Pastor Maldonado, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2010

HRT leave FOTA after not paying membership fees

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In today’s round-up, HRT say they left FOTA because it’s “more for the big teams” – but it turns out there’s more to the story.


Hispania quit Formula One teams body FOTA (Reuters)

“FOTA general secretary Simone Perillo told Reuters that the team had failed to pay their dues. ‘I can confirm that Hispania Racing F1 Team did not fulfil their 2010 FOTA membership fee obligations,’ he said, without disclosing how much was owing of the ??100,000 ($129,100) annual fee.'”

Case details for Trade Mark 2561143 (Intellectual Property Office)

Lotus appear to have abandoned an attempt to register their green and yellow colouring as a trademark.

Legendary Tyrrell designer Derek Gardner dies (ESPN)

“Respected Tyrrell designer Derek Gardner has died at the age of 79.”

Meet the Vodafone McLaren Team (Youtube)

Comment of the day

Here’s an interesting observation on Juan Manuel Fangio from Alec:

I just wanted to add a comment about Fangio, having grown up in Argentina.

The country has sports figures that were celebrated despite their faults, like Maradona, who may have been a terrific football player yet was a disaster in his personal life, and even a bad sportsman on the soccer field (remember the famous ??hand of god?? goal.)

But Fangio was the opposite, just as famous for being humble and a gentleman as for his results. I think perhaps he had equals as drivers, say Ayrton Senna. But I can?t think of any other with quite such a good reputation for his conduct, driving or otherwise.

From the forum

Apparently other people have fonder memories of the “Grand Prix Manager” games than I do.

Happy birthday!

No F1 Fanatic birthdays today. If you want a birthday shout-out tell us when yours is by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Adrian Sutil who is 28 today!

Image ?? Motioncompany