Today we expect to learn more about HRT’s (formerly Campos) plans for F1, including what their car will look like and who, along with Bruno Senna, will be driving it.
Here’s today’s F1 Fanatic round-up:
The US F1 boss blames the delay over the 2010 teams list and the disappearance of a sponsor for the team’s failure to get into F1: “If you remember last year, that was when all hell broke loose with the FIA, FOTA, cost cap teams versus non-cost cap teams and all that.
“Then everybody who wanted to get into Formula 1, all the new teams, [they] tried to get in with the cost cap regulations… and we didn’t get approved by the FIA until June 12. Then the Concorde Agreement wasn’t signed to absolutely know that we could go forward until July 31. Losing those four months was always going to be difficult to recapture, but we were on schedule right up until mid-January, and that was when some issues arose with sponsors that kind of locked us up.”
“All Formula One teams take an enormous amount of equipment to every Grand Prix. For the European rounds, the AT&T Williams team packs everything into our race team transporters which are driven to the circuits. However, for the year’s eight long haul "flyaway" races, we have to send everything air freight weeks in advance and that means a lot of careful packing.”
Comment of the day
There was much debate about the Stefan GP / US F1 situation yesterday. Hairs made this observation:
Whatever we think of the "deservedness" of a place swap between USF1 and Stefan GP, neither team has met the conditions of entry, and neither should be on the grid.
This is a low key, but good decision from the FIA. No leaks, no posturing. Take a look at the facts, look at the rules, make a decision, and publish it. This is the way it should always have been done.
The prize list for the 2010 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship is all-but finished. We’re going to have more and better prizes on offer including awards for the top players in every Grand Prix. A full announcement on this year’s competition will be made soon.
The game itself will stay much the same as last year except we’ll be inviting people to predict more finishers in each event than last year and changing the points system to make it harder for large numbers of people to have the same number of points.
I’m very excited about this year’s competition and look forward to share the final details with you all very soon.
On this day in F1
Keke Rosberg, father of Nico, made his F1 race debut at the South African Grand Prix on this day in 1978. He qualified 24th in a Theodore and made it just 15 laps before retiring.
After three seasons in uncompetitive cars he landed a drive at Williams in 1982 and landed the title after an extraordinary season in which he won just one Grand Prix.