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Barcelona F1 test Day 1

February 28, 2013

Barcelona test 2013, a set on Flickr.

Some photos from day one of the 2nd Barcelona F1 test


It’s holiday time

August 4, 2010

Now that everyone is back from Budapest it’s time for the annual F1 summer break. Even the factories have a 2 week total shutdown ‘forced’ on them and it’s not a moment too soon. The easy part of the season is finished and now the really hard work begins. After Spa and Monza there are 5 flyways to deal with and this is where little things like airline lounge access make a huge difference and almost keep you sane. There is nothing worse than leaving a track and arriving at the airport and not being able to have a shower before yet another 7+ hour flight, apart from arriving home and being sent to the spare bed because you smell really bad! So to the airlines and cabin crew that have to deal with over the next few months can I say thank you in advance and sorry for how bad some of us smell if we haven’t given you our loyalty.


I hate Renault

July 8, 2010

Or rather why I hate the Renault UK dealer network.

Not really F1 related this post, but it’s my blog and it’s about the manufacturer behind the F1 team, so i’m writing it anyway.

Just over 5 years ago I brought a Renault Grand Scenic with everything added from a Renault Dealer which unfortunately no longer exists. The car has been great for almost all of its 90,000 miles. I’d recommend it to anyone, in fact a few weeks ago I ordered a new one. However due to the incompetence and ignorance of the Renault dealer nearest to where I now live, I have just cancelled the order and will now be looking at competing makes.

Recently a few things have started to go wrong with the car – keyless entry is intermittent and a few other niggling things. However the biggest fault is the air conditioning sprung a leak. Not through a seal, but one of the pipes split. So 4 days ago I booked the car into CrossRoads Renault in Oxford to have it fixed. They knew the parts needed to be ordered, hence the four day lead time.

This morning having reorganised my day I took the car to the dealer only to be told that when they tried to order the parts yesterday they found they were out of stock at Renault UK and wouldn’t be available for a couple of days. Did they bother to call to let me know, obviously not. They say they left me a message on my mobile, neat trick that one – I don’t have voicemail. Their attitude? Couldn’t give a toss. In fact the monkey behind the desk said ‘what do you want us to do about it. We can’t make the f***ing part’. Well monkey boy, I got on the phone and immediately cancelled the order for the new car. Clearly you didn’t read the memo which told you that the car industry in the UK is still fucked and needs people to buy new cars. You just lost a £24,000 cash sale as I can’t trust your dealership (CrossRoads Renault in Oxford) to do it’s job properly as the staff are incompetent liars.

Clearly I won’t be getting CrossRoads to fix the air conditioning, and unless I can find somewhere else to sort it out today or tomorrow it won’t get done before the German F1 race in 2 weeks as the car is going to be away with me on holiday until then. That’ll mean i’ve got to hire a very expensive ‘cross border’ hire car.

Renault I hate you and your dealer network!


The BMW Political Roundel Attachment Tag

April 1, 2010

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Soon Great Britain will be in the grip of election fever and as the public goes to the polls BMW has created a unique way for customers to personalise their cars depending on their political leanings. BMW’s innovative Political Roundel Attachment Tag (PRAT) is a highly stylised limited edition accessory of the BMW product portfolio and comes available in the colours of all major UK parties.

Uwe Beanhadde, Head of Made-up Technology at BMW’s renowned Forschungs und Innovationszentrum in Munich, said: “We have been working on this innovation for a number of years and see it as a niche with potentially wide appeal. One of the most popular features, sure to strike a cord with the floating voter, is that the roundel can be replaced in a matter of seconds should the opposition suddenly seem more appealing”.

News of the PRAT accessory comes swiftly after boffins at BMW offered other award winning innovations such as Canine Repellant Alloy Protection that stopped dogs relieving themselves on customers’ wheels, Magnetic Tow Technology, the ultimate in tailgating tech, and BMW Instant Messaging which let owners know what they really thought of other road users.

Further details on PRAT can be found by contacting 0800 561 0080 or emailing


The rear of Buemis Toro Rosso after the turn 6 shunt

March 28, 2010

The rear of Buemis Toro Rosso after the turn 6 shunt, originally uploaded by

The first lap incident which took out Nico Hulkenberg, Kamui Kobayashi & Sebastien Buemi was caused by Kobayashis front wing falling off, he then ploughed into the back of the Toro Rosso ripping off the rear wind and engine cover.


Melbourne race weather (13:20 local)

March 28, 2010

Melbourne weather radar, originally uploaded by

I’ve just received the latest weather update from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology which includes the current rain radar images. By my maths that large dark blue blob on the left of the image should hit us here in about 3 hours, just before the track opens prior to the race. Now might be the time to get a bet on Schumacher who had quite long odds last time I looked.


Barcelona day 3. Lunchtime

February 27, 2010

So the rain which was originally forecast for yesterday has finally arrived and caused 2 red flags this morning. However it’s nowhere near as bad as the past 2 weeks in Jerez, and the official weather thingy here hasn’t actually got wet enough to register any measurement, so I think we’ll call it a sprinkling.

Sir Richard Branson has been here all morning having held an early morning press conference and photocall for the Virgin Racing team. He feels that F1 can be fun as well as competitive for $40million a year. I wonder if we’ll be seeing a Virgin Party Palace as well as the Red Bull Energy Station at the European races this year? He has also made his feelings clear about the statements made by Ferrari about the new teams over recent days.

Trulli in his Lotus has moved up the time sheets this morning having started to do some race distance runs.

The times at the lunch break are:

  1. Rosberg 1:20.686
  2. Buemi 1:21.413
  3. Sutil 1:22.951
  4. Massa 1:23.490
  5. Barrichello 1:23.976
  6. Trulli 1:25.059
  7. Kobayashi 1:26.216
  8. Petrov 1:26.346
  9. Button 1:36.667
  10. Glock no time
  11. Vettel no time