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An Aside with Joe - It is a slam dunk piece of publicity // Joe calls in to discuss the first race of the 2011 season

Published by Mr. C

In a brief break between races one and two, Joe checks in to analyse all the happenings around Formula 1. Including, Pirelli's terrific debut, the fairest FIA for a long time, a tragic story at the back of the grid and who has a passion for Petrov.

Joe wonders why Formula 1 isn't on Facebook, explains why there's no magic to motor sport and the reason Hollywood has overlooked F1. There is also talk of enthusiastic puppies, the gradient at Mount Panorama, a notional trip to New York, plus Virgin's necessary evil.

There's more than meets the eye, in this latest episode of An Aside with Joe.

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  • The graveyard idea will not work at Silverstone. Silverstone is full of stiffs already.... :P

  • what was the controversy with GP+ preview edition?

    I didn't quite catch it before Joe stopped the conversation dead in its tracks

  • what was the controversy with GP+ preview edition?

    a certain GMM news site wanted to drop GMM news and gain some credibility, but then went back on the decision. so joe pulled out of the agreement i think.

  • Thanks to my cool data roaming plan I managed to listen to the show right in front of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, that sure must be first :-)

  • Thanks to my cool data roaming plan I managed to listen to the show right in front of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, that sure must be first

    ooh, if anyone get beat that, i'd love to hear about it. hope you got some pics?

  • ooh, if anyone get beat that, i'd love to hear about it. hope you got some pics?

    some

    f1wolf.posterous.…er-and-food-hanoi

  • Ah, the front page sponsor. I have the "first edition". interesting.

  • Ah, the front page sponsor. I have the "first edition". interesting.

    that's the one :)

  • Ah, the front page sponsor. I have the "first edition". interesting.

    collector edition ;-)

  • f1wolf.posterous.…er-and-food-hanoi

    Wow!

  • ooh, if anyone get beat that, i'd love to hear about it. hope you got some pics?

    The best I can say is a train or a plane?

    Great show, cheers for asking my question about wheelspin and I loved his answer :)

  • Wonderfull show, really enjoyed that. have added "Subscribe to GP+" to my to do list for this evening :)

  • I don't know what you guys are talking about with "European versions" of movies, but Schumi's definitely in the version of Cars I have and saw in the theater.

  • I don't know what you guys are talking about with "European versions" of movies, but Schumi's definitely in the version of Cars I have and saw in the theater.

    sorry alonso's in the spanish version. i think in place of schumi?

  • Wonderfull show, really enjoyed that. have added "Subscribe to GP+" to my to do list for this evening

    w00t!

  • sorry alonso's in the spanish version. i think in place of schumi?

    Possibly, but Luigi and Guido are ALL about the Ferrari's.

    "Luigi follow only the Ferraris". :)

  • "Alonso will play a cameo in the Spanish version while Fisichella will do the same for the Italian one."

    rumour was mika for the finnish version. not seen or heard anything about it since though.

  • A great show, I feel much smarter now. :)

    I know Joe is often accused of beating the Liuzzi drum (and perhaps rightly) but I very much agree with his assessment of the man's performance in Melbourne on the Saturday. In a lap count of single digits he took a car from 11 seconds down to what, 4 seconds? Okay a lot of that was due to having done all the systems checks, but none of the teams/drivers on Friday went from systems check to (whatever the laptime was) within 6 or 7 laps of running. It was either brave or stupid to do that with an untested car at the tail end of Q1 when others are trying to get into Q2. A bit of both perhaps, but at least they gave it a shot and kept hammering away at it until they were officially not allowed to continue, never giving up. That gets a plus mark from me. If the car was un-sorted as he says and we'd suspected at the time, there could be some interesting laptime gains from it... but I said that last year and they were never given the funds to do it.

