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Episode 59 - Every time he pushed the brake pedal, he disappeared // Finally some racing to talk about to distract from the FIA Presidency problems

Published by Christine Blachford

With the Mosley scandal continuing without an end in sight, it's nice to have a bit of racing to take our minds off it. Here we catch up with all the news from Bahrain, and a bit about Max as well.

Intro

Too much to talk about, must get on.

Good week / Bad week

Good week for ticket sales and Toro Rosso, and a bad week for Hamilton and Vettel for two very different reasons.

News and views

Ron Dennis is the keynote speaker at the Motorsport Business Forum in Bahrain, Ferrari may or may not have a new nose cone on the way, and yes, we discuss the latest in the Max story.

Qualifying

An interesting session, with some unlikely faces in the dropout zones and a brand new name on pole. We also discuss the longest voicemail ever.

The race

Our predictions were wrong but that just makes for an interesting race. To be fair, the action died down after the first third of the race, but there's still plenty to talk about.

Feedback

Yea, yea, my Fantasy Racer choices suck. Can we move on now?

Housekeeping

A mini series show coming up next week, make sure to tune in for the deliberate mistake.




  • Hey everyone in Sidepodcast land!

    If all ten teams state that they did not complain to the FIA and Mclaren was not asked, is it possible that "Honest Ron" decided to shoot himself in the foot again and complain that Mclaren needed to be in the last pit? :)

    Hey Jordan from Kamloops! Cool first name, I approve!

    I hope I did not steal you first name for your Fantasy Racers team did I?

    Your fellow countryman,

    Jordan Allen

    Hamilton, Ontario

    (Bitten & Hisses) Jordan (F1)

  • Yea, yea, my Fantasy Racer choices suck. Can we move on now?

    I'm sorry for being a meanie Christine, but you do make a great 'poor score benchmark'

    Great show, but maybe you could keep the callin's down to 10 to 15 sec chunks, I do like the fact that you include them, and that people take the time to leave them, but I listen to SidePodCast to listen to you too.

    Oh Hopefully my bank would have found my bank account by tomorrow or Tuesday so will be able to leave that donation to cover the cost of the signed photo, you will both be signing it won't you? and don't worry 'me', you can just sign it from 'me' Thanks

  • Ok, I'll be sharing my team with Christine from now on. It's not fair that she gets picked on every race weekend. Christine, congratulations, you are now in 4th place.

  • Let us see, the lights working, the foghorn's sounding, and yet Christine's constructors hopes are foundering because she could not figure out what is a lighthouse doing in the middle of a fog bank....

    And now a second ship is heading full speed ahead for the same rocks to come to Christine's aide.....

    Time to purchase those airline stocks I guess, can anyone give me a quote on British Airways please?

    Jordan (Allen) F1

  • Great show, but maybe you could keep the callin’s down to 10 to 15 sec chunks, I do like the fact that you include them, and that people take the time to leave them, but I listen to SidePodCast to listen to you too.

    i hear ya, but i like the fact that they offer a counterpoint to our opinions (we only have so many). especially the negative-alonso ones :)

    nelson, you're very sweet ;)

  • McClaren have now had three incidents involving button pushing of one sort or another in the last four races. Hamilton Brazil, Kovalainen Australia, Hamilton Bahrain.

    Seems a little odd to me.

    brendan

  • you will both be signing it won’t you?

    you want my signature? i wasn't planning on it, but i can do.

    we're hoping to get them all done this week, although time is tight at the moment.

  • McClaren have now had three incidents involving button pushing

    you thinking the systems are too complicated, the equipment not working, or the drivers being asked to do to much?

  • Great show, but maybe you could keep the callin’s down to 10 to 15 sec chunks

    We don't get many voicemails, so it's still a learning curve at the moment.

    Maybe shorter chunks would be better, Buzz Out Loud do ask their callers to keep them down to 30 seconds, and that seems okay to me as a listener.

  • "you thinking the systems are too complicated, the equipment not working, or the drivers being asked to do to much?"

    Me,

    I genuinely don't know. I guess the question would be: are the McClaren steering wheel commands different to the others?

    Its just from what I've noted: few, if any of the other drivers seem to be pushing catastrophic buttons, while we've now had three Mc's do it in four races: all costing them points and in one case: a rookie WDC.

    brendan

  • Hi, what's your Fantasy Racers league number and password? I'd like to join with my Neg's Urban Sports F1 team :P

  • Hi, what’s your Fantasy Racers league number and password? I’d like to join with my Neg’s Urban Sports F1 team

    joining details be here:

    fantasy racers league

  • Thanks :)

    I've just been reading a news story about Paul Stoddart joining the list of people calling for Mosley to resign and also his hopes to return to F1 as a team owner.

    Anyway, this got me thinking: Toro Rosso are currently up for sale. Stoddart wants to return to F1. Solution: Paul buys back his old team. It kills two birds with one stone. Dietrich Mateschitz gets rid of his second team allowing him to focus on RBR, while Stoddart gets his place on the grid again. It obviously depends on what price Red Bull are asking for, and whether Paul will be able to afford it. But, if it were to happen, I personally think it would be great. The Aussie has always been up-front, honest and at time controversial when expressing his views on certain issues in F1, and I'd love to see his unique personality back in the paddock.

