Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 2010

Mercedes simulator makes Schumacher unwell

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India say they will make an announcement about their driver line-up at 3pm (GMT) today. The team is expected to promote Paul di Resta to partner Adrian Sutil.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Michael Schumacher hit by illness in Mercedes simulator (BBC)

“Throughout his career, Michael from time to time has been susceptible to simulator sickness. It hasn’t adversely affected Michael’s race preparation or competitiveness with regard to his team-mate.”

South Africa to bid for F1 grand prix from 2013 (Reuters)

“South Africa is bidding to host a Formula One Grand Prix in Cape Town from 2013, which would be the country’s first in nearly 20 years.”

Toro Rosso on Twitter

“Jaime was in the factory today for his seat fitting in STR6. As you can clearly see, he is either giving it the thumbs-up, or trying out our latest invisible steering wheel, with KERS button.”

Note the Monza 2008 podium sign in the background and, on the car, signs of a heavily undercut air intake on the new STR6.

Via the Live Twitter app

Symonds: F1 overtaking research key (Autosport)

“If we are going to improve overtaking then we need to know what our target is – and if our target is to have half as much again as we have now, then sure we can work on it. If it is three times as much, we can work on it. We need a target, we need to dispel some of the myths ?ǣ and we need to put some money into it to research it.”

Force India on Twitter

Force India F1 Racing Team 2011 Drivers Announcement… catch the LIVE updates on Twitter at 8.30PM IST/3PM GMT! Mark your clocks!”

Via the Live Twitter app

Shanghai International works to cure sinking feeling (Crash)

“The circuit’s head of engineering, Sun Liang, gave another explanation for the problems, citing the use of ‘complex materials’ to artificially elevate sections of the circuit, which was built on reclaimed swampland. ‘Because some parts of the circuit are on the ground while some parts are not, as time goes by it’s normal for some subsidence,” he noted, ‘What we will do is repave the asphalt on the three corners as we don’t have to repave the whole circuit at all.'”

ScarbsF1 on Twitter

“Lotus Renault GP R31, Le Figaro have released this picture apparently of the new car, note the clever mirror mounts, sidepod inlets and Helmets”

Beneath the Hype of F1 Austin: Part 1 and Part 2 (Austin Post)

“In my opinion the roads that immediately surround the F1 site are inadequate for the demands of a major racing series. I cannot cite any studies, but I have been to racing events in six countries and more than 25 locations in the US. I have driven around the site, looked at the existing roads, and I recognize that the road infrastructure is inadequate. It barely satisfies the current daily demands. Improvements are needed and the Commissioner’s Court has some demands.”

Christian Horner Fan Club

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Comment of the day

What did yesterday’s look at the adjustable rear wing rules tell us? Robert McKay offers an interpretation:

It does highlight a potential flaw in the thinking. For example there were loads of ARW opportunities in Canada because there was already lots of close racing and overtaking. Canada last year was one of the races we really didn?t need ARW overtaking help. But Bahrain, where we really did need help, had the third fewest possibilities for ARW overtaking.

So on that basis the ARW is the wrong way round ?ǣ doesn?t help the races you need it in and probably overdoes the races you don?t.
Robert McKay

From the forum

Lucasowen85 asks what’s going to happen to the European Grand Prix?

F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

Yesterday’s announcement by HRT that their F111 should make its first appearance in the Bahrain test means we now know when all of the new 2011 F1 cars should be revealed.

As usual you can find all these dates on the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar. Details of which drivers will be in action at each of the tests are also being added, and of course all the 2011 F1 race dates are in there too.

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Happy birthday!

Happy birthdays to Stealthman and Weasel Chops!

On this day in F1

And happy birthday also to Sauber’s new driver for 2011 Sergio Perez. He’s 21 today.