F1 Fanatic round-up: 15/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A copy of the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed DVD landed on my doormat yesterday so expect a review of that very soon and we should have some competition prizes too!

Here’s today’s round-up:

Links

Sochi Grand Prix: F1 comes to Russia in 2014 (Youtube)

Video piece on yesterday’s big story.

Virgin says 2011 car progressing well (Autosport)

Virgin Racing CEO Graeme Lowdon: “We have a contract with Timo [Glock] for next year. We have an option with Lucas [di Grassi] who is doing a really good job with the team. There is a lot of competition for seats because there aren’t that many around so we are in a good place.”

Life in the 300kmph zone (Overdrive)

Karun Chandhok: “F1 cars today are unbelievably complex machines. Having recently driven Keke Rosberg?s Williams FW08 at this year?s Goodwood Festival of Speed, I got a stark reminder of how things have changed in Formula 1. We could quite easily fire that car up and run it with a couple of mechanics if we had to but today, we can?t even get the bloody car started without an array of laptops and an army of people going through hundreds of procedures.”

Comment of the day

Damonsmedley is glad to see a new country appearing on the F1 calendar:

I don?t know about everyone else, but I am very pleased to hear this actually. I have always thought that Russia has deserved a Grand Prix ?ǣ especially now Petrov is racing. It is amazing to think that there are two Grands Prix in the Middle-East and Spain, yet none in the largest country on Earth.
Damonsnedley

From the forum

Lots of discussion over the BBC using Lee McKenzie as a stand-in for Jake Humphrey at Suzuka.

Site updates

Yesterday’s work on the server wasn’t completed so there may be further downtime tonight. Yesterday’s downtime only last a few minutes, however.

Happy birthday!

Wishing very happy birthdays to Fer No. 65 and Sebastiaan Huizinga!

On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Bruno Senna who is 27 today.

In an interesting coincidence, he was born on the day of the last race of the 1983 F1 season. The next race was the first one contested by his uncle Ayrton Senna.