F1 Fanatic round-up: 5/10/2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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Here’s the Tuesday round-up:


Branson backs call to remove blue flags (Autosport)

Earlier this year 61% of F1 Fanatic readers said the blue flag rule should be relaxed or abolished.

Comment of the day

Some interesting thoughts from Sean on the always-controversial topic of team orders. Head over to the article page to read the full comment:

I think many drivers can and will put in solid, consistent performances within a few tenths of theirs and the car?s capability, regardless of the bigger picture. But as you get into the rarefied zone of the last hundredths and the ability to really nail a qualifying or in-lap, or string together a series of killer laps when the chips are down, it?s a highly complex mental zone where knowing you can actually go out and win the thing is a prerequisite. Without it, any driver is potentially defunct and for this reason I refuse to judge Rubens on his performances at Ferrari when he had that contract, or Massa on the basis of his late 2010 performances, because he?s effectively driving with lead weights attached to his head.

From the forum

NicktheGeek wants to knows about the Alonso hand thingy.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Cholle and Yorricksfriend!

On this day in F1

The last ever United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was held on this day 30 years ago.

It was the last race of the 1980 and Bruno Giacomelli impressed by leading for Alfa Romeo in the opening stages. The team, which had seen driver Patrick Depailler lose his life earlier in the season, were knocking on the door of their first win in almost 30 years.

Sadly it wasn’t to be. Giacomelli’s electrics packed up after 31 laps, letting newly-crowned world champion Alan Jones through to win.

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