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Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Friday, September 24, 2010


Venue: Marina Bay.
Date: Sunday 26 September.
Lap length: 3.148 miles.
Race laps: 61.
2009 winner: Lewis Hamilton. (McLaren).
First grand prix: 2008.

Please check session times in your own time zone / region, this information presented is from the BBC, they have been known to make mistakes on race times. Source for session times - BBC Sport Website.

Next Race Session.
Sun 26 September 2010.
(UK time BST - British Summer Time is GMT + 1 hour).

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Race 13:00.

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Singapore Race Result.


The new chicane is too steep!
I can understand the desire to make the track more interesting, but that chicane is going to cause serious injury and / or damage to cars. Obviously not designed by an F1 race-driver, probably designed by some pen pusher, with no knowledge of driving an F1 car.

Practice 3.

Practice 2.

Practice 1.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CodeMasters F1 2010 xBox PS3 PC Racing Simulation Game

In F1 2010, the best aspects of the game realism in this simulation, are  the track conditions due to weather effects. The weather effect is  dynamic to the car handling, when driving in the dry or wet and even  partially damp variations. There are even wet and dry parts to the track  during any one lap, just like in real-life. The ultimate effect is  where you have a dynamic track surface that gets dryer with each passing  car, and players / drivers, can even seek out puddles to cool their  tyres!

Three main areas are:
1, The visual effects. In the  dry you may get a heat haze, or in the wet you may get reflections from  puddles, (with sunlight), or darkness under heavy clouds or heavy rain,  and spray on the car and camera and spray that is kicked up from the  tyres to form plooms of mist and  spray.

2, Then there is how these visual effects tie in to the  car handling and track dynamics. Slippery or grippy track  surface etc. The track actually knows how wet it is, it is not just one  simple dynamic applied to the whole track, so that everyone gets the  same grip as usual in F1 racing games; and that is because this is more  of a Sim, a simulation - as in real life simulation!

Like, if you  are 10th down a straight, on the racing line, running wets behind 9  other cars, who are also on the racing line, your grip on your bit of  track will have decreasingly less wetness to each car in front. This is  just like in the real world, (not how it has usually been programmed  into previous racing games that are not true Racing SIMS). This  'drying-track' dynamic, will be especially useful in online multi-player  modes and add yet more realism.

3, The effect of the weather  will impact more on the race out-come, and on the whole race season as  it changes over time. Especially, this is important if you are playing  multi-player online with other regular F1 2010 gamers!

F1 2010 on  the xBox, PS3 and PC.
Its as real as it gets! For most of us, who cannot  afford the time or the money to have a go in an F1 car, (let alone  actually take part in an F1 race), a new F1 Racing Simulation game from  CodeMasters, for the xBox and PS3 consoles, (and a PC version in development), shows us the splendor of  Formula One through simulation racing! By far the best Formula 1 Sim  yet, (my version now on pre-order through Amazon  will be on xBox).
F1 2010 is a racing simulation second  only to the multimillion pound training simulations some of the F1 teams  use!

F1 2010
Platform:Microsoft  Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Publisher: CodeMasters
Developer: CodeMasters
Genre:  Simulation Racing
UK Release: Possibly by 30th September 2010 (date  to be confirmed).

You'd better believe it! I know I am a  'chicken', as hardened F1 fans would say, as they brave the sun and  sleeting rain, or the expense of attending race sessions and race day!  (I prefer to call my chickening-out being race-smart)!
I love the  comfort of watching the race sessions at home, online or on my large screen TV!
Here's the good points:-

I can take a leak when I want, (or  other)! Without standing in a que for a stinking toilet.  (and be missing the race)!
I can see ALL OF THE RACE! - Not just get a  glimpse of a car whizzing by at 200mph in a cloud of mist-spray and  rain, that's if I can see at all through the plethora of massive F1  brollies!

I don't get wet, or sunburned (or loose an eye to a  brolly stem), and my food is the same quality and price! (Hint)! And there's no-one blowing a whistle in my ear, like a demented football fan on world-cup day!

Oh -  and then there's my nice comfy seat! - One year I'd paid over 300 GBP to get in,  the stand I paid for was supposed to have seating; -It didn't!

It  was Spain! - I was truly a grassy-arse amigo! Never again!
Any-who,  from September, I'll be plugging in my force-feed-back wheel and chasing  round the Formula One 2010 circuits myself on my xBox.
Which is yet  another reason to stay home and watch AND PLAY in the comfort of your  own home! That's me and that's where I'll be!


This  short video (below), is a bit choppy and grainy, but it is only down to the YouTube video and  nothing to do with the final game graphics, which are nothing short of  excellent.
The main point is to listen to the audio commentary.

This  video (below) gives a better representation of the graphic look, but I think the cars are  from the F1 2009 edition. F1 2010, will have all the 2010 cars and  updated livery etc.

My  final video offering, is a looooong one, but by  far the best review and pre-release interview yet. Click the play button now then pause it, so that this long video can be  downloading the stream whilst I tell you about the video.

