A busy day ahead at F1 Fanatic.
Over in Barcelona the third F1 test of 2011 is about to start – and I’m not there. I’m going to be at McLaren today for a pre-season media event today.
Leandra Graves, a new writer to F1 Fanatic, is in Barcelona to follow the test as it happens and talk to the drivers and teams. You can follow her on Twitter and she’ll also be posting updates on the F1 Fanatic Twitter feed.
I also spoke to new BBC F1 commentators Martin Brundle and David Coulthard last week so keep an eye out for an exclusive interview with them on the site later today.
Here’s today’s round-up:
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“We’ll make a decision by Tuesday or Wednesday [next week]. If things stay as they are today, the answer is no. If it’s not quietened down by Wednesday, I think we will have to cancel probably. We’ll have to keep our eye on things and make a decision quickly.”
“There is no likelihood of confusion between the mark applied for and Formula One Licensing’s marks, given the low degree of similarity between the marks and the descriptive character that the public attributes to the abbreviation ‘F1’.”
“Shanghai has agreed a deal to host Formula 1 races until 2017, ending months of speculation about the future of the Chinese Grand Prix.”
“At the time, Mr Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós grip on Formula One seemed under threat: car manufacturers had threatened to set up a rival series unless their teams received more money. Since then, the teams have signed a contract committing them to race until 2013 and FOA?óÔé¼Ôäós revenues increased to $1.1bn in 2009. Mr Ecclestone said last year that he believes the business is now worth ?óÔé¼?ô$6bn or $7bn?óÔé¼?Ø.”
An excerpt from the forthcoming new biography of Bernie Ecclestone by Tom Bower: “I first met Bernie Ecclestone in 2009, when I started writing my book about his life. I’d replied to Ecclestone’s offer of co-operation with the assurance that I would publish any evidence I found of wrongdoing. Ecclestone smiled and said: ‘Tom, I’m no angel.’ I enjoyed unprecedented access to Ecclestone, his friends and most of Formula 1’s leading personalities.”
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Comment of the day
A lot of spirited debate on the Bahrain situation yesterday. Alianora la Canta argued for why the race should be cancelled:
The cancellation of the Grand Prix would increase the amount of pressure that could be brought to bear upon the wrongdoers in this scenario, encourage flexibility in the minds of the powers-that-be and demonstrate powerfully that violent behaviour will have negative consequences for everyone. So cancellation would cause the Bahraini citizenry a lot of good in an indirect fashion.
Anything can move with a big enough lever and what those governments that rely on F1 to make them look good perhaps don?óÔé¼Ôäót realise is that F1 can be a large lever under certain circumstances.
Alianora la Canta
From the forum
Is that really Zsolt Baumgartner on Twitter? I’m not convinced.
“Senna” movie in America
If you’re in Los Angeles or New York don’t miss a limited chance to see the “Senna” movie.
It’s playing for a one-week run at two cinemas starting on Saturday. Thanks to John Laurence for sending the details of the cinemas:
Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10012
Laemmle Theatres, Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino CA
If you do go to see “Senna”, do drop me an email telling me what you thought of it. And remember to say hi to any fellow F1 Fanatics!
Two F1 Fanatic reader birthdays today – all the best to _Ben_ and Mike!
On this day in F1
Ten years ago today Nick Heidfeld set a new track record at the Muigello circuit, testing for Sauber.
Then, as now, Sauber were going into a new season with one rookie driver – Kimi R?â?ñikk?â?Ânen – and one driver with just a single full season under his belt. It turned out to be their most successful year.
Will history repeat itself with Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez this year?
Image ?é?® Red Bull/Getty images