F1 Fanatic round-up: 16/3/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Later today we should have the results of the first round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship so keep an eye out for that to find out if you’ve won.

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Michael happy with the first race (Michael Schumacher)

“I am very, very happy and proud about how it went, considering I was completely out for three years and did not have a lot of driving for preparation. It would be strange to assume that I would come in, sit in the car and drive circles around the others ?ǣ I, for my part, did not assume that in any case.”

Bahrain: Petrovs Renault retirement (ScarbsF1)

“In this weekends race Petrov retired with e a suspension problem, it transpires the ride height adjusting shim fell out between the carbon pushrod and the titanium end fitting.”

Don?t write the script for misery (Who are you, anyway?)

“I know what we need to do: declare a moratorium on outright guff.”

Comment of the day

I think traditions are made to be broken so instead of a Comment of the Day today we have Brilliant Comment Thread of the Day.

I’ve read a lot of reaction to the Bahrain Grand Prix on other sites and much of it is hysterical ranting.

I think the discussion we started here on Sunday night is one of the best comment threads we’ve ever had, with lots of smart observations and imaginative ideas in its 300-plus posts.

This is exactly the sort of engagement I hoped to have with other people who are as passionate about F1 as I am, when I started F1 Fanatic. Thank you to everyone who contributed – it’s because of you that I can say with pride that this is the home of the best quality F1 debate online.

Join in the comment thread here.

Rash promise of the day

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Site updates

As part of the efforts to keep comments flowing quickly and without interruptions I added a new anti-spam system to the site yesterday in response to a slight rise in comment spam we’d been receiving. It seems to have worked well so far, but if you notice any problems posting comments please let me know.

We also had a brief server outage which was unrelated to anything going on here.

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

The 2008 F1 season began on this day two years ago. It’s often remarked that the driver who wins the first race of the year usually goes on to become champion. That was the case two years ago, when Lewis Hamilton started the season with a win: 2008 Australian GP review – Ferrari falter and Hamilton triumphs