able to walk into an f1 shop with brawn stuff in and not buy anything.. *applauds*

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:32

    wait.. you were able to walk into an f1 shop with brawn stuff in and not buy anything.. *applauds*

    It was on sale too :( The had the AWESOME jackets... but it was still expensive...

  • Paul Convery09/02/2010 at 18:33

    Really cool concept but I find it hard to believe that the finally thing would look like that if it actually happens.

    Though saying that, the Formula Nippon design from Swift has a few of those design elements

    http://www.swiftengineering.com/motorsports.shtml

  • me09/02/2010 at 18:42

    am intrigued that circuit de catalunya is now tweeting about the LG fan survey. fota / teams i understand. but circuits?

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 18:49

    am intrigued that circuit de catalunya is now tweeting about the LG fan survey. fota / teams i understand. but circuits?

    Stockholm Syndrome?

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 18:50

    Re: Ten Step Stories.

    Am gonna close the polls in about half an hour. I figure that a day for voting is good, then a day for writing, then new post, and repeat. Get your vote in if you haven't already :)

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 18:51

    Am gonna close the polls in about half an hour. I figure that a day for voting is good, then a day for writing, then new post, and repeat. Get your vote in if you haven't already :)

    Voted yesterday

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 18:51

    Stockholm Syndrome?

    Disappointing. :P

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 19:01
  • me09/02/2010 at 19:06
  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 19:22

    Evening.

    First image of the Lotus!

    http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/81365

    Oooh, nice livery. Car looks fairly conventional, even conservative, apart from the wings. They even look like '08 wings from that angle.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 19:31

    New blog post:

    http://zerodownforce.blogspot.com/2010/02/change-would-do-wrc-good.html

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 19:53

    Random question but.... how well will Jock Clear and Schumi get on at Mercedes? When Jacques was champion in 1997 his engineer was Jock and I remember reading somewhere ages ago about something unrepeatable that Jock said regarding beating Michael...

  • lou09/02/2010 at 19:58

    Random question but.... how well will Jock Clear and Schumi get on at Mercedes? When Jacques was champion in 1997 his engineer was Jock and I remember reading somewhere ages ago about something unrepeatable that Jock said regarding beating Michael...

    Shov is Schumi's engineer, and Jock doesn't have any need to work with Schumi directly if he doesn't want to. I suspect a lot of the information would be passed between engineers and not drivers.. (this could be very wrong)

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 19:59

    Shov is Schumi's engineer, and Jock doesn't have any need to work with Schumi directly if he doesn't want to. I suspect a lot of the information would be passed between engineers and not drivers.. (this could be very wrong)

    Ahh, of course. I keep thinking Shov is engineering jenson... doh...

  • lou09/02/2010 at 20:00

    Ahh, of course. I keep thinking Shov is engineering jenson... doh...

    i wish he was... ;)

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:07

    Shov is Schumi's engineer, and Jock doesn't have any need to work with Schumi directly if he doesn't want to. I suspect a lot of the information would be passed between engineers and not drivers.. (this could be very wrong)

    I am sure Jock will be doing everything he can to make Rosberg beat Schumacher

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:08

    I am sure Jock will be doing everything he can to make Rosberg beat Schumacher

    Somehow, I get the feeling that Schumacher's "neck" injury will come back if that starts happening.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:09

    Somehow, I get the feeling that Schumacher's "neck" injury will come back if that starts happening.

    I donlt think it will happen but if it does there will be all sorts of excuses.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:09

    Somehow, I get the feeling that Schumacher's "neck" injury will come back if that starts happening.

    Hence the Nick Heifeld security blanket.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:10

    I mentioned this on my blog, but is Mercedes the frist team in recent memory where there is a good argument that their test driver is better than their "#2?"

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:12

    This is what the Notus should have looked like

    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs51/f/2009/324/9/5/Lotus_F1_2010_by_hanmer.jpg

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:14

    I mentioned this on my blog, but is Mercedes the frist team in recent memory where there is a good argument that their test driver is better than their "#2?"