    Also, something else came to mind last night - what's happening with Prodrive? The last time we heard anything from them, they had to abandon their 2008 plans. Since then, nothing has come from David Richards or anyone from Prodrive for that matter. One of the reasons must be the banning of customer cars. Although they're not banned until 2009, I think, I'm starting to wonder - if it's a money issue, then why think about entering F1 in the first place? Richards spends money on running Aston Martin DBR9s, the Subaru World Rally Team AND the Ford Performance Racing Australian V8 Supercar team. Plus there's all the work and development they do on production Subaru Imprezas his company does.

    Even though he's had past experience with Benetton and BAR, it still doesn't change the fact that maybe he's spending too much on various projects, when he could be investing that money and also the personnel involved on readying the company for its F1 assault. Whether he's now given up on it is unclear. I've not seen or heard any confirmation that they've given up the F1 project and the Prodrive doesn't mention anything about their F1 plans, despite the Motorsport link reading "Formula One".

  • April 7th, 2008 at 4:36 amNelson said:

    Ok, I’ll be sharing my team with Christine from now on. It’s not fair that she gets picked on every race weekend. Christine, congratulations, you are now in 4th place.

    Wait a second, Nelson...do you realize what you are saying here? All of us are in a virtual single race from the start to the finish of the real 2008 F1 season, and since we are all running on the same "track", and the only way a 4th place car team can help out a 111th placed team is when the 4th placed catches up to the 111th!

    In other words, CanuckF1, imracing14 and Fledlings have manged to LAP Christine.

    AS I am closing up to Christine, I can only ask her "How are your brakes, Christine?"

    Jordan Allen

    Jordan F1

  • "AS I am closing up to Christine, I can only ask her “How are your brakes, Christine?"

    Jordan,

    Courageous fellow.

    Me, I'm married to a soothran lady, I know my place and obedience is my watchword.

    Them women is dangerous customers, don't say you wuzn't warned, lad:)

    brendan

  • Courageous fellow.

    agreed.

    jordan. i was thinking nelson was thinking of a mansell / senna moment. e.g. giving her a lift on the way home. nothing in rules to say she can't hold on to 4th place's airbox is there?

  • Nothing to add, great show, all's in it.

    Toro Rosso are currently up for sale. Stoddart wants to return to F1. Solution: Paul buys back his old team.

    Why not? I'd love to see PS back in F1. Mad Max maxed out of F1. Maybe Stoddart will bring Verstappen or Albers back to make it even more surreal. The only Dutch theme on the gring is now ING sponsorship. Period.

  • on the gring is

    on the GRID.

  • Hmm, the comment sank. Never mind.

    on the gring

    on the GRID obviously.

  • Great show.

    I love Max's new theme tune 'He had it coming'. Great choice. Max has to go soon. I am not a Paul Stoddart fan but he summed up the situation perfectly. The a***hole must go. Perfectly summed up.

    http://www.crash.net/motorsport/...

  • Them women is dangerous customers, don’t say you wuzn’t warned, lad:)

    brendan

    I know! I also also aware that even David Coulthard can spot a Bright Yellow Jordan '97 car closing up to him, that's why am asking the condition of Christine's brakes, as by all rights you know she's going either do a "Brake Test" on me or just be a Moblie Chicane as the Marshalls on this track are doing an even worse job than Bahrain, the top three teams did not even report seeing any blue flags or anything like that. :)

    And Nelson: Don't give Chrisitine a lift! She might look over your shoulder to steal any technical data from your telemetery! Look what happened in that aformented mentioned Mansell/Senna Incdient. Michael Schumacher was not averse to pull the same stunt to Jean Alesi so just leave her where you found her....Its better four you in the long run... If you do not think that Christine would be so sneeky, well, she has to improve somehow and if she's not changing her line-up...

    All I can say is there's a reason why "me" jumped ship from Sidepodcast Racers to form "Longitudinal Inertia"....

    Jordan Allen

    is currently hoping that Christine smacks the other "Bitten & Hisses" Jordan F1 car...

  • still listening ...

    I like your reason why Mosley has to go :-)

    re Massa - yes, he kept the engine, finally about 5 hours after race finish the document was available from FIA ...

  • :) really great podcast! Its also great thats its about 40 mins! BUT i am having real problems actually listening to the end of it :s on itunes i can listen all the way up to the last 10 mins but on this site i can only listen to the first 20 mins. This is probably my laptop going bananas again but i just wandered if anyone else was havign this problem.

  • Greetings Everyone:

    It just occured to me that if Nelson's offering Chrisitne a lift and as the performance would degrade so much if (Christine were to hag on to the airbox at racing speeds {as funny as that look}) the only logical way (well for a family) show, there is one other way) this can work is Nelson is running a two-seater F1 car. They do exist, I think McLaren had one in which Martin Brundle took Murray Walker out for a spin at Silverstone. We need to look at how many pit stops Nelson needs to the rest of us.

