F1 Fanatic round-up: 11/9/2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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Here’s today’s round-up:

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Splitters ?ǣ New deflection test and construction (ScarbsF1)

“Teams that have been flexing their splitter will certainly be handicapped by these revisions to the rules, although Monza is a low downforce track that will not particularly punish cars without flexing splitters. I don?t any team will fall foul of the test as they have rigs at their factories to recreate the FIA tests.”

Barrichello offers wisdom of the man who moved over (James Allen)

??I spent six seasons [at Ferrari] to earn respect. In the end I had to leave the team a year earlier than planned because Michael was everything; he had the spare car, first call on strategy. I would never have left, but I just wasn?t getting the right treatment.??

Williams supports team orders return (Autosport)

“It’s all up for discussion. One provisional thought is that maybe they should just be applicable in the second half of the season. We’ve got to remember that drivers think of themselves – great ?ǣ but then we want world championships.”

2011 schedule has something for everyone (Indycar)

Great to see Indycar returning to the New Hampshire one-mile oval, but what a pity Watkins Glen is no longer on the schedule. The race there this year was terrific.

Comment of the day

Macca complains that I’m unfairly favouring one driver over another. Duly noted…

Just an observation, about 70% of the Red Bull pictures this year have been of Vettel. More Webber please!
Macca

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On this day in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio won his third world championship on this day in 1955, driving for Mercedes. Victory in the Italian Grand Prix sealed his championship win.

But Mercedes had already announced their departure from Formula 1. The next time a full works Mercedes was seen at an F1 race was the Bahrain Grand Prix this year.

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