You  will have to get past the buggy-mod racing section that starts after the  intro (if like me you are not interested in buggy racing). You should  watch the first 2 minutes of the intro though, because it has news of  what is coming up in the show, then you need to skip to 8 minutes 15  seconds. My computer is a bit slow, and I had to play the video a  little, then pause it for a few minutes to get the stream to download  ahead of the playing point of this long video to make it run smoothly.  It will be well worth it, I assure you.

The main video interview  is with Andy Gray of Codemasters, the F1 2010 producers! He tells about  the technical side of the F1 2010 Sim racing game. Then the Sim-Race-Way team took a hands-on test drive, driving on the actual F1  2010 game at the production studios and were the only testers who took  their own force feedback steering wheel and pedals to try out,   (although the game had not got those factors dialled in properly up to  that point).

The Sim-Race-Way team say that the graphics of F1  2010 are the best anyone has ever seen in an F1 racing Sim, I cannot  wait for my copy! It is due out sometime in September 2010. Available on  pre-order,  get your copy on order from Amazon, like me!

AndyGold. ©  AndyGold 2010


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Sunday, September 12, 2010


Barrichello Verses The Stig.
I thought that you'd like this, since you probably think I'm just pro Schuey. I'm not, I just aknowledge a great driver.

Rubens Barrichello - Top Gear.

The White Stig!


The Original Black Stig!

Lewis Hamilton Interview and Lap. BBC Top Gear.

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Silverstone 1987 AndyGold aka Pole Position

A Trip Down Memory Lane, 1987.

My first F1 race!
Silverstone 1987 AndyGold aka Pole Position.

Whoever you are, you will remember your first visit to an F1 race. My first visit was impromptu, as I had a chance to buy a cheap ticket from a friend who decided he couldn't attend. A bunch of my biker mates had the trip all planned, so all I had to do was follow the pack. Leaving pregnant wife and one-year-old child with my mother, (as you do), off I went in a heart-beat.

My wife was close to delivery, but we had had several false starts, (if you know what I mean). I was only going to be away for the day!

Silverstone's track layout was redesigned in 1986-87.

See a 40 minute video of Silverstone in 1987 from the BBC with Murry Walker commentating!

Ah, just as I remember it!

This is the T-Shirt I wore back then, bought at Silverstone when I was 24 years old, (but this is me now, at 47 years old and it still fits)! Obviously its a keep-sake, a bit of history and memorabilia. Its even more special to me, not only because it was my first live F1 race, but because I only just made it back to Hull in time for the birth of my daughter.

I got home early evening in time to follow the ambulance down to the delivery! My daughter was born in the early hours of the 13th July. All in all, a memorable experience. I couldn't even tell my wife, since she thought I was out at work all day. I was a gigging musician at that time and I think I told her I was at an afternoon venue down south.

The cat's out of the bag now, my wife punched my arm and then kissed me better, so I'm forgiven. There was no-way my wife or my mum would have let me go, with my wife being in her condition. I just had a feeling that everything was going to be OK and it was!

Top 6 Drivers Championship 1987.
1, A. Senna.        Lotus.
2, A. Prost.         McLaren.
3, N. Piquet.       Williams.
4, N. Mansell.     Williams.
5, S. Johansson.  McLaren.
6, G. Berger.       Ferrari.

F1 1987 Season Review.

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F1 GP Monza Italian Formula One Grand Prix 2010

 F1 GP Monza Italian Formula One Grand Prix 2010

Venue: Monza.
Date: Sunday 12 September.
Lap length: 3.510 miles.
Race laps: 53.
2009 winner: Rubens Barrichello. (Brawn).
First grand prix: 1922.

Formula One Grand Prix 2010 Result
1st Fernando Alonso.
2nd Jenson Button.
3rd Felipe Massa.

Race Review - The Pole Position View.
Mark Webber still leads the championship, since the demise of Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race. Me thinks that if Lewis had taken it more slow and steadily after the collision that damaged his steering arm, that he could possibly have made it back to the pits. Instead he just accelerated away as if nothing had happened.

It was obvious to me, (sitting at home in the UK), that Lewis's car was not going round any corner at that break-neck speed, (did you here me shouting at the TV and Lewis)? If the BBC put up the video, I'll put the link to it here.

Man of the race for this F1 fan is Jenson Button for going against the norm and carrying massive wing, then battling with the Ferrari's! Wow, that was impressive! I thought, 'well, that extra wing will give more down force, but Jenson will also run a higher risk, due to his extra grip giving him more stopping power'; I thought maybe a following car with less-wing and less stopping power would ram him up the jaxi. 

Did anyone-else notice that team-Renault, (the yellow cars), seemed also to be running high wing?

What about those Ferrari's? Where was Red Bull today? Maybe it was just that the track suited the Ferrari's, I'm not sure, but I'm also well impressed with Massa and Alonso.

 I think they should call Vettle, Crash-Bandicoot! Vettel drew criticism from McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh, who described him as a "crash kid". This F1 fan thinks Vettel's getting to be a real danger to every other driver! Why don't the FIA demote Vettle 10 places for actually causing accidents? If this had been Schuey, the FIA would be throwing him out of F1 as a driver altogether, claiming his age as the cause!

Sun 12 September 2010
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