    So Nelson managed to equip his team with a McLaren Two-Seater F1 car. Nice move there, no wonder he's in forth...

    Jordan F1.

  • Loved the podcast...especially coz it was a longer one!!!

    I'm still one place behind christine (but joint position so makes me feel a lot better). I've changed nearly all my team so i hope to catch up with your score in 3 weeks!!! Btw Christine you are a "Good" benchmark score for me!!!

  • on itunes i can listen all the way up to the last 10 mins but on this site i can only listen to the first 20 mins.

    sounds like the same problem you had with the video. maybe we'll try going back to hosting the files on libsyn again. seems to have occurred since we made the move.

  • oh no scrap that last comment! ;) have redownloaded the podcast and i can now listen to it ALL :D - not sure what is happening to my laptop :/

    Im sorry Christine, i did not mean my comment to be an insult i was simply saying that i had dropped from 98th to just behind you at 113.

    I look forward to your mini series! It sounds great!

  • Really great podcast! Its also great thats its about 40 mins! BUT i am having real problems actually listening to the end of it :s on itunes i can listen all the way up to the last 10 mins but on this site i can only listen to the first 20 mins. This is probably my laptop going bananas again but i just wandered if anyone else was havign this problem.

    Hi Lou had the same problem got to 20mins - similarly my iTunes subscription download did not fully play (about 30mins). A bit of a pain - but I did a manual download (right mouse click and save link as for Firefox users) on the link in the podcast info at the top below the blog title. You can then just add this to your iTunes library. It worked for me, but it is the little details that ME puts into the site like being able to do manual downloading that makes it so special (plus the great community of users). Hope you are successful

  • not sure what is happening to my laptop :/

    i don't think it's only your laptop, i just had the server timeout on me.

    have flagged the problem with mediatemple. they still have an "intermittent service" alert open, and to be honest i'm getting a bit fed up of it.

    they were really good until this past couple of weeks so i just sent them this message:

    is the server *ever* going to work reliably or do we just put up with this level of service?

    when it works, it's brilliant, but mostly it's a bit rubbish :(

    will wait and see what the response is. might have to try and find another hosting provider soon.

  • It worked for me, but it is the little details that ME puts into the site like being able to do manual downloading that makes it so special (plus the great community of users). Hope you are successful

    cheers rich :)

    if only we were as successful at picking decent web hosting companies. so far we've had:

    1) fasthosts - rubbish equipment and then they gave away all our personal details.

    2) libsyn - couldn't keep up with their own growth rate, then trashed a bunch of our files.

    3) mediatemple - can't manage to keep the server alive for more then half an hour.

    am running out of ideas. each step we take, we pay more money, yet get another cr**py service. sheeeesh.

  • "might have to try and find another hosting provider soon."

    Claude,

    Should you want a wander around my domain, be my guest. Tell me off list and I'll give you the details.

    They've just introduced some really fancy new stuff using something called simple scripts. Still got fantastico deluxe.

    SS has all sortsa stuff that installs auto: dropal/joomla, everything.

    Highly recommended: hostmonster.com

    No, I don't work for 'em, or get paid.

    brendan

  • if only we were as successful at picking decent web hosting companies

    It is amazing you have had such hosting problems - especially in the UK - in SA most services - especially mobile and internet are cr**py, so I manage all of my own servers (bit painfull). Generally not had too much of problem until last two weeks when it has [the site] seemed a lot slower.

  • I manage all of my own servers (bit painfull).

    that's the thing, we didn't start doing this to become experts in hosting web sites or optimising wordpress queries, we like creating stuff.

    it should be simple, like turning on a tap, twist lever = receive water. enter web address = view web page.

    how old is the internet now, how hard can such a simple task be? reliably streaming an mp3 file is still a challenge in 2008?

    grr, anyhow rant over. sorry.

  • "grr, anyhow rant over. sorry."

    Me,

    Good to hear the geeky types get trouble with it too.

    Far too many times I've had absolutely dreadful troubles simply keeping a couple of mailing lists and a gallery up and running: when it should be easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    The ISP's need a real kick in the tush.

    brendan

  • am running out of ideas. each step we take, we pay more money, yet get another cr**py service. sheeeesh.

    First of, never had any problems player any of your audio of videos downloaded via iTunes, but the player on this page just bufferes and never plays.

    I have so far tested out HostMonster.com, DreamHost.Com, SquareSpace.Com (but you have to use they blogging program), BlueHost.com, and HostGator.com. Basically I'm just going though the list of hosting compaies that WordPress.org promote.

    I have been looking on the TWiT.TV forums and the only two that they suggest are

    Libsyn.com which I think you have already tried

    PodShow.com. I won't go with PodShow though as they have a really bad contract, when you sign up with them you have to hand over the right to your podcasts name, and if you leave them you can't use that name again. But I think you probably know that from listening to Keith and the Girl.

