2013 is now done with, like so many turkey carcasses, Roses tins and Christmas specials (unless they're on Dave, of course). So while the R&D department at Mattel feel the pressure of having only one more year before everyone wants a hoverboard, the rest of us have to contend with the kind of weather that have made these isles look like a Kevin Costner movie set...
It's a strange world. According to Michael Schumacher's press chief and manager, Sabine Kehm, a journalist disguised as a priest attempted to enter Schumacher's room. The culprit, nor the media outlet associated, have been named.
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari made up for a poor performance in Malaysia by storming to victory three weeks later in China. The race made up for a boring and ruined race caused by Sebastian Vettel and his ignorance, but it was by no means the best so far.
Continuing the countdown, with drivers in places 14th to 7th...
This weekend is what Formula One is all about. You could see by the reaction of the Red Bull Racing team in Austin last weekend (amazing win by Lewis Hamilton by the way!) when they wrapped up their third consecutive Constructors title: no jubilant celebration.
In one of the most sensational transfer stories of F1's history Lewis Hamilton has announced that he is to leave McLaren after fifteen years and move to Mercedes, who have offered him a three year deal beginning at the start of the F1 season 2013.
It must have taken quite a sales pitch to convince Lewis that success lies away from McLaren, a team he has been nurtured by since a young age. Many will claim he has followed the dollar signs, and the media will only focus on that - I say bollocks to that.
Last weekend was one of reflection, affection and nostalgia for Michael Schumacher. Circuit de is one of fond memories for the German. As a precarious talent, he was handed his F1 debut here by Eddie Jordan in 1991 to replace the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot, with the Frenchman being sentenced to two months in jail after an altercation with a taxi driver.
Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Vettel, Pastor Maldonado, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton have each won a race this year, and we are only seven races into the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship.
Six races, six different winners and the most open championship for years. It's silly. But the 'F1 Silly Season' happens every year. The what?? Yes, a silly name but oh so accurate.
So, Michael Schumacher lines up fourth on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, the opening round of the 2012 Formula One season. Not bad for a man of 43 who is in the third year of a comeback and who can still show the youngsters a thing or two on the track.