F1 Fanatic round-up: 13/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s the final day of the second F1 test at Jerez. Also, now that Lotus have launched their 2010 F1 car, when are we going to see US F1 and Campos launch theirs? Will we see them at all?

Let me know what you think in the comments – here’s today’s round-up:


New look Silverstone revealed… but it’s not exciting enough, blasts Damon Hill (Daily Mail)

“I am not satisfied that we will be providing the best facility we could. More money goes out of the sport than comes in. It means we have to be as tight as a duck’s backside. We need every penny to survive. You end up having to do things you don’t want to. It is very frustrating.”

Champion Button on Laureus list (BBC)

“World champions Jenson Button, Tom Daley and Mark Cavendish will battle it out in the breakthrough of the year category of the Laureus Sports Awards.”

Michelin admits talks about F1 return (James Allen)

“Bridgestone announced that the 2010 season would be its last in F1 and although Bernie Ecclestone has been talking to the company about ways in which it might be persuaded to stay, it is interesting to hear that Michelin are interested in a return. This would be greeted with enthusiasm by most of the teams as Michelin’s tyre engineering was very highly rated in the F1 paddock – notwithstanding the debacle at Indianapolis in 2005 when they brought the wrong tyres and were not able to race.”

Comment of the day

Here’s PJA’s thoughtful take on the new Lotus T127:

The car looks okay considering it is a new team, though they are supposed to have quite a few former Toyota personal so that might explain why the front nose support struts remind me of the 2009 Toyota. The top of the side pods look very flat especially considering what we have become used to recently.

Unless that isn’t their final diffuser they seem to be the only team to actually show photos of the back end like that, all the other teams have been covering their diffusers up.

I like the classic Lotus green & yellow livery especially the yellow wheels, but I feel it could be improved with a few tweaks here and there although I am not sure what changes I would make, but I would move the car number from in front of the rear wheels to the side of the rear wing unless they are planning to keep that area free for sponsors they may attract in the future

Happy birthday!

A trio of birthdays today – happy birthday to Sparky, shyguy2008 and Sebastien Carter.

On this day in F1

I’d completely forgotten about this story two years ago about Bernie Ecclestone trying to get McLaren a more favourable position in the F1 pit lane following their ‘Spygate’ punishment.