F1 Fanatic round-up: 18/3/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

No Grand Prix this weekend – what will you be doing instead? Watching some other kind of racing? Adjusting your body clock to a time zone closer to Australia and Malaysia for the next two rounds? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s today’s round-up:

Links

Lopez critical of US F1 team (Autosport)

“As soon as I arrived in Charlotte in February, I realised that everything they were saying was not true. What happened to us was unthinkable: in 60 years of Formula 1 it never happened that a team signed up and didn’t make it. They hid things from us.”

Lotus boosted by $9 million Petrobras deal (James Allen)

The colour schemes are an obvious match – is the new teams are already pulling in new sponsors that can only be good for the sport.

Comment of the day

In the Bahrain Grand Prix track poll earlier this week just 2% of readers said they wanted to see the longer version of the circuit used again next year. GeeMac summed up why:

The ??New Grand Prix Track?? is a joke, and making use of it for the opening race of the most widely anticipated Formula One season in recent memory was a huge mistake. The slow fiddly section offered nothing new and helped contribute to a massive field spread in Sakhir.

I had my doubts about Bahrain hosting the opening race of the season long before the decision to use the ??New?? section of track was taken, because Bahrain has tended to host quite dull processional races anyway. A massive fail by F1 Management and the FIA.

Site updates

I’ve given the F1 information page a spring-clean and updated several of the pages.

The F1 statistics section in particular was long overdue a lick of paint. Head in there now via the menu tab at the top of the page and you can find detailed statistics on the 2009 season within a couple of clicks (with one exception – the British Grand Prix analysis has broken and I need to re-build it).

This is also where you can find all the 2010 F1 season statistics including the new F1 driver form guides which I’m doing for the first time this year. Hopefully these will prove very useful for settling arguments about which team mate did best…

Happy birthday!

We’re going through a bit of a birthday-less streak at the moment, though there’s quite a few coming up at the end of the month.

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

Happy birthday to Timo Glock who turns 28 today.