Reserve role at Force India beckons for H???lkenberg

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico H???lkenberg’s manager Willi Weber indicates his driver may drive for Force India in practice in 2011.

Update: F1 Fanatic will be interviewing Mika Hakkinen tomorrow. If there’s anything you’d like to ask the 1998 and 1999 world champion please post your suggestions in the comments and I’ll take a look at them before the interview.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Weber: Virgin-Angebot f???r H???lkenberg (Auto Motor und Sport)

Weber also said he had turned down the offer of a drive at Virgin for H???lkenberg. Here’s an automatic translation.

F1 team may run afoul of Canada’s tobacco laws (The Globe and Mail)

“The revival of the legendary John Player Special-Lotus colours may be great for nostalgic Formula One fans, but the historic black and gold paint scheme may cause some headaches for its team during Canadian Grand Prix in June.”

Have whisky, will travel (Stuff)

“An Indian billionaire jetted into Christchurch to “hand-carry to Glasgow” three bottles of whisky. […] The bottles left Christchurch yesterday with Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who owns the Whyte & Mackay company, which took over the Mackinlay distillery that produced the whisky more than a century ago.”

Honda RA272 (Brendan’s grain of rice)

Smart Lego model of a 1965 Honda RA272, the car the team scored its first Grand Prix win with in Mexico that year, driven by Richie Ginther.

Via the Live F1 Twitter app

Two days of work at Maranello for Massa (Ferrari)

“On Monday, the Brazilian was tackling a session in the simulator, also meeting Aldo Costa and Nikolas Tombazis, who brought him right up to date with the latest developments on the new car.”

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Comment of the day

Here’s a winning combination of interesting comment and cracking user name:

Although Denny Hulme spoke to me once in New Zealand when I was working for McRae I voted for Emerson who I had only seen in the pits in the US but I never talked to him.

Denny was a terrible thrasher of dog rings in the Hewland transaxle; they would never last through practice, let alone the race.

Emerson at least tried new car construction with an Aluminum honeycomb tub in the Copersucar which was way ahead of it?s time.
Tinakori Road

From the forum

Good to see one of by favourite threads by polishboy808 still running: Your Street Circuit.

Happy birthday!

A very happy birthday to MarkG!

On this day in F1

MarkG shares his birthday with two drivers who raced in 2010.

Happy birthdays also to Jenson Button, who is 31 today, and Karun Chandhok, who turns 27!

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