As we creep past the halfway point in the summer break, join the other F1 Fanatics suffering from withdrawal in the comments below.
Here’s today’s round-up:
“The really intriguing question, though, is whether, if Maldonado does get his Grand Prix chance with Sauber next year, it will be the Pastor Maldonado of 2010 who has dominated the series in the manner of Hamilton or Hulkenberg, or the confused, under-performing Maldonado of 2009, who appears on the F1 grid.”
Comment of the day
Xanathos says critics of the new teams should give them a break:
It is a shame that anyone dares to complain about the new teams this year. No one, not even these teams themselves, expected them to be competitive this year and they won’t be for another two years.
If you take a closer look, you’ll see that Virgin and HRT signed up for a limited budget F1 which didn’t happen. As a result, their budget this year is just a fraction compared to the established teams.
Last summer there has also been talk about technical assistance from the established teams, something that apparently hasn’t happened. On the other hand, Lotus have a decent budget, but they had only five months to get their car ready.
What exactly did all those people that are criticising them now expect? They should be grateful that they have new privateer teams coming in, something that hasn’t happened for over a decade.
From the forum
WelshF1 reckons boring camera angles are spoiling F1 coverage.
Happy birthday to Ciaran and Chris Monk!
On this day in F1
Damon Hill claimed a useful ten points in the Hungarian Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
A fuel pump failure for Michael Schumacher four laps from home allowed Hill to regain lost ground in the drivers’ championship.
But the most memorable moment of the race came when Taki Inoue jumped out of his smouldering Footwork – only to be hit by a course car. The Japanese driver sustained heavy bruising in the collision: