Raikkonen happy at ‘unpolitical’ Lotus

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Circuit of the Americas, 2012In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says he’s happy at Lotus as they are less political than his previous teams.


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Raikkonen enjoying lack of ‘politics’ at Lotus (ESPN)

“I always said that this is a bit of a different team to the others that I raced for before. It’s all about racing and less about politics and I think that’s a good thing for the whole team.”

Ecclestone not planning to slow down (Autosport)

“‘I don’t feel 82, and as a matter of fact I’m now going to Geneva, then to Istanbul to see if we can get back the Turkish GP and [will then] participate at the World Council,’ Ecclestone told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘And I’m not stopping here, I have a thousand more ideas. Do I look in such a bad shape, two weeks after the USA GP that I wanted and somehow created?'”

Formula One Ruling Body Said to Negotiate Extra Series Revenue (Bloomberg)

“The FIA will increase its annual income to about $40m [??24.8m], an increase of at least 40%, under pacts with series co-owner CVC Capital Partners Ltd. and teams including champion Red Bull, one of the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private. The ruling body said [on] October 23rd the contract governing the sport would be signed in the coming weeks.”

Torrential summer downpours leave Silverstone chiefs counting ??1m refund cost (Daily Mail)

Silverstone Circuits managing director Richard Phillips: “This year’s torrential weather, waterlogged campsites and saturated car parks created a ‘perfect storm’ of unforeseeable issues, to which we were having to react throughout a difficult and challenging day. We are confident that we won?t see a repeat of the events of this year.”

Something to watch for in Asia (Joe Saward)

“The Iskandar development will span 2,200 square kilometres of land around the city of Johor Bahru. As part of the development [Peter] Lim says there will be a Formula 1-spec test facility.”

The Inside Line – on Pedro de la Rosa (F1)

“Q: If you could banish one thing from your life – for the rest of your life – what would that be?
PdlR: The death of my father. Watching him fight against a degenerative neurological disease, watching him get weaker and not being able to do anything about it, to help him, it was horrible.”


Comment of the day

@Aka_robyn on Jenson Button’s potential in 2012:

It makes it more interesting to have different drivers racing in different ways, playing to their individual strengths and compensating for their weaknesses. And after the 2011 season, I will never underestimate Button, no matter what people might say about him!

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