    Good question. First one that comes to mind is McLaren 93 with Andretti and Hakkinen as the test driver. I suppose you could argue Williams with Patrese and Damon Hill as the test driver

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:15

    Benetton had McNish as the test driver and as far as I am concerned he is better than whoever was racing for them

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:15

    Kovalainen and Pedro ? #sorryamy

    Badoer and Gene

  • Jon "Not John" Waldock09/02/2010 at 20:16

    Evening

    This is what the Notus should have looked like

    I like. I also like that Tamiya sponsor them

  • RG09/02/2010 at 20:16

    http://fc05.de...F1_2010_by_hanmer.jpg

    Still doesn't work for me. The black rear wing so does not work, too many sponsors on the sticky-out-thing on the side of the car and I don't like the logo either.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:16

    However, did we know those guys were better going in. This situation is weird. Either Mercedes wrote Nick a really nice check or there are a lot of the lower teams that are in serious financial trouble.

    Judging by the amount of stickers on cars... I think it is the latter.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 20:17

    I like. I also like that Tamiya sponsor them

    Tamiya do some really nice Lotus F1 car kits. As far to my knowledge, we've got kits for the 25, 49 and 78 at CTL.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:17

    Still doesn't work for me. The black rear wing so does not work, too many sponsors on the sticky-out-thing on the side of the car and I don't like the logo either.

    It looks a lot better than the real thing though. Just look at the overall livery and ignore logos and stuff

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:20

    However, did we know those guys were better going in

    I am not convinced Hill was better than Patrese but his record says he is. He was never rated as world champion material until 94. His junior record suggested he was anything but star potential. If you had been in an F3 paddock when he was racing and said you wanted to bet he would win the championship in ten years you would have been killed in the rush of people trying to take the bet.

    At the start of 93 Michael Andretti was expected to be really good so no-one expected Hakkinen to be better in the short term.

  • Jon "Not John" Waldock09/02/2010 at 20:22

    Tamiya do some really nice Lotus F1 car kits. As far to my knowledge, we've got kits for the 25, 49 and 78 at CTL.

    They do some top notch competition RC stuff too

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:24

    I suppose if you look at last year there is a good case for saying Hülkenberg was better than Nakajima, di Grassi was better than Piquet or Grosjean and maybe that Liuzzi is better than Sutil

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:25

    I mentioned this on my blog, but is Mercedes the frist team in recent memory where there is a good argument that their test driver is better than their "#2?"

    I think the short answer is no

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 20:26

    They do some top notch competition RC stuff too

    Now this is beautiful

    http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/58447ferrari_f60/index.htm

  • Jon "Not John" Waldock09/02/2010 at 20:34

    Now this is beautiful

    http://www.tam...ferrari_f60/index.htm

    i would show you that I used to race on of these but they aren't quite as exciting to look at

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:37

    However, did we know those guys were better going in. This situation is weird. Either Mercedes wrote Nick a really nice check or there are a lot of the lower teams that are in serious financial trouble.

    Judging by the amount of stickers on cars... I think it is the latter.

    f1 is in a huge amount of bother. i'm sure of it.

    the financial crisis hit much later. but likely much harder.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:38

    the financial crisis hit much later. but likely much harder.

    They always say F1 is the last to be hit and the last to recover..

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:38

    They always say F1 is the last to be hit and the last to recover..

    sounds likely, but, how hard will it be hit?

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:38

    I appear to be developing early symptoms of a cold.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:40

    sounds likely, but, how hard will it be hit?

    I think the worst is over in terms of the loss of sponsors. The question now becomes, can the teams hang on until the money returns?

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:41

    I think the worst is over in terms of the loss of sponsors. The question now becomes, can the teams hang on until the money returns?

    i dunno. when does the philip morris contract expire? vodafone?

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:42

    i dunno. when does the philip morris contract expire? vodafone?

    williams also need to replace RBS next year.

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:43

    I think the worst is over in terms of the loss of sponsors. The question now becomes, can the teams hang on until the money returns?

    Actually, that something I've been working on for a blog post on and off. We had a big reception last week with some companies. I went around and asked some of them. I am saving a lot for the article but this one stood out.

    I got to talk to a representative from T-Mobile

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 20:43

    They always say F1 is the last to be hit and the last to recover..

