Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Kubica aims to be back in a simulator by June

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011
Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011

In today?s round-up: Robert Kubica looks set to be back in an F1 simulator from June.

Links

Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Kubica targeting June comeback in simulator and race car (James Allen on F1)

??Stories coming from Italy suggest that injured F1 driver Robert Kubica aims to get into an F1 simulator and then back into a car and has set his sights on doing it from June onwards.??

Lotus are searching for new funding partners (The Times ?ǣ subscription required)

“Dany Bahar, Lotus chief executive, has been trying to find a partner with the firepower to guarantee debt funding of ??500m. […] Bahar may have stiff competition for the brand from Genii Capital, the Luxembourg-based buyout firm that already owns the Lotus Formula One team.”

Berger – Schumi will retire (Sky Sports)

??Gerhard Berger has predicted that Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One for good at the end of the 2012 season.??

Vettel signs new trainer (ESPN)

??Sebastian Vettel has signed up a new personal trainer ahead of the start of the season.??

Timo Glock via Twitter

??Tomorrow will be in England visiting the team! Having a look at the new car.??

F1Fantic via Twitter

??Ferrari test engineer Ossi Oikarinen has joined the Audi Sport Team Rosberg R8 LMS squad alongside ex-#F1 technical director Dieter Gass.??

Torque-sensing wheel-guns for 2012 (F1web.it)

A relaxing of the rules by the FIA will allow teams to use torque-sensing wheel-guns in 2012. Federico Galloni from wheel-gun suppliers Paoli told F1Web.it teams will be able to pre-programme an amount of torque energy to be achieved when fastening the wheel. A set of LED lights will illuminate to show mechanics when the nut has been sufficiently tightened. This may help prevent cars leaving the pits and losing wheels, as has happened several times in recent seasons.

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Comment of the day

There?s still lots of suggestions coming in for the third caption competition. James Brickles suggests this:

Cost-cutting taken to a new level at Lotus with Raikkonen?s latest seat fitting.
James Brickles

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On this day in F1

Ferrari suffered a setback on this day in 2002. They had to scrap their testing at the Circuit de Catalunya as both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello crashed.

Nonetheless they were the quickest cars in the test – and the team also had Luca Badoer testing at Mugello simultaneously.