Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Suzuka, 2011

Petrov to join Button, Vettel and Schumacher at Race of Champions

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Vitaly Petrov will compete in the Race of Champions.

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This should give us some interesting data for an article coming up this weekend – look out for it!


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Vitaly Petrov becomes ROC’s first Russian driver (Renault)

Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button are already confirmed.

Jenson Button angered by constant questions about Lewis Hamilton

“Asked about the solution to Hamilton?s woes Button barked back: ‘I don?t give a damn. I don?t want to be asked again. It is doing my head in. If you want to do an interview with me about me that is fine but I don?t want to be asked about Lewis again.'”

Yas Marina Circuit to remain as ‘pinnacle of F1’ (Emirates 24/7)

CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management Richard Cregan: “We?ve established ourselves already as one of the best circuits in the world and we welcome more races into the championship. It makes the championship maintain its level as the pinnacle of motorsport championship. We are not concerned about that. We offer our help and support to new circuits if we can. Come the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, everybody will see we are still up there with the best circuit in Formula One today.”

F1 teams eye Indian sponsorship pie (Reuters)

“The indifference shown by the majority of India’s deep-pocketed corporates towards Formula One has baffled team bosses who expect them to warm to the sport following the success of last weekend’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix.”

Renault still in the dark over Kubica (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “The last information I have is that we will have to sit down and discuss how we can handle Robert Kubica’s comeback, because I don’t believe he can commit in the coming days. In the coming weeks maybe ?ǣ but not coming days.”

Silverstone investors query bid pecking order (Daily Telegraph)

“Investors who were involved in the bidding process to develop Silverstone race track and its surrounding land are unhappy at the way in which the Alpha Group, a mystery consortium allegedly backed by money from Qatar, leapt to the front of the queue in the summer.”

James Hinchcliffe via Twitter

“The McLaren Technology Center was incredible. Met some great people. Who knows…”

Minardi Formula 1 Wheel with Bridgestone Grooved Display Tyre (2004) Rare Item (eBay)

“This item has been kindly donated to me to sell on here to raise much needed funds for a young friend of mine Will. Will is 4 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. Wills condition means that he walks aided with a frame. With your help, we are hoping to raise ??50,000 to send Will and his family to the USA for a life changing operation to help Will walk unaided.”

Formula One Fantasy – Lotus?s Karun Chandhok (F1)

“Q: Just 19 of the world?s motor racing circuits feature on the current F1 calendar. You can add one more. Which circuit do you pick and why?
KC: Laguna Seca – it looks like a fantastic circuit and I like the idea of F1 going back to America.”

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Comment of the day

Alex’s view on Driver of the Weekend:

Quite apart from his race win, Vettel also produced yet another last-gasp improvement in qualifying.

It?s so easy to head out for a second time desperate to go faster; push too hard; and then return to the pits having made a mistake. But with Hamilton quite close behind his previous time, Vettel would have felt under pressure, and once again he pulled it off with several tenths? improvement.

Amongst the other front-runners, Alonso wasn?t really any faster than Massa, and if you can?t outpace your team-mate, then you?re hardly the driver of the day. Jenson was more impressive to me because of a great start, because he made the overtake of Webber look easy (and safe), and beacause he drove faster than Hamilton.

But ultimately Vettel reigned supreme, in the same car that looked average in Webber?s hands.

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On this day in F1

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