F1 Fanatic round-up: 9/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Welcome to the weekend everyone! For those of you in Britain it’s one week until the Autosport International show opens to the public in Birmingham so if you’re planning to go make sure you’ve got your tickets sorted.


Kovalainen: McLaren stint made me better (Autosport)

Heikki Kovalainen talks about how his two years at McLaren made him improve as a driver: “I am a better race driver. I can drive the car quicker than when I drove the Renault [in 2007]. I have learned many things – how to work with a team, how to set-up a car, how to go racing. I think I am better in every area.”

GM seeks to close Saab despite offers on table (The Guardian)

“General Motors, the American motor manufacturer, has infuriated potential bidders, including the Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, by appointing liquidators to begin a formal shutdown of Saab, less than 24 hours after receiving at least three offers from buyers keen to rescue the ailing Scandinavian car brand.”

Comment of the day

Mark Shen has some excellent advice for anyone planning to go to the Chinese Grand Prix this year.

1. According to my experience, drivers and team boss and staffs will stay in Shanghai Four Seasons Hotel (5 Stars) and Shangri-La Hotels ( 5 stars) instead of the trackside villas. So if you choose these hotels, there are a high probability to meet some famous guys.

2. The metro Line 9 is completed this year and now you can take it directly from city center to the circuit. I highly recommend you not to take the shuttle bus because you can avoid the heavy traffic and save time if you take metro.

3. Don?t miss Shanghai World Expo 2010. It will open on 1st.May and just some days later than the Grand Prix. You can visit both Grand Prixs and World Expo and make your trip much more valuable.

From the forum

Yes, we had a snow F1 car the other day but the BBC’s Jake Humphrey liked this one and who am I to disagree? Here’s thestig84’s effort.

Site updates

Not much today apart from a small update to the Flavio Briatore biography.

Happy birthday!

First time we’ve had two in a row – happy birthday to Romulo Shortback.

On this day in F1

It’s 33 years since the Wolf team made history by winning the first race they started, when Jody Scheckter triumphed in Argentina.

I remember the first time I read about that I thought “well, that’ll probably never happen again.” But of course it did – last year when Brawn scored a one-two finish at Melbourne.

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