Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2010

McLaren parts delayed on way to Abu Dhabi

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A McLaren upgrade package has been held up at the airport in Abu Dhabi. Also, Lewis Hamilton has joined Twitter.

More in today’s round-up:


Maurice Hamilton on Twitter

“Word is McLaren executive not allowed through airport with box of updates for the car because last minute and not right paperwork. Race organiser on way to sort out.”

Dispute threatens 2011 Australian GP (Autosport)

“Australian Grand Prix chief Ron Walker flew into Abu Dhabi on Thursday for talks with Bernie Ecclestone about the situation, but said he was confident that the matter could be sorted.”

Heidfeld in talks with Renault over 2011 (ITV-F1)

“At the moment it?s my last race for Sauber but I?ve thought that a couple of times before!”

Pirelli gets wet at Paul Ricard (Pirelli on Facebook)

“Over the course of the two days of testing, Pedro de la Rosa completed 826 kilometres in the Toyota TF109: 294 kilometres on Monday and 532 kilometres on Tuesday. The test was aimed exclusively at refining Pirelli’s family of two rain tyres: the extreme wet and the intermediate.”

Comment of the day

It seems not everyone shares my enthusiasm for Lotus bringing back their black-and-gold colour scheme, like Jihelle for instance:

History doesn?t repeat itself, it stutters.

Nothing will bring back the awesome looks of the 72, the 78 or the 79. These cars were not beautiful because they were black and gold but because they were the best cars of their respective eras and were driven by the best drivers.

To have a black and gold ??Lotus?? crawling at the back of the field, so what? You may put lipstick and a blonde wig on a cocker spaniel, it is still a cocker spaniel.

From the forum

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Site updates

Lewis Hamilton has joined Twitter and his profile (along with a few other new ones) has been added to the F1 Twitter directory.

Find him here: IamLewis4real

Happy birthday!

Today we’re wishing a happy birthday to Christian Briddon!

On this day in F1

The last race of the 1995 season was 15 years ago today. It was also the final F1 race at the Adelaide street circuit.

It was a strange race of very high attrition, won by Damon Hill with a lead of two laps. One of the best-remembered incidents is David Coulthard’s trip into the barriers during his pit stop:

Only eight cars were classified and with four laps to go it looked as though Olivier Panis’s Ligier wasn’t going to make it. Had he retired, Pedro Diniz would have scored a point for Forti!

Hill gave Panis a very wide berth when he lapped the Ligier and probably helped him hold on to second place by saving him from having to complete another lap:

Image ?? Bridgestone/Ercole Colombo