F1 Fanatic round-up: 1/2/2010

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It’s finally February and that means the first official F1 test of 2010 will start soon.

We’ll have a thread open for all the news from testing shortly. And it’ll be a busy day as we’re expecting to see the new Mercedes W01, Toro Rosso STR5 and Williams FW32 on the track along with the new cars from Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and BMW Sauber which have already had their official launches.

Here’s the first round-up of February:


De la Rosa may quit GPDA role (Autosport)

Pedro de la Rosa: “For me it’s going to be a lot more difficult to keep being the chairman, because I cannot dedicate as much time as I used to, so that’s something that I need to talk to the directors and members about. My personal view is that we need someone more dedicated than a race driver. When I was a test driver it was easy, now it’s a lot more complicated, so I will talk with them first.”

Terry super injunction raises privacy issues (Financial Times)

“Lawyers for John Terry, who plays for Chelsea, the Premier League leaders, had secured a super injunction after learning that the News of the World was planning to write about his private life. […] The judges approach has been contrasted with that of Mr Justice Eady, who has been accused by newspapers of creating a privacy law after awarding injunctions to individuals such as Max Mosley, the Formula One chief, although some lawyers argued that the attacks on the judge were overdone.”

Got any interesting F1 links to share? Post them in the comments…

Comment of the day

Much confusion and debate over whether Renault actually showed us a new car yesterday or just last year’s tarted up with a new colour scheme and some cosmetic changes. Renault maintain it was an R30, but three4three sums up the main reasons for doubting that:

Its a tough call, Id say weve been presented with an interim car. But on close inspection of the comparison shot from above, the cockpit is marginally forward on the ǣR30? compared to the R29 so who knows? If it is the R30 Renault have done a superb job of repackaging last years car with a significantly larger fuel tank. Surely we would be able to spot a 25cm wheelbase difference?

Site updates

The mobile site is back but I’m afraid the forum still isn’t. I’m taking another look at the forum problem today, sorry it’s taking so long.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Kutigz and Cliffery!

On this day in F1

Former F1 driver JJ Lehto turns 44 today. Lehto knows a thing or two about having Michael Schumacher as a team mate – perhaps he could offer a few words of advice for the son of his former manager Keke Rosberg…

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14 comments on “F1 Fanatic round-up: 1/2/2010”

  1. TESTING!!!! YEAH!!!
    Cant wait for Bahrain!

  2. Happy Birthday Kutigz and Cliffery.

    The season started guys,with just 40 days to go for the race in Bahrain.

    1. Do anyone have the timetable of the testing?

      1. With Williams testing we will find out how the new Cosworth engine will do in the rest of the season.

  3. I am super excited about seeing the new STR :) looking forward to the first test.

  4. Speaking of court related business, Flav’s in trouble again, this time involving his fashion label:

    So cool, apparently, are relations between [Briatore] and Angelo Galasso, the designer he put in charge of [Billionaire Italian Couture]’s creative direction, that a writ has now been issued at the High Court in London by Galasso against Briatore.

    Sadly, Patrizia Spinelli, Briatore’s long-serving PR woman, says she has parted company with the tycoon.


  5. Wish I wasn’t at uni all day tomorrow :( still I’ll be in the design studio which means easy access to a computer :) Cant wait to see the Toro Rosso!

  6. Happy Birthday guys!
    Yuuupiiiii, its finaly February the 1st, yeahhhhh!
    Turn on your engines and lets race.

  7. Hey. I was right yesterday. http://f1.pl/Artykul.466+M5f398f361be.0.html just translate from polish in google.

    1. Or for those that don’t have the time, basically says that James Allison has revealed that the Renault will see significant changes over the coming days.

  8. Who knows, perhaps the Renault kers was huge and it was easy to make the tank bigger once the kers system was taken away. As for the r30, I thought itcwas last years car painted for the 2010 season just like mercedes did.

  9. Comment of the day! :) I’m still confused though, is it really the R30?
    Also happy birthday Kutigz and Cliffery, official end of Silly Season seems a pretty decent birthday gift!
    Looking forward to the day’s developments.

  10. Just thought I’d say, mclaren have entered 666 races since there debut back in the Monaco gp of 1966 I think, 666 being significant due to it’s devilish conotations – could the Woking outfit have made a deal with the devil to win titles next year?!!?

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