Robert Kubica, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Raikkonen to drive F1 car this month

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen will drive a 2010-spec F1 car in Valencia in two weeks’ time.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Lotus via Twitter

“We can now confirm that Kimi Raikkonen will be completing some mileage in the team’s R30 car at Valencia on 23rd/24th January.”

Barcelona may reconsider GP deal (Autosport)

Both Spanish rounds plus Korea have now publicly admitted they are looking to change the terms of their F1 race contracts.

Organisers urge teams to ignore calls to boycott Bahrain Grand Prix (The Guardian)

“A spokesman for the Bahrain International Circuit said: ‘The report found evidence of human rights violations and made certain general and specific recommendations. The government has fully acknowledged the findings of the report and is acting swiftly and convincingly on the recommendations.'”

Court hears of F1 ??breach of contract? (FT, registration required)

“Donald Mackenzie, the managing partner at CVC who led the F1 buy-out, told a court in Munich that he believed undisclosed payments involving Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 chief, and Gerhard Gribkowsky, a banker at BayernLB, constituted a ‘breach of contract’.”

Alguersuari Pays Tribute As Toro Rosso Physio Dies (Speed)

[Jaime] Alguersuari said that the Italian was ‘the person who I have loved and who has loved me the most in Formula One.'”

Rubens Barrichello via Twitter

“It was so sad when I received the news that my great friend and physio Raniero past away this morning. Heart attack while he was on his bike.”

Kingfisher submits time-bound plans to DGCA (The Times of India)

“Twenty of the 64-aircraft fleet of the Vijay Mallya-owned airline are grounded for a ‘multitude of reasons’, including want of engines, spares or reconfiguration of seats.”

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Comment of the day

Adrian Sutil and Jaime Alguersuari are your favourites to take the last two places in F1 this year. Tayyib explains why:

I would like to see Alguersuari at Williams, he had a strong second half with performances at Spa and Korea where he beat Nico Rosberg and he impressed with his ability to come through the field. But I don?t think he will go to Williams, I think they will go for someone who can lead a team and is used to having a less experienced team mate.

For me Sutil should go to Williams and Alguersuari may go to HRT, feel so sorry for Rubens Barrichello, he could leave the sport without a farewell.

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On this day in F1

Want proof that testing times can be deceptive? Ten years ago today Eddie Irvine was quickest for Jaguar ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) and Luca Badoer (Ferrari).