F1 Fanatic round-up: 13/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

I’m hoping to get to Brands Hatch this weekend for the Formula Ford Festival. Make sure to say hello if you’re heading there too.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Why Robert Kubica is arguably the best driver in F1 (BBC)

“When taking into consideration the machinery at their disposal, how much they have squeezed from what they have, how few errors have been made, there is a very real case to be made for putting Kubica ahead of all the other drivers this year.”

Panasonic and Sauber rumours (Update F1)

Willian Ceolin of Corrida de Formula 1 explains more of the background to this story: “According to sources, a Panasonic’s representative met Peter Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi and Monisha Kaltenborn, executive of the team, after the Japanese Grand Prix. Panasonic have sponsored motorsport since some years ago. The company already sponsored Kobayashi in feeder categories like European F3 and GP2 Series. Until the last year, Panasonic had a deal with Toyota whose contract would be until 2012. So, this money could be used to support the new local hero.”

Teams move to ensure fair tyre deals (Autosport)

“With F1 welcoming a new tyre manufacturer next season, there have been concerns that some outfits may try and get an edge by getting the tyre development to suit their car or preferences.”

Senna – The Movie (Speed)

“Instead of Prost as the villain, then, the role falls to FISA President Jean-Marie Balestre. Cleverly, he picks up this position not through anybody?s opinions, but through his own words and actions. Sometimes he makes you want to scream, he really does, his incredible outbursts, crushing arrogance and unbelievable bias making Max Mosley look like a positively even-handed pussycat.”

Japanese Grand Prix post-race blog (Yas Marina Circuit)

“Who is to say which team will do the best job? Maybe McLaren will ultimately fail and the questionable details heralding their demise in some media outlets could indeed become hard fact. But given the extraordinary roller-coaster ride this season, let?s not go there until the true story is created by the final addition of championship points rather than some sport editor?s need to sell tomorrow?s newspaper.”

Singapore F1 with Brian McNally (Nowness)

A touch of Singapore Grand Prix glamour.

Comment of the day

DeadManWoking handily explains why Lewis Hamilton won’t necessarily get another gearbox change penalty in Korea:

Once a driver is given a gearbox change penalty the replacement gearbox is only required to last until the end of that Event (Japan)and may be changed without penalty for the next Event (Korea).

F1 Sporting Regulations:

“28.6 For the purposes of this Article only, an Event will be deemed to comprise P3, the qualifying practice session and the race.
a) Each driver may use no more than one gearbox for four consecutive Events in which his team competes. Should a driver use a replacement gearbox he will drop five places on the starting grid at that Event and an additional five places each time a further gearbox is used.
Any replacement gearbox must be fitted with the same gear ratios that were declared under d) below and will only be required to complete the remainder of the Event in question. Any change to the gear ratios declared under d) below will incur a further five grid place penalty. In either case a new four race sequence may start at the following Event.

From the forum

Can you create a hierarchy of F1 drivers? M.M.C. gives it a try.

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Renault announced they would give a test to an up-and-coming driver called Robert Kubica, who had just won the World Series by Renault.

Kubica drove for the team in December but Flavio Briatore decided not to offer him a contract and Mario Theissen snapped him up instead. After several practice appearance for BMW he was promoted to the race team halfway through 2006.

Read more: Kubica, Schumacher and Hamilton: Why they are ??the ones who got away?