I’m going to the Autosport International show in Birmingham today where Renault’s black-and-gold Lotus livery for 2011 will be on display. Pictures of that and more from the show will be on the site later.
Here’s today’s round-up:
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
International Olympic Committee executive director Gilbert Felli: “It is good to have an F1 race in Russia and Sochi in particular, but we won’t want to have the facility built for the GP to put the construction or preparation of the games at risk.”
“Good day at Codemasters yesterday. Lots of topics covered for F1 2011. Exciting stuff!”
“One senior insider at another top team told BBC Sport he thought Red Bull had “flouted” the RRA. Horner responded by asking rhetorically how they would know.”
“Asked outright whether a season as dreadful as 2010 would be Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós last, Domenicali said: ‘It would be wrong to say anything at the beginning of the season. I hope it will be close between them; that he will be as good, or maybe even faster than Fernando. But for sure we need two strong drivers to win the constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó title.'”
Domenicali says he doesn’t regret Massa being ordered to give up a win at Hockenheim after Alonso failed to win the world championship: “It has to be said that I don?óÔé¼Ôäót like this line of reasoning, because it is one thing to make a decision on the spur of the moment and another to do so with hindsight, having taken stock of the situation. Having said that, I think that in Germany, the team ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which means the management, the engineers and the drivers ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ made the best choice.”
“On the rear tyres there are still some steps to be done. Due to the time we also haven’t done tests with wet tyres.”
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Comment of the day
F1 coverage is finally available in HD. Now they can get on with fixing everything else. Here’s a few suggestions from Rob:
There are a couple of things I would like FOM to adopt which has been common in NASCAR for a while:
A permanent display showing the gaps between cars updated more regularly (although this is easier to engineer on oval circuits I think I remember seeing it at Watkins Glen where the times updated every few seconds rather than at the end of each sector).
Picture-in-picture so that the action on the track can still be followed while showing cars pitting. And also this would allow viewers to see who was pitting faster between two cars fighting for position rather than having to rely on Martin Brundle looking out of the window and waiting to see another car flash past the camera in the pit box!
Bernie may have been around during the stone age but it is criminal that nobody involved in the sport has taken him to task for keeping the TV coverage there.
From the forum
The F1 2010 career thread nudges towards 300 posts. How’s yours going?
Wish happy birthdays to Kei and Ace today!
On this day in F1
Mauro Forghieri, designer of several world-championship winning Ferraris, is 76 today.
A key figure in Ferrari’s renaissance in the mid-seventies, Forghieri’s cars won championships in the hands of Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter.
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