    DreamHost.com, one of the hosting companies that I'm having trouble with due to being on the 'Blingy' cluster, but GeekBrief.TV is with them and seem quiet happy. Although I have had problems with them they do reply to emails very quickly, been waiting for HostMonster.com to reply to me for over 3 weeks after they deactivated my sites, being sending them an email every other day since, but still no luck.

    Site5.com No Overloaded Servers: High-end servers, low number of customers per server, and 50% less fat

    There's also a couple of hosting company review site that I look at webhostinggeeks.com and

    webhostingreviews.com

    Sorry I can't be of more help, but as long as you don't get on the wrong cluster at DreamHost.com they may be worth a try, but as the site's is working well at mt, you could leave it there and just host the media files with DreamHost.com, if not give Site5.com a look.

    Best of luck

  • The ISP’s need a real kick in the tush.

    Yes, ISP do need a kick up the tush/butt, but they only provide the access, it's the website/media file storage hosting companies that are causing this problem.

    Take BlueHost.com, they offer 1.5TB of storage per costumer, and claim to have over 510,000 domains, so even if each account is hosting/sharing 5 domains that still 100,000 accounts at 1.5TB, so do they really have 150,000TB of storage available, plus backups? No, they don't, it's probably not even close to that amount.

    The shared server I'm/was on at HostMonster.com had 260+ domains on it, thats 260+ websites trying to share 1 server with 1 duo core processor.

    The ISP are currently getting in to trouble for traffic shaping, see AmberMacArthur's video for more info about this, due to offering a fast connection speed but the slowing your transfer speed down if you use it to much, and claiming it's due to fair usage.

    The hosting company are doing the same sort of thing, are offer you a large amount of storage, and huge bandwidth but ONLY if no one else on your shared server is using it at the same time.

    If they offer all this storage and bandwidth then it should be available 24/7/52 and not only when they are quiet.

    DreamHost.com they may be worth a try

    Sorry Christine and 'me' forgot to say that DreamHost offer a dedicated server option, was may be worth looking at, plus would avoid issue like the Blingy cluster going down.

    me said: grr, anyhow rant over. sorry.

    Same goes for me to, Sorry, be a really bad 3 weeks hosting company wish.

  • "The shared server I’m/was on at HostMonster.com had 260+ domains on it, thats 260+ websites trying to share 1 server with 1 duo core processor."

    Steve,

    Thanks. I know they all do that: its just that having been knocking around in this field for ten years or so: hostmonster have really been terrific for me: I can see with a huge power user: it might not work so good.

    brendan

  • First of, never had any problems player any of your audio of videos downloaded via iTunes, but the player on this page just bufferes and never plays.

    jeez. okay, we'll move it back to libsyn tonight. cheers for the info.

    I won’t go with PodShow though as they have a really bad contract

    yeah been there, they're awful.

    Same goes for me to, Sorry, be a really bad 3 weeks hosting company wish.

    one thing you haven't mentioned here is amazon (ec2). looked into it, complicated to setup but pretty powerful. we might have to look again.

  • Same goes for me to, Sorry, be a really bad 3 weeks hosting company wish.

    Sorry I;ll try that last bit again

    Same goes for me to, Sorry, it's been a really bad 3 weeks, hosting company wise.

  • Note to self: Preview Button, Preview Button, Preview Button, learn to use it.

  • Anyone interested in a dedicated server?

    If the cost was $75 a month: and there were twelve of us: that would be $75 a year each.

    With a dedicated server: most of the issues _should_ go away: with only a dozen of us:

    no?

    My requirements aren't much: so I would certainly put forward a good bit of my space/bandwidth to make sure sidepodcast worked real kewl.

    Anyone?

    brendan

  • My requirements aren’t much: so I would certainly put forward a good bit of my space/bandwidth to make sure sidepodcast worked real kewl.

    appreciate it, but not at the moment. what i want is what (mt) propose to offer, but without reliability headaches. not giving up on the dream yet :)

  • one thing you haven’t mentioned here is amazon (ec2). looked into it, complicated to setup but pretty powerful. we might have to look again.

    I think I remember them talking about Amazon EC2 on TWiT with Leo Laporte, and though it was more to do with network computing rather than web hosting?

    You have to configure your own server, database, libraries, and save it as a AMI (Amazon Machine Image) to upload to your EC2. Then you get charged for each hour that you are running the image.

    OK I may have got that wrong in the 60 sec that I spent looking at they site, so if you can work out how to make a AMI running WP2.5 it sounds like a great option, but some how I think that may be way to much work. But as I said I may have got that wrong.

    that’s the thing, we didn’t start doing this to become experts in hosting web sites or optimising wordpress queries, we like creating stuff.

    it should be simple, like turning on a tap, twist lever = receive water. enter web address = view web page.

  • if you can work out how to make a AMI running WP2.5 it sounds like a great option, but some how I think that may be way to much work

    agreed it probably is.

  • on itunes i can listen all the way up to the last 10 mins but on this site i can only listen to the first 20 mins.

    I had a few issues with my iTunes download. I think I managed to get through 4 or 5 minutes before it just stopped, even though it claimed it download without fault. Maybe it is a sign from Steve Jobs for me to get a new video iPod or maybe not....

