Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Kubica attends Ford World Rally test

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Robert Kubica appears to be considering a future in rallying.


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Kubica a aid?? Ford ?? progresser (Lavenir, French)

Belgian website Lavenir reports Robert Kubica recently attended a four-day test with the Ford WRC team and drivers Petter Solberg and Jari-Matti Latvala at the Circuit des Ecuyers in France. Thanks @Cyclops_pl for the tip.

Pay TV switch ‘good for F1’ (Autosport)

Martin Whitmarsh: “I think Sky has put a tremendous amount of energy into the coverage. We used to be obsessed with bums on seats in front of television sets, but that is going to be as antiquated as considering the lending of library books as a measurement for literature.”

Paralympics 2012: Alex Zanardi back at Brands Hatch on a hand bike (The Guardian)

“It’s not much different to Formula One where they are improving the cars constantly. The difference is every hand biker needs a different bike depending on their residual ability.”

Williams in 60 seconds: Machine Shop (Williams via YouTube)

New FIA Formula E Championship powered by electric energy (FIA)

“The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has reached an agreement to licence the commercial rights of the FIA Formula E Championship to a consortium of international investors, Formula E Holdings Ltd (FEH).”

Penske engineer recalls the day Ayrton Senna drove an IndyCar (Auto123)

[Emerson] Fittipaldi’s best lap was a 49.70 compared to Senna’s 49.09. At the end of the day, Emerson did a 48.5 in the new car, and that was just 0.6 second quicker than Senna. That was very good considering Ayrton was driving a year-old car on old tyres.”

Will a woman ever win F1? (Channel 4)

Suzie Wolff: “I train for the next level, so I’m training at the moment not for GP3 but GP2, I’m training my neck for G-forces of GP2 or Formula 1 so hopefully if I get the chance to move up my body is ready for it and my neck won’t be screaming. You’re always training for the next stage up.”

Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan is looking to shift gears (Daily Mail)

“There’s everything to learn from Pedro’s vast experience. The Pirelli-McLaren tyres have been quite difficult and they have been specifically designed to make the races interesting. It is one of the reasons why this season has been so exciting. A lot depends on tyre pressure and temperature and all these aspects need to be taken care of.”

“Pirelli-McLaren tyres”? Post your best guesses on that one in the comments…

When Spa Was Deadly (F1 Speedwriter)

Stirling Moss: “The next thing I remember is being on my hands and knees in the dirt. I was scared and thought I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe, you see. I couldn’t see either, and that worried me, but mostly I couldn’t breathe.”

Brundle: Alonso not title dead cert (Sky)

“I think Alonso’s going to have to rely on Red Bull and McLaren and Lotus taking points off each other and he needs [Felipe] Massa to get in and help him by taking points off his main rivals.”

Is there a star at STR? (Podium Finish)

“Although neither of the two young [Toro Rosso] drivers has set the F1 world alight so far this season their predecessors, Alguersuari and Buemi, were given three seasons driving for STR before they were deemed not to be good enough. It is far too early, therefore, to decide whether Vergne and/or Ricciardo might up to scratch after just 11 races with the team.”

Is Bernie Getting Soft? (F1 Goggles)

“I?m wondering if the external hardened shell is showing signs of softening in its old age.”


Comment of the day

@Colossal-Squid’s view on the outcome of the championship:

I said after Australia that Hamilton would win the championship and I still believe that today. He?s been driving brilliantly, and the McLaren is back on form. I think Hamilton is in the position to start to dominate the second half of the season a little bit. If he starts doing what he did in 2010 ?ǣ stringing together podiums with a few wins ?ǣ he?ll have Alonso within his sights by the last few races of the season.

I want Alonso to win, and I believe he?s the best driver right now, but Hamilton and McLaren are looking too strong and too confident to ignore. As for Kimi, unfortunately I don?t think he?ll get that breakthrough win this year, while Vettel and Webber will have a continuation of fortunes from the first half of the season ?ǣ good but not enough to take it all.

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On this day in F1

The Dutch Grand Prix was won by Niki Lauda on this day in 1977, putting him comfortably in the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Two of his rivals, Mario Andretti and James Hunt, collided at Tarzan, as you can see in this video: