F1 Fanatic round-up: 12/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

While F1 testing continues in Jerez, Lotus are launching their first F1 car in 16 years today.

We’ll have more from today’s two big F1 events later. In the meantime, here’s today’s round-up:


New management at Magny-Cours (Joe Saward)

France’s best chance of getting its Grand Prix back?

Ron Dennis honoured at UK motorsport’s first hall of fame (McLaren

“Ron shared the limelight with three fellow inductees – 1950s grand prix winner Tony Brooks, sports car legend Jacky Ickx and 1978 Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti.”

Comment of the day

-A- likes the look of the re-vamped Silverstone and I have to say I agree:

Interesting to see a track modification that, for once, adds faster corners to a circuit. In the absence of being able to add run-off to restore Abbey to its pre-1994 condition, I rather prefer this change to the circuit’s 2009 configuration. I think the new turns 11 and 12 could provide a suitable challenge. It will be interesting to see if there can be some overtaking into turn 13, then, although the left-hander hairpin following so closely after that could make it possible for a driver on the outside line to counter-attack.

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

Toranosuke Takagi turns 36 today. The Japanese driver spent two seasons in F1 with Tyrrell and Arrows. His time in the sport was short on achievement but it’s possible he helped write one piece of F1 history in the 1998 season finale.

Takagi was rammed by Esteban Tuero at the chicane, damaging both cars. Shortly afterwards Michael Schumacher’s title hopes ended with a puncture – one quite possibly caused by running over debris from the Tuero-Takagi crash.