Jenson Button, McLaren, Valencia, 2011

Button to get first taste of MP4-26

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Welcome to today’s round-up. I’m in Jerez for a second day following the testing action which will see Jenson Button drive the new McLaren for the first time.

Here’s what else is going on today:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Grosjean not feeling overlooked (Autosport)

“I think [management organisation] Gravity and me, we have the target to be in Formula 1 in 2012. That’s the goal so at the moment we go step by step.”

February 10th, 2011 (McLaren)

“We estimate that close to a quarter of a million man-hours have gone into our new machine, and the effort doesn?t stop now the car?s begun its assault on the racetracks of the world. The development cycle will go on till the end of the season, when once again it?ll be time to focus 100 per cent of our efforts on the following year?s contender.”

Williams to accelerate growth with flotation (Financial Times)

“Williams will be listing as Williams Grand Prix Holdings on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in order to avoid the need to disclose the value of its major contracts.”

Scarbs on Twitter

“McLaren exhausts: Quite clearly seen at the back (Arrows to help you! lol)”

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Comment of the day

Ferrari are trying to pull the wool over our eyes with their car’s new name and macahan’s not having any of it:

The claim it was always intended as an abbreviation don?t fly with me. Then why did all website and news releases have the abbreviated name in it and now all a sudden have the full name? The ??full?? name was never breathed until the lawsuit.

From the forum

A great post from Hare: You know you’re an “F1 Fanatic” fanatic when…

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

But we do wish a happy birthday to 1964 champion John Surtees who is 77 today!