March 11, 2007

F1 on SPEED!: Australia

Thank St. Fangio the Quick, it's that time again!

Can you smell it in the air? It's Spring, when a young fan's thoughts turn to the Formula 1 season! The dulcet tones of The Legendary Announce Team will guide us through 17 races on five continents (and two networks) this year, but it's time to concentrate on just one right not: AUSTRALIA!

Here's the best part of all: everything is going to be LIVE and at a decent hour! Enjoy it while you can, fans, soon we'll have to wake up at 4am to catch quals. But for now... ahh yes, for now we got it good!

The whole thing kicks off with the new extended-length practice session on Thursday, March 15th, from 10pm to 1130pm. No more 60 minute practice sessions, now they're up to 90! Oh, and the 'Friday Drivers' are gone, too: it's gonna be the race drivers only now.

Friday, March 16th, hands us the Qualifying session from 1030pm to Midnight. For once, the FIA has decided to stick with the same qualifying format for two years straight... Slappy is sharpening his ice-skates right now, my friends, for Hell has frozen over!

Then the moment we have all been waiting lo these long months for... The Australian Grand Prix from Albert Park gets going on Saturday, March 17th, from 930pm to Midnight. There's a replay of the race on Sunday, from 9pm to 1130pm, but why watch it then, when you can watch it LIVE?

All times, of course, are Central time zone, since that's where The Pond is located. Subtract two hours for the Pacific zone, Steven (I know you'll be watching). Add one hour for the East Coast, Brickmuppet, if they let you watch that sort of thing at your duty station. Add the square-root of -1 for Pune, if there's anybody reading this in India (other than Narain Kittylitter, of course).

Eleven teams. Twenty-two drivers. And 500 million fans. The spectacle that is F1.

Finally: it's time.

PS- It's come to my attention that Zsolt Baumgartner has a job in 2007! He's officially the test driver and backup for Minardi USA in ChampCar. No more serving Goulash McNuggets through the driveup window at the Budapest McDonalds! We'll be keeping an eye on Our Hero throughout the season.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:44 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Pedro Diniz is my hero, forever.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 11, 2007 06:09 PM (9imyF)

2 I'll admit I had to look him up.. He earned 10 points in his career: ten times as many as Our Hero.

But there's no way he could be anywhere NEAR as cool as Zsolt... no, Zsolt is the Coolest F1 Driver Ever*.




*note: may not really be the coolest.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 11, 2007 06:15 PM (86QII)

3 ...and not a moment too soon!

I can't wait!

Posted by: Mallory at March 12, 2007 12:55 AM (KJzva)

4 I too will be out here on the West Coast! It was a balmy 70+ degrees in the Napa Valley yesterday! It would be my honor as well to attempt to make a Zsolt update when I attend the ChampCar event in Long Beach next month! I'm soooooo ready for the F1 season to get underway!

Posted by: madmike at March 12, 2007 05:19 AM (8AKHm)

5 My comment wasn't completely tongue in cheek. I remember Pedro Diniz as a driver who had no ability, parhaps like Zolt too. He started by leveraging money of his father, owner of Parmalat. However, by sheer determination he managed to pull off a few performances (and BTW... it was in the era when only 6 top places paid points, not 8 like now). Eventually, Sauber hired him on salary, thus graduating him from the pay driver status. He did not end well, but nonetheless, I think he's a testament to what willpower alone can achieve. Yes, he had money, but other people had money too.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 12, 2007 06:54 PM (9imyF)

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