F1 Fanatic round-up
Team Lotus driver Jarno Trulli says that having two teams carrying the Lotus name is ‘embarrassing and surreal’.
“Team Lotus driver Jarno Trulli says too many changes have been brought into Formula One for 2011 and that having two teams carrying the Lotus name is “embarrassing and surreal”.
“‘There are too many new things, from aerodynamics to tyres to KERS. We talk about saving money but each year the rules change, people don’t understand, it becomes less of a show,’ the 36-year-old Italian told Sunday’s Gazzetta Sportiva newspaper.”
“Being fast on the track is no guarantee that speed will be involved when it comes to paying bills.
“Red Bull Racing, which won last year’s Formula 1 drivers’ and constructors’ titles, was the only racing outfit to pay its suppliers on time, according to a report by business information firm Dun & Bradstreet.”
“Red Bull Racing is on course to have its new car ready for the first official test at Valencia on February 1.”
“While racing has allowed car manufacturers to demonstrate their engineering skill and provided a way for a long-line of sportsmen to get their thrills for over a hundred years, a similar technological struggle has taken place on water where endurance racing and a quest for speed records have been pursued. As car engines became more powerful and finely tuned during the 1930s, those same power-units became attractive to designers of competition boats.
“With competitive marine racing, like its land-based cousin, fuelled by publicity and advertising, top manufacturers of their day such as Maserati and Alfa Romeo were keen to jump on board. Both teamed up with Italian boat racers in a quest for more speed and national pride, supplying retired race engines.”
“A “P1” displayed on his pit board tells a racing driver that he’s leading. And P1 is also the name of the new Italian brand whose safe, stylish and comfortable driver overalls will be worn by the Sauber F1 Team drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez in the forthcoming 2011 season.”
“The start of F1 testing is just 23 days away and most of the teams are flat out getting their first chassis built. It’s an exciting time but also a nervous one.
“From talking to a number of teams this last week they all share an anxiety that one of their rivals might have come up with a silver bullet, this year’s equivalent of the F Duct – a must-have aero device which gives a good few tenths of a second advantage and all must copy.”
“Vijay Mallya insists he is ‘delighted’ there will be an Indian driver in F1 this year even though it ‘wasn’t the right time’ for Force India to sign Narain Karthikeyan.”
“Huge thanks to @TheVijayMallya for his kind words on autosport.com for his kind words about me. I really appreciate the good wishes.
“And also to all my fans all over the world. Thanks a tonne for the blessings and good wishes. You guys spur me on to do well. My fans are the best.”
Comment of the day
Vicky is going to the Turkish Grand Prix and has some questions – can anybody help?
Hello, me and my boyfriend are going to the Turkish Grand Prix 2011 – it will be my first race and I cannot wait!
Has anybody who has been before ever rented a car? What are the driving conditions like? We are staying in a hotel near the blue mosque but neither of us has been to Istanbul before. We have looked at previous reviews and don’t really fancy the trip on the bus. Car rental companies are charging about £200 to rent a car for 4 days so are considering doing this.
Also does anybody know if there are any driver autograph sessions on any of the days?
Read more: 2011 Turkish Grand Prix discussion
From the forum
This week’s Official F1Fanatic PS3 World Championship (aka The Collantine Cup) was dramatic.
Provisional results are in: damonsmedley has been awarded the win, but only by 0.7 seconds on AUS_Steve following his 10 second penalty.
In the words of Magnificent Geoffrey:
Full race results and Championship standings will be posted early next week, after the World Virtual Motorsports Council meets and determines whether to overturn the Stewards’ decision.
- Added Narain Karthikeyan to ‘HRT’
- Added Mario Andretti and Taki Inoue to ‘Former F1 Drivers’
- Added Nurburgring to ‘Other F1 accounts’
- Changed account details for Jenson Button, Jaime Alguersuari, Lotus and Renault
A big happy birthday to Cameron, SamS and Nano Rock!
On this day in F1
On this day in 2008, it was announced that Giancarlo Fisichella would drive for Force India, alongside Adrian Sutil.
Fisichella’s signing was the final addition the 2008 driver line-up.