Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Kubica has final operation on elbow

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Thanks very much to everyone who watched me on “The Flying Lap” yesterday. I’ll post a video of the interview as soon as it’s available.

Here’s today’s round-up.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Update on Robert (Lotus Renault GP)

“As scheduled, Robert was back in surgery today as doctors at Santa Corona Hospital treated the complex fracture to his elbow.”

Alonso feared for injured star Kubica (CNN)

“It was not so clear he was going to survive. I tried to drive to the hospital to find out exactly what his injuries were,” before Alonso said he received more positive news. Now he is recovering well and we hope to see him back very soon in F1.”

Webber could stay at Red Bull in 2012, says Horner (Reuters)

“”Mark isn’t approaching this year that (as if) this is his final year. I think we both agreed to keep the contract on a yearly basis at this stage in his career because it’s important for us to see that he’s got the speed, the motivation, the hunger and commitment.”

The implications of the Gribkowsky affair (Autosport, subscription required)

“Now, though, Mosley is gone, and sources within the FIA indicate his successor Jean Todt is intent on restoring the FIA’s overall control of the rights. The Munich matter, plus CVC’s investigation ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ which is expected to be extremely thorough, given the standing of the commission’s members ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ could well provide Todt with the means of doing just that, possibly in conjunction with Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund […] or the teams’ collective.”

McLaren Roll Hoop and Cooling Arrangement (ScarbsF1)

McLaren’s 2011 solution is to provide a dedicated feed for each of the different cooling requirements. The engines main coolers reside within the sidepod, fed by the ?σΤιΌ?τL?σΤιΌ?Ψ shaped inlets. These vent partly through the rear of the sidepod and partly through the bulge in the tail of the upper engine cover”

Video Games Awards Nominees in 2011 (BAFTA)

“F1 2010” has been nominated for a BAFTA award. Congratulations to everybody at Codemasters!

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Comment of the day

Tomforpresident asks what happens next at Renault:

On one hand i would really like Heidfeld to do well, and shut up all the doubters. Never really been a huge Heidfeld fan but i think he is getting a lot of flak for no reason.

On the other hand, if he does do well, what happens when Kubica is fit to return?

Given the reports we are getting it looks unlikely that he will be better within the first half of the season, surely there is a point of no return if Heidfeld is consistently scoring points or heavens forbid fighting for the championship that they just wouldn’t bring Kubica back.

Is it a possibility he could steal Petrov’s seat if he under-performs? or is that complicated with him being a pay driver?

From the forum

Pinkeyed points out how you can cheer up Robert Kubica.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Steve_P83!

On this day in F1

On this day last year the news began to break that F1’s 13th team, US F1, wouldn’t be making the start of the season. The vacant slot they left on the grid has still not been filled.