For years, Gerald Donaldson, who's acknowledged to be Canada's foremost authority on all things Formula One (he's been writing about the sport since the 1970s and has authored several dozen books on the subject, including biographies of James Hunt and Gilles Villeneuve), reported on the sport from press rooms around the world for TSN on Grand Prix mornings.
We haven't heard much of, or from, Gerry in the last year or so because TSN cancelled its Sunday morning pre-F1 race program. When Toronto Star Wheels motorsport writer Norris McDonald heard they didn't plan to revive it again this year, he called Gerry and asked him if he'd like to bring his expertise to wheels.ca
Instead of talking to Vic Rauter on TSN Sunday mornings at 7 or 7:30, Norris suggested that Gerald record a podcast with him after first practice on Friday that would be posted to wheels.ca by noon and be on the site through to the race on Sunday morning.
This would be done for each and every one of this year's 19 F1 races, including the Grand Prix of Canada in June, starting Friday with the Grand Prix of Bahrain.
"Sounds like a swell idea to me," said Gerry, who's no stranger to Star readers, having provided dispatches to the Star's sports pages during the Jacques Villeneuve era.
The 10-minute podcast chat will report on practice times, drivers' performance and, yes, all the gossip that Formula One is famous for. And McDonald and Donaldson are planning to have some fun, too, by predicting the winner of each race â€” and those two have been known to have differing opinions.
Practice for the Grand Prix of Bahrain will take place early on Friday morning, EST. Go to wheels.ca at noon for the first of Gerry Donaldson's preview podcasts.