  • Oh and also another interesting point. The Spanish GP is when the FIA is supposed to be launching the racing against racism campaign but given the whole MAX situation what's going to happen? No doubt Max will be there in person to sell the scheme.....

  • Thanks. I know they all do that: its just that having been knocking around in this field for ten years or so: hostmonster have really been terrific for me: I can see with a huge power user: it might not work so good.

    brendan

    True, but I only had 77 pages views the day they deactivated my account, my sites normal only get around 50 to 65 views per day, this was only the second time I had gone over 70 views in a day, the other time being 73 views, and both time they have deactivated my account that night.

    Which meant ALL my sites hosted with them have been locked out, I use them for sharing data and info via private WordPress based sites with people helping me with research for my Masters Degree.

    My total used storage was 58Mb out of 300Gb (0.0189% of limit), and I had only used 268Mb of bandwidth out of 3,000Gb (0.0087% of limit). I wouldn't mind so much if they would just email me with what was wrong that made them take the sites down, all I have had so far is the standard letter stating it was due to 'Breach of Terms of Service'

    Glad you have been having better luck with them.

  • Uh, changing the subject slightly, because I don't know much about servers.

    Brendan - no offence, like, but I really don't want the name Claude to catch on. It doesn't fit him. Can we keep looking for a new name?

    :)

  • This should make Christine feel better, my results from the ITV Fantasy F1 competition for Bahrain

    Top scorers where

    Mr Darjee UNDERCOVER HAMILTON - Points - 132

    Mr Wells PADDOCK HILL - Points - 131

    Mr Downie GLASWEGIANKISS - Points - 131

    Mr Fuller STILL TICKING OVER - Points - 131

    Mr Fiocca GABRIELE - Points - 130

    and my score, if you can call it a score? was

    RACING FOR LAST - Points - 19

    I guess Christine is not the only one setting a 'poor benchmark score'

  • "Brendan - no offence, like, but I really don’t want the name Claude to catch on. It doesn’t fit him. Can we keep looking for a new name?"

    Christine,

    Yes Ma'am.

    What name would you prefer?

    brendan

  • "My total used storage was 58Mb out of 300Gb"

    Steve,

    I'm shocked at this.

    I have 1500 GB:

    I'm going to talk to hostmonster about this, and refer them to this discussion.

    I am finding it hard to believe:

    I'm NOT a seller of servers: I've had NOTHING but trouble with them: until I came across hostmonster. I speak as I find, and I'm sure you do, but 300 mgb? Hostmonster haven't been on that for ages.

    When are you talking about, this year?

    brendan

  • I had a few issues with my iTunes download. I think I managed to get through 4 or 5 minutes before it just stopped, even though it claimed it download without fault. Maybe it is a sign from Steve Jobs for me to get a new video iPod or maybe not….

    michael, file now back on libsyn servers. could i get you to try again please?

    you may have to unsubscribe / resubscribe, apologies.

  • just to let you guys know, i've posted my first blog.

    http://woodwissf1.wordpress.com/

  • I’m NOT a seller of servers: I’ve had NOTHING but trouble with them: until I came across hostmonster. I speak as I find, and I’m sure you do, but 300 mgb? Hostmonster haven’t been on that for ages.

    Once you buy a 2 year plan (signed up for this plan May 07) with then you are then stuck with what ever storage/bandwidth was on offer when you signed up until you have to renew before year 3.

    All the hosting companies I'm with do that.

  • just to let you guys know, i’ve posted my first blog.

    good stuff, have commented and subscribed.

  • just to let you guys know, i’ve posted my first blog.

    http://woodwissf1.wordpress.com/

    I will go check it out now! Im always pleased to read new blogs!

  • Christine said:

    Uh, changing the subject slightly, because I don’t know much about servers.

    Brendan - no offence, like, but I really don’t want the name Claude to catch on. It doesn’t fit him. Can we keep looking for a new name?

    okay, since Brendan will agree that I picked "Claude" from my PAC-MAN playing games that leaves only "Pinky" and i think "Blicky" for the two remaining male ghosts. I think "Sue" is a girls name but the cchoice is yours.

    So is "The Tech Guy with No Nmae" back in the running again?

    Jordan (F1)

  • My vote is for

    “The Tech Guy with No Name”

    if it is back in the running, but if not

    only “Pinky” and i think “Blicky” for the two remaining male ghosts. I think “Sue” is a girls name but the cchoice is yours.

    I Think that "SidePodCast with Christine & Blicky" sounds pretty good

  • Hey Sidey!

    Always happy to see the length of one of your podcasts exceeding the half hour mark. The way I like them :-)

    My conceit thoughts on the race:

    Button smashed into Coulthard with smoking wheels! He was just way too far back to attempt overtaking. He realised he wouldn't make it, then his wheels locked up. Bit too enthusiastic by JB, bit still nothing more than a racing incident if you ask me.

    Ferrari might be stronger than they are trying to make us believe. They were just playing catch with Robert at the end of the race. Hope McLaren and especially Hamilton will get their act together by the time we get to Spain. Which, by the way, I think they will, but Ferrari right now are the team to beat.

