David Coulthard, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2011

Wednesday deadline for US Grand Prix decision

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: The future of the United States Grand Prix will be decided on Wednesday.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Ecclestone Gives Austin Another Week To Save GP (Speed)

“The deadline hasn’t been met so we are still trying to make it happen.”

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List (FIA)

No surprises on the list so far, with no drivers confirmed at Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams.

Whitmarsh wants ‘headaches’ from Pirelli

“I think the tyres in terms of durability and degradation they got disturbingly better as the year has gone on, and I think we would like to give them the challenge of making high degradation tyres and give us a bit more headache.”

Q&A with Red Bull?s Helmut Marko (F1)

“Looking at all the other cars over the course of the season, they all gradually became lookalikes of the RB7… they?re just painted differently! (laughs) The longer the season lasted, the more RB7s there were on the grid.”

F1 diary: Brazilian grand prix (Daily Telegraph)

McLaren takes a punt on ratios in qualifying ?ǣ and these can’t subsequently be changed without penalty: it runs a longer top gear in a bid to increase straight-line speed and take maximum advantage from its drag-reduction system. Red Bull adopts a set-up that’s better suited to the race, but still manages to lock out the front row.”

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Toyota completed a two-car test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were the only cars at the track, and afterwards Trulli complained the track had been too cold for most of the test to do much useful running.

Given the repeated calls for the reintroduction of in-season testing, it’s worth remembering how much money teams spent in the pursuit of little gain before the current ban with tests like this.