F1 Fanatic round-up: 19/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s the tenth day of F1 testing and hopefully the weather will be kinder to the teams today. Here’s the Friday round-up:


McLaren: Jerez developments (ScarbsF1)

“Another tool commonly used and rarely seen are the tyre temperature sensors used in testing and often in Friday practice. McLaren have long since used tiny infrared cameras to measure the temperature signature across the full width of the tyre. In previous years these have been fitted in pods to the side of the cockpit or to the rear floor of the car. Now the cameras are so small land their range sufficient that McLaren fit theirs inside the wing mirror shells, pointing to each front tyre.”

Life’s a Beach (YouTube)

Snazzy promo video from Virgin filmed at Jerez. Looks like it was done between the two blocks of test days when the track was dry and they had chance to hang some Virgin ads up.

Heikki Kovalainen MTV3 commercial (YouTube)

Amusing F1 advert starring Heikki Kovalainen.

Villeneuve linked to Stefan GP return (Autosport)

Another Jacques Villeneuve off-season rumour. We may have five champions on the grid yet…

Points Systems Comparison 1950-2010 (Making up the numbers)

Rubbergoat takes a detailed look at how the points system has been changed over the years.

Comment of the day

There’s been a lot of reaction to US F1’s problems – like Greg Wesson, I find it all pretty disappointing after it looked like F1 was finally set to make some progress in the USA:

I?m a Canadian too, though living in the UK. I was excited about the prospect of a team from North America. Even though it wouldn?t be a Canadian team, it was still good to have a team from our little corner of the world. A lot of times I find that sports in Canada and the USA are so internally focused and not very international. We seem to play sports that no one else plays, and don?t take serious part in sports that do. The thought of a decent North American F1 team was an opportunity to see the North American sports world open up a little more to the world.

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

Six years ago today an F1 car ran in Bahrain for the first time ever. Neel Jani drove a Sauber through the capital Manama to promote the inaugural race in the country held later in 2004.