Michael Schumacher, driving his Ferrari, won the 2003 Formula One championship on the final race. This weekend it all starts again with the Australian Grand Prix. It’s about the only sport I follow with anything like an interest but I won’t be up at 2am for the start of ITV’s coverage. I may, however, be around at 1.30pm for the repeat showing.
And once again this year I have trawled the net looking for a list of the year’s races in a format easily importable into Outlook. And once again I have been frustrated because I couldn’t find it anywhere. Many years ago, before I went Corporate and joined the merry band of worldwide Outlook users, I used Time and Chaos – an excellent organiser. They have a transportable record set ready for the 2004 Formula One season. Yahoo enables you to import the race list into your Yahoo calendar (although the race order on the Yahoo site is different from the official list on the FIA site). None of which is really any use to me.
So, once again, I have created a basic .csv file containing the data which can easily be imported into Outlook. After last year’s rant I said I would learn the vCal format but I didn’t so it’s a plain-old .csv file for you. If you want to import F1 races into your Outlook calendar, please feel free to use the file.
Once again I took the race order and timings from the Official FIA site. This year, hover, I have modified the times so that they reflect British Summer Time (GMT+1) where required. I can, therefore, use it. I have noted the time zone in the ‘description’ field in Outlook so you can change it locally if you wish. I couldn’t find any time zone field in the .csv format.
If you check different sources of the race calendar there are some slight variations in the timings. Don’t blame me if you miss it and, in my best continuity announcer’s voice, check local listings.
Also this year I have added information about the distance and laps in the location field.
I have provided the file as a .zip so you must first extract the .csv from that. Then, in Outlook, you will need to go to the File menu and Import the data (import from another program or file) and place it in the calendar. The file is provided as is and you use it at your own risk. I don’t know anyway you can remove it without deleting each entry individually. This year I have included a category name ‘Formula One’ so you can easily find all the entries this file creates. It should be easier to find them in Outlook and remove them if you need to. If you already have a Formula One category in your Outlook calendar you may want to edit the file before importing so you can change the category name. The file is fairly simple and you should be able to read it in any spreadsheet program (and even some text file readers will read it).
As always, your comments are welcome as are suggestions where an official version of this file can be found.