Daily: 29th December 2009

29 December, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

It is Allan McNish's birthday today, and as it is drawing nearer to January, he must be getting prepared for the Autosport International show. Just like DC, we have seen him up in Birmingham pretty much every year that we have been. Although we still haven't decided if we'll go this year. Anyway, here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • All the talk is of US F1 at the moment, as they came out and said their silence over recent weeks has been on purpose and hasn't necessarily been because they haven't nothing to say. The problem is now they are talking, there are also rumours about Ralf Schumacher coming back as well. Oh dear.
  • Abu Dhabi organisers have confirmed that there will be no changes to the pit lane exit, despite the fact there were plenty of concerns during the 2009 race. Granted, nothing untoward happened, but that didn't settle any fears over the dangerous tunnel element to the exit. They say all changes there will be minor, and they aren't worried about it.
  • Jean Todt is bringing old friends in to the FIA now, with the news that Gilles Simon, an ex-engine guy for the red team, has been brought in to advise on future technology and greener initiatives. The FIA are still trying to recover from the KERS debacle, so fresh blood may be what's needed.

That should do it for now, let us know what you're up to, and as ever, I will see you in the comments.

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