F1 Fanatic round-up: 24/9/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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Practice for the Singapore Grand Prix begins today so remember to join us during the sessions for live comments.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Singapore GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Mark Webber on his relationship with Sebastian Vettel: “Actually, not a lot has changed to be honest, since we started working a few years ago. It?s always been reasonably tight between both of us. The team is doing its absolute utmost to give us both the same opportunities to get the results done, which is the case: to try and beat Ferrari and McLaren week in, week out. To do that, you need to be performing collectively as a group all the time. Seriously, it hasn?t changed too much.”

Ecclestone in new medals push (Crash)

“If you look at the points system, it’s made absolutely no difference. If we’d used the old points system it would be exactly the same position, which is strange. Maybe they’ll wake up and think about my gold medals – because Mark would have four gold medals now and there would be two other guys with three, so the championship would go all the way to the wire. They’ll see now what could happen.”

Schumacher insists he will not leave (Autosport)

“You cannot get rid of me, let’s put it this way.”

Comment of the day

I’m giving COTD to Ned Flanders for this gem:

I think the Pirelli test team ought to be the 13th team next season. They?ve got two half decent drivers, a good Toyota customer package and, of course, plenty of experience on the new tyres. They?d be a decent outside bet for the championship I think!
Ned Flanders

From the forum

The problems with the construction of the Commonwealth Games site in India do not bode well for next year’s Grand Prix.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Selidor – hope you have a good one!

On this day in F1

F1’s last attempt to crack America began on this day ten years ago with the first of eight races on a newly-built road circuit at Indianapolis.

The race played a decisive role in the outcome of that year’s championship battle as Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren stopped while he was catching leader and title rival Michael Schumacher:

Schumacher won the race after a harmless spin, and Hakkinen’s two-point championship lead going into the American round was turned into an eight-point deficit with two races remaining.