F1 Fanatic round-up
Former Virgin driver Lucas di Grassi has played down rumours he will take over from Pedro de la Rosa as Pirelli’s test driver.
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“The news about Pirelli test driver role are just speculation at this stage but sure it would be interesting to understand the tyre better.”
Via the Live F1 Twitter app
Two very different perspectives on Vitantonio Liuzzi’s departure from Force India. You can read my view from June last year here:
“Well, of course I’d rather be a race driver, but the most important is that I stay within the F1 circus.”
I’m really interested to read views on the “Senna” movie from non-F1 fans so if you spot any do share them with me via the usual means:
“Another film I want to just jump in here with and I think listeners would probably do well to keep an eye out for it, there’s a movie called “Senna.” It’s a story of the Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna, and I knew nothing about Formula One racing coming in. The movie is so gripping, you can’t help but be moved by it by the time it’s all over. And I think that movie is going to get a nice commercial release.”
Interview by F1 Fanatic contributor Gerard Hetman.
“Formula One legend Niki Lauda has caused a storm in his native Austria after demanding that the man who inspired the comedy character Bruno be prevented from ‘gay dancing’ on state TV.”
“The series is based on the book, Shelby: The Man, The Cars, the Legend written by Cobra/GT40 expert Wallace A Wyss, and according to FME ‘…tells the true story of wild young drivers from the US, Germany, France, Italy and Britain, friends and rivals, amateurs risking everything for a shot on the tracks.’”
Short video interview with Damon Hill.
Thanks to Ajokay for the tip
“IndyCar’s contract with Sky Sports ran its course at the end of last year and a replacement deal has yet to be announced.”
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Comment of the day
As we head into the latter stages of Champion of Champions people are having to grapple with increasingly tough choices. Here’s how Melkurion worked it out yesterday:
I so much want to vote Lauda, so much respect for the man.
But I have to be honest, and no matter what my heart says, Prost was clearly the better driver, even though I strongly believed he was past his prime after 1990, and only won the ’93 title because of the car, and he still made hard work of that.
But missing out in ’83 and ’84 by such narrow margins… no, Prost has to be the clear winner here
From the forum
The F1 Fanatic Rolling Trivia Quiz is about to become the first thread to hit 100 pages!
Biographies for all the 2011 F1 drivers announced so far have been updated. The four new additions are here:
And you can find the rest via the links at the foot of the page as usual.
Two F1 Fanatic reader birthdays today – all the best to TNFOX and Shelley Lee!
On this day in F1
Rene Arnoux scored his first ever F1 win in the 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix. He won the last race on the old Interlagos circuit for Renault.
Image © Virgin Racing