Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2011

Tomlinson joins Toro Rosso design team

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: ex-Williams aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson joins Toro Rosso’s latest new hire.

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Toro Rosso snap up ex-Williams aero chief Tomlinson (ITV)

Toro Rosso have announced the arrival of former Williams chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson to bolster operations at their Bicester wind tunnel.”

Renault vows to be more conservative (Autosport)

“Renault has vowed to take a more conservative approach to the car Kimi Raikkonen will race in his return to Formula 1 in the 2012 season.”

Robert Fernley: ??I think they both did a fabulous job?? (Force India)

??I think they both did a fabulous job. I think Adrian?s pass of Nico Rosberg in Brazil was excellent, and it just showed how he?s matured through the year. He had a very strong effort at getting past him, didn?t quite do it, backed off, took his time, and then made it stick the next time round. Maybe he wouldn?t have done that a year ago, so good for him.??

Champions go head to head at RoC (Race of Champions)

“Formula 1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button have been drawn together in the group stages for the Race Of Champions.”

The search for Rubinho?s heir (MotorSport)

“Barrichello?s reluctance to walk away smacks of that same spirit, of a greater love for the sport than for the win. There?s no harm in that. But pending win 102 is pressing. It might yet be Brazil?s most important since Emerson Fittipaldi opened its account in 1970.”

Youth charity wheels out F1 veteran (The Guardian)

“Princess Anne entertained celebs including ex-Formula One champion Nigel Mansell at St James’s Palace on Wednesday night at a bash celebrating the work of UK Youth, a charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

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Girts on the conspiracy theories over Vettel’s gearbox failure in Brazil:

Colin Vearncombe, aka Black, a musician from Liverpool, once tweeted this:

“Wondering if what really scares conspiracy theorists is the thought that maybe things are as unnervingly prosaic as they seem.”

As I was thinking about Vettel?s gearbox problem and the possible conspiracies behind that, this tweet came to my mind.
Girts

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Ten years ago today the outfit was looking forward to the return of the Renault name and aiming for a top-three finish in the 2002 championship.

This seemed a lofty target for the team which, as Benetton, had finished only seventh in 2001. But Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli amassed enough points for Renault to end 2002 in fourth place.