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An Aside with Joe - This is way above all of our pay grades // Joe describes landing a plane, printing money and much more

Published by Mr. C

With three races complete in the 2011 season, Joe takes time out ahead of the mini-break to catch up on what has been happening in the paddock. From saving China with a Dutch driver and discovering a licence to print money, to identifying cars by sound alone, Joe has F1 covered in under an hour.

Peering through the smoggy haze, we talk winning cars with bright engineers, terrific racing from strategic thinking and the one in a billion at the wheel of a Force India. All that and Joe still finds time to land an A320 for Air Asia, sharpen a machete for Williams and offer some polite suggestions to a bunch of bankers.

It's another feature packed, action packed, Aside with Joe. You do not want to miss it.

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  • Ho-Ping Tung? Racing safety? Have they not seen him race? Lessons from Tung would result in every car doing somersaults down motorways!!

  • must be the worst press release in f1 history, no-one seems to know the deal happened: www.lotusrenaultg…oration-with.html

    maybe that was renault's plan? from the release:

    Raising awareness of road safety in China is an extremely worthwhile cause and as a Formula 1 team we should do all we can to draw attention to this.

  • -Raising awareness of road safety in China is an extremely worthwhile cause and as a Formula 1 team we should do all we can to draw attention to this.

    Fair enough, but what a shame the best driver they could find was Ho-Pin Tung.

  • And Ordos..? Ordos..? Deary me.

  • Fair enough, but what a shame the best driver they could find was Ho-Pin Tung.

    is there a better chinese f1 driver? (on his site he calls himself a chinese-dutch racer).

  • The championship that went to Ordos was Superleague Formula.. so yeah. :)

  • The championship that went to Ordos was Superleague Formula.. so yeah.

    ah-ha!!

  • is there a better chinese f1 driver? (on his site he calls himself a chinese-dutch racer).

    It would need a look. Chinese drivers are slowly filtering through agai, but only in lower formulae

    The championship that went to Ordos was Superleague Formula.. so yeah. :)

    Not sure that's happening this year - Superleague has lost another round or two since the revised calendar was announced

  • By the way, I lap-charted the Monza F3 race. Interesting experience.

  • Is it any wonder that Vettel can't tell the difference between the car and the sponsor. He drives a car called Red Bull

  • By the way, I lap-charted the Monza F3 race. Interesting experience.

    ooh, a) how come? b) can we see?

  • is there a better chinese f1 driver? (on his site he calls himself a chinese-dutch racer).

    The only other one who ever got near F1 was Franky Cheng but he was not noticeably better

  • ooh, a) how come? b) can we see?

    c) can you blog about it? :)

  • ooh, a) how come? b) can we see?

    a) To follow exactly what was going on

    b) I'll post photos when I finish the Monza travel-post

    :)

  • I have never tried lap charting. I have been aware of it for ever and decided if I did do it I would miss everything that was going on

  • I have been aware of it for ever and decided if I did do it I would miss everything that was going on

    Takes a bit of getting used to. Thankfully I took the practice sessions to get my head around it

  • I know two Chinese drivers and as you say, one's Dutch anyway: Ho-Pin Tung and 'Franky' Cheng Cong Fu.

  • By the way, I lap-charted the Monza F3 race. Interesting experience.

    ooh, must know more

  • Not sure that's happening this year - Superleague has lost another round or two since the revised calendar was announced

    FIA GT1 is going this year (supposedly) so maybe they'll tag on to that isntead

  • Takes a bit of getting used to. Thankfully I took the practice sessions to get my head around it

    Must be difficult in F3 when the drivers are not as identifiable as F1 drivers are

  • Those charts are terrifying!!

  • ooh, a) how come? b) can we see?

    ooh, must know more

    About half of my notes and lap charts from Monza

    http://twitpic.com/4nqn0i/full

  • http://twitpic.com/4nqn0i/full

    crazy!

  • http://twitpic.com/4nqn0i/full

    Pretty busy. :)

  • I can remember going to club races and the program having a page with a lap chart for each race for the fans to fill in and lots of people did it.

  • crazy!

