F1 Fanatic round-up: 6/5/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

I’m at the Circuit de Catalunya today and tomorrow and hope to have some stories up from the track soon. Keep an eye out here and on my Twitter account.


Jersey City mayor nixes idea for Formula One race in Liberty State Park (Jersey Journal)

Well that didn’t last long.

Forbannade 78

A new documentary in production about Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson called “Forbannade 78” (“Damned 78”). The producers are interested to hear from anyone with first-hand pictures, films and memories of the two drivers. Please post in the comments if you have any and would like to contribute to this project so I can put them in touch with you.

New partnership with Autonomy (Mercedes)

Mercedes’ new sponsor who appeared on the car at Sepang – this is who they are.

Comment of the day

The mayor of Jersey City might not like the Grand Prix plan but at least one of his constituents did. JavlinSharp lives a few miles away from the potential site for the New York Grand Prix and sent in his thoughts about the proposal:

New York City is the pinnacle of glamour, Wealth and Commercialism in the US; three of Bernie?s favorite things. Though F1 would be impossible on Manhatten island, Jersey City?s proximity is so close as to make no difference.

Jersey City has long been a commercial area, hosting major offices, commercial space and public transit systems. In recent years there has been a huge increase of new High End apartments, shopping areas, and office buildings. A new Trump building was finished just last year. These owners will be excited to have the recognition that F1 brings.

Most of the remaining buildings are low-end private constructions. These owners will probably not mount a major effort against the project, as the citizens of they city, they stand to gain as well.

The City Council is pro business and pro commerce. The recognition alone would be a big factor. Always under the shadow of Manhattan, Jersey City would get a big boost in recognition, and a minor windfall in sales taxes. If the they can make even money in a contract with Bernie, these factor alone might be sufficient motivation.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Brakius!

On this day in F1

Five years ago today BAR withdrew their appeal against their two-race suspension for using an illegal fuel tank reservoir on their cars. The team were not allowed to compete in the Spanish or Monaco Grands Prix.

It’s strange to think they’re now on their fourth incarnation since then, having become Honda, BAR and finally Mercedes.