    Not many retirements at all this dusty weekend, I wonder if we will see the effects of that in three weeks' time.

    Even with Alonso Renault is relatively doing a worse job here than last year. Makes one wonder what the boys in France have been up to all winter?

    11th in the league, up 40 slots in the rankings. Man, that feels good! :D

    Does anyone know whether our league top 5 increased their lead over Autosport's top 5?

  • Hey Sidepocast Fans!

    Sorry but I was laughing while thinking and typing. The two male ghosts in PAC-MAN where "Pinky" and "Blinky" the other ghost had the female name "Sue" which I do not think will work in this case and I was afraid of the "Tidal Wave" of "Yes" votes if "Sue" went on the floor.

    So I guess the only name that has been shot down is "Claude".

    Bravo to SteveintheUK for seconding "The Tech Guy With No Name", who for "A Fistful Of Dollars" will fix all your Microsoft Computer problems. for "A Few Dollars More" he even does house calls, and that's "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" about it. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I am watching the "Dollars" of Eastwood movies, how did you know?)

    Other names I propose are:

    Racer X from Speed Racer. (I do not think even Christine has mastered the Japanese art of speaking English without moving her lips yet...)

    How about "Tom Gordon" from the Title of a Stephen King novel. ("The Girl Who loved Tom Gordon"). In that case, all Christine would have to do is hire a temp named "Carrie" and there's quite an unholy collection up in Sidepodcast Towers!

    Finally, I propose "The Techy Guy formerly known as "Claude"....

    Jordan (Allen) F1.

  • That's it Keri (Carrie) as a guy's name! With their pet dog "Kujo!" Look at the nice glow of calmness of the Sidepodcast Towers now, why, its almost "Shining"....

    Jordan (Allen) F1.

  • Sorry to go Ian Fleming but the letter is retired now, so why not

    "Q"

    I was originally thinking of the Avengers but I think Christine's supposed to be the boss of this outfit so the idea of "Mother" for "Me" / "Claude" / "me" just does not work.

    "Q" sounds good and Techy.....

    Jordan (Allen) F1.

    0 0 ?

    Licenced to drive & dive and nothing else actually.....

    "Volka Martini, stirred, not shaken".... bleech! "What is this swill?"

  • Sidey,

    Would you or any of the others care to comment about Hamilton apparently making gestures to those he passed?

    I didn't see that, and I'd be saddened if he did.

    brendan

  • I didn’t see that, and I’d be saddened if he did.

    there was a lot of it going on, alonso did the same to glock.

    it was difficult to see what the gestures were, because the timing info blocked the view. will have a scout around to see if we can see anymore.

  • "alonso did the same to glock."

    Sidey,

    Oddly enough: I saw that one:)

    brendan

  • Oddly enough: I saw that one:)

    i can't find any decent onboard pics anywhere, but to be honest the guy was just having a bad day at the office, even i can't begrudge him a bit of finger waving.

    although on the live comment thread at the time i did say:

    that was uncalled for, he was racing fair and square.

    :)

  • Telemetry, pilots and teams declarations ditched the anecdote. Please! F1 is not football! Should we all come down and look at the facts (f-a-c-t-s for C-Sake) and move onto other subjects?

  • Should we all come down and look at the facts

    you've lost me alexg, where are we not looking at the facts?

  • "Should we all come down and look at the facts"

    AlexG,

    Hit me up with them, friend?

    Not quite sure what you are saying.

    "move onto other subjects?"

    I'm finding this one quite interesting right now, thank you.

    brendan

  • Would you or any of the others care to comment about Hamilton apparently making gestures to those he passed?

    Yeah, I thought it was great for TV audience, you know, very emotional there our little young Lewis was, wasn't he? And Sato it seems didn't like it at all, he swerved to the right I think in his best satoesque move, but my favourite is still DC / Schu France 2000 incident f1-photo.com/index.cgi?ImageName... or here if the links work motorsport.com/photos/popup...

    I like when F1 drivers do that! And Fisi having a verbal fight with JV in Nurburgring in 2006? Or again DC / Schu Spa 1998? Or Piquet Sr. doing his impersonation of pugilist somewhere in Germany I think in early 80s or late 70s, was the other guy's name Salazar? Just like Portuguese dictator? Oh, lovely stuff! I want more of that! Yeah, 1982 then www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=3SXbGDcMeo8

  • My comment is awaiting moderation 'cause I used 3 links! THREE!

    I hate to ask to dig it out (again) but Brendan S. might want to read my thoughts.

  • Mein Gott! Two of my comments sank!

  • Mein Gott! Two of my comments sank!

    need to find us a whitelist plugin, so we can specify "nonsense... he ist good".

  • need to find us a whitelist plugin, so we can specify “nonsense… he ist good”.

    Ha-ha! I hope so otherwise you'll end up with tons of "cry-for-help" posts from your humble servant!

  • "Brendan S. might want to read my thoughts."

