F1 Fanatic round-up: 3/1/10

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Yesterday ended with the sad news that a spectator had been killed during the first stage of the Paris-Dakar Rally. Hopefully the rest of the often dangerous event will be completed without any similar accidents.

Here’s what’s going on at F1 Fanatic today:


Ron Dennis: I’ve paid the price for dedicating 30 years to Formula One (Daily Mail)

Ron Dennis has given what looks like a rather frank interview for Esquire magazine, bits of which have been published by the Daily Mail including this striking quote about Ayrton Senna: “For Senna, he admits his regard ??edged on almost masculine love?. I use the word quite deliberately,? he adds. ??It didn?t have any homosexuality about it, it wasn?t that sort [of love].?”

F1 is proving too costly for car makers (Daily Telegraph)

More from the Formula Money report we looked at here last week.

“Schumacher kann um den Titel mitfahren” (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

Gerhard Berger tells Auto Motor und Sport that he doesn’t like the new points system, is looking forward to the return of low fuel qualifying, and is glad we’ll have 26 cars this year because modern tracks look empty with just 20. Sounds like something I might have wrote!

Comment of the day

A round of applause for AndrewT who was the first person to crack the “Name that race” quiz yesterday.

From the forum

Should countries be limited to one F1 race per year? Macca’s thread has started an interesting debate here.

Site updates

If you’re going to Silverstone for this year’s F1 race make sure you have a look at the 2010 British Grand Prix discussion where other people who are going are swapping notes.

The 2010 Belgian Grand Prix discussion also has a lot of contributions from people heading to Spa and at least once person is going to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix too.

Happy birthday!

Our second F1 Fanatic birthday shout-out goes to Ajokay – Happy birthday!

On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher turns 41 today – he was born in H???rth-Herm???lheim in the former West Germany on this day in 1969.

When he makes his F1 return in the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14th he will be 41 years and 70 days old. That’s nowhere near the record for the oldest driver to start a race – he’ll have to hang around until 2024 to match Louis Chiron’s mark. However he will be the seventh-oldest former champion to start a race, and if he reaches the end of the season he will pass Nigel Mansell to take sixth.

More here: Schumacher and F1?s oldest ever drivers