F1 Fanatic round-up: 3/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

If you’re particularly interested in F1 engine technology check out the current issue of Race Engine Technology magazine which has an in-depth look at the Toyota V8 raced in F1 last year. Unfortunately, it seems there is no way to view this article online.

As I write this I’m watching the coverage of the IndyCar season finale at Homestead in Miami – join me on Twitter if you’re watching too.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Gravity 1-2 in Monza, Romain is AutoGP champion (Gravity Sports Management)

Romain Grosjean is the first Auto GP champion. The french driver won the title thanks to a great success in today?s Race 1 in Monza, ahead of Adrien Tambay and Fabio Onidi.”

Damon Hill hits out Fernando Alonso’s ‘controversial’ title chance (Daily Mail)

“There will be people who feel that points should have been taken away from Ferrari and Alonso. What has to be remembered is there is need for a proper race, so that the sport is not in breach of its agreement with the public. Formula One does seem to get itself repeatedly into these situations.”

Comment of the day

Is Kimi R??ikk??nen the man for Renault? Magnificent Geoffrey needs some convincing:

With Kimi, what are you getting? A Formula 1 World Champion, yes. But is that enough? Yes he?s brilliantly fast and yes he?s a proven race winner, but I really had an issue with his attitude and his apparent lack of drive and ambition ever since 2007. He?d need to prove to me that he?s fully committed and ready mentally before I?d say signing him was a good idea. Also, who?s to say that he?ll hop back into an F1 car after an entire year out and be as quick as he always was? For me, he?s too much of a gamble, so why take the risk?

Ultimately, I think it?s up to Renault to decide what they think gives them the best chance at moving up the grid next year, whether that?s Kimi, Petrov or whoever. Although I wouldn?t be surprised if Kimi joined Renault and found himself regularly beaten by Kubica, the man I think is driving the best out of anyone on the grid this season.
Magnificent Geoffrey

From the forum

Prisoner Monkeys has started a great thread here – check out his Formula 1 casting call.

Happy birthday!

Birthday wishes go out to Pankit!

On this day in F1

This time last year we were trying to work out what the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix would be after a string of penalties and Timo Glock pulling out of the race having been injured.

2009 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying