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F1 Debrief - It was an impressive display of ten-pin bowling - Thoughts on the Indian Grand Prix as the 2011 season begins to wind down

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Coming up on this show, we talk about advance parties, dogs on track, heads up displays and a really big shelf.


This is a show that has the potential to be short, as Mr C is suffering with man-flu and we're having to dodge leftover fireworks.

Good week/Bad week

It was a good week for Mike Coughlan who got a promotion that I thought he already had, and it was a good week for F1 fans who will no longer need to get confused between the two Lotus teams. The FIA Commission has approved name changes all round! Well, for Lotus and Lotus and Virgin, anyway.

It was a bad week for Metallica fans as their appearance was cancelled but Lady Gaga went ahead unscathed. It was also a bad week for Paul Hembery who was shown up a little bit by Sebastian Vettel in a tyre fitting challenge. There's talk of cheating though!


We take a quick trip through the many quirky things that occurred before any of the sessions got going, and then recap the madness of Free Practice 1. FP2 and 3 were a bit less exciting, and the same can be said for qualifying. Q1 was good, the other two not so much.

Part of the problem was another Vettel pole, and part of the problem was Felipe Massa's crash. This is not the only time we talk about Felipe Massa.

We also recap the many, many penalties that were applied to the grid ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.

The race

Barrichello caused chaos on the first corner, and we run through who he hit and what damage was caused. We also discuss another bad Webber start, and the podium order that resulted from Vettel's dominant form. We spend a little while talking about the Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa incident, with a voicemail thrown in to add another opinion. We also ponder the constructor's championship, from the Sauber/Toro Rosso battle, to whether Lotus will be able to keep their hands on tenth place.

We also hear our rookie reports, with a one-word summary of Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo's weekend, plus we rate the race and pick our driver of the day selections.


Some great feedback this week sees lots of ideas being presented - from a heads up display in the helmet, to drivers participating in circuit design, to how to keep the calendar fresh. We encourage more feedback like this!


Another review from America, this time for 365 F1 Stories - thanks Jeff!