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The saga continues – Kimi admits having signed for Ferrari Updated: 10:11
Marko Watch 03:00
Spa Race Stewards 00:10
Raikkonen did not show up at the Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday and according to Lotus it was “due to illness“. They have however confirmed he will be at the track for Friday’s two practice sessions.
Very convenient seeing as the whole F1 world wants to know #whereiskimi… (going next year)
Ricciardo believes he will be able to race on equal terms with Vettel. “I’m sure if I was in a position to win a race in the future, I’d be allowed to.”
“I’m sure if it was to all go forward and in my favour and if I was to get the shot there, I’d be given the same car and the same opportunity to show my skills, I guess. It wouldn’t be a concern at all“.
If Ricciardo is Red Bull’s succession plan for Vettel’s departure (some time in the future) it may be good to treat him fully equal. Time will tell.
Alonso relationship with Montezemolo is just great
“Our relationship is better than ever. We talked almost every day of the summer, not only about F1, but about holidays, family, Madrid, Juventus“. Those are the words of our Spanish Samurai Alonso as quoted by Spanish sports newspaper AS.
Alonso insists his relationship with Montezemolo is great and he [Montezemolo], “is a great motivator, he is the father of the Ferrari family and he knows how to keep the environment in the team good. There are zero problems“. Alonso claims his words were taken out of context by the media to create stories over the summer break. This may be true but as TJ13 reported in July, Alonso could hardly stop smiling when he was asked about his manager meeting Red Bull.
Are we now seeing Alonso backtracking? Is he trying to gain favour with Il Padrino to save his seat for next year or is this part of his master plan to exit Ferrari?
The saga continues – Kimi admits having signed for Ferrari
Whoever invented Budweiser…We love you! According to German publication Sport Bild, Kimi admitted having signed for Ferrari. In a party with friends in Helsinki, having had one or two too many, admitted to friends that he signed a deal worth €11m per year as well as bonuses and sponsorship for his motocross team.
Why Robertson has called the meeting with Red Bull this weekend is yet to be understood.
Completely off topic, would Steve Robertson not be a great replacement for Bernie should he
go to jail leave? Over the last three weeks this man has been playing everyone off against each other and one can only think what would happen should he negotiate with circuits and potential sponsors.
Rumours are growing that Nico Hulkenberg is also in talks with Ferrari, for Massa’s seat. The move to Sauber was seen as an intermediate step before joining a top team and Ferrari being the logical connection.
Die Weld reports that it is a fight between Hulkenberg and Kimi for Massa’s seat however with Kimi almost confirmed (officially) does this mean the talks is off or will we see two new drivers at Ferrari in 2014?
Kovalainen to take part in Friday practice for Caterham
German publication Speed Week reports Heiki Kovalainen is set to return to Caterham during the Friday practice. This is to help the team with development as they currently lie behind Marussia in the Constructors Championship. With 10th being worth $10million the team need all the help they can get.
In Spa Kovalainen will replace Charles Pic and in Monza Giedo van der Garde.
Is this the price you pay for having inexperienced drivers? One also have to wonder what will happen next year, where teams have inexperienced drivers yet they have to deal with the largest set of technical changes since 1996 when F1 went to the 3lt V10 engine (even that was small compared to what the teams face now).
New aero package will bring victory
Mercedes is hoping to continue where it left off before the summer break. Ross Brawn said the team has developed a new aerodynamic package for Spa that they hope will bring them victory.
“This year we have developed a special aerodynamics package for the special requirements of the track at Spa. We have completed the first half of the season in Hungary with a feeling of success and have set ourselves a similarly strong second-half goal”
Only time will tell but Vettel may have to consider more than who his next team mate will be. Hamilton and Rosberg will be race win contenders and with little incentive for Webber to support his team mate it will be a lonely championship battle for Vettel this year.
