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TJ13 Recruitment: We have 2 new members announced yesterday which is exciting – they’re raring to go. Bart’s first piece for ‘On this Day’ will be Feb 1st. A quick word. It has pointed out to me that I may have made the production of ‘On this Day’ sound arduous and difficult. I love doing ‘On this day’ and will probably always retain a day or so a week to do this. I get absorbed in the stories, following links from Wikipedia to all kinds of journals I’ve never read past and present.
In the past 15 weeks or so, my F1 knowledge on historic events and the specific detail has grown exponentially – of course then you begin to see parallels with current F1 themes. Fabulous way to learn about F1 with a bit of structure to that research. I can give any ‘On this day’ journalist the topics for the day if that helps and show them how to do the research too.
When up to speed, OTD should take about 30 mins to produce from start to finish – this includes finding appropriate YouTube video etc. The if you start enjoying yourself it may take a little longer. 🙂 If interested in taking 1 day a week drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning a 2nd twitter account probably @thejudge13tweets (TBC) will be launched and run as announced by Craig. This will promote TJ13 articles on #F1, to market the site to non-converts. Also it will tweet links to at lot of other ‘best bits’ including amusing pictures and cartoons, good articles from around the F1 intersphere (these will not be just news reports, but articles where someone is expressing comment and opinion that is well argued). Other links will be to interesting/different F1 pictures, youtube video…
To many F1 people on the internet are insular and afraid their readers will leave them if they allow links to be posted on their sites. While we’re on this topic – 2 huge thank you’s I must make, to F1Fanatic.co.uk and JamessAllenonF1.com who let TJ13 post regular links to articles in their comments section of their sites when we were starting. This helped create a base readership for TJ13 that otherwise would have been a longer slog to deliver.
Remember TJ13 is also a social media project (see page) as well as a news and insight F1 community. I have been impressed with the knowledge of TJ13 fans – and at times it is from them we get first hints of stories emerging in the non-UK F1 media. Quality will always out, so F1 websites that are good should have nothing to fear by allowing links to be posted.
If the links started to lead to adverts, inappropriate content etc, then a moderating approach would need to be taken. I don’t foresee this with you guys though.
It feels great to start the day not behind the news curve…. Oh no, here we go…..
Early News: 12:16 (GMT) From Brackley is, mainstream media reporters say, Brawn says he is not being driven out and for now he says, “I’m the team principal and I’m in charge”.
TJ13 hears he also said, “If I choose to leave then Paddy will come”. The most Mercedes will admit to at present is that they have approached Paddy Lowe. Offers to join Mercedes AMG are contingent on Brawn’s long-term plans. More to come later….
Lewis says, “I’m assured by Ross (Brawn) that he’s here for the long term. I’ve had lots of positive experiences with Paddy Lowe but he’s part of McLaren as far as I know.
Byron Young of the Mirror says when asked about Paddy Lowe replacing him, RB says, “Ross Brawn ref Paddy Lowe: ‘I know all the plans for the future at the team and I hope I will be part of them for a very long time.'”
12:36 (GMT) Reports are still disjointed and confusing, Anthony Rowlinson tweets, “Ross says ‘Paddy (Lowe) is not coming’. Then adds…’If I choose to leave then Paddy will come'”
Lotus announce their launch: I generally like whoever is pulling the strings behind Lotus’ F1 media profile. They have taken the previous incarnation of the Enstone image – which for me was predominantly dominated by the awkwardness of Eric Boulier’s public persona – and in the past 12 months become the hip and trendy F1 team.
Signing renown party animal Kimi Raikkonen may have been part of developing this ‘devil-may-care’ persona. Yet there is a definite happy-go-lucky vibe of ‘we’re just doing our thang’ in the way I perceive their media communications – most of which do not include Kimi as the primary subject.
The reason for these musings, I have suggested before that whilst the F1 teams desperately attempt to manipulate the media for their own ends, the result is that the team culture shines through in the panacea of their public representation (A more thorough examination of this is a Guest article in waiting).
So laid back Lotus, have bided their time and hi-jacked the rest of the F1 teams and the E21 will excite fans worldwide as the first of the new years cars to be revealed, Mon 28th January. It is no coincidence that the team have chosen a form of social media to streamed the launch live from their base in Oxfordshire via the teams YouTube TV channel. (Lotus TV)
Sky will assist with the production of this, offering comment and additional content on the SKY news channel. This all takes place 19:15 (GMT), 20:15 (CET).
Here is the list of the F1 teams 2013 ‘grandiose ouverture’ who are signed up by Ecclestone to compete in the 2013 season – with Marrusia as the notable exception. Worrying for Williams fans is the late launch they’ve scheduled for the second test in Barcelona and a little historic research reveals this course of action not to be promising.
|Lotus F1||28 January 2013|
|McLaren||31 January 2013|
|Ferrari||1 February 2013|
|Force India||1 February 2013|
|Sauber F1||2 February 2013|
|Red Bull Racing||3 February 2013|
|Mercedes AMG||4 February 2013|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||4 February 2013|
|Caterham F1||5 February 2013|
|Williams F1||19 February 2013|
Glock out: Not one for ‘boastful self promotion’, but it is more rewarding when the tea leaves are read successfully than it is from getting a tip-off to be first to a tale. Due to snow and telecoms issues, I was too busy with Toto taking over at Brackley and advance news of Paddy Lowe, to report the Glock leaving Marussia news.
Yet this is what TJ13 had to say about Marussia and Glock back in December. TJ13 News 20/12/12
On this day: 24th Jan
Jenson Button became the youngest ever British F1 driver, age 20, when Williams announced he had been given a 5 year contract. An emotional Jenson told the assembled press, “I am still on cloud nine, the last 45 minutes have been amazing; difficult to explain because I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”
The holder of the youngest British driver mantle prior to this was Sir Sterling Moss. Generous as ever, Moss was enthusiastic for Jenson, `It’s a fantastic achievement and I wish him all the best. I’m obviously sorry to have been pushed out of the record books as the youngest British F1 driver, but what the hell. We’ll have to start calling him `The Boy’, as they referred to me when I was new to it.”
Here’s how Jenson’s first race ended…
And his first ever post qualifying interview at the 2nd round of the season…
Quotes from ESPNF1