Eric Boullier, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011

Eric Boullier: October deadline for Kubica?s seat

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In today’s round-up: the Renault boss sets a deadline for keeping a seat open for Robert Kubica next year.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Renault sets mid-October deadline for Kubica’s seat (Autosport)

??Renault has set a mid-October deadline for keeping a seat open for Robert Kubica next year, with the team keen to know its 2012 driver line-up as soon as possible.??

Formula 1 testing plans for 2012 officially signed off (Autosport)

??Formula 1 teams have now officially signed off next year’s testing plans, AUTOSPORT has learned, confirming that Mugello will host the single 2012 in-season test next May.??

Italian Grand Prix from the pit lane (BBC F1)

??BBC F1 reporter Ted Kravitz brings you the inside line from the paddock after Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wins the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.??

Liuzzi handed five-place grid penalty for Singapore (

??HRT?s Vitantonio Liuzzi has been penalised by the Italian race stewards following his accident at the start of Sunday?s Monza race. Liuzzi receives a five-place grid penalty for the next round in Singapore.??

Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter

??Fun race today, chaos at the start but brought it home, some good stuff to take away from today to the next race. Off to Norwich now!

??I see Liuzzi blaming for accident, he should look the video and also read the report from stewards before making any comment.??

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Lewis Hamilton says he needs to do an ‘even better job’ (The Guardian)

??Lewis Hamilton has admitted he must up his game if he is to finish in front of his team-mate Jenson Button on points by the end of the season. Before the Italian Grand Prix he is fifth in the championship, three points behind Button, but he starts ahead of him on the front row alongside Sebastian Vettel with Button in third place on the grid.??

Renault Formula 1 team makes ??34m loss (The Guardian)

??The Renault Formula 1 team made a ??34.3m net loss in 2010, the French car manufacturer’s last year as an F1 owner, according to its latest accounts.??

Montezemolo: No change at the top for Ferrari (Ferrari)

??Asked if any changes were planned within the team the President had this to say: ??As you know, I have for a long time supported the idea of dynamic stability, which means that while one can always change some pawns, the front line is covered and it?s working very well.???

@TheFifthDriver on Twitter

??Hmmmm, what’s going on here? Seems like someone is preparing for a visit from @JensonButton tomorrow!

??Jenson Button is taking to the streets of Roggel with Vodafone, check out

??It?s a ticketed event, so please don’t arrive tomorrow without a ticket, however you can watch the action on The car runs will be at around 1300 and 1340 UK time on Monday, tune in to watch Jenson Button on a very different kind of circuit!??

Ron Howard on Twitter

??Shooting camera and rigging tests and stealing shots at Historic Formula One races at Nurburgring. These people are cool

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Comment of the day

What did you think of the race result today? Atticus says:

I really liked the podium. There was so much feeling to it.

Vettel has just realized what it gives to win at such an historic place as Monza. All the passion the crowd gives to you ?ǣ even if you are not the main target of their affection.

Alonso of course knew the feeling all too well, this could have been such a motivation for him to keep that final podium spot ?ǣ which he wouldn?t have been able to do without Michael?s aid nevertheless. He has done so well, again giving his all, making no mistake. Knew the crowd, knew it liked him, and acted wonderfully on the podium ?ǣ taking a bow, spraying champagne, throwing hat, etc.

It was the most passionate podium of the year.

From the forum

2011 Italian Grand Prix Awards

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On this day in F1

Ronnie Peterson was the victor in a deeply controversial Italian Grand Prix at Monza on this day in 1976.

Both McLarens and John Watson’s Penske were stripped of their Saturday qualifying times in a dispute over the legality of their fuel.

Meanwhile Niki Lauda had returned to the cockpit of his Ferrari despite having suffered life-threatening injuries six weeks earlier at the Nurburgring.

He brought his car home fourth behind Clay Regazonni and Jacques Laffite. Hunt, who had been demoted to 25th on the grid, spun out after 11 laps.