F1 Fanatic round-up: 28/7/2010

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:


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.

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.

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108 comments on F1 Fanatic round-up: 28/7/2010

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th July 2010, 9:06

    Interesting to see the Spanish press fighting Alonso’s corner. This is a new article, it’s not from two years ago:


    • John H said on 28th July 2010, 9:28

      But there is no evidence of team orders over the radio or otherwise for Kov moving over.

      The ignorance baffles me.

      • Patrickl said on 29th July 2010, 10:40

        I don’t see the relevance. At worst you could say that McLaren should have been punished for that too.

        Don’t forget, this was in the haydays of FIA anti McLaren sentiment.

        If Alan Donnelly had had the slightest whiff that he could punish McLaren for team orders, he really would have.

        The fact is that Hamilton went past Massa and Piquet in a similarly easy fashion. I doubt people would claim that they were ordered to let Hamilton past.

  2. John H said on 28th July 2010, 9:18

    Rampante is spot on.

    I wonder if McLaren is starting to become more and more the ‘British’ team as they begin to move away from Mercedes, and especially because all the other UK based teams have financial backing from elsewhere.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th July 2010, 9:44

      It sure is an interesting thought and helps understand why Ferrari seem so ignorant to the fans crying foul, as they did not really influence anything big there (in their own view).

  3. Just read this report of comments from Mr Ecclestone


    Is he real??

    HRT aside, and they did have a load of **** to deal with, I think the new teams have done a splendid job considering they started from scratch in am extremely competitive environment. I wouldn’t want to see any of the new teams fall off this year, or next, or beyond, HRT included.

    The fact is, in the main, they are all qualifying within the 107% rule… and that says a lot compared to the “tail-enders” of the 80’s and 90’s!

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th July 2010, 9:42

    I think the ETCC has to seriously look into track safety and marshalling procedures.

    Compare to the accident with the trucks in Interlagos, the marshalls are present immediately including a tow truck.

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th July 2010, 9:57

    That’s an interesting read from Durango. Especially after Jaques denied any involvement of Ghadaffi’s son.

    Maybe he’s not a partner personally, but it seems he’s certainly there through his companies.

    the group of backers is very mixed and geographically it comes from different places, for example a Libyan company interested to get into F1.”

  6. Keirdre said on 28th July 2010, 10:20

    Crikey, those are some mighty crashes!

  7. Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 28th July 2010, 13:29

    What amazes me about that truck crash footage is that they stuck a cameraman by the door of the upside down truck not really knowing what sort of horrifying images they might be about to broadcast!

  8. rampante (@rampante) said on 28th July 2010, 14:33

    Some more info from Ferrari. At spa they will have a new smaller gearbox and significant changes to the rear suspension. The work has been done to improve the outlets on the blown diffuser and increase rear grip. The gearbox was in development for next year but so much has been done it’s being brought forward. After falling behind in the first 7 races the progress they have done and seem to be doing may well get them to the sharp end of the leader board. Controversy aside it’s good to see (for a Ferrari fan).

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th July 2010, 18:17

      Great to hear Ferrari have pulled their development up and are now to stay at the front or thereabouts.

      • US_Peter said on 28th July 2010, 19:13

        Ferrari has certainly out-developed everyone in the middle of the season, after a pretty slow rate of development at the start of the season.

        • Patrickl said on 29th July 2010, 10:43

          Or you could say that Ferrari were falling well behind and now have cought back up again.

  9. SoLiDG said on 28th July 2010, 15:47

    When Bernie speaks, there’s always a deeper message.
    Maybe he’s mad because of his good relations with the Chandoks?
    Or maybe he just wants to bring it to the attention that viring and hrt are up for sale or needs some good backers soon.. the word is out now.

    He has a point that both won’t be missed very much, but give them time indeed.

  10. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th July 2010, 16:57

    Here’s my Hungarian GP preview for ITV-F1:


  11. sato113 said on 28th July 2010, 17:18

    off topic but check out darren heath’s blog.


    ‘busy tracking the F1 cars careening around the flat-out Turn 3, registered similar entry speeds for the MGP W01 and the RB6.

    A few seconds later, at the corner’s exit, things had changed. The Red Bull was pulling away with a 12kph advantage.’

  12. David Smith said on 28th July 2010, 19:29

    Thought i’d post this here as its funny!! (well in my opinion) Keith hope you dont mind.

    The Official Reason why Fernando was faster than Massa!!


    #2 is a classic reason

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