Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Williams fire up Mercedes-powered FW36

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Williams run their first turbo-powered F1 car since 1987.

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Brands Hatch to celebrate Formula 1 anniversary (Kent News)

“There will be a special celebration of Brands Hatch?s links with Formula 1 later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the first race in the series to be held at the track.”

Rallycross driver John Button (July 27, 1943 – January 12, 2014) (The Express)

“He was a runner-up in the 1976 British Rallycross Championships in a distinctive black and yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which he named the ‘Colorado Beetle’.”

Letters, January 18 (Western Daily Press)

“John Button, with his great efforts (often in very difficult financial circumstances), encouraged and supported his son to become a Formula 1 champion, thus putting the town of Frome, the county of Somerset and Great Britain very much on the world motor racing stage. Thank you, John, and sincere condolences to your family.”

Bernie Ecclestone’s iron grip on Formula One may be loosening (The Guardian)

“When he tried that tactic in the high court at the end of last year, his claims of senile vagueness provoked guffaws among observers who, noting an undiminished acuity as he heads towards his 84th birthday, are reluctant to bet against the chance of him still being around when that 100-year deal expires in 2111.”

Another fine illusion from Bernie (Autosport, subscription required)

“Regardless of the eventual outcome of this and all the legal issues Ecclestone and various associated parties ?ǣ CVC included ?ǣ are embroiled in, clearly the time has come for the FIA to step in and demand that CVC take decisive action before the Formula 1 brand, which is owned by the FIA and simply leased to Alpha Topco, is irretrievably tarnished. That is no illusion.”

F1 – Over regulating, over spending, over reacting and underachieving (Somers F1)

“Formula One needs to stop hiding in the shadows as a faceless corporation and interact with it’s fans, after all they are the ones that fund the sport.”

Comment of the day

In the latest Caption Competition honourable mentions go to MichaelDobson13, Electrolite, Cyberaxiom and Klaas.

And this week’s winner was the offering from @CmckinleyF1:

Max Chilton, John Surees, Monza, 2013

Surtees: “I was motorcycling world champion, F1 world champion, I won on this legendary circuit and I even had my own team.”
Chilton: “Not bad but did you ever finish every race in a season?”

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On this day in F1

Special birthday wishes go to Jenson Button, who turns 34 today at a difficult time for him and his family following the recent loss of his father.

Happy birthday also to former HRT driver Karun Chandhok who turns 30 today.

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