Petrov keeps the Russian cash coming

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has helped Vitaly Petrov secure another sponsor.


Putin comes to aid of Russian F1 ace Petrov (The Straits Times)

Vitaly Petrov, Russia’s first and only Formula One driver, is to receive funding from state-run high-tech company Rostekhnologii following a deal brokered by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, local media reported on Tuesday.”

Genii selling Lotus Renault shares? (Joe Saward)

There are reports from highly reliable sources that G??rard Lopez and his partner in GenII Capital Eric Lux, have sold their shares in the Renault F1 Team Ltd company, which was renamed Lotus Renault GP Ltd on December 16. The suggestion is that the Genii Capital shares have been sold to Group Lotus. If this is true then the team should now be 100%-owned by Lotus, as Renault announced on December 8 that it had sold its shares to Genii Capital.

Where it all began for McLaren (Autocar)

“One of the most significant red letter days coming down the track in 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the debut of Rondel Racing. The immaculate F2 operation was founded jointly by Ron Dennis and Neil Trundle and formed the basis of today?s multiple world championship winning McLaren operation that’s become one of the sport?s defining forces over the decades which followed.”

Brawn sure Schumacher will improve (Autosport)

“I’m still optimistic because Michael’s performances at the end of last season were encouraging. I’m convinced he will go decidedly better this year.”

Comment of the day

Nice crystal ball work by Tindrum following the news Ferrari have moved Chris Dyer aside:

??Ring Ring?
??G?day Ross, Chris here??
??Chris yes, why don?t we met for a coffee. Perhaps Michael will join us??
??Yes Ross I?d like that??

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On this day in F1

On this day last year the Tribune de Grande Instance overturned the lifetime ban from motorsport the FIA had tried to impose on Flavio Briatore for his role in ‘Crashgate’ at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

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