F1 Fanatic round-up: 24/7/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Don’t forget to get those predictions in before final practice starts in a few hours’ time. Make your German Grand Prix predictions now.

Here’s today’s round-up:

Links

German GP Chalk Talk (Speed TV)

“Steve Matchett offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Formula One teams attach the nose cone to the chassis and how they manage to change the noses on their cars so quickly.”

Economic downturn has not hit Abu Dhabi F1 race (USA Today)

“Richard Cregan, the chief executive officer for Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, says ticket sales for the season-ending Formula One race is far surpassing last year’s figures. About 75 percent of the 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the Nov. 14 race.”

Renault denies having financial worries (Autosport)

“The Enstone-based team requested approval from rival teams for it to be given an up-front payment of the money that is due to it from Formula One Management – and normally gets paid at the end of a season.”

Comment of the day

Here’s Todfod’s reading of the teams’ performances after the first two practice sessions:

Judging by these charts, it seems like Ferrari have the pace to match Red Bull in qualifying and the race. I expect Mclaren to be pretty close as well. I really dont think Jenson?s lap times do justice to the competitiveness of the Mclaren. Hamilton will extract more from the car tomorrow.

I’m guessing another Q2 exit for our defending WDC tomorrow, with the Red Bulls and Alonso fighting for pole, just followed by Hamilton and Massa.
Todfod

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Karan!

On this day in F1

Kimi R??ikk??nen lost a likely victory in the German Grand Prix when his engine failed on this day five years ago.

That allowed championship rival Fernando Alonso to extend his advantage as McLaren were once again left to rue their car’s unreliability.

However R??ikk??nen’s team mate Juan Pablo Montoya brought his car home in second place having started last on the grid following a spin in qualifying.

Read more: German Grand Prix 2005 Review