  • Good question, Gavin :)

  • A bit of both perhaps, but at least they gave it a shot and kept hammering away at it until they were officially not allowed to continue, never giving up. That gets a plus mark from me.

    hadn't thought of it like that. i was absolutely one of the people saying HRT shouldn't bother to turn up for the GP, i'm running out of complaints though. apart from a very dodgy livery of course.

  • I remember Sylvester Stallone's statement (circa 2000) when he announced that he was abandoning F1 for Indycars ("Champcars" at that time) for his movie, re his experience dealing with BE, and I think I can quote it: "Thank you, Bernie. Now take the hatchet out of my back." The resulting film, "Driven," was so bad that it's probably better that it'll never be associated with Formula 1.

  • I saw 20 minutes of that film in a hotel room once and it was truly awful.

  • Good listen guys,

    Also on the Cars 2 movie - Mark Winterbottom from the V8 Supercars will also have a cameo role called Frosty.

    The series also has a transporter painted up like Mack attending all the rounds !!

    On the film Driven - the best part was checking out Gina Gershon !!

  • Woops - here is the link I was supposed to attach also : )

    www.v8supercars.c…961/default.aspx#

  • Also on the Cars 2 movie - Mark Winterbottom from the V8 Supercars will also have a cameo role called Frosty.

    Ooh interesting! www.heraldsun.com…9h6-1226025533426

    Looks like they are getting lots of racers involved!

  • Joe scoffs @ the idea of an F1 car on the limit at Mount Panorama. Check out various youtubes of a lap 'round. I suppose the crests might disrupt the undercar-generated downforce, resulting in take-offs. Really is reminiscent of the Nordschliefe (14 mile Nurburgring, the HE-MAN's version!) A pity, really, ... quite a driver's track. They don't build 'em like that now, except in Alabama! ;-) (i.e. Barber Motorsport Park)

  • (i.e. Barber Motorsport Park)

    Looking forward to the Indycar race there this weekend (or is it next weekend? Either way it's soon). I've never seen a race that takes place there and am looking forward to it.

  • Looking forward to the Indycar race there this weekend (or is it next weekend? Either way it's soon). I've never seen a race that takes place there and am looking forward to it.

    April 10, same as the GP. A bit narrow for the comparatively bulky Indycars, but again, they gotta DRIVE on this one. Hilly, beautifuly forested, dotted with art sculptures. A jewel.

  • April 10, same as the GP. A bit narrow for the comparatively bulky Indycars, but again, they gotta DRIVE on this one. Hilly, beautifuly forested, dotted with art sculptures. A jewel.

    too bad it's in Alabama ;)

  • Looking forward to the Indycar race there this weekend (or is it next weekend? Either way it's soon). I've never seen a race that takes place there and am looking forward to it.

    Some said last year's was a bit boring but I liked it.

  • too bad it's in Alabama

    The thought crossed my mind too, i.e., '2 bad its in NASCAR country,' but wen I watched last year, the warmth of the southern-hospitality-welcome they effused to the players and the audience makes me bite my tongue on that.

  • I saw 20 minutes of that film in a hotel room once and it was truly awful.

    Dad and I once tuned in halfway through Driven being shown on TV. I commented that it was an action comedy, to which Dad protested, "But it says it's an action film in the TV listings!" After seeing the next scene (the one where two drivers tear through the streets of Chicago, driving like slightly drunk 17-year-olds with obvious firework effects on the cars... ...attracting the attention of nobody at all), Dad turned to me and said, "OK, it's an action comedy. Shall we play on the computer instead?"

    I regard it as a lucky miss that Driven was pulled from the cinemas the day before we were due to see it on the big screen...

  • I saw 20 minutes of that film in a hotel room once and it was truly awful.

    On the website of New Zealand Herald, in search field type '10 worst sports movies winston' - in the article you'll see Driven as worst and Days of Thunder second worst. As said, lucky F1 got out by whatever means. But more to Joes's point, no publicity can hurt more than bad publicity, and zero-F1-awareness is the rule here in the States.

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