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:
“Romain Grosjean is the first Auto GP champion. The french driver won the title thanks to a great success in today?óÔé¼Ôäós Race 1 in Monza, ahead of Adrien Tambay and Fabio Onidi.”
“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
With Kimi, what are you getting? A Formula 1 World Champion, yes. But is that enough? Yes he?óÔé¼Ôäós brilliantly fast and yes he?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäód need to prove to me that he?óÔé¼Ôäós fully committed and ready mentally before I?óÔé¼Ôäód say signing him was a good idea. Also, who?óÔé¼Ôäós to say that he?óÔé¼Ôäóll hop back into an F1 car after an entire year out and be as quick as he always was? For me, he?óÔé¼Ôäós too much of a gamble, so why take the risk?
Ultimately, I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós up to Renault to decide what they think gives them the best chance at moving up the grid next year, whether that?óÔé¼Ôäós Kimi, Petrov or whoever. Although I wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót 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.
From the forum
Prisoner Monkeys has started a great thread here – check out his Formula 1 casting call.
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
- Sebastian Vettel takes pole in crash-hit session (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying)
- Crashes for Alguersuari, Glock and Kovalainen halt Japan qualifying (Video)
- 2009 Japanese Grand Prix grid
- Button, Barrichello, Alonso, Sutil and Buemi get five-place grid penalties
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