Renault R30 launch

Lotus, Renault and Sauber to launch cars today

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Three 2011 F1 cars will be seen for the first time today.

First up is the new Lotus TL11. The team are releasing the first images of the car at 5am British time.

Two other cars are being revealed for the first time in Valencia. The Sauber C30 launch is scheduled for 10am GMT, then the Renault R31 should make its debut an hour after that.

I’m in Valencia today to bring you coverage and pictures from all the launches, so keep an eye on F1 Fanatic for the first pictures of the new cars.

And remember you can follow other updates from the launches using the F1 Fanatic Live Twitter app.

Links

Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

2011 Festival Awards (Sundance.org)

The film Senna, directed by Asif Kapadia, has been awarded the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Massa has first run in F150 (Autosport)

??Felipe Massa had his first taste of Ferrari’s new F150 at Fiorano yesterday as the team conducted a filming day. After Fernando Alonso had taken the wheel for the initial shakedown following the launch event on Friday, Massa managed 60 kilometres of running in mostly damp conditions.??

Timo Glock (realTimoGlock via Twitter)

??Just a couple of hours until the new season really starts! After the launch of Ferrari the other teams launch three new cars tomorrow!

??What do you think, which team is top, which one has the best looking one and who will be the biggest surprise 2011???

Jenson Button (JensonButton via Twitter)

??Another positive simulator day on Friday. Feel we’re making some good progress! Also went for a swim with my engineers which was interesting!??

Win tickets to the launch of Virgin?s new car (MarussiaVirgin via Twitter)

??If you like #F1 and could come to our launch in West London on Feb 7, see our FB page or tweet #MVR02Launch & why I should pick you. 8 Tickets left!??

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Comment of the day

The Senna vs Fangio debate has been one of the difficult yet. rdenatale says:

When I saw the match up, my first thought was, how do I pick. But the stats alone really speak for themselves. I had to vote for Fangio.

While I am a little too young to have seen Fangio in action, being 5 or 6 years old when he won his last championship, I know that his accomplishments were legendary. A big point for me in this case is that Fangio drove in the era when the ??Drivers were fat and the tires were skinny.?? The cars might have been high-tech for the time, but far more basic than even a basic road car today. In my mind this means that the driver?s skills were a larger component of success.

Comparing a 1950s era F1 driver to one today is analogous to comparing a WW I fighter pilot to the commander of the Space Shuttle. One was pretty much on his own, the closest thing to telemetry being the pit boards, no radio, no engine or suspension electronics??, while the latter has computers in the car, and a local mission control connected over the internet to the factory.

Now I know that F1 hadn?t advanced quite as much by Senna?s day, the analogy might be closer to a WW I vs. Vietnam era fighter pilot. But the real turning point when the battle turned more towards engineering and less the driver himself was probably the mid-late 1970s between Fangio?s era and Senna?s.
rdenatale

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