F1 Fanatic round-up: 8/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

We start today’s round-up with a reminder for F1 fans in Britain – this evening David Coulthard is on the 40th anniversary edition of BBC sports quiz “A Question of Sport” at 7pm on BBC1.

Here’s the Friday round-up:

Links

Relaxed Jenson Button creates positive first impression as new kid on McLaren block (The Times)

“I?m not going to say [Hamilton] starts with a big advantage. I will say it?s all new to me with the team and I?ve got to get to know a lot of people and how they work, which is going to take a little time. Hopefully we will be ready for the first race.??

The big freeze (Lotus)

We’ve had an unusual amount of snow here in Britain recently. Lotus’s Hethel factory got a coating but the teams says: “[Our] ever-growing workforce have battled through the snow and ice to continue work on their challenge for the 2010 F1 season.”

GenII Capital bidding to buy Saab (Joe Saward)

“The word in Sweden is that the new owners of the Renault F1 team are in the process of trying to buy the entire Saab Automobile firm from General Motors. This adds a whole new dimension to the purchase of the Renault F1 team and suggest that perhaps when the Renault deal is over, the team might end up being badged as Saab.”

Comment of the day

I have to agree with HounslowBusGarage both that getting rid of double diffusers is for the best – and it would have been nice not to have the problem in the first place:

I think I?m quite pleased with this rule change. But I wish that someone with the ingenious and devious brain of Ross Brawn was in charge of the F1 rules and regulations. If Ross could see the problem, as could the designers at Williams and Toyota, the FIA regulations must have been very badly written.

So when he retires from being a team principal at Mercedes after six straight WCC wins, I?d like Ross to become technical head bloke at the FIA. I think he?d enjoy that and I?m certain he could close all the loopholes before they open.

From the forum

Not really the first 2010 F1 car launch but a good effort!

Site updates

The sharp-eyed will have noticed some very small changes to the homepage today. For example, the Feedburner counter has been taken down. There’s been a few more changes under the skin as well, all part of the efforts to make the site run more quickly and crash less.

Also the Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli biographies have new profile pictures with them in Lotus gear:

Happy birthday!

We have an F1 Fanatic birthday to celebrate – Many happy returns to Michael Roberts.

On this day in F1

On January 8th 2005 Toyota launched what proved to be the most successful car of their eight-year tenure in F1, the TF105. With it Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher scored a total of 88 points putting the team fourth in the championship.