Whiting praises “world-class” COTA after inspection

F1 Fanatic round-up

Circuit of the Americas construction 3/1/2012In the round-up: FIA race director Charlie Whiting is pleased by the progress being made in the construction of Circuit of the Americas, ahead of F1’s highly anticipated return to the United States in November.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

FIA pleased with Austin progress (Sky)

Charlie Whiting: “From the world-class motorsports facilities and fan areas to the racecourse itself, which promises to be one of the most challenging new additions to our season, I believe Circuit of The Americas has the ability to put on a great show and spectacular Grand Prix in its inaugural year. I look forward to my next visit in August.”

Montreal nearing new long-term deal, says Ecclestone (SPEED)

Bernie Ecclestone: “We don’t need it to look like Abu Dhabi; we just want an upgrade. We want a facelift. If they do here what they’ve done at Silverstone, that would be good. Canada is important to us.”

Sauber eyeing qualifying improvement, but without compromising race pace (Autosport)

Monisha Kaltenborn: “It is our clear target to improve on the qualifying because if we can manage to get the car further in front on the grid, we can be far quicker and show even more the potential of this car, so this is really going to be our target to get further in front.”

Mario Andretti Q&A: Time for US F1 fans to rejoice (Formula1.com)

“I said it a million times and I will continue to say it: the Formula One fan base in the United States is very much understated and I think it will be embraced now to have a proper, solid home. Something that you can look forward to every year and not just move around – put up a tent there, take a tent down there. This now is solid.”

How Alonso and Vettel could have beaten Hamilton in Canada (BBC)

“I wrote in my post-race analysis column on Monday that Alonso and Ferrari could have beaten Hamilton had they have come in for a second stop before the McLaren driver. But after looking through the numbers in more detail, it is now possible to see that both of them might have beaten Hamilton if they had made second stops after him as well.”

Hamilton wins for McLaren – but will he stay? (Unibet)

Keith’s latest article for Unibet, looking at what possible options exist for Lewis Hamilton as he ponders his F1 future.

Timo Glock via Twitter

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Comment of the day

The announcement that Bruno Senna would be the recipient of this year’s Lorenzo Bandini trophy surprised many Fanatics yesterday, but damonsmedley thinks fans should not be so critical.

Bruno actually did a great job last year apart from that one little mistake in Belgium (after a pretty astonishing qualifying performance). He came in half-way through the year with next to no experience and started outperforming his team-mate in a way even quick Nick wasn?t managing. There were plenty of impressive drivers, but Bruno wasn?t exactly bad.

And on the subject of crashing, how often have you seen Bruno make mistakes that cost him his race? He was running in a position to score strong points in Spain before being taken out, and he had a collision with Massa over which no driver could really be blamed. He spun on lap 1 in Malaysia but on that occasion, he more than made up for it with his pace and scored a big haul of points.

He?s certainly been doing better than many are giving him credit for. And I really wish the Bruno-Ayrton comparisons would stop. That?s just plain mean. Ayrton?s death is actually the reason Bruno couldn?t follow his passion for a large portion of his life, and despite that, he?s still in F1 and doing a fine job.

From the forum

For the second year in succession, some of F1Fanatic’s PS3 owners will compete in the 24 Laps of Le Mans using Gran Turismo 5. There are still places available on the grid for the race this weekend!

There is also growing anticipation on the forum for the actual race as well.

Fanatics are also discussing Sebastian Vettel’s appearance on Letterman too.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Sudhakar, Sankarjune14, Tifoso1989 and Winterwarmer!

If you want a birthday shout-out tell us when yours is by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Gerhard Berger won the Canadian Grand Prix 20 years ago today in a race of attrition.

Nigel Mansell crashed out early on while trying to pass Ayrton Senna.

Senna later retired along with Riccardo Patrese and Martin Brundle – the latter giving chasing Brundle in the closing stages.

Here’s onboard footage from the race with Michael Schumacher – who finished second that day and went on to win the Canadian Grand Prix a record seven times:

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78 comments on Whiting praises “world-class” COTA after inspection

  1. frood19 (@frood19) said on 14th June 2012, 10:31

    just wrote this feedback on the gary anderson article:

    Just writing to say that I am really enjoying Gary Anderson’s articles – his analysis is excellent and provides a real insight. Shame the same can’t be said for Andrew Benson whose articles are mired in speculation and baseless claims.
    More reasoned and informed technical analysis, less gibberish “psychoanalysis”!

    it’s wonderful that the beeb are maintaining the F1 site, though i fear it won’t be continued if they lose what live coverage they have. maybe GA can write a column here???

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th June 2012, 10:40


      i fear it won’t be continued if they lose what live coverage they have

      There is nothing to suggest that they will. Bernie Ecclestone said that he thought Formula 1 could survive in the UK on Sky and Sky alone if the BBC lost its coverage, but he then went on to say that Formula 1 would not move exclusively to pay-per-view. Everyone over-reacted and interpreted this as Bernie planning to further carve up the bird and take Formula 1 away from free-to-air, when he said nothing of the sort.

      • frood19 (@frood19) said on 14th June 2012, 11:14

        this is true, but i still think that free-to-air F1 is on a slippery slope. the same happened with cricket, so there is something of a precedent, regardless of what bernie has to do with it. i want to think that bernie has the interests of the sport at heart given that it is and has been his whole life, not to mention the fact that the UK market is significant, and limiting fans’ access would be a dud move financially.

        we will wait and see, but maybe not in hope.

  2. Will Wood (@willwood) said on 14th June 2012, 10:44

    Sorry for messing up the link to the BBC everyone!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th June 2012, 11:21

      Keith sometimes gets it wrong as well, good effort for a first! Actually when I saw Timo’s tweet yesterday,

      I thought it might be something for you (F1 – fanatic, Journalism, been around the world a bit, social website xp, even set up an own virtual racing calender).

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th June 2012, 11:07

    first of all, Happy Birthday to all of you – Sudhakar, Sankarjune14, Tifoso1989 and Winterwarmer!

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th June 2012, 12:01

    An interesting article about Renault having to decide after the summer about either supplying only 2 teams, or go for up to 6 teams (need FIA to agree with that one, possibly this fits right in with what Monti was talking about yesterday – money for engines)

  5. Lothario said on 14th June 2012, 17:46


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