    That's because they have lots of multi-year contracts. Imagine if RBS were re-knewing their Williams deal every year. There is no way they would have been in F1 for the past two seasons

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:44

    i dunno. when does the philip morris contract expire? vodafone?

    I thought Philip Morris renewed only recently, could be wrong. I think Santander and Vodafone will be around a couple more years at least.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:44

    williams also need to replace RBS next year.

    Yes true.. I can't see them sticking around if they are still owned by the gov't.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:45

    Actually, that something I've been working on for a blog post on and off. We had a big reception last week with some companies. I went around and asked some of them. I am saving a lot for the article but this one stood out.

    Looking forward to it. T-Mobile sponsor (or used to?) a cycling team, I can't say I've noticed them in motorsport.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 20:47

    Looking forward to it. T-Mobile sponsor (or used to?) a cycling team, I can't say I've noticed them in motorsport.

    BMW?

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 20:51

    I got to talk to a representative from T-Mobile

    (Sorry, I hit submit instead of preview)

    I asked them about their BMW-Sauber sponsorship. What he told me was the company was drastically cutting back. Even if BMW was still in the sport, it was highly questionable if they would of resigned.

    In America they are getting killed because they sign the contract with Microsoft and Google instead of Apple. In Europe, they are having a hard time in the European market trying to combat the new players in the market and the everchanging regulations. It wasn't a question of wanting their sticker on the side of a car, it was a question of their priorities.

    Like the Rolling Stones song, it was less what they want and more what they need.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 20:51

    Looking forward to it. T-Mobile sponsor (or used to?) a cycling team, I can't say I've noticed them in motorsport.

    BMW?

    Erm, possibly.

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:52

    (Sorry, I hit submit instead of preview)

    hehehe!

  • James09/02/2010 at 20:54

    Now this is beautiful

    http://www.tam...ferrari_f60/index.htm

    If it wasn't the F60 then yes it would be ;)

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:54

    Like the Rolling Stones song, it was less what they want and more what they need.

    makes a lot of sense.

  • Will09/02/2010 at 20:55

    I would like to see 7up back in F1, so I can see a return to the old Jordan livery. http://f1colours.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jordan91-pic3.jpg

  • RubberGoat09/02/2010 at 20:59

    All rigjt, who started this? http://twitter.com/tedkravitzfacts/

  • me09/02/2010 at 20:59

    All rigjt, who started this? http://twitter.com/tedkravitzfacts/

    superted!

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 21:00

    Interesting pic from Scarbs. http://twitpic.com/127cbw Haven't seen any other team take a section out of their beam wing. I wonder how good that FIF1 diffuser is and whether others will copy this idea

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 21:01

    makes a lot of sense.

    From a lot of the big guys, it was pretty much the same story with all of their sponsorship, advertising, marketing, R&D, Government affairs, and communications budgets getting slashed like crazy. People are trying to hold onto capital since they don't know when the recovery will come and that it takes so much more capital now to leverage loans.

  • me09/02/2010 at 21:01

    pluggety, pluggety: http://www.f1minute.com/2010/02/09/go-force-and-prosper/

    :)

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 21:01

    All rigjt, who started this? http://twitter.com/tedkravitzfacts/

    I feel like I am missing out by not having any fake twitter accounts.

  • Will09/02/2010 at 21:20

    US F1 Employee on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericswarren

  • RG09/02/2010 at 21:21

    I feel like I am missing out by not having any fake twitter accounts.

    I kno, i mean heard that it is a lot of fun.

  • me09/02/2010 at 21:22

    US F1 Employee on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericswarren

    ooooh.

  • Andy Taylor09/02/2010 at 21:42

    All rigjt, who started this? http://twitter.com/tedkravitzfacts/

    Based on the evidence, my money's on Lukeh

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 21:57

    Danica's ARCA race was watched by more twice as many people as watch the average IndyCar race. It got a 2.3 on the US rating system, IRL barely scratches 1.0 if is lucky.

    http://pressdog.typepad.com/dogblog/2010/02/arca-tv-rating-230-insert-me-chugging-scotch-here.html

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:05

    Danica's ARCA race was watched by more twice as many people as watch the average IndyCar race. It got a 2.3 on the US rating system, IRL barely scratches 1.0 if is lucky.

    http://pressdo...ging-scotch-here.html

    people sell product. schumi is showing us exactly the same thing in f1.

    makes no odds what the rules are, where the races are, what the stewards say, all that really counts is the people behind the wheel.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 22:07

    makes no odds what the rules are, where the races are, what the stewards say, all that really counts is the people behind the wheel.

