A1GP: Dennis Retera, Team Netherlands, Taupo, 2009

First true HD F1 broadcast announced

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: F1 in proper high definition at last and is A1 Grand Prix about to make a comeback?


Sky zeigt Formel-1-Rennen 2011 erstmals in nativem HDTV (Digital Fernsehen)

Sky Germany will broadcast F1 in high definition in 2011. See here for an automatic translation.

Thanks to F1 Addict for the tip

A10 World Series

Pointed out by James Roberts on Twitter. The clock seems to run out at 10:30am (GMT) tomorrow – shortly after the Autosport International show (which I will be at) opens.

Is this a resurrection of A1 Grand Prix? This site suggests an announcement about A1GP is due on the same day (thanks to Ed Marshall for that link).

Also, Tom Parr on Twitter dug up some details about the domain owners.

Via the F1 Fanatic Twitter app

Maurice Hamilton on Twitter

On BBC’s F1 team plans: “I really hope Martin Brundle has thought this through…”

Via the F1 Fanatic Twitter app

Nominees for 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards are announced (Laureus)

World champion Sebastian Vettel is among this year’s nominees.

Karun caught in legal tangle (Deccan Chronicle)

“Hispania boss Colin Kolles revealed that Karun [Chandhok] was suspended from the team after the British GP last year ‘for not fulfilling the contract. When he signed an agreement with us for the 2010 season, Karun made a lot of promises on paper. But, he failed to fulfill his obligations. We waited for some time, but we didn?t have any other choice than suspending him at the German GP. We, however, did everything diplomatically. We didn?t make it public. Since then, Karun was never in the team?s radar.'”

Alain Prost drives a Dacia Duster in the Andros Trophy (F1 Fanatic on YouTube)

In search of fairer privacy laws (The Guardian)

An article by Max Mosley who is taking his privacy case to the European Court of Human Rights.

??The Flying Lap With Peter Windsor? ?ǣ A Live, Motor Sport, Online TV Show Launches Jan 12! (The Race Driver)

“The technology and studio base have been many months in the perfecting and the making and I think now represent the razor-sharp cutting edge of what is achievable on the Internet.”

Jan. 11: On Firestone, Beatriz and Edmonton (IndyStar)

On Bridgestone brand Firestone’s potential departure from IndyCar: “I see it as a group of marketing types wanting to get away from being involved in motor sports. The company dropped Formula One last year. Yes, it was expensive, but I think it was a sign for IndyCar. Some of my sources have said Firestone has been dropping hints for some time. I hope I?m wrong.”

New Pit and Paddock Building (Silverstone on Facebook)

The Silverstone Wing takes shape.

Vitaly answers your tweets! (Lotus Renault GP)

“I get on with all the drivers and try to have a little chat with everyone at each race. But I always talk a lot with Kamui Kobayashi.”

What a foot up! (Richard Branson)

“I?m ??hopeful? I?ll be ready for the flight to Malaysia but my knee may mean that wearing high heel shoes is now a step too far!”

Comment of the day

Ajokay welcomes Martin Brundle’s promotion in the BBC F1 commentary box:

2011 will be Martin?s 15th (believe it or not) year as a commentator. His commentating career has already outlived his Formula One career. An as much as we all loved him as an F1 driver, and he didn?t get the breaks he deserved, I believe he?s a better commentator than he was an F1 driver.

He started out at the driver expert?? the ex-competitor, the colour commentator. The Jerry Lawler to Murray Walker?s Jim Ross (if you?ll excuse the WWE comparison), but over the many years of his second-to-none time in the box, I believe he is more than capable of being the Jim Ross.

He is the expert of all, and he knows how to commentate. He is accurate, witty, and on-the-ball, and It?s about time he was made the number one in a team. And I?m sure Coulthard will fit into the expert driver role just fine.

From the forum

Casanova wonders which drivers have driven for all the top teams?

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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher warmed up for his F1 return by testing a GP2 car at Jerez in Spain on this day last year: