F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Former UK F1 broadcaster ITV has closed its Formula 1 website.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“We’ve had 12 great years, including three since ITV gave up the broadcast rights to the sport. With F1 embarking on a new era in 2012 in which the sport will be televised by both BBC and Sky, now seemed the right time to bow out.”
“It remains to be seen whether Sky’s ambition is rewarded with a spike in paying customers – and what effect the new set-up will have on F1 sponsors, for whom viewing figures are king — but it clearly means business and the rivalry with the BBC could well push both broadcasters to new heights.”
Stefano Domenicali: “When we see the stopwatch at the first qualifying for the first race, then we will know the answer. But I see some things that give us optimism that we are doing a reasonable job.”
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Comment of the day
All I want in 2012 is a championship battle, we had everything in 2011 apart from that, there were great individual races but never the championship battle that makes it that much better. I don’t mind who fights for the championship, but please, someone give Sebastian Vettel a run for his money this year!
It would be fantastic if the top 4four teams turned up in Melbourne with evenly-matched cars and any one of eight drivers in the running for pole and win, only being separated by the type of circuit they were on and what suited their car. I would love to see it that close (maybe I should get into GP2).
But please, please no domination in F1 in 2012!
From the forum
- A tragic start to the 2012 Dakar Rally as Argentinian rider Jorge Martinez Boero is killed in an accident
- Rumours Sebastien Buemi could become the official Red Bull reserve driver
Happy birthday to Regis and t3x!
On this day in F1
Trevor Taylor narrowly beat Jim Clark in the Cape Grand Prix 50 years ago today. The two Lotuses crossed the line separated by six-tenths of a second after 60 laps of the Killarney circuit.
Jo Bonnier was third for Porsche.