Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Raikkonen wants to keep on rallying

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012
In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen admits he’d like to keep rallying during his F1 comeback.

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Raikkonen: I won’t change (The Telegraph)

“I still love [rallying]. If I could do it this year at the same time as Formula One I would. I think it?s good practice and it?s good fun.”

Mercedes: F-Duct Front Wing operated by the Rear Wing DRS (Scarbs F1)

“The DRS rules are quite clear that the flap must not be shaped to allow other aerodynamic benefits. In fact this wording affects only a portion of the flap and additionally the endplate is excluded from this wording. If the team could find a way to blow into the front wing a duct when DRS is activated, then the [F-duct front wing] could work synchronously with the DRS.”

Domenicali: “A new challenge begins” (Ferrari)

“I wish to repeat what I said before, we still need to wait a few days before knowing where we stand in relation to the others. I?m convinced that we will be in the fight and we will be there right to the end.”

Webber: Red Bull is in good shape (Autosport)

“We believe it is going in the right direction, but it only takes two or three tenths of a second and we need to do more. Let’s see when the gloves are off over the weekend, and then still we need to go to Malaysia to see a slightly different track as well because Melbourne is a specific place.”

Poor relations still live the dream (The Times, subscription required)

Graeme Lowdon: “In terms of a challenge, we never shy away. It is what it is all about, the competitive DNA that makes you get involved in the first place. But it is a huge test of patience when some of the bigger issues facing the sport are ignored.”

Motor racing-Aussie Ricciardo wants points in home race debut (Reuters)

“To finish in the points is the real goal that I’m after. I guess we’ll see where our performance is on Saturday in qualifying.”

Comment of the day

Not many of you were happy to see the FIA add a second DRS zone in Melbourne. Mads said:

In my opinion it worked best in Melbourne last year.

No free overtakes but it closed the cars up so they could fight for the rest of the lap, or at least the driver behind would have to make a serious effort to get close enough to overtake by the help of the DRS.

So now its ruined by two DRS zones and on top of that only a single detection zone.

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