F1 Fanatic round-up: 19/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Thanks as ever to Cari for taking care of the Monday round-up yesterday.

I spent my Sunday at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch where I saw some great racing and this terrifying crash which saw Robert Wolk somersaulting through the air at Paddock:

Incredibly, he was unhurt. Dennis Lind of Denmark won the Festival and second place went to Australian Scott Pye, who’s been mentored by ex-Andrea Moda driver Perrty ‘The Original Stig’ McCarthy.

Here’s today’s round-up:


F1 2010 Patch News (Codemasters)

“The F1 2010 patch will enable the [PC] game to run on DX11. All of the graphical improvements are configurable from graphical options when in DX11. Specifically, “ultra” settings for ‘shadows’ and ‘postprocess’.”

Singapore F1 draws 40,000 (The Straits Times)

“Singapore is currently contracted to host the F1 race until 2012. The FOA has the option to offer an extension for an additional five years. In the event Singapore decides not to extend it, it will have to serve notice with FOA to end the arrangement, with the last race to be held in 2014.”

South Korea F1 will not lure local carmakers (Reuters)

“‘The Grand Prix could be a gateway to becoming a premium car brand, but Hyundai is simply not interested in Formula One,’ an F1 industry official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.”

The Journey to ‘Senna’ (The Spectator Arts Blog)

“The Senna family have been receiving variations on this ??pitch? twice a year for the last decade ?ǣ sometimes thinly veiled, sometimes very cleverly disguised ?ǣ but always about Senna?s death. It is not the way they want him remembered.”

The Jaypee F1 Circuit (Ubaid Parker via Facebook)

Pictures of India’s F1 circuit in its early stages of construction.

A Paul di Resta-Karun Chandhok combination would be perfect for Force India in 2011 (Daily Telegraph)

“Both Chandhok and di Resta are personable guys. Good to interview. Would guarantee good PR. Chandhok opens up India ahead of 2011 Indian GP and could deliver plenty of sponsors. Di Resta, meanwhile, opens up the British market/media for a team which, let?s not forget, are based at Silverstone and are still to all intents and purposes British.” Makes a lot of sense to me. Vijay Mallya’s never seemed that keen on signing Chandhok, though…

Comment of the day

Sato113 has been number-crunching on the new Championship Calculator and found a way the top five drivers can finish within a point of each other:

OK here we go. Let’s imagine that the top five in the championship all finish the last three races in the top 5 positions:

Korea: 1st. BUT 2nd. ALO 3rd. HAM 4th. VET 5th. WEB

Brazil: 1st. HAM 2nd. VET 3rd. ALO 4th. BUT 5th. WEB

Abu Dhabi: 1st. BUT 2nd. HAM 3rd. VET 4th. ALO 5th. WEB

Therefore the championship after Abu Dhabi would be:

ALO 251 (1st)
VET 251
BUT 251
WEB 250
HAM 250 (5th)

From the forum

They’re not in contention for the championship but they’ve both had good seasons. So who is the better driver, Kubica or Rosberg?

Happy birthday!

Today we’re wishing a happy birthday to Daykind!

On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Heikki Kovalainen – the Lotus driver turns 29 today!

The last Grand Prix on the old-style Kyalami circuit was held on this day in 1985.

There were threats to boycott the race in the race in the weeks leading up to it, due to international condemnation of the country’s apartheid regime. The race went ahead, but some teams and sponsors stayed away – note the absence of Marlboro logos on the McLaren in the video below.

Read more: 1985 South African Grand Prix flashback