Mark Webber, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Melbourne, 2010

FIA extends DRS zone ahead of first race

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

At long last the off-season is over and the first official on-track of 2011 takes place today.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

FIA wrongfoots teams with late change (Adam Cooper)

“The section of track on which the wing can be operated was set at 600m for race day, on the basis that the figure could be changed if experience in the early races proved that to be necessary. However for the opening race in Australia it has already been changed to over 860m.”

Adrian Newey rejected Ferrari bid to tempt him from Red Bull (BBC)

Stefano Domenicali: “Of course, Adrian is one of the best, if not the best, in F1. We joke a lot about the possibility [of him joining Ferrari] but I have the impression he is happy in England and that he will stay at Red Bull.”

Williams – Lowline gearbox in detail (ScarbsF1)

“Having been obvious at its launch the Williams FW33 has a radical shrunken gearbox case. Now we can see how the case is actually configured.”

F1 Games from Codemasters (Facebook)

“Today we’re pleased to announce that F1 2011 will be coming out on the 23rd September.”

Tourist route gives Paul di Resta right grounding for F1’s hard road (The Guardian)

“OK, [Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have] won world championships but I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve. And I’m not sure I would have wanted to be a Formula One driver at 19. I had four good years in touring cars. I’ll look back and say I definitely enjoyed them. I don’t regret it.”

Australian GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Mark Webber: “We are just a drinks company but in the end we had a pretty good season last year so hopefully we can build on what we did last year. We have some sensational rivals, like Fernando touched on. The red guys are a phenomenal team, phenomenal history and that?s what gives us great rewards to come out and compete against those guys.”

Anthony Davidson on Twitter

“Using KERS and rear wing adjust on simulator. It’s like a serious version of Mario Kart! Now… Where’s that red shell deployment button?”

Via the F1 Fanatic live Twitter app

Biggest regret? My Barnet in ?06 (The Sun)

Remember the journalist yesterday who was complaining about not getting to ask Hamilton any F1 questions? Read the questions in this article…

Dan Shutte via Twitter

“Just learned that there will be a moment of silence on the grid Sunday… obviously for those in Japan.”

Via the F1 Fanatic live Twitter app

Randstad Increases Commitment (Williams)

“Randstad has upgraded its partnership with the AT&T Williams team.”

NEC Mexico is a Premium Partner of the Sauber F1 Team (Sauber)

“With the season opener just around the corner, the Sauber F1 Team is happy to announce another Premium Partner: as from the Australian Grand Prix, the NEC logo will be visible on the side of the monocoque.”

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Comment of the day

Icthyes doesn’t expect drivers will be able to make the tyres last long enough to save themselves a pit stop:

I don?t think tyre-saving will be important at all.

Let?s say the best drivers can eke an extra 4 laps out (and that?s being generous). By even the gloomiest predictions, you?d need a 4-stop race to make up enough laps to cover one stint. Then there?s the fact they?ll be going a little slower to save the laps, so it won?t work anyway.

Disappointing, but like I said elsewhere, better than what we had. And it would be rubbish if you could win by saving tyres, but not by maxing them out (as they will probably be driving them near the limit anyway, as Webber, Brundle and Schumacher have all said or suggested).

Can?t wait!

From the forum

Guy puts forward a very radical idea.

Site updates

The updated version of F1 Fanatic Live will make its return today, thanks again to Jamie Atkinson who’s developed it further from the last version that was used.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Marc and Guilherme Teixeira!

On this day in F1

John Hugenholz died on this day in 1995.

Hugenholz designed many famous F1 circuits including Zandvoort in his homeland the Netherlands. He also penned Suzuka, which is little changed today from how it was when it first opened in the sixties.

Other Hugenholz creations used in F1 include the original Hockenheimring in Germany (which has since been heavily revised), Jarama in Spain and Zolder and Nivelles in Belgium.

Image ?? Renault/LAT