F1 Fanatic round-up: 27/10/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s a bumper round-up today so I’ll shut up and let you get on with reading it:


RBR hopeful Vettel can avoid ninth V8 (ITV-F1)

Christian Horner: “Hopefully he?s got enough engine mileage to be able to run unaffected to the end of the year. He was a bit tight already on engine mileage this weekend, which is why you saw him do fairly few laps.”

F1 2010 Patch News (Codemasters Forum)

“The patch is now in submission with Microsoft and Sony for all three platforms, and once this process has been successfully completed the patch will be released, ready for you to download.”

Korea?s Lesson For Austin (Speed)

“A repeat of the Korean track delays should not and must not occur in America, and neither can the small problems we experienced over the weekend. Abu Dhabi has now set the bar for F1 tracks so high that we may never see a circuit of the quality of Yas Marina again, particularly not ones which are privately run rather than state financed. But while Austin/India/Russia may not be able to match Abu Dhabi, they have got to be right, and Austin in particular has got to be right first time.”

Di Resta deserves his shot at glory with award of a Formula One seat (The Herald)

“In most other spheres of sporting endeavour, this redoubtable character already would have earned elevation to the Premiership. But, sadly from Di Resta?s perspective, F1 marches to its own drumbeat, which explains why it isn?t necessarily the best drivers who command a starting berth in Bernie Ecclestone?s empire.”

Button: ‘I won’t be asked to support Lewis’ (The Independent)

“I won’t be asked to support Lewis. But if I can’t mathematically win I’d do whatever I needed to, to help the team. My championship, if the other guys don’t have non-scores, is pretty much over. But you don’t win championships by sitting back and saying, ‘I can’t win it any more’. You have to keep on fighting. Seeing what’s happened to the Red Bulls here proves it can turn around easily. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, it’s a very small chance but that’s all I need to keep pushing.”

Whitmarsh praises Todt for not using F1 ??for his own promotion? (Adam Cooper)

“I?ve got to say that Jean Todt has I think played a good role. I think he?s busily and quietly reforming the FIA in the background, which I know has probably caused some discomfort within that organisation. I think he hasn?t used F1 as a personal platform for his own promotion, and I think that?s very, very positive.”

Drivers positive over future rules (Autosport)

Rubens Barrichello: “All we want is for the GPDA to be closer on the future of the sport, so that whenever they create a new wing or a new circuit or whatever we should have a vote. This is quite good. He has been very receptive.”

F1 Exposure Korean Grand Prix (Daily Telegraph)

“New circuits always present a new challenge to the F1 photographer, however if it?s designed by Hermann Tilke as they all are these days then it generally means disappointment and this circuit is just that with giant fences and very few holes cut in them it?s not good.”

Volkswagen Supports Women In Motor Sport (FIA)

“In keeping with its philosophy of supporting aspiring young drivers, Volkswagen Motorsport will assess the ability of a group of talented female racers nominated by their ASNs on 2nd November at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany. This will not only include an assessment of their racing potential, but also classroom theory.”

Comment of the day

Icthyes, who is currently our most prolific commenter, compares the McLaren drivers’ race results. I’m working on something similar to go in the driver form guides:

Overall it?s 10-7 to Hamilton.

If you discount the races where either retired or had car problems, it?s a massive 8-2.

Crucially, if you look at what the drivers? positions were before ill befell them, it?s an even more staggering 14-3. Button has only beaten his team-mate on track three times. I didn?t think it would be that low.

From the forum

Here’s a great thread from VettelS – Questions we all want answered.

Site updates

Regular commenters will spot the long-overdue return of the HTML tag buttons allowing you to style your comments with a quick click.

Happy birthday!

Today we’re wishing very happy birthdays to CRM and Gwen!

On this day in F1

Just three years on, already the strange coda to the 2007 world championship is largely forgotten. It’s hardly surprising given the many other dramatic events of that turbulent season.

Six days after the Brazilian Grand Prix, which Kimi R??ikk??nen had won to claim the world championship, the FIA said there would be a 20-day wait for the outcome of an appeal by McLaren against several other cars for using fuel that was at the wrong temperature.

Read more: 20 day wait for R??ikk??nen?s title confirmation