Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011

More problems for Nurburgring

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011In the round-up: The European Commission is examining the legality of state aid granted to the struggling Nurburgring.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

EU regulators widen aid probe into Nurburgring racetrack (Reuters)

“At this stage, the Commission has doubts that the measures were granted on market terms and that the companies are viable without continued state support.”

Frank Williams says Senna ??came of age? as an F1 driver in Hungary (James Allen on F1)

Frank Williams enthused about Bruno Senna’s drive in Hungary but also had this to say about Valtteri Bottas: “I can?t make any prediction as and when he will get into one of our two cars ?ǣ three into two don?t go. But he is very highly regarded within the team. He seems to be a naturally gifted driver who doesn?t have too much to say for himself ?ǣ so he?s in with a very good chance!”

Auspuff-Entwicklung in der Formel 1 (Auto Motor und Sport)

Gallery showing changes in exhaust configuration on different cars during the season.

Marussia F1 Team grows up (Russia Beyond the Headlines)

“Marussia identifies with Russia not only because its name is an old Russian name for a pretty girl. The team competes under the Russian flag and its engineering director is popular TV presenter Nikolai Fomenko. CEO [Andy] Webb said that Fomenko inspires the entire team. ‘I know that he is very talented; wants to be a millionaire and his enthusiasm is unshakable.’??

Economic downturn blamed for Harrogate restaurant’s demise (The Northern Echo)

“A restaurant belonging to Formula One driver Jenson Button that was threatened with legal action from another food chain has closed.”

Formula 1 Alphabet (Ferrari)

Ferrari’s video A-Z (with a few omissions) guide to F1.

2012 Mid-Season Review (McLaren)

McLaren’s highlights of the year so far.

Anti-Corruption Bureau notices to three liquor manufacturers (The Times of India)

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) probing the liquor syndicate scam has issued notices to three distillers including United Spirits Limited (USL), owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, asking them to explain why they offered cash discounts to the syndicates in order to promote their brands through illegal means.”

Comment of the day

@AndrewTanner on the varying form of the teams this year:

It?s weird, as the season progresses you start to get a feeling of the order, or lack of and you can start to piece certaint things together, hazard a guess who has the upper hand and which drivers are performing the best. When you then see data like this it vindicates your ideas and feelings and validates your understanding of the sport and all its intricacies. It?s a pretty satisfying feeling!

Honestly, I don?t think anyone has the fastest car at the moment but I believe McLaren are the best placed moving forward, Good results in Germany and Hungary seemed to just erode any previous doubt I had about them being able to perform. I don?t think there is any other team in the sport capable of developing at such a rapid pace. Having a good car from the off is one thing, adapting to your surroundings is another. We saw it in 2009 with them.

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On this day in F1

On this day 25 years ago Nelson Piquet won the Hungarian Grand Prix, repeating the victory he had scored in the inaugural race one year earlier.

Team mate Nigel Mansell led from the start until lap 70 when, for the second race running, his car failed, handing victory to his team mate.

Continuing the symmetry from 1986, Ayrton Senna claimed second place. The only difference on the podium was Alain Prost in third.

Here’s Senna lapping the circuit that year in a Lotus-Honda 99T:

Image ?? Renault/LAT