F1 Fanatic round-up: 3/3/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Today is the birthday of former Andrea Moda driver and Top Gear’s original Stig Perry McCarthy. You can follow him on Twitter along with a small number of other ex-F1 drivers.

Here’s the Wednesday round-up:


Red Bull: Exhaust Driven Diffuser (Scarbs)

Just what is going on at the back of the Red Bull RB6? Scarbs explains.

Barcelona Testing Summary 2010 (Making up the Numbers)

More analysis from the last test of 2010.

Comment of the day

If you’re thinking of going to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix this comment from Rob is a must-read. Make sure you read the whole piece, this is just an extract:

Regarding good places to view… In ??08 we got tickets for Silver 3 grandstand, dont make the same mistake. I mistakenly thought you?d see the cars through Les Combes, maybe if you?re in the first couple of rows on the right of the stand you?d see them bear left in the second part of the corner and through Malmedy. Almost all the stand only see them exit Malmedy and accelerate away towards Bruxelles.

We gave up on the grandstand and looked for a decent GA spot to stand at, deciding on standing above Liege. From there you get a decent view of them exiting Bruxelles, through Liege, into Pouhon and again at the top of the straight into the bus stop chicane, down the pit straight (binoculars needed at this point) into La Source and on the La Source exit. You are also opposite a big screen.

Took this spot again last year with our GA tickets and debating whether to move to Les Combes GA viewing this year with a Kangaroo TV rental (no big screen there, but more likely to see some overtaking into Les Combes). If it’s a grandstand seat you?re after I?d listen to some of the the good advice offered by others on this forum on the Gold stands.

Site updates

In addition to the regular F1 Fanatic Twitter account and the account for F1 Fanatic site updates you can now follow my personal Twitter account as well if you wish. I sent the first Tweet from it on Monday and I’m quite proud of it.

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

Eight years ago today Toyota made their first start in an F1 race. Mika Salo and Allan McNish occupied 14th and 16th positions respectively on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix.

McNish’s F1 debut ended in the first corner melee triggered by Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher.

But Salo brought his car home in sixth place for a single point – and might have got two had he not spun trying to pass Mark Webber’s Minardi.

Sadly Toyota seldom performed much better than this in their F1 stint which lasted nine years and consumed massive amounts of cash. Their 2010 car design may yet see the light of day as Stefan GP cars. It depends on whether Zoran Stefanovic is successful in his endeavour either to take over US F1’s now-vacant spot or persuade the other teams to allow his team to compete.