F1 Fanatic round-up: 29/1/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Yesterday was a record-breaking day at F1 Fanatic which saw the most visits in a single day as people flocked to see the new Ferrari F10.

Unfortunately some people weren’t able to see it because the new server wasn’t accessible from every location. However that problem should be fixed fairly soon. There will be some further maintenance within the next couple of hours which will cause a few minutes of outage.

We’re set for another busy day as McLaren pull back the covers on their MP4-25. More on that soon – for now here’s the Friday round-up:

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Singapore considering layout changes (Autosport)

The Singapore Grand Prix organisers are considering making the track quicker for 2011. This makes sense as last year’s race was pushing the two hour mark (there was a safety car period) and this year’s will almost certainly be slower now refuelling is banned.

Comment of the day

Lots of discussion about Luca di Montezemolo’s view of technology in F1. Robert McKay’s made an interesting analysis of the problems with making teams build increasingly identical cars.

The worst thing about F1 is that everything is standardised yet unique, which is the worst of both worlds. […]

If you are going to level the playing field then have the balls to level it by simply having everyone run the same thing. Sure, stick different manufacturers badges on it if you want‘«™homologating different things to the same level is simply pretending, and a more expensive way to achieve a similar objective.
Robert McKay

Site updates

The other two problems which remain from the server move are the loss of the forum and the corruption of characters on some pages. As I’m at the Mclaren launch today I will probably not get to look at these until Saturday.

Happy birthday!

It’s a bumper birthday round-up with four people getting birthday greetings. Happy birthday to Shery, MPJ1994, Hazel J and Graeme.

On this day in F1

F1 went to Jacarepagua in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first time on this day in 1978. It largely served as a replacement for the original Interlagos until 1990, when the Brazilian round of the world championship returned to a shorter version of the Sao Paolo track.

Sadly Rio’s successful bid for the 2016 Olympics was the death knell for the track, much of which will be destroyed to make way for an Olympic Training Centre. How has this come to be in a country with such a fine racing heritage?