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Ian Briggs » 2010 » March

F1 2010

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 12th March 2010 at 10:57 am

Categories: Formula One, Sport | Tags: | No comments

So while I am waiting for my computer to be fixed, I thought I would write something about F1.

The new season is finally underway, and it seems no-one has a clue about who is going to be quickest.  The only certainty is that the new teams seem to be struggling for pace, with Virgin and Lotus only slightly better prepared than HRT (what an unfortunate name for an F1 team!?)

I must admit it seems ridiculous for any Formula One team to turn up at the first race not having turned a wheel in testing, but HRT are doing just that.  With Virgin and Lotus around 7 seconds off the pace already, it will be interesting to see just how slow HRT will be.

On a more positive note, it will be interesting to see Button go up against Hamilton.  The general feeling seem to think Hamilton will walk it, but I get a feeling that it may be closer than most people think.  Still, the idea of seeing Button v Hamilton v Schumacher v Alonso v Massa…means it could be the most exciting F1 season for years.  

It also looks like another controversy over technical regulations could be on the horizon, with McLaren using some kind of driver-operated slot to improve its aerodynamics…I’m still trying to work out the technicalities of it all, but Renault and Red Bull certainly aren’t happy about it (see Autosport story here).

It remains to be seen if the new regulations spice up the racing – it seems more likely that the cars will spend the first half of the race nursing tyres and waiting for their fuel to burn off, but I will reserve judgement until I have seen otherwise!

It also looks like a new F1 movie is on its way…let’s hope it’s better than Sylvester Stallone’s F1-turned-Indycar effort a few years back!

In the meantime, bring on Sunday…

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The sign of things to come

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 9th March 2010 at 4:29 pm

Categories: Computing, Films | Tags: , , , | No comments

Well this is my first post on my new blog here on Blogger. I hope to post some interesting stories, comments and articles as and when I can find the time.  Today’s short blog will be all about films.  Enjoy…
Firstly, news of the Belfast Film Festival.  The 2010 programme was released today and it is packed full of interesting cinema from across the globe to go and see, as well as some excellent-looking films from Ireland.  The festival has been extended to 16 days this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the event.  I’ve had a quick look through the list of films and have got a ‘short’ list of 22 films to see – better narrow that down slightly to suit the budget!
On other film matters, me and my fiancee are going to see the new Jean-Pierre Jeunet film Micmacs on Thursday at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast.  I liked Amelie and Delicatessen although Ellen was not so keen, so it will be interesting to see what she thinks of this new one…we’ve seen some ‘interesting’ films recently, although none of them have really blown us away so a good one would be particularly welcome.  Actually, the best film we have seen recently is Taken with Liam Neeson. The story is typical of Luc Besson, but intriguing nonetheless.  Neeson in particular makes a really good tough guy.
Well that is all for now. More soon…

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