Our BMW 120d is in for some repairs this week, and 80 miles in the Fiat Punto courtesy car have left me with things I’m already missing from the BM…

  • The ability to accelerate…at all…
  • Automatic wipers.
  • Centre armrest.
  • Any sort of feeling in the brakes, the Fiat’s are spongy to say the least.
  • 6th gear.
  • Computer which informs your mpg, miles left in the tank etc.
  • iPod connector.
  • Reassuring “thunk” when you close the doors.
  • Rear parking sensors.

In 2002 I bought a new MINI, and was over the moon - if a little skint because of it.  The best thing about MINIs financially speaking, was that you could order a TLC pack when you bought it which basically meant you spent £100.00 at the outset and that entitled you to a booklet of vouchers which covered your first 3 years servicing.

£100 for 3 years servicing = a very good deal indeed.

With rules prohibiting the use of moveable parts in F1 for the forseeable future, could this end up meaning that road cars leave their racing counterparts behind technologically speaking rather than the other way round?

It should never come to this obviously, but with the current freeze on engine development, it may be we see great strides taken in road cars during that period which the manufacturers can’t evolve on the track as well.

The main focus of attention after the Canadian GP was on Lewis Hamilton, which is a bit of a shame as it should really have centred on the men on the podium.

Nick Heidfeld did admirably well to manage a second place for BMW, but even he was in the shadow of his teammate Robert Kubica who managed to pull the German manufacturer’s maiden GP win out of the bag.

As if that wasn’t enough, David Coulthard managed to put his dismal start to the season behind him long enough to take the third spot on the podium - a well deserved return to form in my book.

The Spanish Grand Prix is done and dusted, and it was a strange race with lots of retirements. Kimi Raikkonen is of course the big winner in terms of extending his lead at the top of the Drivers Championship, and his team have now taken control at the top of the Constructors table thanks to another one-two finish. Whether their current dominance can last remains to be seen, but at the moment it would appear they have a bit in reserve should McLaren or BMW bring the fight to them.

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