Timo Glock, Virgin, Sepang, 2011

Marussia to miss opening test at Jerez

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Marussia will be absent from the start of F1 testing in Jerez.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Marussia to miss first pre-season test (Reuters)

“Marussia said on Tuesday their revised plan was to run last year’s car at the second test in Barcelona from February 21st and then the new car at the same circuit from March 1st.”

De la Rosa calm over new HRT car (Autosport)

“The plan is to test with the old car at Jerez, and then run the new car in the Barcelona test on February 21st. That’s the plan.”

Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter

“Back home, really good days in UK, the car is being built and all in schedule to hit the track on the 7th of February… Can’t wait!”

Seat fitting for Alonso and Massa (Ferrari)

“Today, for the first time, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso made actual contact with the car they will drive in the 2012 world championship.”

US shifts embassy staff to avoid Bahrain clashes (The Washington Post)

“The US State Department says it is moving American Embassy employees to safer locations in Bahrain after ongoing political unrest elevated security worries in the strategic Gulf kingdom.”

Watson – F1 more entertaining (Sky)

“That in itself provided a lot of overtaking, not necessarily what I would call motor racing, but it provided a lot of entertainment and for the audience they saw racing cars doing something they hadn’t seen them do in quite a while and that was passing one another.”

F1 driver to help Scottish caravan show celebrate 25th birthday (Caravan Times)

“The Scottish Caravan and Outdoor Leisure Show gets underway next week and cutting the ribbon to help the renowned event celebrate its 25th anniversary will be Formula One driver Paul di Resta.”

Webber reveals details of 2012 Tasmania Challenge (F1)

“The gruelling event sees adventure-loving competitors enjoying the chance to trek, mountain bike, climb and kayak at stunning locations across the Australian state.”

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Another of those “you know you’re an F1 Fanatic when…” comments, this one from Kristian:

I’m in the process of converting all my VHS F1 season reviews from 1981 to 2002 to DVD. As I am worried that the quality will deteriorate over time. Just got 1981-1983 to go. They are fantastic to watch!

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