It may not fit the bill exactly of being F1 news, but I saw this a few days ago and it struck me that sometimes F1 would make a great kids TV show. Make of this what you will; conspiracy theory lovers will have a field day.
[For those who are not aware, the above picture is a spoof of the kids TV show, Scooby Doo]
How much for the F1 number plate?
With £440,000 there are few people who would buy strip of plastic, however, this is no ordinary strip of plastic. Bought 5 years ago for the mentioned sum of money, businessman Afzal Khan first turned down £5 million for the number plate in 2010, and has recently been reported to have turned down a whopping £6 million.
His reason for turning down the incredible offer was the belief that it was worth ‘significantly more.’ A spokesman for his Bradford based company, A Kahn Design, said ,’Mr Kahn has no interest in selling F1, which is his favourite plate.’
Whilst understandable, his lack of willing to sell the much desired plate does make you wonder at what point it would be worth selling. The spokesman also stated, ‘Cherished number plates, unlike property or other investments tend not to fluctuate in value, they only go up.’
The staggering part is that the plate is around 1/6 of the Marussia team budget for the year! (estimated to be $65 million) That’s enough to buy a race seat in modern F1; which would make Khan a plate driver, not a pay driver…
Spa Driver and Team Principal Press Conference Schedule
The FIA has confirmed the drivers and Team Principals for the press conferences this weekend.
Thursday – Drivers:
Jules Bianchi (Marussia)
Giedo van der Garde (Caterham)
Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
Charles Pic (Caterham)
Jean – Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Friday – Team Principals:
Nick Chester (Lotus)
Andrew Green (Force India)
Jean – Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport)
James Key (Toro Rosso)
Tom McCullough (Sauber)
Pat Symonds (Williams)
So out of all the talk of drivers and teams (Kimi/Ferrari and Red Bull) all we get is Vettel and Nick Chester. Bad call FIA. We want Alonso, Kimi, Ricciardo and Vettel for the drivers press conference and Domenicali, Horner and Boullier for the Team Principal press conference.
Spa Race Stewards
FIA WORLD COUNCIL MEMBER; HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SWEDISH AUTOMOBILE SPORT FEDERATION
Lars Österlind is a highly experienced FIA steward who has officiated at more than 100 grands prix and a similar number of World Rally Championship rounds. A social sciences graduate and lifelong motor sport enthusiast, Österlind was President of the Swedish Rally Commission from 1978-1982, then President of the Swedish Automobile Sport Federation from 1982-1996.
He became Honorary President in 1996 and has been a member of the FIA World Council since 1984. Outside motorsport Österlind has specialised in management, working as a consultant and pursuing his own business interests. He is also experienced in local government at city council level.
MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION OF MOTOR SPORTS CLUBS OF INDIA
Farhan Vohra, an economics graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, and a member of the FMSCI, India’s national motor sport authority, is best known to the F1 paddock for his work at Buddh International Circuit, home of the Indian Grand Prix. Last year his work at Buddh was recognised when he was won the Best Clerk of the Course award at the FIA Gala.
Vohra is one of the FMSCI’s senior stewards and alongside his duties at several grands prix for the FIA has also been a steward for FIM, motorcycling’s governing body. A long-time competitor, involved in motor sport since the mid-1990s, Vohra started officiating in 2006 after taking a break from active competition. He has since been the Clerk of the Course for all Indian national championships, both racing and karting.
FORMER FORMULA ONE DRIVER AND WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPION
Derek Warwick raced in 146 grands prix from 1981 to 1993, appearing for Toleman, Renault, Brabham, Arrows and Lotus. He scored 71 points and achieved four podium finishes, with two fastest laps. He was World Sportscar Champion in 1992, driving for Peugeot. He also won Le Mans in the same year. He raced Jaguar sportscars in 1986 and 1991 and competed in the British Touring Car Championship between 1995 and 1998, as well as a futher appearance at the Le Mans in 1996, driving for the Courage Competition team. Warwick is a frequent FIA driver steward and is President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.