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Monza according to Pirelli (10:00)
The return of Heikki (10:00)
Massa cops a fine (10:00)
Red Bull to test 2014 tyres (10:00)
Ferrari driver negotiations (10:00)
Monza according to Pirelli
The return of Heikki
As one Finn dominates the spotlight, with an impending move to Ferrari set to be made public in the not too distant future, it has been left to another to try to steal it away. Heikki Kovalainen has been in a bullish mood over his chances of a 2014 race seat.
In an interview with Sky Sports UK the Finn said, “This year I don’t know, but next year definitely.” For a man who has only made 4 FP1 practice appearances (Bahrain, Spain, Belgium and Italy) this year he is mighty confident. The resurgent form of Giedo van der Garde and the relative consistency of Charles Pic means he would have to go way above and beyond to get a race.
Kovalainen did later concede the possibility of seeing him the 2014 grid was not beyond doubt saying, “It is not 100%, but I’d say I have a good chance. Of course if a sponsor wants to give me a lot of money I don’t mind, but I am not going after money.
As TJ13 reported at the start of the year, one of the reasons Heikki lost his race seat previously was due to his unwillingness to leave the golf course for corporate duties. Not going after money surely means his place on the grid is purely wishful thinking; especially given Caterham only yesterday said they may not be able to pay their drivers in 2014.
Either the Finn has a trick up his sleeve or he is being strung along.
Massa cops a fine
During the drive to the circuit on Sunday, Felipe Massa was pulled over by the police and given a fine according to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport. Italy’s autostrade have a standard speed limit of 130 km/h (81 mph) for cars, like the silver Ferrari 458 Massa was driving.
It just goes to show, you cannot talk your way out of a fine in Italy, even if you are a Ferrari driver on your way to Monza. 6 points on your licence will be an annoyance, but the fine of €162 will be of little significance. Then again, given the fact his P45 (UK document of employment termination) will be in the post, Felipe will soon need to be looking after every cent he has.
Red Bull to test 2014 tyres
The news broke that the pot was indeed calling the kettle black when Red Bull confirmed that they would be testing the 2014 tyres, using a 2011 car. After Helmut Marko made the comment of learning something anytime you go out on a set of tyres, it seems somewhat hypocritical to only months later be about to do exactly that same thing.
Team principal, Christian Horner said, “Pirelli approached all of the teams to see if they would be prepared to supply a 2011 car to conduct some 2014 tyre testing. So we’ve made a car available to Pirelli,” while speaking to Reuters.
Sébastien Buemi and Daniel Ricciardo are set to complete the test, which will be “an opportunity just for him to familiarise himself more with the team.‘ So the Young Drivers’ Test and multiple trips to the factory in Milton Keynes have not been enough then Christian?
Furthermore, the tests are not meant to help a driver or team in any way. Moral high ground conclusively lost then?
Ferrari driver negotiations
With the imminent announcement of the arrival of Raikkonen at Ferrari TJ13 brings you “behind the scenes” footage…