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Something for the Weekend – XV

By saltire | 21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 2,693 views

I’ve been so caught up in testing and updating some site statistics over the last week that I haven’t really had a chance to just sit back, relax and catch up on some great reading, but now that the weekend is here it’s the perfect opportunity to do just that. My reading list may be smaller this week but as they say, good things come in small packages so let’s see what has caught my eye.

I love new things that make you go “oooh, shiny” and this is one of those new innovative ideas that made me do just that. Adie at F1 Tail Pipe has started his very own magazine called “The F1 Weekender”. It’s a great little magazine packed with features and opinion on the latest, hottest topics in Formula One, and it’s the perfect size to keep you enthralled and reading from cover to cover. This must have been a tremendous amount of work to complete and it complements the blog perfectly, so I’m looking forward to seeing more issues of The F1 Weekender on a regular basis.

This first issue has been published in a choice of pdf for you to download and archive, or, you can enjoy it as embedded player on the site; there are also plans afoot to look at alternative production techniques for future issues. As for the first issue, let’s just say it’s impressive. I’m not going to spill the beans on exactly what’s in this issue. I want you to go “oooh shiny” too.

This next post makes me rather sad for those patriotic American racing fans who feel let down by USF1’s continuing struggle to make the grid for 2010. Somehow it wouldn’t seem so bad if they hadn’t hyped themselves up as the next big thing, months before they got the FIA’s approval, now they’re ridiculed, even amongst their own fans. Dan explains why he is so down-hearted in this post USF1: Epic Fail. Even the blog header picture of the Titanic going under gives a clue as to how the dream is perceived amongst fans. But there’s more to this post than just one fans’ dismay as Dan takes a wider look at the reasons why the team is failing. Needless to say the FIA, FOM and Max Mosley should all shoulder some of the blame but you can read more at his blog.

Still on the topic of new teams is this article by journalist Adam Cooper on Colin Kolles new role as Team Principal at Campos Meta. Adam details an interview he had with Kolles in which the latter explains the dire predicament the team was in prior to his arrival. They had no money, no chassis and no infrastructure and yet Kolles believes he can turn the team around in just three weeks. The interview strikes me as pure posturing by Kolles; although he inherited the chaos, he admits that money is still the problem so little has changed. I’d be amazed if they did make it to the grid in Bahrain but I’d be even more surprised if they were anywhere near the pace…

Now onto a technical article on tyres from journalist James Allen. I haven’t had a chance to look in depth at run times and estimated fuel loads from the testing at Jerez but James reckons he has a handle on what the teams’ strategies might be. Since refuelling is banned for this season he considers how falling fuel weight will affect tyre degradation for different types of tyre, it’s something he believes Ferrari and McLaren are ahead of the game in evaluating. The article makes for fascinating reading, not least for the speculation on whether the tyres which would give the best performance on qualification are a good choice for the race.

Finally here’s an article from Lukeh who’s written a cracking guest post for Sidepodcast on his thoughts ahead of the new season. Primarily this is a piece and on his favourite driver Rubens Barrichello; it starts out with a look at Rubens’ career then muses on his passion to return Williams to the victors’ podium in 2010. But the article isn’t just about Rubens; it’s about the joy of being a formula one fan and much more besides, why don’t you head on over for a look.

That’s it for another weekend, I hope you’ve found something you enjoy in this selection and if so, please leave a comment on the authors’ sites.

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