F1 Fanatic round-up: 28/7/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

For those of you waiting for the Predictions Championship results, they will be up in the next 24 hours.

I’m also writing for ITV-F1 again this week and my Hungarian Grand Prix preview should be up on their site later on today.

Here’s the Wednesday round-up:

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Bernie Ecclestone braced for loss of ‘one or two’ Formula One teams (Daily Telegraph)

“All we ever want is 10 teams. Lotus is a good name. I wouldn?t want to lose them. But in general this year has been a bit of a nuisance because it has cost money to keep these [struggling] teams in. It has cost a lot of money to pay for them to compete. The bottom line is they haven?t really and truly given us value for being there. If suddenly these teams don?t turn up at races then I don?t think the crowds will get any smaller, or the TV sets will turn off, or the newspapers will stop writing, will they?”

Durango optimistic over F1 plans (Autosport)

Ivone Pinto: “We aren’t assured to be in yet, but we are working as if we will be at the start of the 2011 season. Durango has a FIA constructor’s license, so we don’t need certifications should we decide to work autonomously.”

Acidente Formula Truck (Youtube)

Former Williams test driver Bruno Junqueira and Diumar Bueno were incredibly fortunate to escape this Formula Truck crash at Interlagos in which the cab of one of the trucks was removed:

Rustem Teregulov Big Crash ETCC 2010 Salzburgring (YouTube)

Another worrying crash from the ETCC at the Salzburgring in Austria. It seemed to take the marshals a long time to reach Russian Rustem Teregulov after this massive shunt.

Comment of the day

Rampante puts forward an interesting explanation for why fans in different countries may see the issue of team orders differently:

One key difference between fans is that in Italy the team is key and not always the driver. In the UK the majority seem to follow a driver. We are keener to see a Ferrari victory and when they win the press report it as a victory for Ferrari. The press outside Italy tend to mention the driver first.
Rampante

From the forum

Ads21 is looking for some F1 book recommendations.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Big Galah!

On this day in F1

Arrows made their 291st and final start on this day eight years ago in the German Grand Prix. Neither Heinz-Harald Frentzen nor Enrique Bernoldi finished the race.

Only Minardi managed to start more races than the team without ever winning one.

However the chassis used by Arrows that year made a surprise return to F1 four years later in the hands of Super Aguri.