    If that's the case why aren't they watching her in IndyCar - and what happens when she leaves?

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:07

    makes no odds what the rules are, where the races are, what the stewards say, all that really counts is the people behind the wheel.

    in fact, in this area nascar is way ahead of f1.

    we looked into danica's eyes at the weekend. when was the last time you saw an f1 driver's eyes when they're in the cockpit?

    occasionally in singapore maybe.

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 22:08

    we looked into danica's eyes at the weekend. when was the last time you saw an f1 driver's eyes when they're in the cockpit?

    You wanna get that white visor.

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:08

    If that's the case why aren't they watching her in IndyCar - and what happens when she leaves?

    that's a fair point. so it's people + a story?

    - how will she fair in nascar... will she crash...

    - how will schumi fair in f1... can he hack it...

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:08

    You wanna get that white visor.

    :P :D

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 22:09

    If that's the case why aren't they watching her in IndyCar - and what happens when she leaves?

    People don't follow IndyCar anymore. Tony George and the rest of the clowns who ran the IRL have ruined it. When she leaves, it is game up for IndyCar.

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 22:09

    Evening :)

    I'm back from my magical mystery tour of the countryside. I crashed a child's 9th birthday party.... Pretty good day I'd say!

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 22:09

    - how will she fair in nascar... will she crash...

    - how will schumi fair in f1... can he hack it...

    fare

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:09

    fare

    fare, sorry.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 22:12

    makes no odds what the rules are, where the races are, what the stewards say, all that really counts is the people behind the wheel.

    in fact, in this area nascar is way ahead of f1.

    we looked into danica's eyes at the weekend. when was the last time you saw an f1 driver's eyes when they're in the cockpit?

    occasionally in singapore maybe.

    That is an advantage, as are the commentator-to-car interviews. The other thing is that she's leaving a niche and entering the mainstream.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 22:12

    I'm back from my magical mystery tour of the countryside. I crashed a child's 9th birthday party.... Pretty good day I'd say!

    Intentionally or no..?

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 22:13

    People don't follow IndyCar anymore. Tony George and the rest of the clowns who ran the IRL have ruined it. When she leaves, it is game up for IndyCar.

    Even though I'm not in the country, I've noticed the new title sponsor is really pushing the other drivers..

  • Christine09/02/2010 at 22:14

    I like that the 'One Year Ago' section on F1 Minute is all Red Bull launching at Jerez. Nothing changes!

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 22:14

    Intentionally or no..?

    Hehe. She's my goddaughter. I didn't realise there was a full blown party in progress though. I might have kept a wider berth....

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:14

    I like that the 'One Year Ago' section on F1 Minute is all Red Bull launching at Jerez. Nothing changes!

    :)

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 22:15

    we looked into danica's eyes at the weekend. when was the last time you saw an f1 driver's eyes when they're in the cockpit?

    When they use that stupid camera on the nose of the car that only shows you the driver's head

  • me09/02/2010 at 22:15

    When they use that stupid camera on the nose of the car that only shows you the driver's head

    not through a reflective visor though.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 22:15

    I'm back from my magical mystery tour of the countryside. I crashed a child's 9th birthday party.... Pretty good day I'd say!

    Did you play party games?

  • Dan Brunell09/02/2010 at 22:16

    Even though I'm not in the country, I've noticed the new title sponsor is really pushing the other drivers..

    The problem is that they are not bring in that much money and the entire George family is hemorrhaging money in the IRL. With Tony gone, it is only a matter of time before the family says enough is enough.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 22:16

    Hehe. She's my goddaughter. I didn't realise there was a full blown party in progress though. I might have kept a wider berth....

    I hope there was jelly and ice cweam

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 22:16

    not through a reflective visor though.

    True

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 22:17

    I hope there was jelly and ice cweam

    There was a lot of cake and for some reason easter eggs?!?

