It’s Sunday and I’m happy because today I have an excuse to put a picture of a 1980s F1 car on the home page. That’s coming up a little later – for now here’s the daily round-up:
Heikki Kovalainen gives a video interview to the Norwich Evening News in which he explains why he chose to join Lotus: “It became quite clear for me that this was actually the most stable opportunity for me and quite an exciting project, starting everything from scratch and having Mike involved on the technical side was a big boost as well.”
As the event is part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and no the World Rally Championship it means Kubica won’t be racing against Kimi Raikkonen.
Comment of the day
Tim adds to yesterday’s comparison between Michael Schumacher’s F1 comeback and Niki Lauda’s:
Schumacher also has two things going for him that Lauda didn?óÔé¼Ôäót.
By the time the McLaren-TAG was up to winning a world title, Lauda had Alain Prost for a team mate. John Watson he could handle fairly easily but Prost (just sacked from Renault for reasons relating to his, er, performances outside the car) was another kettle of fish. Schumacher faces Nico Rosberg, who is good but not quite on the Prost-level.
Lauda?óÔé¼Ôäós motivation to come back was also different ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ money. By the early 1980s, Lauda Air was in financial difficulties and the easiest way to raise some extra capital was to go back to F1. Schumacher doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót have an airline to fund and, by all reports, isn?óÔé¼Ôäót actually getting paid very much to return to F1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ he?óÔé¼Ôäós doing it to win.
From the forum
Plans are afoot for a 2010 British Grand Prix meet up.
Today we have not one, not two, but three F1 Fanatic birthdays to celebrate. Happy birthday (in no particular order) to Cameron, SamS and Nano Rock!
On this day in F1
A trio of F1 notables also born on the tenth of January are former Ferrari designer Rory Byrne (66 today), CART champion and ex-F1 driver and team boss Bobby Rahal (57) and the last American to finish on the podium in a US Grand Prix, Eddie Cheever (52).
On this day four years ago Anthony Davidson signed for Honda as their third driver. Sadly it’s looking like he won’t be racing in F1 again this year. Although that means we’ll get the benefit of his excellent insight on the BBC I’d far rather see him in an F1 car.