Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2011

Alonso doubts more overtaking in 2011

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In today’s round-up: Alonso’s overtaking doubts and Kubica calls Barrichello.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Alonso: Passing just as hard in 2011 (Autosport)

“It can be useful to overtake a car that is one or two seconds slower. Maybe the rule’s objective is to favour an overtaking move when a race gets ruined by the impossibility of passing a much slower car, as happened to me with [Vitaly] Petrov in Abu Dhabi. Overtaking between front runners will be difficult in 2011 too.”

Rubens Barrichello on Twitter

“Guess from who I received a call today? Robert Kubica… thanks God he is OK, talking normally… I was so happy…”

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Formula One set to bring in a cap to team budgets, says Red Bull boss (The Guardian)

“We agree with restricting activity but don’t cherry-pick… let’s do a transparent once-and-for-all deal with this.” He indicated that this would be equivalent to a budget cap and when asked if there would be a difference between the two he said “that’s a very good question”.

Sauber sponsors happy with secrecy (Reuters)

“When the Ferrari-powered Sauber team went looking for sponsors last year, however, that is exactly what they found: companies who wanted to be involved in the glamour sport without the world at large knowing about it. So the midfield battlers came up with a typically Swiss solution to lure them in: the ‘Sauber Club One’, effectively a secret society for corporate shrinking violets happy to spend their money while ticking the ‘no publicity’ box.”

Gearing up for new F1 season (BBC)

“This year, for the Bahrain GP in particular I want to use social media to help get the whole of the country watching the first race of the season…and that is where you come in.”

Whiting impressed by Delhi F1 circuit (ESPN Star)

“Whiting completed his inspection of the layout in Noida on Sunday and was extremely pleased with the progress that had been made on the site. With the granular hard court layer of the surface now being completed and the run off areas for corners also nearing completion, laying of the tarmac for the track will commence on the 15th of March.”

Felipe and Fernando, actors for the day (Ferrari)

“After four days of testing from Thursday to Sunday, developing the Ferrari F150th Italia, today, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were back at work at the Jerez circuit, in southern Spain, shooting a series of promotional films for the Scuderia and its partners.”

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Comment of the day

Tim reminds us of one of the more comically-named F1 entries:

Ah, but what about Osella?s chassis from 1988?

The Italian team used the chassis designation FA1 followed by a letter to show the year. So the team used FA1H in 1986, FA1I in 1987 and FA1L (FAIL) in 1988.

Never has a terrible car been so well named??

Happy birthday!

Today we say happy birthday to three F1 Fanatic readers: Tom, Tim P and East Londoner!

On this day in F1

Five years ago new team Super Aguri named their drivers for the 2006 season: Takuma Sato and rookie Yuji Ide.

That completed the grid for the season, although Ide would soon be dropped for Franck Montagny:

Image ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo