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A Happy New Year for Pirelli, not for Lotus // Pirelli finish up their 2010 testing, whilst construction begins in Texas

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Hello and welcome to F1Minute, today is the 1st January 2011 - Happy New Year!

Whilst we have been off eating turkey and drinking champagne, Pirelli completed a five-day test in Bahrain to finish off the year nicely. Pedro de la Rosa and Romain Grosjean shared the programme, and between them covered almost 3,000 kilometres. The test was interrupted by a sandstorm, but they are happy they got plenty of feedback. There’ll be more testing later this month.

Elsewhere, work has begun on the new Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas. The circuit has been designed by the ever-present Hermann Tilke, and the track is due to be on the calendar in 2012. The work is reported to be cost about $250 million and organisers have no doubts that they will be ready in time.

And finally, if you weren’t already sick of the Lotus battles, it seems the Chapman family have switched allegiance and are now backing the Group Lotus and Renault effort, suggesting that they’d prefer the name Team Lotus did not return to F1.