Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin, Monaco, 2011

Virgin splits from Wirth

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Nick Wirth leaves Virgin as the team ditch their CFD-only approach.

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Virgin parts company with Wirth (Autosport)

Virgin is also set to drop its all-CFD development strategy, which was key to it being able to afford to move into F1 in the first place. Now an established team in its second season, it is expected to start a windtunnel testing programme alongside ongoing CFD work.”

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers tell FIA they are adamant the country will be safe enough to reschedule race (Daily Telegraph)

“[Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani] acknowledged that 24 of his 108 employees were detained. But he insisted the circuit is above politics and does not discriminate based on religion or sect.”

A familiar formula: hypocrisy and a fat cheque (The Times, subscription required)

“Since unarmed protests flared in Pearl Square, the Government has made hundreds of arrests, accelerated the use of torture and killed more than 30 people. Only a fool could fail to discern the political rationale of restaging the Grand Prix.”

Bahrain and F1 (Joe Saward)

“From what I understand the teams had a meeting in Monaco last Friday and decided that they are not going to race there this year. This was not based on any moral questions but rather on the date that was being offered to them.”

Aabar Investments Exploring Options Regarding Potential Co-operations Between Red Bull’s Corporate Projects and Abu Dhabi (PR Newswire)

“These exploratory talks are at a very early stage and are being held on board level of both companies. They comprise possible joint activities between Red Bull’s corporate projects and Abu Dhabi – they neither include Red Bull’s Formula 1 Teams nor Red Bull’s beverage business.”

Adrian Sutil Q&A: Monaco is always special for me (F1)

“I didn?t directly benefit from [the race suspension] because I changed my tyres before the red flag. A few other cars did benefit a lot because they actually got a free pit stop. I think it?s a good idea to have a look at that rule.”

Showcar Heads East To Help Japan (Red Bull)

“Red Bull’s Running Showcar will travel to Japan this weekend for two runs to help those who were affected by the recent earthquakes. At the wheel will be former Red Bull Racing reserve driver, and current Toro Rosso racer Sebastien Buemi.”

Post Monaco Q&A (Jenson Button)

“I could get close to them, but the only way I was really going to be able to force my way past was if one of them made a mistake or ran off line somewhere. But, I wasn?’t necessarily looking to push past ? I could see that Seb’s tyres were going off and that Fernando could sense there was a possibility to overtake. I was pretty much biding my time, waiting for Fernando to launch a move because it would have either ended with both of them crashing or with Fernando through into the lead and left me with a good chance to have a go at Seb.”

Murray Walker ‘lapped up Kitekat’ (The Guardian)

“The veteran pundit has now confessed to a less mouth-watering habit in the past ?ǣ eating cat food.”

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Comment of the day

Andy C on the impact of Senna:

It really strikes home how big a collision the Rubens crash was, and also the Roland Ratzenberger crash was.

Having been lucky enough to attend the premier and hear the views of Brundle, Watkins and Fullerton to name a few, it is definitely worth watching.

Just prepare for the Imola weekend footage, as if you remember the emotions and watching it live as I do (as a kid) it all comes back to you.
Andy C

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