Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2009

Future F1 cars could have windscreens

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2009

Windscreens may be added to F1 cars to prevent a repeat of Felipe Massa’s crash last year.


Le Formula Uno avranno il parabrezza? (Autosprint)

Formula 1 cars could be fitted with windscreens in future – see the article for an artist’s impression.

We had a discussion about this following the David Coulthard-Alexander Wurz collision at Melbourne in 2007 and again last year when Felipe Massa suffered a head injury in Hungary:

Chapman family backs Group Lotus (Autosport)

“In a statement issued on Thursday on behalf of the Chapman family by Clive, who is managing director of Classic Team Lotus, he says he is fully behind the efforts of Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar.”

Vettel to drive for us ‘sooner or later’, says Montezemolo (Crash)

Apparently the story was originally in the Daily Express but it wasn’t on their site when I checked.

Bianchi to race with Lotus ART in 2011 (Jules Bianchi)

Ferrari reserve driver Jules Bianchi will remain in GP2 with ART (sponsored by Group Lotus) in 2011.

Jerome d’Ambrosio confirms he is paying for drive (ESPN)

“Of course there is talent, but also a commercial aspec. There are people, partners who are working with me in Belgium, as well as Gravity, who are always working with me, with Eric Boullier. We managed to put together the package we needed to be able to sign.”

An IndyCar Christmas wish (Motorsport)

“Three-time Indy 500 winner Unser is among those who hope the 2012 Indycar will prove to be a spectacular machine, requiring more judicious use of the throttle in the grand tradition of the great Indycars of the past. ‘The fact is Indycars just got too easy to drive,’ he says. ‘They don?t have enough horsepower and they drive around running wide-open all the time with the throttle on the floor. They have to make the cars more difficult to drive and more impressive like Indycars always were.'”

John Surtees talks to Phil Catterick (Pitpass)

“You cannot take away from Michael [Schumacher] that he has that immense experience. OK he struggled this year partly because of the regulations regarding testing. In the past he meticulously prepared himself but this year he couldn’t because of the ban. Yes he’s older and he may not take that added chance, but the skills are still there and after a year with the team and the latest developments you can’t rule him out.”

R??ikk??nen close to Citroen WRC deal (Autosport)

“R??ikk??nen recently agreed to remain at his current Citroen Junior outfit for 2011 so he can build on the experience he gained this year.”

There are also reports in the Finnish press that R??ikk??nen’s father passed away recently.

Team Lotus End of 2010 Season (Youtube)

Comment of the day

Renault’s decision to retain Vitaly Petrov for two years set tongues wagging. Casanova is among those not impressed by the decision:

I can?t understand this. Taken in isolation, yes, he showed moments of promise and you could understand giving him another season.

But surely Hulkenberg, Sutil and Heidfeld would all have jumped at that seat. Hulkenberg is rated highly and looking for a seat. Sutil has an option to remain at Force India for another season but would surely relish the chance to prove himself elsewhere. And Heidfeld has been cast out in the cold again, but remains a reliable, proven talent of the second-from-top drawer. It?s hard to argue that none of them would outperform Petrov.

This betrays Genii to be running the team from a finance perspective rather than a racing one. Yes, Petrov comes soaked in roubles, but once you put that above racing talent in your driver decision, you lose all credibility in my eyes.

From the forum

Luigismen asks how long it will take one of the new teams to score a point in 2011.

Happy birthday!

Four birthdays today – all the best to Andrew, Richpea, wasiF1 and Willian Ceolin!