F1 Fanatic round-up: 12/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The updated Predictions Championship standings will be on the site later today. In the meantime, here’s the round-up:

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Japan has something to look forward to (Top Car)

“Will [Kamui Kobayashi] become Japan?s first Grand Prix winner? Already the books are open. Now all he needs is a Japanese motor manufacturer willing to return/enter the sport. Rumours in Suzuka suggested Honda were looking at doing just that come 2013…”

Japanese Grand Prix from the pit lane (BBC)

According to Ted Kravitz, Lotus’s deal to use Red Bull’s gearbox next year will see them use the 2009 version, though that is still a seamless-shift version and will allow them to use pull-rod rear suspension.

Virgin Racing F1 Simulator (Youtube)

Comment of the day

Kyle spots an interesting stat from the 16 races so far:

Still, incredibly, no driver has won a race while leading the drivers? championship. Webber will continue to hold the championship lead going into Korea, and unless disaster strikes him, probably also at Interlagos (where he won last year). Can this amazing series possibly continue?
Kyle

From the forum

A look at how the new teams are getting on in F1 Group B.

Happy birthday!

No F1 Fanatic birthdays today. If you want a birthday shout-out tell us when yours is by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Controversy hit the Japanese Grand Prix two years ago today with championship contenders Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa picking up penalties.

Massa was then involved in a collision with Sebastien Bourdais who – to the surprise of many – also received a penalty.

Fernando Alonso won the last F1 race at the Fuji Speedway.

Read more: 2008 Japanese Grand Prix: Alonso wins as Hamilton and Massa stumble