F1 links: Lotus and Britney

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today.

If you’ve spotted a hot news story, interesting new website or just something funny from the world of F1, please share your links in the comments below.

BMW deny Turkish GP boycott rumours

“Wild rumours are circling in the paddock at Istanbul Park less than two hours before the start of the Turkish Grand Prix that the eight remaining teams in the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) may boycott the race.” Why on earth would the teams risk a repeat of the infamous 2005 United States Grand Prix? I don’t believe this.

The return of Team Lotus

"Litespeed has announced that it intends to enter F1 in 2010 under the Team Lotus banner. The team says that a deal has been truck with David Hunt to use the name he has been trying to revive since 1995. The team has also agreed a deal to employ former Lotus F1 driver Johnny Herbert as a driver manager and commercial ambassador."

Rosberg: ‘It’s a mess. Where the hell are we going?’

"But 'Britney', as he is known by his mechanics" Excuse me? Nico Rosberg's nickname is 'Britney'?

Formula One in need of some stability

Martin Brundle: “The battle between the major teams, the FIA and the rights holder, FOTA, is at fever pitch. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Renault and BMW have signed a $50m bond not to jump ship and enter the 2010 championship unconditionally within the next 30 days.”

My car is rubbish and fit only for the scrapheap, rages Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton: "It’s the car — it was a disaster. We probably should have scrapped it a long time ago. We will have to bounce back next year."

Drivers support FOTA in F1 future row

Jarno Trulli: "Mosley must understand that there are some things that cannot happen. The rules for 2010 are absolutely not good because Formula 1 must remain the number one sport in the world, with great technology and with the manufacturers.

Brawn pledges commitment to FOTA

"The existence of [Brawn GP] was dependent on the support of FOTA teams – McLaren and Mercedes in particular are the reason why we are here, and I think the FOTA initiatives are good."

United, Sir Alex and me, by Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn on Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson: “That's something for sure that Sir Alex is having to deal with much more than I am. I do look at it and realise that sometimes he's made some hard decisions which, from the outside, have maybe not been that popular, but you can see in them his sense of the greater good of the team.”

Simon Hattenstone meets Jenson Button, the serial loser turned golden boy of grand prix

Jenson Button on being a 'playboy': "I don't think playboy is the right word. In 2000 I bought a boat and a Ferrari, and I think I did get excited by being an F1 driver. I was 20 years old, you know, and the people looking after me were like, come on, you need to look like a formula one driver, you need to feel like a formula one driver."

Various Istanbul Observations

"There were so few people at the practice and qualifying sessions – this seems to be an indication that the local fans do not have either the interest or the money to attend."

In the Formula One Big Brother House

"What is clear in the paddock is that the teams are fed up with a confrontational style which they believe is only damaging the sport."

McNish reveals his theories on why Scots are kings of the road

Allan McNish on Scottish F1 racing hoeroes: "We all had a Scot to look up to in Jackie [Stewart]; along with Jim Clark he was the guy who carried the flag, gave our parents something to talk about, which gets into your psyche as a kid. Jackie has always been there to give advice, guidance; on the end of a telephone. He still is to this day, behind-the-scenes, and that has been a very important factor."

These are links I’ve bookmarked using Delicious. You can see my Delicious profile here.