How to make Kimi Räikkönen construct multi-syllable sentences
An Italian journalist working for Italy’s Gazetto dello Sport has achieved what precious few other people have managed – getting a reply from the notoriously mono-syllabic Finn that sounds vaguely emotional. The man from Espoo, who can out-Vulcan Surak on a good day, is still waiting for his contract to be renewed, but poor performances like his race in Montreal do not help much to further his cause.
Ferrari has an option on Räikkönen’s services, valid until July, but have so far made no move to activate it. Aforementioned Italian journalist claimed knowledge that Ferrari would only consider doing so if the Finn were to settle for less than 12 million Euro plus success bonuses.
“That’s this bullshit you’re writing again,” Räikkönen told the assembled Journalists in the Ferrari motorhome and the Italian Gazzeta-man, in a rush of bravado or terminal stupidity, depending on how one looks at it, identified himself as the author of the article, and the Finn unloaded his frustration.
“Did you see my contract? No, which means you wrote bullshit. You don’t know my contract, but you write stuff like that. Does that mean you write things that aren’t true? Perhaps you should start writing stuff that makes more sense.”
Marko thinks split from Renault is best
Being in the Red Bull motorhome must currently be less fun than drowning. Owner Dietrich Mateschitz is losing motivation, Daniel Ricciardo is said to have lost his temper substantially at Montreal and now the team’s motosport consultant Dr. Helmut Marko is telling Renault that the team’s patience is running out.
Despite the fact that the Renault engines are detuned, leaving them with a deficit of 120 horses to Mercedes and 80 to Ferrari, as a measure to improve reliability, both cars will be fitted with a fifth unit and start bog last, at their teams home race of all places.
“The fact is: We wont waste another two years running around at the back end of F1 with those hopeless engines,” Marko explains to Motorsport-Total. During an internal meeting Mateschitz and Marko are said to have come to the agreement that a further cooperation does no longer make sense.
Last night there was a crisis meeting between Red Bull and Renault, where the French were supposed to present their latest dyno-run results, with Marko saying that based on that meeting a final decision will be made.
TJ13 will cover any news about the meeting as soon as they become available.
Romain Grosjean: Nico opened the door for all of us
Nico Hülkenberg, the first active F1 driver to win Le Mans since Bertrand Gachot in 1991, was showered with praise from his fellow drivers.
“Super! I think we’re all a bit jealous that it looked so easy for him to do,” fellow German Sebastian Vettel explains. “But I think in reality it was hard work. But it’s super. Doing such a perfect work in a side job is absolutely incredible.”
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean joined Vettel in admitting a certain amount of jealousy, but insists that he wasn’t really surprised, reminding the journalists that Hülkenberg has won each and every series he ever started in – Formula BMW, F3 Germany, F3 Euroseries, GP2 as well as winning the A1 GP for Germany single-handedly in 2006/2007 with an unprecedented nine race wins in a single season.
Grosjean, who drove a Ford GT1 in Le Mans 2010 said that he will definitely return to the iconic race at some point, but rules out the immediate future, saying that having become a father recently would not allow him to be away from his family for three weeks. He did however note that Hülkenberg has opened the door for his fellow colleagues, proving that an active F1 driver can run competitively at Le Mans.
One man who must really be getting close to the end of his rope by now, is Fernando Alonso, as he was supposed to be sitting in the #19 Porsche as a team mate to Hülkenberg. The contract had been all but signed, when McLaren vetoed it on the grounds that they and Porsche are direct competitors in the sports car market. Your employer nixes your chance at winning Le Mans and gives you a crap car on top of it. Many lesser men would have long since gone ballistic.