F1 Fanatic round-up: 5/1/10

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

An earlier-than-usual start for the round-up today as we wait for the outcome of Flavio Briatore’s appeal against the lifetime ban handed down by the FIA.


No way back for Piquet (Autocar)

Alan Henry reveals Campos did receive an offer from Nelson Piquet Jnr but they turned him down. Good riddance.

BMW Sauber name to remain for now (Autosport)

Oddly, Sauber will carry on with the BMW name despite the car manufacturer leaving the sport.

Kubica will stay with Renault (BBC)

Robert Kubica’s manager denies the driver will abandon his contract with Renault – news which was met with widespread cries of “what else was he going to do?”

If you’ve spotted any interesting F1 news stories not covered here please post them in the comments.

Comment of the day

The minimally-named -A- offered a convincing analysis of the problem with “the show” yesterday. Here’s a snippet, head over to the article to read it in full:

What is missing from (modern) motor racing that could make it more interesting? My answer, I?m afraid, isn?t one that could be rushed in as a change for the new season.

One of the most important factors for me right now are the race tracks. Especially since the evolution of the technical regulations over the last two years seems ot have succeeded at unleashing some potential for close and interesting races, I?ve been all but underwhelmed by most of the new circuits that have been added to the calendar in recent years.

From the forum

Harve asks who was the best F1 driver never to win a championship?

Site updates

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Happy birthday!

I’m afraid there’s no F1 Fanatic reader birthdays today. To let me know about one you can get in touch by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

On this day five years ago Red Bull announced David Coulthard’s team mate for the forthcoming season would be Christian Klien… and Vitantonio Liuzzi. The ‘drive share’ plan didn’t work out to well – Liuzzi did just four of the 19 races.

January being a fairly quiet month, this time two years ago I embarked on one of the longest series ever posted on this site – a 16-part guide to F1 tracks through the years. Here’s the series in full if you’d like to re-visit it:

As ever if you’ve got a link to share, a nomination for ‘comment of the day’ or an idea for ‘on this day’, please share it in the comments.