    Nonsuch,

    I already know your thoughts.........I've had black helicopters over your house for weeks....

    I'd sooner read dirty books:)

    brendan

  • I’d sooner read dirty books:)

    You can read mine for a change then (and it's dirtier than dirty)! Oops, sorry, it's yet to be published and it won't be available in the US, all the details on my blog. I could offer you one for free if you wish...

    I’ve had black helicopters over your house for weeks….

    Cool, I saw one a couple of days ago, it flew right over my house, but was too noisy, don't you guys have smaller ones and more discreet or discrete?

    You're crazier than my grandfather! Ha-ha! Ha! HA!

  • www.autosport.com…port.php/id/66501

    It looks like the whole world will be again able to enjoy MM's adventures on line.

    "But herein mean I to enrich my pain,

    To have his sight thither and back again."

    A challenging new role for MM would be playing a certain character in Midsummer Night's Dream - Bottom.

  • And I was so looking forward to that video being consigned to the depths of hell.

    Now I will still have to be wary when I go to YouTube.

  • The other guy in the Piquet video is a chilean driver called Eliseo Salazar and it is at Hockenheim.

    Q hasn't been retired from the James Bond films. John Cleese's character became Q when Q died. Q is dead, long live Q.

    I don't think Claude should be dismissed. It is French after all just like Franck.

  • We are still first in Fantasy Racers on 1403.20 points with Autosport still 2nd on 1359.20. There are a few leagues queueing up behind Autosport so I guess that makes them Jarno Trulli.

  • And I was so looking forward to that video being consigned to the depths of hell.

    Yeah, I know.

    grandprix.com wrote: "The News of the World's legal manager, Tom Crone said, "Max Mosley's attempt to suppress the News of the World's video of his sordid activities has failed. The film is now back on the News of the World website."

    The video was seen over 1.4m times between March 30-31."

    If Max had created his own website and charged people at least $1 for watching the video he'd be filthy rich by the end of April. I mean, Max is rich but not as filthy as Bernard boy.

  • Steven Roy said:

    Q hasn’t been retired from the James Bond films. John Cleese’s character became Q when Q died. Q is dead, long live Q.

    I don’t think Claude should be dismissed. It is French after all just like Franck.

    Q was retired in The World is Not Enough But although they seem to pass down codenames, John Cleese will never, I say, never be the real "Q".

    Well, if you really want cool French Names, How about "Maurice"?

    "Keri" can be French name too! Please pick "Keri".

    So far we seem to have one comfirmed vote for "The Tech Guy With No Name" which is kind of long to type, and in keeping with French names we can shortne this down to "Guy".

    "Keri" can be French name too! Please pick "Keri".

    Jordan (Allen)F1

  • as in:

    "some people call me maurice (whistles)"

    the problem with that, is there's already an f1 person with the same name :(

  • "I don’t think ****** should be dismissed."

    Steven,

    Excepting Christine has decided that it was not to be, so it is.

    Changing subject slightly: has Coulthard 'gone'?

    Webber seems to be dusting him completely, and he's getting in the way and crashing a fair bit. I've never believed much in his competence, I have to admit, but he does appear to look a bit jodrellish right now.

    brendan

  • me said:

    as in:

    “some people call me maurice (whistles)”

    the problem with that, is there’s already an f1 person with the same name

    Well, considering that Hockey Legend Maurice Richard had the nickname of "the Rocket" I could see how anyone in F1 would want to be named Maurice..., if that's the case, would that mske you Henri "Pocket Rocket" Richard, Maurice's younger brother, and a Montreal Legend in his own right?

    Vive Les Habs!

    But I am still after people to go for "Keri", Mr. "The Techy Guy with No Name"

    To make brendan happy, "The tech guy formerly know as "Claude"" has yet to be stuck down by Christine.

    As to DC, well, It was not that long ago that I was quoted as saying "What the...Webber in 1st? Oh, wait he has not crashed yet", so maybe DC's the "Red Bull Driver to get rid of" flavour of the month... Have you ever thought that they could be used to promote Red Bull's products in a backhand fashion. Like they could use DC on the 2nd place step in Monaco for the After Drinking "Red Bull" shot and now they are just looking for the "Best" Shot for before drinking Red Bull....

    In another we are now witnessing DC driving without the effects of Red Bull, and with him drinking it, fade to Monaco prodium shot...

    Hey Red Bull, hire me as your damned PR or advertising director!

    I think both drivers at Red Bull still need to be judged and possbile replacements looked for, but before you can toss out David, keep him until the Monaco race has run its course so that you can still use his special abilities there. Whether because the track does suit him or he moves at a snail's pace thus avoiding both accidents and the barriers can be a subject for another debate, but he does bring home the points in Monaco.

    Jordan.

  • "Hey Red Bull, hire me as your damned PR or advertising director!"

    Jordan,

    Which brings an interesting moral question: would you work for a product that is so vile it tastes more like dragons whizzle and does you harm?

    I wouldn't.