    Pretty busy. :)

    Like you wouldn't believe

    :)

  • The bottom line with Williams is that either Sam Michael knows how to fix it or he is the problem

  • The bottom line with Williams is that either Sam Michael knows how to fix it or he is the problem

    I think there is more than one problem at Williams - Michaels happens to be one.

  • Great podcast Mr C/Christine

    Goodbye Turkey indeed... also a slimming of Spain's race involvement in a few years?

  • Goodbye Turkey indeed... also a slimming of Spain's race involvement in a few years?

    tricky one. i like the idea of f1 being in cities, so even if valencia is terrible, i love that it's in a populated area and also by the sea.

  • Great podcast Mr C/Christine

    Yeah it flew by this week.

    Goodbye Turkey indeed... also a slimming of Spain's race involvement in a few years?

    Real shame about Turkey, I like the country and I quite like the race except for when I don't. Perhaps they need a ticket adjustment like China had (and it was brilliant to see so many people there).

    Spain can't sustain two GPs economically. In terms of cities Barcelona and Valencia are both great places to be and I do think it essential to be in Spain, but at which one? In terms of circuits and racing they are both really boring but at least Valencia has the feel of 'an event'. It could be like Long Beach, when that race started it was all docklands and a run down area. Now it is fairly desirable I think? Perhaps over time that part of Valencia will develop into what we want to see, or we might see the circuit design change. I love that the beach runs along side the circuit. I don't like a container port on the other side.

  • Spain can't sustain two GPs economically.

    Must add, this may be as much to do with F1's fees as anything else. Barcelona is really well attended these days, it ain't like the 90s.

  • I agree about Turkey, be a real shame as it's a great circuit.

    Interesting little snippet about him helping the Austrian commentator, sounds like a similar role that Mark Hughes does for the BBC guys

  • Great stuff guys.... Easily my fave part of Sidepodcast nowadays... :) Did the 'end' get clipped? Seems to cut short at 56min

  • Seems to cut short at 56min

    should be 57mins, but it's all there on the server. may have been a connection issue?

  • Great stuff guys.... Easily my fave part of Sidepodcast nowadays... :) Did the 'end' get clipped? Seems to cut short at 56min

    I have a 57.55 download in itunes

  • Hmmm - I just listened on the site here and reloaded a few times... and it just 'ended' - Will D/L and see if I'm losing my mind :-P

    Very well may be pilot error...

  • Spain can't sustain two GPs economically.

    If Alonso retired I expect they'd be down to one race in a flash. And maybe sooner if he doesn't get back on top before long. In general, the very idea of sporting events subsidized by government scares me.

  • An excellent show as always. Many thanks to Joe and Sidepodcast for these "asides".

  • I can remember going to club races and the program having a page with a lap chart for each race for the fans to fill in and lots of people did it.

    The programme for Silverstone 2002 had one as well. It was fun filling it in but I did find it difficult to do in the first support race due to the number of flies attracted to my hat...

  • Real shame about Turkey, I like the country and I quite like the race except for when I don't. Perhaps they need a ticket adjustment like China had (and it was brilliant to see so many people there).

    It needed to be promoted by someone other than Bernie (Belgium at the turn of the millenium should have proved that Bernie's not up to the skills needed for that job)

  • I really dont understand why Joe keeps bashing on Force India and Mallya. India is a country completely and absolutely ruled by the game of cricket. Formula 1 is fairly new to that country. But I can say with absolute confidence that Force India has a fan following that is several times more higher than Narain or Karun.

    If I was Mallya, I would'nt have signed up Karun or Narain when there are much better drivers in the market. Formula 1 is surely about professionalism.

    Last year, Luizzi was outsted from FI, to make way for Paul, and Joe outright bashed Mallya saying luzzi was one of the best drivers in the field. Well, then why doesn't any other team want him?

    Oh, and also, if Mallya is so full of himself for not signing an Indian driver, what about ferrari?? Where is the "Italian" driver there??, and all

    I have also posted the link to the Force India Facebook page that has over 75000 fan following, and all of them thinks Joe's statements are full of BS!. Feel free to check the fan page and know for yourself.

    https://www.facebook.com/forceindiaf1

    Demeaning someone, simply because you dont like him is just lame. And that's exactly what Joe is doing right now.

    Cheers from a canadian fan!

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