F1 Fanatic round-up: 21/2/2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The off-season is rapidly drawing to a close – the first race of the season is just three weeks away.

Although there’s something to be said for the intrigue of testing and the exciting first glimpses of new cars, I’ll be happier when the proper action gets started. Until then, here’s today’s round-up:

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Alonso: Ferrari best car I’ve ever had (Autosport)

McLaren may have topped the combined times for the two tests at Jerez, but there seems to be more of a buzz around Ferrari’s chances this year.

U.S. Team Struggling to Reach Start Line (New York Times)

Ken Anderson: “We?re working with the FIA to clarify how many races we can miss. In an ideal world, we can miss the first four races and show up in Barcelona”

Q&A with Mark Webber (F1.com)

Mark Webber on Adrian Newey: “Adrian, unfortunately, always moves the bar very high for himself. He is such a genius that, as you can see, many here have copied some of his concepts from last year. Adrian is a very competitive guy, whether on the tennis court or on his drawing board. He is always looking for performance, and luckily for him, he is a big part of the performance of the car. He always seems to know which areas you need to focus on. It is good to have him in your corner.”

Comment of the day

Abuelo Paul has noticed something important missing from the official F1 website:

Is Sauber officially entered in the 2010 F1 championship? There appears to be a noticeable lack of team and driver info on the official F1 web site. If yes, why no info, if no why are they testing?
Abuelo Paul

BMW Sauber has been listed as an official entry, but their driver numbers have not been confirmed yet. As for why there’s nothing about them on the F1 website, I’ve no idea, but you can find out about them here:

Happy birthday!

Two birthdays today – happy birthday to Lou and Nirupam!

On this day in F1

Now here’s an interesting quote from Virgin boss Richard Branson one year ago:

I love Grands Prix. I think if Bernie Ecclestone can make it more cost effective for the likes of Virgin brand to come in to that sport and if he can champion clean motor car racing – which is possible to do by making sure that all the cars run on clean fuel – then at some stage we might be interested in getting involved.

With the Resource Restriction Agreement in place I can see how F1 may be more cost-effective this year than last. But how is it meeting Branson’s desire for using clean fuel?

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