Vitaly Petrov, Tony Fernandes, Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Sepang, 2012

Caterham team principal Fernandes to step aside

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov, Tony Fernandes, Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Sepang, 2012In the round-up: Tony Fernandes announces he will appoint someone to take his place as Caterham team principal.

Abu Dhabi Young Drivers’ Test day two

Here’s the line-up for today’s test at Abu Dhabi:

Red Bull: Antonio Felix da Costa
McLaren: Gary Paffett / Oliver Turvey
Lotus: Edoardo Mortara
Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez
Toro Rosso: Johnny Cecotto Jnr
Caterham: Giedo van der Garde


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Fernandes to step down as Caterham F1 principal (Reuters)

“On the racing side we have come to the conclusion that it is better if someone else takes over the team principal role to move forward.”

Todt: New Concorde better for F1 (Autosport)

“The decision will be based on majority and not any more 70 per cent. It will be a democratic and balanced organisation, which doesn’t exist now. So for the FIA it is a plus.”

F1 diary: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (The Telegraph)

“When we left the circuit. [Sebastian [Vettel] was the only one who seemed sure we could still achieve a decent finish. Most of us were about to slit our wrists.”

Button wants flat super licence fee (ESPN)

“When I won the championship in 2009 that was the worst year to win a championship because that’s when the super licence went crazy and I think I spent over a quarter of a million Euros on my licence to race that year!”

Kimi Raikkonen victory will help secure financial future of Lotus (The Independent)

“We have now shown the world we are serious, that we can deliver and so it should help with any commercial discussions.”

Magny-Cours als New Jersey-Ersatz (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

AMuS claims A French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours will replaced the postponed New Jersey Grand Prix and take place on June 23rd, though that would mean having the French Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours on the same day.

Martin Whitmarsh Q & A: McLaren will use Mercedes engines for ‘years to come’ (Daily Mail)

“It is going to be McLaren Mercedes for quite a few years to come. It is a good partnership and it works well. We’ve been together for 18 years and it is going to continue for quite a few years to come.”

Christian Horner: ??We can?t take anything for granted?? (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“We can?t take anything for granted, we?ve got to go to Austin and attack the weekend. It?s a new track for everybody, and we?ve got to go there and get a good result.”

Narain, Karun to represent India at ‘Race of Champions’ (The Times of India)

“India’s ace drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok will come together for the first time since 2004 to represent India at the season-ending Motorsport festival – Race of Champions – in Bangkok next month.”

India 2012 – race edit (F1)

Video highlights from the Indian Grand Prix.

A change in Montreal (Joe Saward)

“Gerald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal and a big supporter of F1 in the city, has resigned amid a deepening corruption scandal. He has been in office for 11 years.”

Coming to America (Again) (Red Bulletin)

“There are several reasons why Formula One hasn?t taken off in the United States. Some are due to logistics: most of the races are shown on motorsport channel, Speed, a cable channel that sits firmly in the 600-something nosebleeds on the guide. They are shown live, which means the races in Europe are painfully early for fans on the West Coast and the races in Asia are painfully late for fans on the East Coast. Sports that require pre-twilight caffeine bingeing are not destined for mainstream American success.”

Comment of the day

The Abu Dhabi Driver of the Weekend vote is one of the closer contests we’ve had so far. @TommyB89 thinks four drivers deserve special praise:

Hamilton, Raikkonen, Alonso and Vettel all drove absolutely superb races, it was an amazing spectacle to watch those guys race.

While the other drivers seemed to be acting like GP2 drivers, those four showed why they are absolute world class. They all deserve massive respect for their drives.

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On this day in F1

Williams announced Kazuki Nakajima would drive for them in 2008.

The Toyota-backed driver remained with them until the end of 2009, when Toyota pulled out of the sport and Williams switched to Cosworth power.

This year Nakajima has been racing for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship and Formula Nippon. His brother Daisuke also competes in the latter series.

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