F1 Fanatic round-up: 25/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The final test of 2010 starts today – keep your eye out for the F1 testing live post shortly before the actions starts at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Lucas di Grassi on YouTube

Lucas di Grassi now has his own Youtube page.

Max Mosley ?ǣ Lunch with a retired president (James Allen)

“Mosley didn?t have any particular agenda beyond wanting to make it clear that he was not pushed out of his job by FOTA last summer as part of the peace deal over the breakaway, as Luca di Montezemolo said at the time. […]

“He says that the proof that he planned to stand down in October 2009 is an entry for Who?s Who he submitted in April 2009, which said that he was FIA president until October 2009. Apparently, due to publishing deadlines and in agreement with the publishers, it is common practice to put confidential future information like that in submissions.”

Locstein Comments on USF1 Team Partnership

“Locstein did engage USF1 Team regarding sponsorship, but when it was apparent that the team was not able to participate in the entire 2010 season, Locstein elected to withdraw from further involvement with USF1.”

Flavio Briatore’s Bentley for sale (Auto Trader)

“The Italian playboy was the first owner of the 1996 Bentley Turbo R, which is fitted with a 386bhp 6.75-litre V12 engine.”

Comment of the day

More from the discussion of Ferrari’s rant against F1’s new teams. Tim points out the humbler roots of several teams on the grid today:

Of the teams currently entered into the 2010 championship, all but 3-4 have graduated in some way from the lower formulas.

McLaren were effectively taken over in 1980 by Ron Dennis and his Project Four organisation, which had run cars in the lower levels and was looking to move up to F1. Marlboro brokered the deal because they thought Project Four could do a better job than the original McLaren management.

Read the full comment here.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to ivz!

On this day in F1

It’s also FIA President’s Jean Todt’s birthday – he’s 64 today.