    Bring home points at Monaco is usually the sign of a decent driver, to be sure. Of course: Coulthard lives there, so he should know the place. I dunno: I think he's showing signs of being over the hill.

    brendan

  • would you work for a product that is so vile it tastes more like dragons whizzle and does you harm?

    I would!

    he’s showing signs of being over the hill

    I'd like to defend DC on the basis of his skull form - since Schumacher left he's the only driver on the grid who looks weird. Well, maybe Vettel will develop the same skull form as Schu in the future but at the moment DC is my favourite.

  • Jordan,

    Which brings an interesting moral question: would you work for a product that is so vile it tastes more like dragons whizzle and does you harm?

    That's funny. The real interesting moral question should be is how "many 'ladies of the night' does one have to hire to make those activites immoral", and not whether the ladies in question are wearing Nazi-Uniforms....I also think that this is were Max is going to escape a sentence, as I do not think where the ladies wearing nazi uniforms stuff would be impossible to prove in a court of law. And here's the scary part, if the "five ladies of the night" where wearing "Khmer Rouge" Uniforms (Those guys who made the real killing fields) would anyone care? Almost smacks of racism if you ask me and Max has a long hard road ahead of him pushing his Anti-Racism campaign, of course there is the possibilty that we have found Max's Anti-Racism training video....

    "Ve haf vays huff making you stop Vacism..." :P

    would you work for a product that is so vile it tastes more like dragons whizzle and does you harm?

    Yes. If the product is that bad then the PR Promotions people have done their jobs well. (Despite being warned, you did drink it at least once) There is the possbily of being invited by the team to attend to Formula 1 races, isn't there? About the only way I could a Monaco Grand Prix in person. As too its bad taste, I would blame the research and development, for not coming up with a better flavour.

  • We seem to have reached the stage now where every time a driver over 32 has a bad couple of races people queue up to ask if they are finished. In three or four races time the same thing will be asked of Barichello or Fisichella or Jenson Button.

    Maybe Christine would prefer Jean-Claude?

  • In the defense of the Bahrain marshalls not watching - particularly the yellow flag guy - a yellow flag marshalls job is to look at the next section of track so he can start waving his flag if there is an accident there to warn drivers as they go past him. On that basis he shouldn't be watching approaching cars.

  • brendan stallard said:

    I’m going to talk to hostmonster about this, and refer them to this discussion.

    @Brandan Not sure if you where able to talk to HostMoster or not? but they have refunded my money for the months that where remaining on my account. The only problem is they have also now deleted my account and my data without giving my the chances to download a final backup of what was on there.

    When they deactivated my account they said I had 30 days to access the files, but never replied to tell me how to do this,I could login to my account but could not access the cPanel in order to actually do anything with the account.

    They still haven't told me why it was deactivated, or how I can get my domain name, used at signup, back from them.

    Anyway Brandan, hope your next 10 years with them are as good for you as your last ones. Hope to chat to you again on here.

  • Say folks:

    Has anyone else thought about the idea of Christine doing a Prost or Lauda, selling everything she has for a race shot with one of the lesser-teams in the hopes that one of the bigger teams will notice her and hire her on?

    Sneaky move on her part, I am sure she wanted to put this off of the Monaco GP, where she would be the most competetive relative to the our drivers, (Bet she's even normally faster than the F1 drivers at the Loews Hairpin..) but with the sale of Super Aguri and Toro Rosso maybe Christine had to play her cards a few draws too early?

    And she does provide a tactical advantage in that she will weigh less than then the other drivers, so for 2009 when the team are so concerned about the weight being added on to the cars by the energy reteral system, maybe going with a female driver would be a win-win for the teams....(no increase in overall weight, no money wasted in builder the car heavier.)

    Its is after all a chocie between Christine or Lyn St. James....who? Exactly my point.

    Well, it would sure get her closer to Button and Bourdais wouldn't it?

    Jordan (Allen) F1

  • On that basis he shouldn’t be watching approaching cars.

    sadly the only thing he was looking at was his friends :(

    Well, it would sure get her closer to Button and Bourdais wouldn’t it?

    now that is an idea!

  • oops, last comment was from me (machine sharing), but you knew that from the lack of caps didn't ya?

    carry on.

  • Ian Lockwood said:

    In the defense of the Bahrain marshalls not watching - particularly the yellow flag guy - a yellow flag marshalls job is to look at the next section of track so he can start waving his flag if there is an accident there to warn drivers as they go past him. On that basis he shouldn’t be watching approaching cars.

    Come On. Surely the marshall must have communications headsets to communicate with each other and race control so that a "full course" yellow or red flag sitution and be issued to all the marshalls at the same time? What happens when the Marshalls are not line of sight to each other on the ground? What happens in Monaco? What happens if the approaching car is the one heading into an accident? This just does not make sense. Those marshalls in Bahrain were just not doing their hobby properly. (They are volunteers, after all, so you really can not call it a job...)

    Jordan (Allen) F1.

  • Yellow-flag posts are supposed to have two marshals - one looking each way up the road - as well as headsets to allow communication with race control - so there really wasn't any excuse for what happened. Especially since marshals for a Grand Prix are supposed to get training before taking up their posts...

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