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 22:17

    Did you play party games?

    I did.... I had to do 2 forfeits out the pass the parcel though. Bad times....

  • Jon "Not John" Waldock09/02/2010 at 22:43

    I did.... I had to do 2 forfeits out the pass the parcel though. Bad times....

    What were they? :D

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:04

    I've just finished watching a Channel 4 documentary called "The Secret Life of Colin Chapman". All I can say is that it's hit me quite hard and has made me see the man in a different light.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:12

    But on a more positive note - I FINALLY got the UPS label printed off which I need to send my 360 away! :D

    Now I just need a box and some bubblewrap. Two things which work has plenty of. Wonder if they could do me a favour on that one. :P

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:13

    Now I just need a box and some bubblewrap. Two things which work has plenty of. Wonder if they could do me a favour on that one. :P

    gotta be done. what's the turnaround time?

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:14

    gotta be done. what's the turnaround time?

    Usually a 10 days-2 weeks. They're extremely good with xbox 360 repiars, especially for free

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:14

    Usually a 10 days-2 weeks. They're extremely good with xbox 360 repiars, especially for free

    See, I've had a 360 for more than 3 years and the 3 year warranty's expired, yet the fault is 3 red lights. That's still covered, right?

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:15

    Just realised there's a lot of 3's in that post there :P

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:15

    See, I've had a 360 for more than 3 years and the 3 year warranty's expired, yet the fault is 3 red lights. That's still covered, right?

    3 Red lights are unlimited warranty now so definitely.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:15

    3 Red lights are unlimited warranty now so definitely.

    Fantastic :P

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:16

    *sigh* Not having a 360 that works isn't too bad most of the time, but there are times when I really really want a good thrash on Forza 3.

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:17

    3 Red lights are unlimited warranty now so definitely.

    i'd laugh at microsoft for that, but after the toyota fiasco, at least microsoft never posed a health risk.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:17

    *sigh* Not having a 360 that works isn't too bad most of the time, but there are times when I really really want a good thrash on Forza 3.

    Must be frustrating :(

    Did you know that Nurburgring got released today?

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:18

    Did you know that Nurburgring got released today?

    I do indeed. Shame there's isn't the "Behemoth" layout :(

  • JimSF09/02/2010 at 23:18

    And while we're talking about xboxes, any sailing fans think the 33rd America's Cup is a joke?

    I do wish Larry Ellison were a gentleman (motor)racer, though. US might actually have a real car by now...

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:19

    i'd laugh at microsoft for that, but after the toyota fiasco, at least microsoft never posed a health risk.

    :)

    Apparently 3 red light failure percentage rate is 33-40% now. Although it was worse on the first models that came out, considering there are apparently 40 million Xbox 360s out in the world now... that's still 10 million or so being returned.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:19

    I do indeed. Shame there's isn't the "Behemoth" layout :(

    But it's the Jalopnik car pack coming out in the summer that I'm so looking forward to. Can't wait to get my hands on those 2 Cossies! :D

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:19

    #sidepodspace

    Looks like NASA doesn't want anyone to watch this mission. The shuttle is due to dock with the ISS at 5:06am UK time tomorrow so no chance of seeing that then. However there is a launch taking place tomorrow. The solar dynamic observary is due to launch at 3:26pm UK time but we have the usual weather and NASA potentila problems that can lead to the launch being scrubbed.

    Launch details at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/main/index.html

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:19

    I've just finished watching a Channel 4 documentary called "The Secret Life of Colin Chapman". All I can say is that it's hit me quite hard and has made me see the man in a different light.

    What did you learn? DeLorean by any chance?

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:20

    What did you learn? DeLorean by any chance?

    Yup. That and how if he'd been alive when Fred Bushell was on trial, the guy would have gotten 10 years in prison instead of the 3 he actually got.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:22

    But it's the Jalopnik car pack coming out in the summer that I'm so looking forward to. Can't wait to get my hands on those 2 Cossies! :D

    If T10 know what's good for them, they'll make sure they put a Cosworth engine as an option for engine swaps. It has to be done!

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:23

    If T10 know what's good for them, they'll make sure they put a Cosworth engine as an option for engine swaps. It has to be done!

