Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Monza, 2010

Rome drops bid for Grand Prix

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rome will bid for the Olympics instead of courting a place on the F1 calendar.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Rome Mayor Calls Off GP Bid (Speed)

“Rome has now officially abandoned any plans for hosting a Grand Prix, having previously been given a tentative slot for 2013.”

Australian driver Mark Webber joins in pre-season training with the Bradford Bulls in Spain (The Daily Telegraph)

“He donned a red, amber and black top to join in a series of warm-up drills before taking part in a game of touch rugby.”

Thrilling 2010 season boosts Formula One TV audiences 21 Jan 2011 (F1.com)

“Formula One racing?s global television audience increased to 527 million individuals over the course of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.”

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Comment of the day

Jordi Mateu, who works for the press team at the Circuit de Catalunya, has been answering questions from F1 Fanatic readers who are planning on going to the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix.

It’s great to see representatives from circuits using F1 Fanatic’s service for fans in this way and I hope more of them will in the future. And if you’re thinking of going to the Circuit de Catalunya for this year’s race head over to the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix discussion page:

I suggest to be in different places each day and moving during the race. You can make a tour by foot round the track. From bend six to seven and eight there on Saturday. For the race bend 15 and 16 or three to five.
Jordi Mateu

From the forum

Prisoner Monkeys has started an interesting topic on driver moves that just didn’t work.

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Happy birthday!

Today’s birthday greetings go to Salut Gilles and Nathan!

On this day in F1

The F1 teams assembled in Argentina for the first race of the 1956 season on this day 55 years ago.

Juan Manuel Fangio suffered engine problems early in the race, so he took over team mate Luigi Musso’s car. Fangio worked his way up the order and took over the lead when Stirling Moss hit trouble.

Fangio won, but after the race Maserati protested, claiming he had been given an illegal push after spinning. Several weeks afterwards, the FIA rejected the appeal and confirmed the original result, affirming Fangio and Musso as joint winners.

Image ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo