Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Di Grassi plays down Pirelli test role rumours

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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Lucas di Grassi on Twitter

“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

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“Well, of course I’d rather be a race driver, but the most important is that I stay within the F1 circus.”

A Look At The 2011 Sundance Film Festival (NPR)

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:

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Interview by F1 Fanatic contributor Gerard Hetman.

‘It’s the pits’: F1 legend Nikki [sic] Lauda complains over Austrian version of Strictly which featuring ‘gay dancing’ numbers (Daily Mail)

“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.”

Ridley Scott behind TV racing drama series (Adam Cooper)

“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.'”

Full interview: Damon Hill, 1996 F1 World Champ (3 news)

Short video interview with Damon Hill.

Laguna Seca on Google Streetview

Thanks to Ajokay for the tip

Will IndyCar be on UK Television in 2011?

“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
Melkurion

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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.

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