    I'm keeping my eye on the results of the various votes. The final car pack could be brilliant.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:24

    I'm keeping my eye on the results of the various votes. The final car pack could be brilliant.

    You do know the final pack's been decided?

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:26

    You do know the final pack's been decided?

    It has?! Damn, I'm out of touch... I haven't looked at the Forza forums, only being told from forums elsewhere. is there a final list?

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:28

    It has?! Damn, I'm out of touch... I haven't looked at the Forza forums, only being told from forums elsewhere. is there a final list?

    Indeed, here it is (cars in bold are the ones I'm most excited about):

    1. 1970 Chevrolet El Camino 454 Super Sport

    2. 1983 Volvo 242 Group A Homologated

    3. 1982 DeLorean DMC-12

    4. 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

    5. 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

    6. 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo

    7. 1971 De Tomaso Pantera

    8. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

    9. 1977 Saab 99 Turbo

    10. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II

    11. 1984 BMW M635CSi

    12. 1971 AMC Javelin AMX

    13. 1992 GMC Syclone

    14. 1988 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R

    15. 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:29

    Indeed, here it is (cars in bold are the ones I'm most excited about):

    ....phew.

    Is it the summer yet??!

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:29

    Indeed, here it is (cars in bold are the ones I'm most excited about):

    i so desperately need more sidepodradio shows on this subject. i learnt so much last year and i've fallen behind again :(

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:30

    Is it the summer yet??!

    Yeah, exactly! I'm absolutely overjoyed that the Escort Cossie and Sierra RS500 are in it. I ADORE them both :D

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:31

    i so desperately need more sidepodradio shows on this subject. i learnt so much last year and i've fallen behind again :(

    Well, me and Gavin did toy with the idea of trying to do the show on a regular basis and one of the things on my List is to start a podcast. Plus, if we were to put something together in the near future, it would help using it in my uni interview portfolio. Sooo....

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:31

    i so desperately need more sidepodradio shows on this subject. i learnt so much last year and i've fallen behind again :(

    poor mr c :(

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:31

    Well, me and Gavin did toy with the idea of trying to do the show on a regular basis and one of the things on my List is to start a podcast. Plus, if we were to put something together in the near future, it would help using it in my uni interview portfolio. Sooo....

    Oooh, intruiging :)

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:32

    Oooh, intruiging :)

    His words were "You can talk about console stuff and I'll bore you with iRacing talk" :D

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:33

    His words were "You can talk about console stuff and I'll bore you with iRacing talk" :D

    heheh. sounds very interesting. you guys did good and if you can find the time, please do it.

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:35

    heheh. sounds very interesting. you guys did good and if you can find the time, please do it.

    The falling behind business is definitely the reason why 18th position is a career high for you on the Wii F1 game :P

    Perhaps similar to Luca Badoer falling behind in his knowledge of having a competetive race. Although his was slightly longer - 10 years.

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:36

    heheh. sounds very interesting. you guys did good and if you can find the time, please do it.

    Ooh, speaking of which, would it be possible if at some point in the near future I could get an MP3 file of the Sim Racers Weekly show we did for Sidepodradio? I don't need it just yet but if that would be OK, I would like to use it in my uni interview portfolio. It's not just video editing skills they look at, but a wide variety of things including sound design, scriptwriting, photography and, interestingly enough, podcasts. :)

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:36

    (amongst a variety of other things)

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:40

    Time for sleepies I think. Would get up for the launch but 7:30am is just asking for trouble ;)

    Night all!

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:40

    Time for sleepies I think. Would get up for the launch but 7:30am is just asking for trouble ;)

    Red Bull are launching that early? Crikey.

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:40

    Time for sleepies I think. Would get up for the launch but 7:30am is just asking for trouble ;)

    What launch?

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:40

    What launch?

    Red Bull?

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:40

    Red Bull are launching that early? Crikey.

    8:30 in europe.

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:40

    Ooh, speaking of which, would it be possible if at some point in the near future I could get an MP3 file of the Sim Racers Weekly show we did for Sidepodradio? I don't need it just yet but if that would be OK, I would like to use it in my uni interview portfolio. It's not just video editing skills they look at, but a wide variety of things including sound design, scriptwriting, photography and, interestingly enough, podcasts. :)

    sure things, you can download from here: http://sidepodcast.com/2009/09/07/sidepodradio-sim-racers-weekly/

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:41

    Red Bull are launching that early? Crikey.

