F1 Fanatic round-up: 23/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A quiet day for news yesterday as the teams complete their preparations ahead of the final test of 2010. Read on for the Tuesday round-up:


Partnering Lewis Hamilton helped me grow up, says Fernando Alonso (The Guardian)

“Obviously I don’t know how McLaren is now but if Jenson arrived in my time then, for sure, it would be very tough for him. But, hopefully, it’s now better for Jenson because I learned a lot from that season and McLaren did as well.”

Ride height changes with fuel level (Scarbsf1’s blog)

“Teams could have a mechanic adjust the ride height during the pitstops. This would be legal and feasible, as the pushrods or torsion bar mounting could be fitted with a quick adjustment mechanism. Even within a sub 3 second pitstop, this could be completed accurately. But as the car will start the race with qualifying (low fuel) ride height settings, this could not be adjusted until the first pitstop, thus the opening stint would be compromised by the wring ride height. Of course the balance of the race could then follow the ride height with the decreasing fuel load, but adjusting at the second and subsequent stops.”

Stefan GP cancels Portimao test (Autosport)

“Bridgestone is only contracted to supply F1 tyres to those outfits that have an entry to the world championship, and the Japanese tyre manufacturer was unable to provide alternative GP2 rubber at such short notice.”

Al Gore Joins Richard Branson in Backing GreenRoad (TechCrunch)

We were talking about Richard Branson’s commitment to green motoring the other day – turns out he’s backing this project I hadn’t hear of before.

Comment of the day

Sven has a master plan for an F1 Fanatic points system:

What about inventing a parallel points system which takes many more parameters into count. Such as place in Q1,2 and 3. Race pace consistency, Overtaking on track, fastest lap, places gained on starting position and position at end of race. This could work as a driver ranking system.

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

Hans Herrmann turns 82 today. The driver from Stuttgart was part of Mercedes’ three-man team when the manufacturer entered the world championship for the first time at Reims in 1954. He set fastest lap but retired while team mates Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling finished one-two.

Third place in the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten that year was the best result of his career. Herrmann crashed badly during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix in 1955 and by the time he returned to the sport two years later Mercedes was gone. He made a few starts in a Maserati 250F and, later, a Porsche.

Herrmann withdrew from what would have been his final race at the Nurburgring in 1969 after countryman Gerhard Mitter was killed in practice.