F1 Fanatic round-up: 21/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Today Valentino Rossi wraps up his Ferrari test and we now know he’ll be followed by Felipe Massa a day later. Here’s the Thursday round-up:


Donington advisors out of pocket after F1 scheme collapse (Brits on Pole)

“Speaking in June, when problems signing off planning documents were finally overcome, ISG chief executive Andrew Hampel said: ??It is nonsense to say that the Donington Park figures and debenture scheme does not stack up. […] An administrators? report has revealed that, at the time those words were spoken, the company was embarking on its third finance bid, a bond issue, after two previous attempts to fund the project had collapsed.”

Superstitious Schumacher likes to be odd (Reuters)

“Formula One comeback king Michael Schumacher has swapped racing numbers with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg for superstitious reasons.”

Schumacher only had an even number once in F1 – on his debut for Jordan in 1991, when he was number 32. But should we read anything into this about his relationship with Nico Rosberg?

McLaren signs ex-Ferrari aero boss (Autosport)

“McLaren has signed former Ferrari man John Iley as its new head of aerodynamics.”

Comment of the day

Ajokay reckons F1 races are too expensive compared to other ways of spending your money. Commenting on Are F1 fans getting ripped off? he said:

That doesn?t surprise me, and it?s the reason I?m not going to Silverstone this year. In 2004 I paid ??100 for the entire weekend of general admission.

You can get the same amount of entertainment at a cinema for a tenner, a gig or theatre or day at a theme park for ??20-40.

I would have loved to have gone this year, really I would, but ??180-ish for a decent seat just for the Sunday? No thank you, I?ll sit on my sofa and watch it. It?ll be raining anyway??

From the forum

Superted666 asks whether F1 cars are still getting quicker, year-on-year. Mitch, Ned Flanders and others have provided some good data and I’ll chip in with this post from last week: Will F1 cars lap quicker in 2010?

Site updates

Some of you may remember Maximum Motorsport, a site I ran until last year covering other forms of motor racing apart from F1. I decided to close the site last year and it has now been taken down.

The old posts have been moved onto F1 Fanatic, and as a lot of them cover lower categories it means you can now find quite a bit of information on the earlier races of drivers like Bruno Senna and Nico H???lkenberg:

This year I’m planning to do a little coverage of non-F1 series on F1 Fanatic, mainly GP2 as its number one feeder series, and possibly some major sports car events (Le Mans) and Indy Car too. As ever if you’ve got any opinions on what you’d like to see, please post in the comments.

Happy birthday!

No F1 Fanatic birthdays today. If you want a birthday shout-out tell us when yours is by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Yuji Ide was born on this day in 1975. He made his F1 debut in 2006 at the age of 31 – well above the typical age for an F1 rookie. He lasted just four races before the FIA revoked his superlicence following a collision with Christijan Albers at Imola.