F1 Fanatic round-up: 8/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Get set for another week of launches and testing. We’ll see the new cars from Force India and Red Bull in the next few days, and the teams have a four-day test at Jerez.

Here’s today’s round-up:


F1 Videos and Copyright (The 2010 qualifying championship)

Another fan burned by FOM’s backwards approach to promoting F1.

F1 Star hops to it for Sport Relief (YouTube)

Odd that Jenson Button appears in Brawn gear in this new promo for BBC’s Sport Relief.

Comment of the day

Less than five weeks to go to the first race. If you’re planning on going, make sure you keep an eye on the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix discussion for more tips like this from LAK:

As the race nears, you can see the schedule for the driver signings, the queues can get pretty long so line up early.. I will try to post any info when it becomes available. They usually put the info. in the daily English newspaper called Gulf Daily News, so it would be worth checking out during your stay.

Ask whether your hotel would provide any shuttle services to and from the track, if not try to organize car transport ahead of time to safe. There shouldn’t be much traffic, except on race day, the traffic can get pretty bad, so leaving early would be best.

If you still didn’t book, it would be wise to as the hotels get fully booked quickly. The Gulf Hotel would be a good choice because the area is close to many restaurants that are walking distance. Otherwise hotels in the Seef District would be closer to the shopping malls and are also a good option.. The Diplomat is also another good choice (Bahrain is small so nothing is really far away).

Site updates

Mobile site

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F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

I’ve had a lot of requests to offer the 2010 F1 calendar in other formats so you can now get XML, ICAL and HTML versions.

There are a lot of people offering similar F1 calendars, but our F1 Fanatic one has every F1 session marked separately so you can see the timings for the practice sessions plus qualifying and the race for all 19 rounds.

Launch and testing dates are also included, and other important F1 dates (the inevitable FIA hearings, for example) will be added as the year goes on. Get the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar here:

F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

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

Cliff Allison was born on this day in 1932. Allison took the place of world champion Mike Hawthorn at Ferrari in 1959.

The Yorkshireman retired from F1 two years later after crashing at Spa. Allison died in 2005, and a book on his F1 career “From the Fells to Ferrari” was published two years ago.