    An F1 launch at that time

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:41

    sure things, you can download from here: http://sidepod...io-sim-racers-weekly/

    Ahh, fantastic. Thankingya :)

  • Lukeh09/02/2010 at 23:41

    An F1 launch at that time

    and to think, we'll all be getting at at 5 in a few weeks... :P

    *runs off*

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 23:43

    Well, me and Gavin did toy with the idea of trying to do the show on a regular basis and one of the things on my List is to start a podcast. Plus, if we were to put something together in the near future, it would help using it in my uni interview portfolio. Sooo....

    You could have a blog to go with it. I'm thinking screenshots.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 23:43

    Yeah, exactly! I'm absolutely overjoyed that the Escort Cossie and Sierra RS500 are in it. I ADORE them both :D

    Those sound like a lot of fun :)

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:43

    You could have a blog to go with it. I'm thinking screenshots.

    Ooh, good idea.

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 23:44

    His words were "You can talk about console stuff and I'll bore you with iRacing talk" :D

    I tried to buy the iRacing sub Dank had in his auction but I got outbid. I can't afford the full one (and I need a new wheel).

  • Pat W09/02/2010 at 23:46

    *runs off*

    Bye, and I think Peter Serafinowicz used your idea :)

  • Scott Woodwiss09/02/2010 at 23:46

    Those sound like a lot of fun :)

    What's funny is apparently the original engine for the RS500 without any turbo only had about 90hp. Stick in the turbo and crank up the boost and you were looking at power levels of 500-550hp!

    Also, another fun fact - for the Birmingham Superprix one year they set up a speedtrap to see how fast the cars were reaching down the longest straight on the course. The F3000 cars of the time, which were headlining the event, were reaching about 140-150mph. The Sierra RS500 touring cars were going 160-170mph.

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 23:52

    My computer hates me! It's gone mental and started installing about 30 updates that all need separate restarts... Make it stop!

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:52

    My computer hates me! It's gone mental and started installing about 30 updates that all need separate restarts... Make it stop!

    STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steven Roy09/02/2010 at 23:52

    Did that work?

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:53

    My computer hates me! It's gone mental and started installing about 30 updates that all need separate restarts... Make it stop!

    it doesn't hate you. today is microsoft patch tuesday.

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 23:54

    Did that work?

    Alas no. It's unusable... I love my sister's iPod!

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:55

    it doesn't hate you. today is microsoft patch tuesday.

    in fact it's a record patch tuesday:

    Microsoft today released 13 security bulletins with fixes for 26 vulnerabilities affecting Windows and Office users and warned customers to pay special attention to a slew of flaws that can be trivially exploited by malware miscreants.

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:55

    Did that work?

    recommended fix: http://www.apple.com/

    ;)

  • Alison09/02/2010 at 23:56

    in fact it's a record patch tuesday:

    Hehe even the iPod when I plugged it in tried to download new software...

  • me09/02/2010 at 23:57

    Hehe even the iPod when I plugged it in tried to download new software...

    oh.

    recommended fix: http://www.apple.com/

  • Alison10/02/2010 at 00:00

    oh.

    I did write you a reply but as if to prove my point, the ipod chose that moment to restart! :P

  • me10/02/2010 at 00:01

    I did write you a reply but as if to prove my point, the ipod chose that moment to restart! :P

    :)

  • Alison10/02/2010 at 00:01

    Hehe even the iPod when I plugged it in tried to download new software...

    Oooh I didn't notice it autocapitalising it's own name either.... It's smarter than I thought :(

  • Pat W10/02/2010 at 00:05

    My computer hates me! It's gone mental and started installing about 30 updates that all need separate restarts... Make it stop!

    You need to tell it to stop doing it automatically :)

    Control Panel - Automatic Updates - tell it to "download automatically but let me choose when to install them".

  • Jon Waldock10/02/2010 at 00:08

    SURPRISE

    ;)

    sorry about that. carry on