F1 Fanatic round-up: 19/2/2010

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!

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

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.

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46 comments on F1 Fanatic round-up: 19/2/2010

  1. I just saw that MTV3 commercial with Heikki. Very strange indeed… almost as strange at the fact that he’ll be the only Finish driver on the grid in 2010.

  2. sato113 said on 19th February 2010, 0:56

    virgin need to be concentrating on their car, not making movies. I feel they’re all fart and no poo.

  3. Harvs said on 19th February 2010, 1:12

    heikki is unhappy with the lotus so he decided he was going to race on a horse instead

  4. @sato113, i kind of disagree, i like their video, light harted and good to see they can have a bit of fun and not take themselves too seriously whilst they are going through what is probably both a very stressful and very exciting time. as JYS has said about stewert gp, it is very important to also focus on being the best you can be outside the car as well. It takes a lot of hard and good work as well as time to be a sucesful F1 team, something that sponsors will probably not understand, so it is important to communicate this with them as well as insuring that your off track PR, corporate relations is a best as possible as well.

  5. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 19th February 2010, 2:00

    Awww, look at Villneuve in that autosport article. He looks like a cute little old man with a toupee!

  6. Macca said on 19th February 2010, 2:05

    Mark Webber gave this interview to Melbournes Herald Sun.

    In it he says that he wants to do better than last year and that he is confident that his contract will be extended beyond 2010.


  7. R.E.M. said on 19th February 2010, 3:27

    To use a quote I found of the SpeedTV forum:

    F1 in America has entered another dark age. (Last one was from 1994-1999). No American Driver, or GP, and little chance of either happening in the near future. Que Lastima!

  8. Ahahaha, the Kovalainen ad is effin funny! World’s fastest Heikki hahaha :D

  9. Prisoner Monkeys said on 19th February 2010, 5:47

    Based on where they send people to do PR work, I think I’d rather drive for Virgin than for Lotus …

  10. GeeMac said on 19th February 2010, 7:33

    There is an interesting article on espnf1.com about Mercedes. Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche warned the Mercedes F1 team that they must win races to hold on to the support of its parent company. Zetsche said that winning is “a condition” of the F1 project because Daimler’s money could be better spent outside of F1.
    This really worries me. I had assumed that Mercedes entry into F1 would mean that the team wanted to be in F1 for a good few years. I didn’t think that they would be entering solely in the hope that winning a few races would increase sales of the C-Class. Having manufacturer teams is great for F1, but when they start adding conditions like this to their entry, it kind of cheapens the whole thing for me. I’d much rather have a grid full of real racers than a grid full of manufacturers if that is the case.

    I’m not for one second doubting that Mercedes will be successful this year, I am in fact quietly confident that they will win at least one race but it is definitely not going to be easy. Yes Mercedes have huge resources, and yes they have the most successful driver in the history of F1 and yes they have got a promising young driver in Nico Rosberg, but we have seen in the past that throwing money at a team doesn’t make it win (Toyota, are you listening). They bought the Brawn operation which had so much success early in the year, and they struggled once the other teams successfully integrated DDD’s into their cars. Schumacher is the most successful driver ever, but he is now in his 40’s and hasn’t raced for three years, and I honestly think that F1 is now more competitive now than it ever was in his heyday. Nico Rosberg is talented, but he has flattered to deceive on a number of occasions.

    We will just have to wait and see I guess…


  11. Peter said on 19th February 2010, 7:56

    Today Alonso, Button, Schumacher day. See if Lotus fixed it’s wing and can make some decent runnings.

  12. Macca said on 19th February 2010, 8:29

    I don’t know if you realise Keith, but today is the 50th installment of the F1 Fanatic Round-up

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th February 2010, 8:48

    Hadn’t seen this interview from yesterday about Enzo Ferrari’s birthday. Another opportunity for Ferrari to bang the drum for three-car teams and more testing:


  14. rampante said on 19th February 2010, 12:03

    Keith, I can’t see why there is objection to teams testing at will. When everyone is concerned about money how can it be cheaper to build a car and not try it out?
    Would you buy a road car that had 20 days testing or more to the point would who paid for the funeral of someone who bought a car with 20 days testing be happy?
    The idea of private teams with last years cars worked in the past and allowed some of the best names in the sport to progress(Williams and Mclaren to start with). The main problem here is messing with the rules every week. Fix rules and regulations, let teams develop and test and why not have newcomers in last years Ferrari/Mclaren/ Red Bull etc.
    On another point Dieter Zetsche said yesterday at Mercedes HQ that if they don’t win they are off as without titles they cannot justify the costs. We can all knock Ferrari for many reasons but we will always know they will at least be there

  15. im starting to think Merc are in trouble….

    Michael and Nico ends most days 1sec+ off the pace…. Ferrari and Mclaren appear ahead, with Redbull next line, and behind that Merc….

    hopefully im wrong, but Merc never appear in testing to do a decent run and be quick… Ferrari and Mclaren have both done that

    • Ned Flanders said on 19th February 2010, 12:51

      Joe Saward suggests that Williams are as quick as McLaren at the moment, which I didn’t expect…

      • Scribe said on 19th February 2010, 18:28

        Joe Sawards is quite possibly talking bull. Ocasionaly he says something that just doesn’t ring true. And it’s usualy because it isn’t.

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