Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Monaco, 2011

Court set to rule on ‘Lotus vs Lotus’ case

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: A verdict in the dispute over the use of the name ‘Lotus‘ is expected today.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Chancery Division

“At 2 o’clock – For Judgment: TLC 223/11 Group Lotus PLC & anr v 1Malaysia Racing Team SDN BHD & ors Pt Hd”

Ecclestone hopes FIA reinstates Bahrain (Autosport)

“They are all nice people there. We would not have any problem, but if someone wants to get attention that would be a good way to do it. From a safety point of view I don’t think there is anything to worry about.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton angered by Toro Rosso drivers

“They [Toro Rosso] let Vettel past and then they held me up.”

GP2 2011 Monaco Qualifying Highlights (YouTube)

Giedo van der Garde, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean all received five-place penalties for causing collisions in qualifying.

Renault via Twitter

“Vitaly was 11th fastest after 35 laps with 1:17.337. Vitaly completed the front wing / Armco interaction evaluation test late in the session”

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Toro Rosso shares sold (Joe Saward)

“The word on the harbour front in Monte Carlo is that the Abu Dhabi investment company Aabar Investments has bought shares in Scuderia Toro Rosso. The team is saying nothing at the moment, but multiple well-placed sources say that a deal is done.”

Byron Young on Twitter

[Adrian] Sutil got an arm-waving bollocking from Bernie in Spain. There’s not many things more frightening than that.”

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Monaco GP – Conference 2 (FIA)

Adrian Newey: “We suspected that Ferrari were able to judge when we were going to stop before we went on the radio to the drivers to say stop, so we made a small change based on what we thought they were spotting. Whether that was correct or not who knows?”

Bookmaker pays out on Vettel winning F1 title… with 14 races still to go (Daily Mail)

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, who are known for their attention-grabbing publicity stunts, have decided to reward punters already, despite the fact that there are still 14 races remaining this season, which ends in Brazil at the end of November.

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Comment of the day

So m,uch for the super-softs lasting ten laps: Marcusbreeze wonders if the Saubers might one-stop?

Check out Perez managing 24 laps, and posting a quick lap before his pit stop. I think Sauber must be looking at a one stop strategy here. If they can qualify around P12 or better, and keep one set of super-softs fresh then they must be looking at some decent points.

From the forum

Dan Thorn asks what’s happened to Jarno Trulli?

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Graigchq!

On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher was sent to the back of the grid after a controversial qualifying session at Monaco.

Schumacher came to a halt at Rascasse during his last qualifying lap in an attempt to prevent Fernando Alonso from bettering his time.