15th January 2010, 23:30 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Fernando Alonso’s new helmet for 2010 15th January 2010, 23:30

Fernando Alonso sported what looks like an updated helmet design for 2010 at Ferrari’s media event today. The design features his usual blue and yellow – a nod to his home city Oviedo – mixed with Ferrari red and, of course, the team’s sponsors’ logos. Here’s another angle on the design (taken while he gets […]

Manor GP3 driver to get Virgin F1 test

Manor Motorsport has announced it will run a GP3 team in 2010 – and the its top driver will get a test with the new Virgin F1 team. The two teams will be run from the same base and Manor’s GP3 outfit will form part of Virgin’s driver development programme. They will have access to […]

Adrian Newey says banning double diffusers won’t help overtaking

Red Bull designer and top F1 aerodynamicist Adrian Newey believes the proposed ban on double diffusers in 2011 won’t make it easier for F1 cars to overtake. Speaking at the Watkins Lecture at Autosport International he said: I don’t think [double diffusers] affected the overtaking. It gave us more downforce and made the cars about […]

Newey: Red Bull blocked from Mercedes deal

Adrian Newey claims Red Bull evaluated a switch to Mercedes power for 2010 but were prevented from using the engines by rival teams. The designer claimed Mercedes users McLaren and Brawn blocked a Red Bull-Mercedes deal. Speaking at the Motorsport Safety Fund’s Watkins Lecture at Autosport International, Newey said the team considered the switch because […]

Tyres to keep green stripes in 2010

Bridgestone will continue its policy of using a green stripe to differentiate between its soft and hard tyre compounds during the 2010 season. Chief engineer at Bridgestone Motorsport Jun Matsuzaki said: “We continue to support the FIA?s Make Cars Green campaign so the green stripe will remain.” He also confirmed that Bridgestone will introduce new […]

Great F1 cars of the last six decades: Maserati 250F (Autosport International)

The Maserati 250F is featured at this year’s Autosport International show as one of the great racing cars of the last six decades. The 250F earned its place in F1 history with the two world championship titles Juan Manuel Fangio won in it – and thanks to its classical good looks. It was more a […]

F1 Fanatic round-up: 15/1/2010

I’m at Autosport International again today. Yesterday it proved a useful opportunity to meet new people and tell them about the website. It was encouraging to discover some of them had already heard of it – including David Richards! Today I’m at the show again and am expecting to see Adrian Newey give a talk […]