F1 blogs & more: Raikkonen retiring?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2008, practice, 470150

A selection of highlights from F1 blogs and news sites including speculation on Kimi Raikkonen retiring at the end of the year.

Plus the latest on the new Valencia and Singapore street tracks, Lewis Hamilton samples a hard-tuned Porsche. and Niki Lauda appears on a chat show with a difference.

Kimi Raikkonen to retire this year – There has been speculation for some time that Kimi Raikkonen would not stay at Ferrari if he won a second world championship this year. Following the claims that Fernando Alonso has signed for Ferrari for 2009 these rumours have returned.

Italian press go hard on Kimi Raikkonen – La Gazzetta della Sport wrote: “Raikkonen: slow and dizzy. In some races he is simply not there,” which is not the first time the Italian paper have criticised Ferrari’s world champion.

Good to be King: Lewis Hamilton borrows TechArt Porsche for LA Trip – McLaren’s engine suppliers Mercedes might not be too impressed to see him driving one of their number one rival’s products.

A reflection on test drivers – Should rookie drivers spend time as F1 testers before getting race seats?

Days of wonder: Pheonix getting rooked on the Grand Prix? – Bernie Ecclestone’s indifferent attitude to F1 in America hasn’t changed much in 18 years as this article on the problems faced by the organisers of the race at Pheonix shows.

Kidnap victim hosts talk show – Niki Lauda to be interviewed by former Austrian eight-year kidnap victim Natasha Kamputsch.

La Telemetria – A video that features Pedro de la Rosa explaining (in Spanish) McLaren’s telemetry with some insightful behind-the-scenes footage.

Whiting happy with Valencia street circuit – The Valencia street track gets approval from FIA safety inspector Charlie Whiting ahead of this year’s European Grand Prix.

The F1 world will watch Singapore – Mark Webber enthuses about the Singapore Grand Prix circuit.

Maybe winning is their next task – Christine has a healthy dose of scepticism about Honda’s ‘green’ benchmarking

The tales behind Neil Trundle – A chat with Neil Trundle, former cohort of Ron Dennis

Video: The five greatest Champ Car moments – Featuring ex-F1 drivers Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mark Blundell, Juan Pablo Montoya and more.