F1 Fanatic round-up: 26/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sadly my hopes that we might get the move to the new server completed in time for the start of launch season were dashed – we’re still on the old system and I’m afraid that’s why we suffered some downtime yesterday. I am expecting the move to be completed very soon though.

January 26th is only a few minutes old and already we have our first story – confirmation that Jose Maria Lopez will drive for US F1. Here’s the rest of today’s round-up:


Virtual goodbye

Toyota put up a website to say goodbye. I’d already forgotten about them…

Bernie Ecclestone believes F1 is now in stronger position (Daily Mirror)

Bernie Ecclestone: “Campos and the American team are having problems, financial, not technical. But Formula 1 is looking much stronger than it has for a long time. It?s a shame to lose some manufacturers but let’s be honest, we all knew their time in Formula 1 was limited.”

Comment of the day

Ronman wants to see pit stops made more challenging:

What F1 should have done is along with minimising the amount of team members that go to the races, they should have decreased the number of people allowed to operate a pit stop.

Two jack-men, four air gun-men, and one tyre-dude for each corner instead of two. Now that will make things a little more interesting??

From the forum

Newnhamlea1 pines for the days of shrieking V12s and V10s: Why did the FIA ruin the look and sound of F1 cars?

Site updates

I’ve added the Toro Rosso launch date to the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

Happy birthday!

Double birthday time: happy birthday to Stealthman and Weasel Chops! With names like that you should seriously consider forming a crime-fighting duo…

On this day in F1

Graham Hill started his 176th and final F1 race at Interlagos in 1975, driving a Lola T370 run by his own team. At the time his career, spanning 18 seasons, was the longest ever, as well as including his championship wins in 1962 and 1968.

Having survived the best part of two decades in F1 when the sport was perhaps at its most dangerous, it was a terribly irony that Hill lost his life when the plane he was flying crashed later the same year he retired.