Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

“Who cares why we are overtaking?” – Rosberg

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round–up: Nico Rosberg defends DRS, saying “In the end, who cares why we are overtaking?”

Links

Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

DRS zones to be adjusted for 2012 (Autosport)

Rosberg: “DRS is a great thing. In the end, who cares why we are overtaking?”

What’s your view on DRS? Have your say and cast your vote here:

Valencia in drive to cut Formula One costs (FT, registration required)

Bernie Ecclestone: “What’s been talked about more is that Barcelona would like to alternate with them. Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s the way to go.”

Ecclestone Hid $5 Million Payment to Gribkowsky, Adviser Says (Bloomberg)

“‘Ecclestone told me to transfer $5 million of his money to Mr. Gribkowsky by using a special company so his name wouldn’t appear,’ Andre Favre, who worked as an adviser to Ecclestone, told a Munich court at Gribkowsky’s bribery trial. ‘All Ecclestone told me was that he owed Gribkowsky the money.”

2011 Hamilton’s Year Of Growth (Speed)

“There’s no doubt that Lewis [Hamilton] has been continually disappointed by McLaren’s consistent failure to start the season with a truly competitive package.”

Liuzzi: HRT still searching for budget (GP Update)

“The biggest problem is that the team has no budget. They’re still looking at whether it is possible to have two drivers on the payroll this year.”

Reebok reveals global brand strategy (Marketing Week)

“Reebok is preparing to launch a global brand strategy to position itself as the world’s primary fitness brand, and will feature sportsmen including Lewis Hamilton and cricketer MS Dhoni in a campaign to support the new direction.”

James Roberts via Twitter

“For the ten races the BBC aren’t showing live this year, commentary will still be recorded live, rather than ‘made-up’ over the highlights.”

Charles Pic via Twitter

“Back at Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury today meeting with Engineers. Pre-season training going well – though very cold outdoors.”

Comment of the day

Topdowntoedown on Ron Howard’s forthcoming F1 film Rush:

A film about ’70s F1 set at the Nurburgring? Brilliant!

Directed by Ron Howard? Happy Days!
Topdowntoedown

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