Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR, 2011

Kimi R??ikk??nen to race in NASCAR

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In today’s round-up: Kimi R??ikk??nen is looking at racing in NASCAR.


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Raikkonen set for NASCAR (Autocar)

??I’m really looking forward to get there to familiarise to the world of NASCAR. I have been following it for a long time. I know, it’s a very tough and open top racing series.”

Lewis Hamilton sees fight with Fernando Alonso as new ‘Senna v Prost’ (The Guardian)

“I will always think that my nemesis and my closest rival will always be Fernando. Just because of my history, when I started out. I see him as my Prost, if we were [Alain] Prost and [Ayrton] Senna. If you were to say ‘choose a driver’ [that I would like to be] I would clearly choose Ayrton. And maybe I would put him as Prost.”

Just how fast is the Red Bull? (BBC)

“There is nothing to suggest the raw one-lap pace advantage of the RB7 in Melbourne is not very real.”

Mark Webber interview (F1 Fanatic on YouTube)

David Coulthard: now for a showstopper at Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit following Australia (Daily Telegraph)

“I didn?t think it was a classic Down Under by any means, although it wasn?t a bad race. Crucially, I saw enough in it to suggest that we could be in for some brilliant races elsewhere.”

Brawn blames set-up for poor weekend (Autosport)

“We had a very messy weekend. Cars these days have got a lot of interesting systems on and we had a job keeping everything running, which means that we haven’t done the fundamental work of getting the car balanced and finding the right set-up. It has been a disappointing weekend and we should have been able to do better than we achieved.”

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Comment of the day

This comment from Mateuss on why so many people voted for Sergio Perez as Driver of the Weekend made me chuckle:

This is very unfair, everyone is voting for Perez because most of the readers are Mexican and this is a Mexican site… No, wait, that’s not right!

But on a serious note ?ǣ I was truly stunned by his performance, at one point he set purple sector two and I thought ??his tyres are going, he must have cut the fast chicane? but he kept replicating the times and was often on the pace with the leader, putting in lap times similar to people on three stops, I am still amazed by this.

From the forum

Take a look at the 2011 Australian GP overtaking data for review.

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On this day in F1

Carlos Reutemann scored his first F1 win in the South African Grand Prix on this day in 1974.

Here’s some footage of the race: