F1 Fanatic round-up: 31/3/2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The Australian Grand Prix coverage is done and dusted but we’re straight into the next Grand Prix weekend as the teams are racing in Malaysia on Sunday. More on that later today – in the meantime here’s the daily round-up:

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Why Lewis Hamilton needs David Coulthard (Autocar)

“Coulthard is right that Lewis needs a new manager, though. It should be David himself, of course, but I?m clinging to the hope that he will eventually find his way to get behind the wheel of a Merc in the DTM to give Ralf Schumacher a pasting. That would be really worth watching.”

RBR would welcome suspension ruling (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “McLaren has made a lot of comments recently, be it about our fuel tank size or the future of our drivers and now supposed systems on the car. Categorically we don’t have anything like that on the car. It is down to them to speculate, but a clarification would be good for everybody.”

Comment of the day

Umar Farooq Khawaja offers an interesting explanation for why Alonso never got past Massa in the Australian Grand Prix:

Alonso was covering Massa?s rear after he got behind him. You could tell he was way quicker but never tried to make a move on Massa.

I figure if Alonso had passed Massa, Hamilton would have passed Massa too.

I think it was probably a case of Alonso tempering his natural aggression?? probably because he wants to show Ferrari that he puts the team ahead of himself. I doubt he would do the same thing at the sharp end of the season if he?s fighting for the championship.
Umar Farooq Khawaja

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

Damon Hill won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in appalling weather on this day in 1996, taking a hat-trick of win, pole position and fastest lap.

The only other car on the same lap was Jean Alesi’s Benetton in second. Third went to Michael Schumacher, who won in similarly wet conditions in Spain later that year.

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