F1 Fanatic round-up: 20/5/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Absolutely no nudity in today’s round-up. Probably…


Peter Sauber on saving his team (Autosport, subscription required)

“Roughly speaking, our current budget is the same as in 2005. In those days we had Ferrari engines [as, ironically, the team does now], and in Petronas we had an engine sponsor. If I take the money paid to Ferrari [by Petronas] for engines, and add that to our then-budget, then we were about where we are today ?ǣ except we now pay for engines directly.”

Pick you classic Grand Prix – race seven (BBC)

A pity they couldn’t include either of the two earlier races they wanted to, but a good selection here as usual. My choice is San Marino ’81.

Comment of the day

Several commenters were unimpressed with Toyota’s explanation for why they weren’t coming back to F1. As Byron R put it…

A complete cop out. In the USA Toyota has entered into every other form of motorsport NASCAR to NHRA. I have never seen a 500 cubic inch nitro-breathing Toyota or a 350 V8 carburated Toyota engine.

Simply they couldn?t win and never would. Hard to be a front runner when they are always borrowing someone else’s design. I?m sure a 5,000 bhp top fuel engine is relevant to any road car…
Byron R

Happy birthday!

Hens love roosters, geese love ganders. Everyone else loves today’s birthday boy Ned Flanders!

On this day in F1

The Dijon-Prenois circuit held its final F1 race today in 1984.

This short, undulating French track produced a lap time of less than 59 seconds when it was first used in 1974. A slightly longer version was introduced but by the time of the last race there the turbo F1 cars were lapping it in just over a minute.

Dijon is, of course, best remembered for the epic battle between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux in 1979. If there’s anyone left who hasn’t seen this before, you’re in for a treat: