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Raikkonen his own man 14:21
Raikkonen his own man
Think of Raikkonen and you think of someone who has few words but sticks to the point.. It appears this trait of Raikkonen followed him during his two year spell in WRC as well.
WRC leader, Sebastien Ogier, said while they were teammates Raikkonen never said much, always surrounded himself with friends to ‘shield’ him from everyone else and always left mandatory events as soon as they finished. This seem to have ruffled the feathers of the Frenchman
Ogier would have liked him to be more open and ask for advice as he felt he had more experience and could help the Fin. “I had no problem with it [Raikkonen being quiet] however I noticed that he never asked for any advice. Yes, I am much younger but in terms of Rally I had more experience but he has put no value in it and always disappeared right after the mandatory sessions with the crew.”
No problem eh? Sounds like it did gripe Ogier but as we know, Raikkonen ‘know what he is doing’. You would not expect him to ask for advice would you? Should he have gone to Red Bull it would have been interesting to see how Horner (man of 10,000 words) and Raikkonen would have got on 🙂
Lotus could use longer wheelbase at Monza but no passive DRS
As reported by TJ13 Lotus did not take their longer wheelbase to Spa although it was planned for a debut there. According to Alan Permane there is a high likelihood that Lotus will use their longer wheelbase in Monza but it still needs some evaluation.
“This is [longer wheelbase] definitely something that we’re looking at closely based on the lessons learned this season and it could be that a configuration with a longer wheelbase will be used at Monza…”
Lotus will also being a Monza specific rear wing but won’t run passive DRS due to it not giving much additional advantage. “Monza is just such a circuit on which passive DRS would offer no great advantage because the rear wing is already extremely flat therefore the difference is not so large by taking it off. For the same reason the effect of the DRS is also not as significant as elsewhere.”
One has to wonder why it is taking so long to introduce this longer wheelbase. TJ13 readers will recall Permane saying they have no big new developments coming for the rest of the season yet we are now seeing them working on the longer wheelbase which is pretty big. Is Lotus trying to show Raikkonen they can keep on developing throughout the season?