UPDATED 10:47 GMT A Daily Round up of Formula One news, inside whispers, opinion and comment. Today,
Ferrari raced an X-rated car at Shanghai
Both Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen have a history of dropping the S-bomb during podium interviews and Vettel flustered Eddie Jordan after his Malaysia win by declaring “I want to get pissed tonight”. It is therefore obvious that Vettel and Kimi aren’t of the squeamish disposition, and as it now transpires, the two long-time friends were contesting the Chinese Grand Prix with a penis drawing on their cars.
The artistic representation of a gentleman sausage was hidden within the logo of Ferrari’s sponsor UPS. The logistics giant had asked fans to send in pictures and created a Mosaic of their logo with them. It is evident one of those pictures was a drawing of ‘dickbutt’, the exact definition of which we leave to the expertise or fantasy of the readers.
As is tradition in our political correctness obsessed world, UPS immediately apologized. We here in the TJ13 bunker think it is freakin’ hilarious.
Jolyon Palmer looking for second job
Like last week in China, Lotus’ reserve driver Jolyon Palmer contested the first free practice session inplace of Romain Grosjean. In Bahrain, with a view to potential of cost cutting, it can only be hoped that Lotus does the smart thing and lets Pastor Maldonado sit out the session this time.
However, the young Brit, last year’s GP2 champion, is not content with only waiting to be given a chance many moons in the future and admits that he misses the actual racing.
”I won’t jeopardize my place at Lotus for it, but if an offer arrives that doesn’t clash with my duties here, I will take it.”
Räikkönen edges closer to new Ferrari contract
The numbers don’t look promising. After only three races the experienced Finn, and Ferrari’s last F1 World Champion driver, is already well behind his team mate Vettel. 55/24 is the points tally. However, put into perspective Kimi started the season with a DNF for which the team bears sole responsibility.
One big pro for Räikkönen is that he’s not interested in political mind-games, and that he and Vettel have so far not yet wrecked their long-standing friendship. This stable atmosphere allows the team to concentrate on catching up to Mercedes instead of having to referee the handbag fights the Silver Arrows management team is refereeing between their drivers.
In addition, Maurizio Arrivabene has lately heaped praise on the Iceman, and was seen celebrating enthusiastically when Räikkönen pulled off the fantastic first few corner overtakes in Shanghai, which disposed of the two Williams quickly and efficiently.
All these indications led Leo Turini, an Italian journalist and Ferrari insider, to the conclusion that Kimi is the man who will most likely be Vettel’s team mate next year. The Finn’s current contract runs out at the end of the season.
Of course, should Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations drag on further, Sergio Marchionne’s revelations in the Italian media will become more and more prevalent.
Ferrari’s chairman implied that Lewis Hamilton was the top of his recruitment list, for F1 drivers available in 2016.
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