Tony Fernandes, Lotus, Valencia, 2011

Fernandes: ??I am absolutely overjoyed??

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

In today?s round-up: Tony Fernandes is overjoyed Team Lotus secured tenth place in the constructors’ championship, saying ??The icing on the cake was beating a Renault – that meant a lot to me as I have always said the good guys do win.??


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T eam Lotus boss Fernandes ‘overjoyed’ with 10th place in the standings (Autosport)

??Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes said he was overjoyed after his outfit secured tenth place in the constructors’ championship for the second year in a row. The result means the team, which will race as Caterham next season, will get a financial boost thanks to its performance over the past two seasons.??

Caterham Group (Team Lotus)

??Caterham F1 Team is the new and permanent incarnation of our Formula One investment. On and off track we continue to invest in people, infrastructure and technology and 2012 is a critical year in our development.

??Underneath the F1 team sits Caterham Racing, the new name for our GP2 team, and then we have our driver development programme that encompasses various motor racing formulae from karting, GP3, World Series by Renault and right up to F1 – a staircase of talent that gives opportunities for drivers, engineers, mechanics and all the associated skill-sets across the motorsport industry the chance to learn, develop and reach the top.??

Ian Parkes via Twitter

??Stefano Domenicali has revealed @LewisHamilton has made peace with Felipe. Went into Ferrari and gave him a hug. Nice one LH!

Bernie Ecclestone says 2012 calendar will have 19 races if Austin is dropped (Autosport)

??The teams complain there are too many races, so we will solve the problem.??

Timo Glock via Twitter

??What a catastrophic weekend, can’t wait for my flight home! Congrats to [Mark Webber] for winning the last race. He deserved it!!!!??

Alex Wurz via Twitter

??Sorry twitter friends, I can not comment on an official decision of the 4 race stewards. That would be very unprofessional.

??Certainly I’ve my private opinion on Senna vs Schumi, but only other 3 FIA stewards of the meeting know about my view. Must stay like that.??

Rose on grid for F1 job (The Times, subscription required)

??Sir Stuart Rose, the former Marks & Spencer boss, is being lined up to replace Bernie Ecclestone as head of Formula 1.??

With a Formula One Race Now Iffy, It Remains Unclear Who Is the Lead Driver (The New York Times)

??Failure might be just the medicine for Comptroller Susan Combs. Ms. Combs, an outspoken advocate for Formula One racing in Texas, has been watching a relatively noisy group of people get madder and madder about the state?s proposed $250 million contribution to a track being built near Austin. Now the whole project is in peril, and she has laid down the law: no race, no money.??

McLaren: Lotus blow no big deal for 2012 (The Sunday Mirror)

??McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh denied McLaren have suffered a devastating early blow to their 2012 season. It had been reported aerodynamicist John Illey was on gardening leave after being poached by rivals Team Lotus.??

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Comment of the day

Sebastian Vettel set a new record with his 15th pole position of the season in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. aka_robyn says:

I?d love to think that if [Sebastian Vettel] did end up in [an uncompetitive car] and perform admirably, people would finally admit Vettel might actually have some talent. However, I have a feeling that somehow the benchmark would suddenly change once again.

It seems people find reasons to dismiss every one of his achievements, and I can?t see why that situation would be an exception!

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Super Aguri confirmed they would race a 2006 Honda chassis in the 2007 season. Strange to think that neither team has been in F1 for three years now.

Teams are no longer allowed to use old chassis from other constructors, but debate continues over whether to allow the use of ‘customer cars’ in F1 again.