F1 Fanatic round-up: 7/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

After Tuesday’s drama yesterday was a lot quieter for F1 news apart from BMW-Sauber announcing their 2010 car launch. Let’s find out what today has in store.


2010 regulation changes – 2009/2010 side comparison (F1.com)

One of three articles taking an early look at how the 2010 F1 rules will change the design of the cars.

Max Mosley says Formula 1 door will be shut on Briatore (The Times)

Mosley on the Briatore verdict: “If we can?t sanction somebody for doing what Briatore and Symonds did, then the whole purpose and basis of the FIA would be in question, because it goes to the heart of safety, of fairness and to all the fundamental points of our activity. The idea that we might say, ??Oh, it?s all right? would be unthinkable. That would be the end of any credibility for Formula One because you cannot envisage a more serious example of cheating than what happened in Singapore. Not only was it dishonest from the cheating point of view, it put lives in danger.??

Australia GP (F1.com)

According to F1.com the Australian Grand Prix starts at 5pm local time on March 28th, which is 8am here in Britain. By my reckoning that should actually say 7am, because of daylight saving in Britain which means the clocks go forward one hour that day. Can someone double-check this for me? Wouldn’t want to set my clock an hour late by mistake…

Comment of the day

Make sure you have a look at Christian Biddon’s pictures from the Donington Grand Prix Collection posted on the story about repair work at the track. If you can make it over there, do go and see the collection first-hand you won’t regret. Unfortunately their website appears to be down at the moment or I’d link to it:

I agree that it is a shame about what has happened to Donington this year. We were arranging a work trip to the BTCC this morning and have almost discounted Donington as we don?t know if it will be hosting a race.

The Grand Prix Museum is absolutely stunning. My wife and I went last January and any F1 fan will be stunned by what is on show. A link to my pictures is below. I urge everyone to visit.

Christian Briddon

From the forum

Reader Alison Hunter is looking for F1 ideas for her husbands’s 50th birthday present.

Site updates

Nothing to look at but a few technical changes to the site yesterday as we continue to tackle the problems with slow loading speed and crashes. If you’ve got experience with this sort of thing advice and ideas are always welcome so do get in touch.

Happy birthday!

No F1 Fanatic reader birthdays today. If you want a shout-out on your birthday let me know when it is. Get in touch by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Two years ago today McLaren launched their 2008 F1 car. It bore the numbers 22 and 23 because of their exclusion from the previous year’s championship – and for the same reason it had been checked to ensure the team had not carried over any technology gleaned from its possession of Ferrari documents.

Despite that the MP4-23 took Lewis Hamilton to the 2008 drivers’ title.

This time last year we got our first glimpse of how the re-modelled Donington Park circuit would look – but we all know how that ended up.