McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 launch

McLaren to launch new car after first test

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In today’s round-up: McLaren launch, no HRT seat for Senna and Force India changes.


McLaren plans interim car for first test (Autosport)

“The first official test of the year takes place at Valencia from February 1-3, but McLaren will not unveil its new MP4-26 until the day after that test finishes.”

Motor racing-F1 exit looms for Senna after HRT snub (Reuters)

Colin Kolles: “I can definitely say that Mr Bruno Senna is not going to race for HRT. One hundred percent not.”

Changes behind the scenes at Force India (James Allen)

“Dominic Harlow becomes Head of Circuit Engineering, a role which is similar in scope to that of Pat Fry in the new Ferrari set-up. In addition to his role in charge of engineering operations at the races, he takes an overview role on the design and development side. Meanwhile Andy Green moves into the technical director?σΤιΌΤδσs chair, replacing Mark Smith, who will soon leave the team to join his mentor Mike Gascoyne at Lotus.”

Monaco To Italy With Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter: Spring, 1979 (The Race Driver)

“There are two cars in the Fiorano pits ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Gilles?σΤιΌΤδσ T4 and a workhorse T3 fitted with lots of additional electronics. Scheckter walks quickly over to the newer car, notices ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ by way of its copious seat padding and maximum pedal adjustment ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ that it is not for him, and swears. Why is that his car is the one that?σΤιΌΤδσs always late?”

Comment of the day

DVC has a theory on why Juan Manuel Fangio will do well in Champion of Champions:

Luckily for Fangio all his haters are still communicating by telegraph, rather than using computers.

From the forum

Enigma asks if F1 is too easy these days?

Happy birthday!

Today’s birthday wishes go out to Michael Roberts!

On this day in F1

USF1 announced they would test their F1 car at the Barber Motorsport Park on this day last year.

Unfortunately, the team never finished their car, meaning we haven’t yet had the chance to see a modern F1 car run at the track. Shame.