F1 Fanatic round-up: 6/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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Here’s today’s round-up:

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Rules barring motor races on public roads may be eased (BBC)

Obviously I’m all in favour but the government should pay more attention to protecting existing racing circuits from onerous and unfair noise restriction regulations.

Ferrari explain the logistical challenge of flyaway races (F1 Fanatic on Youtube)

The Secret Life of Kamui Kobayashi (F1.com)

He says his most embarrassing mistake was “this year in Canada on my first lap.” Remember to tell us about yours here.

Red Bull accounts reveal massive F1 spend in 2009 (Adam Cooper)

“The title campaign, and specifically the requirement to build a double diffuser after the start of the season, contributed to the fact that the team spent more than in 2008. However a leading team source insists that the bulk of any increase reflects not so much the cost of competing, but the cost of success, and actual operating costs were less.”

F1 Austin organizers miss track design deadline (Austin Business Journal)

It’s a couple of days old, afraid I missed this one first time around.

Comment of the day

The questions over HRT’s driver line-up for this weekend has Red Andy reaching for the rule book:

I can?t remember when the rule came in but it has definitely been in force for some years (obviously post-2001).

It?s in the Sporting Regulations, Article 19.1a:

??During a season each team will be permitted to use four drivers ?? Additional changes for reasons of force majeure will be considered separately.??
Red Andy

From the forum

Now that Sauber have signed Sergio Perez for 2011, what happens to Nick Heidlfeld? Share your thoughts on Prisoner Monkeys’ thread in the forum.

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost won his first world championship on this day 25 years ago by finishing fourth in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

It sealed his first title having narrowly missed out in the previous two seasons. He lost to Nelson Piquet by two points in 1983, and then to team mate Niki Lauda by half a point – the narrowest winning margin ever – in 1984.

The race also saw the first F1 win for Nigel Mansell – and a controversial tangle between Ayrton Senna and Keke Rosberg. Mansell took the lead when Rosberg emerged from the pits with the leaders bearing down on him and got in Senna’s way in revenge: