Mercedes crew pelt Clear with flour and eggs in video

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The young drivers’ test starts at Abu Dhabi today. Keep an eye our for a guide to the drivers taking part on the site later.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Formula 1 2010 Abu Dhabi: Nico Rosberg “tortura” l’ingegnere che lascia (YouTube)

Nico Rosberg’s race engineer Jock Clear is doused in a worrying brown liquid, pelted with flour and eggs, and has a wig stuck to his head during Mercedes post-season revelries. And it looks like Rosberg was in on the action:

Nico Rosberg on Twitter

Nico "Britney" Rosberg's passport

Was this how Jock Clear got his revenge on Rosberg?:

“Checked in Dubai. Receptionist was shocked when she saw passport. Someone stuck Britney in my passport. No idea who.

Police let me go after one hour in station. Missed out on party and had to call my dad to get my licence from my room. He was not amused. Now dubai cycling”

Red Bull: Title will make Vettel better (Autosport)

“Vettel had actually tried to help the team [in Hungary] by allowing Webber as much of a headstart as possible so the Australian’s tyre strategy would pay off ?ǣ but slipped up by not remembering the mandatory distance he had to stay behind him. That earned Vettel a drive-through penalty ?ǣ and gifted Webber a vital victory.”

Alonso wins DHL Fastest Lap Trophy (F1)

“The winner of the DHL Fastest Lap Award is Fernando Alonso, who recorded five fastest laps during the season. Lewis Hamilton matched that figure, but Alonso holds the highest number of second-fastest laps.”

Comment of the day

Dean tips Vitaly Petrov for best driver of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend:

When you can hold off a double-world champion hungry for a 3rd WDC for the better part of a complete race, that deserves some special credit, regardless of prior performance.

From the forum

It’s the end of the season and you know what that means – time to submit your views on the best and worst drivers of 2010:

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On this day in F1

Kimi R??ikk??nen was finally confirmed as the 2007 F1 champion on this day three years ago.

It took until 26 days after the season finale for the FIA court of appeal to put the result beyond all doubt after claims the Williams and BMW had used fuel that was cooled to a temperature below that allowed by the regulations.

Their disqualification could have promoted Lewis Hamilton higher up the finishing order, out-scoring R??ikk??nen in the process.