An article written by Keith on the drivers who defied team orders will be up on the site later. Until then, here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Links Pirelli upbeat about testing prospects (Autosport) ?óÔé¼?ôPirelli is upbeat about its prospects for its return to Formula 1 as it begins testing its tyres this week with Nick Heidfeld in … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 18/8/2010
Mercedes GP has released Nick Heidfeld from his contract as reserve driver with the team to become Pirelli’s official test driver. Heidfeld will start driving for Pirelli at today’s test at the Mugello circuit, behind the wheel of a 2009 Toyota F1 car.
Here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Links Schumacher confident on 2011 chances (Autosport) ?óÔé¼?ôMichael Schumacher is adamant that his Mercedes GP team is moving in the right direction to become title contenders again next year. ?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£The fact is that I feel comfortable in the situation and I believe that we are moving in the right direction to ensure … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 17/8/2010
The Bahrain Grand Prix will return to its original circuit layout for the 2011 race in March. An extended ?óÔé¼?£endurance track?óÔé¼Ôäó was used for this year?óÔé¼Ôäós Bahrain Grand Prix as part of celebrations to mark Formula One?óÔé¼Ôäós 60th anniversary. The new layout added almost a kilometre of tight, narrow, slow corners to their circuit in … Continue reading Bahrain reverts to original layout for 2011
Pirelli is to begin testing its new tyres at Mugello tomorrow, ahead of its return to Formula One for the 2011 season. Pirelli will conduct its test programme using a 2009 Toyota TF109 and Mercedes GP reserve driver Nick Heidfeld is expected to drive.
Hope you enjoyed the second weekend of the F1 holiday season – let us know what you did below. Here’s today’s round-up: Links Pirelli to begin testing (ESPN F1) ?óÔé¼?ôPirelli are expected to being testing for its return to Formula One this week. ?óÔé¼?ôAccording to Spanish newspaper AS, the tyre supplier, who have been confirmed … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 16/8/2010
Renault introduced its new ?óÔé¼?£Race Days?óÔé¼Ôäó hospitality programme for the Hungarian Grand Prix, allowing fans to watch the race from within its factory. F1 Fanatic was invited to this debut event and we couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót resist the opportunity to see inside Renault.
Nelson Piquet Junior has revealed that Felipe Massa still blames him for his lost 2008 Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Championship. Massa came within a point of winning the season and was leading the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix when Piquet Jnr deliberately crashed, bringing out the safety car. When much of the field took the opportunity to pit there … Continue reading Piquet Jnr: Massa blames me for lost championship
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: Links Dennis backs Villeneuve’s F1 bid (ESPN F1) ?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 Racing returns … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 15/8/2010
Hope you all enjoyed your first Formula One-free weekend – let us know what you got up to below. Here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: Links Domenicali: ?óÔé¼?ôThe brain does not stop working on holiday?óÔé¼?Ø(Ferrari) ?óÔé¼?ôWe will be on holiday, but that does not mean our brains will stop working,?óÔé¼?Ø said Domenicali. ?óÔé¼?ôMaybe one can even find fresh … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 9/8/2010
I spent yesterday at Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós factory in Enstone, as part of the team?óÔé¼Ôäós new ?óÔé¼?£Race Days?óÔé¼Ôäó fixture. Guests pay ?é?ú175 a head for a chance to see a race from within the team’s factory, complete with live links to the track, pit stop challenges and an F1 simulator. Before the race we heard from Renault’s … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 2/8/2010
French F1 driver Patrick Depailler died 30 years ago today, while testing an F1 Alfa Romeo at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Depailler never really fitted the mould for Formula One drivers. Some said he risked too much off the track and ruined what could have been his best season in 1979 by breaking his legs … Continue reading 30 years today: The death of Depailler
Sebastian Vettel is again on pole, followed by teammate Mark Webber. This marks Red Bull’s 11th pole position in 12 races, its sixth 1-2 qualifying of the season and its 100th grand prix. Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós Fernando Alonso takes the final spot, but was more than a second slower than the Red Bulls. Here?óÔé¼Ôäós what the top … Continue reading Webber: ‘Seb deserves pole today’
Kamui Kobayashi has received a five-place grid penalty ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix for ignoring a red light in the pit lane. The Sauber driver had been called in by the FIA stewards for scrutaneering at the end of Q1, but drove through the red light and continued towards the team?óÔé¼Ôäós garage. ?óÔé¼?ôI am … Continue reading Kobayashi hit with five-place grid penalty
McLaren has struggled during qualifying for the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix, with Jenson Button failing to make into the top ten. This is the third time Button has failed to make it into Q3 this season, having qualified 14th for the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth, but was almost two seconds slower than … Continue reading Button struggles during qualifying
It seems Keith spoke to soon in yesterday?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up. A year to the day since Felipe Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós horrific accident in Hungary, he came close to scoring his first victory since the crash. But the controversial circumstances of the race made for a subdued podium ceremony. Read our full German Grand Prix analysis. Here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up: … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 26/7/2010
As Keith recovers from his stag do and a weekend at Rockingham watching the British F3 race, I?óÔé¼Ôäóll be filling in on today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up. Come back later for the full British Grand Prix technical review. Links Mark Webber calls on Red Bull to give him a fair deal after front wing fiasco at British Grand … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 19/07/2010