Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Collantine – hope you both had a lovely day and that you enjoy your honeymoon.
Here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up:
?óÔé¼?ôMcLaren group chairman and former team principal Ron Dennis has thrown his support behind Jacques Villeneuve’s bid to return to Formula One.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôRacing is being held at a Leicestershire circuit which has been out of use for almost a year.
?óÔé¼?ôDonington Park was left unusable after a failed bid by the previous leaseholder to host Formula One racing.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôAccording to Force India driver Tonio Liuzzi, the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit is the most beautiful and demanding one on the Formula One calendar.
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£Spa is my favourite venue and I love the circuit because it is a mixture of adrenaline and technique,?óÔé¼Ôäó Liuzzi told ESPNF1. ?óÔé¼?£It has a great mix of really high-speed and technical corners and there is nowhere else like it that gives you the same adrenaline rush. It’s the most beautiful circuit on the championship calendar.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôGerhard Berger says that nobody would have complained about Michael Schumacher’s move on Rubens Barrichello if it happened in his day.
?óÔé¼?ôBerger, who raced against uncompromisingly hard drivers such as Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Schumacher himself, says the racing was much tougher back in the 80s and 90s.
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£We drove harder and more brutally,?óÔé¼Ôäó Berger told Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. ?óÔé¼?£Three times a lap we drove each other into the walls without complaining. This was just part of it. We would have thought nothing of an action like Michael’s against Barrichello.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormer Jaguar and Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien remains hopeful of driving in at least one grand prix with the HRT team this season.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôPeter Sauber is confident his team will have increased financial backing to continue making progress next year.
?óÔé¼?ôThe Swiss squad has been mainly sponsor-less during the 2010 season after Sauber retook control of the team following BMW’s exit from the sport at the end of last year.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôTavo Hellmund, the man at the head of the new United States Grand Prix programme, believes the Austin venue will be so well-suited to Formula 1 that it could stay on the calendar for ’40 years’.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôTimo Glock says he remains committed to the Virgin Racing team for the long term despite the squad’s difficult start to life in Formula 1.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôAs a rule, F1 drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó income is 70% retainer and 30% bonus, based on podiums, wins and championship position. Apparently Red Bull is the exception with 40% retainer and 60% bonus, which might partly explain why the driver who doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót win looks pretty down!?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôGerman racing superstar Nico Rosberg takes part in the Olympic-distance age-group event at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Kitzb?â??hel, finishing in an impressive time of 2:07:33.?óÔé¼?Ø
Comment of the day
Yesterday?óÔé¼Ôäós comment of the day discussing a new system for promoting new teams to Formula One has got us all thinking. BasCB had some interesting points:
I think the regional leagues to F1 is a very interesting idea. But to introduce it, you would have to solve a lot of details.
First of all, you would probably need to have some kind of period to stay in F1 (degrade only if you?óÔé¼Ôäóre not making gains in the second year there) before getting back down. Or the level of the regional competition would have to be so close to worldwide F1, it would be very costly.
And as Lee states above, how would you get regions that are comparable in strength and amount of teams? Like in football you have Europe and South America with very strong teams and Asia, Africa and North America and the middle east less so. It would need some kind of play off for the regional champs to get into the worldwide series.
What would happen with outfits getting teams in several regions (Arden or Prodrive or Carlin running cars for several drivers/sponsors in different regions). You might even get a B-team run by Ferrari/McLaren/Red Bull into worldwide F1 as well, as it upgrades from a region.
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On this day in F1
Damon Hill scored his first Formula One win on this day in 1993 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Alain Prost qualified on pole but stalled on the warm-up lap and had to start from the back of the grid, giving Hill the lead and making him the first son of a Formula One Grand Prix winner to take victory himself.
This race also marked Riccardo Patrese?óÔé¼Ôäós last podium and the last time Derek Warwick finished in the points.
Here?óÔé¼Ôäós a clip of Hill?óÔé¼Ôäós final lap at the Hungaroring: