F1 Fanatic round-up: 1/5/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The next of our “Why you should watch…” guest articles will be on the site later today – don’t miss it. Here’s today’s round-up:


New hope for Donington (MotorSport)

“Kevin Wheatcroft has been hoping to attract a new leaseholder to take over the circuit, with the BARC and Jonathan Palmer?s MotorSport Vision organisation both touted as potential candidates. Between them the BARC and MSV already run eight British race circuits. But without a deal confirmed, it appears Wheatcroft is taking on the task himself, at least in the short term ?ǣ a decision for which he should be commended.”

Revving up for the Spa roadshow (Renault)

“The legendary Spa circuit in Belgium is the latest stop for the Renault F1 Roadshow this weekend. We?re here for the second round of the World Series by Renault to help entertain the fans with some displays of our demo car. J??r???me D?Amborisio will be the man on driving duty, realising his boyhood dream of blasting through Eau Rouge at the wheel of an F1 car. So it will be a pretty special weekend for him and we?re expecting lots of fans to come along and watch the show.”

Comment of the day

An interesting contribution to the Hamilton weaving debate from Matt90 – video embedded below.

Bit off topic but I just saw this example of swerving to break a tow. Not as extreme as Hamilton, but still ??more than one move? yet it gets no mention from the commentators or the stewards as far as I know.

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

The first of May is always remembered as the day Ayrton Senna was killed in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

F1 also raced at Imola on this day in 1983 and it was a race that came to a dramatic end. Riccardo Patrese took the lead for Brabham but crashed at Acque Minerali, six laps from home. That left Patrick Tambay to win for Ferrari in car number 27 – the same car whose driver Gilles Villeneuve had been duped out of victory by team mate Didier Pironi at the track 12 months previously.

Patrese complained that the Italian crowd cheered his retirement, being more pleased to see a French driver win in a Ferrari than they would have been to see Patrese winning his home race.