Raikkonen goes Motocross riding during F1 break

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Kimi Raikkonen, Motocross, 2013In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen spent part of his break between F1 races rising a Motocross bike.


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Team owner Kimi Raikkonen ripping it off in Belgium last week (Ice One Racing via Tumblr)

Pictures of Kimi Raikkonen riding a Motocross bike recently.

Hamilton favoured by Mercedes – McNish (BBC)

“Even though it’s not official, there’s definitely a strong focus on Hamilton being their main challenge for the championship.”

Horner says RRA not the way forward (Autosport)

“A resource restriction is an agreement that is fundamentally flawed because of the structures of different companies: Ferrari operates in a completely different way to McLaren or Mercedes or Red Bull. The best way to control costs is through stable regulations.”

Coffee, tea or me? (Air Asia via Facebook)

“Are you ready for ‘Coffee, Tea or Me?’ Yes, the bet was not forgotten! Next month, you can enjoy the inflight services from our newest recruit, Sir Richard Branson.”

No point complaining about tyres, says Alesi (NBC)

“From a tyre point of view, the drivers will have to find the best compromise between performance and degradation, which is exactly the way that it has always been in Formula One.”

Hamilton: I won?t walk it in China (The Sun)

“Mercedes were in a unique situation at the track last year and got everything right. The tyres are different this year so you have to anticipate that it?s going to be a little bit different there for us.”


Comment of the day

Will Rush alienate F1 fans by being too commercial? @Bleeps_and_Tweaks doesn’t think so:

From what I can see it looks good, and Hemsworth and Bruhl look pretty convincing in their respective roles.

Rush is and always was going to be Hollywood, it?s a movie, not a documentary. Hardcore F1 fans would always argue the sport doesn’t need to be spiced up. But this is about attracting the F1 hardcore, moderate fans and ‘not normally interested in F1′ type of film fan, therefore it’s got to have added impact and visual appeal.

I’m not expecting anything as stylish as ‘Le Mans’, because I think this has cost too much money and they need to appeal to a wide audience to recoup that. Personally I can’t wait though, this trailer has made me more enthusiastic, not less.

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115 comments on Raikkonen goes Motocross riding during F1 break

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 9th April 2013, 10:45

    Kimi’s just a straight up bad ass!

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th April 2013, 12:14

    “A resource restriction is an agreement that is fundamentally flawed because of the structures of different companies: Ferrari operates in a completely different way to McLaren or Mercedes or Red Bull. The best way to control costs is through stable regulations.”

    Of course Horner is going to say this. The RRA will force Red Bull to cut their spending, but stable regulations and no limits will allow them to build a dominant car and use it for years to come.

    I’m stick of this whole “what’s best for us is best for Formula 1″ attitude. It’s really killing the sport for me.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 9th April 2013, 17:41

      @prisoner-monkeys – they all do it: Ferrari for example feel that more testing is necessary because that is in their best interests. They’re a spoiled bunch are F1 teams…

    • GT_Racer said on 9th April 2013, 22:27

      I’m stick of this whole “what’s best for us is best for Formula 1″ attitude. It’s really killing the sport for me.

      And its the primary reason I’ve always been against the teams running the sport.

      Same thing is happening in Indycar right now, Each team wants whats best for them & all that attitude ever does is harm the series as a whole. People always talk about Tony George & the CART/IRL split as been what hurt Indycar racing the most & what that whole situation didn’t help the politics of CART was always going to result in self destruction.

      I remember there been a big issue in the late 80s/early 90s with the top 3 teams refusing to let any other team have access to the Chevrolet engine which was by far the best engine available.
      A number of the smaller teams were threatening to walk unless they were given a chance to buy the Chevrolet to try & compete with Penske/Patrick & Newman-Haas racing & it was that which helped Tony George gain favor with some of the smaller teams & why most of them went with him when he formed the IRL.

  3. schooner (@schooner) said on 9th April 2013, 12:36

    Whether or not Kimi has Lotus’ blessing for his motocross fun is one thing, but I think I’d save it for the off-season. Pretty easy to snap an arm or a leg, and there goes your F1 seat.

  4. Cole (@cole) said on 9th April 2013, 13:37

    I disagree with Horner when he says that stable regulations leads to less spending.
    With regulation changes, the field opens up with development being conceptual. Brawn won in 2009 getting the concept right rather than spending big figures. Every time the development focuses on refinement it gets more expensive. Finding the last tenth is where teams need to invest big resources on.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 9th April 2013, 13:42

      @cole – exactly! He makes little sense here: I agree with him that a spending cap is not the way to do it, but it definitely is not what he is suggesting!

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th April 2013, 18:27

      I actually agree that stable regulations don’t reduce spending, but I wouldn’t use Brawn as an example. As you say, they got the concept right. However, they developed the concept when they were very strongly bankrolled as Honda- although that concept may have come about with less expenditure anyway, it would probably not have been as refined and well integrated (this is what set them apart from other teams which started the season with double diffusers) otherwise. What does back up your argument is that Brawn started to lose their advantage because they didn’t have money to improve their car- they needed to spend a lot to refine their car and maintain an advantage, but they did not have as strong backing as they had in the past. What ultimately decides how much teams spends is how much the team is willing/able to spend. Unless the team is a small one clinging to survival they won’t be holding back money for a rainy day-they’ll find another field to spend it on, whether its refinement or research and development of new systems/technologies.

      • Cole (@cole) said on 9th April 2013, 19:39

        My point is when you have stable rules for a certain period of time, the better funded teams will always emerge in front.
        Of course people would argue on this with examples like McLaren or Ferrari not being super competitive lately, but in reality they were ONLY beaten by another well funded team with great people involved.

  5. Dizzy said on 9th April 2013, 14:22

    the abomination known as drs has spread to the dtm series.

    considering the dtm races i saw last year were filled with good, competitive racing & a decent amount of overtaking i seriously can’t see why its needed.

    • Kodongo (@kodongo) said on 9th April 2013, 16:52

      I agree. This tragic device seems to be filtering down the European motorsports.

      DTM has no need of it either; their racing is usually very exciting and filled with overtakes.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 9th April 2013, 18:46

      With all the feedback that F1 fans have given on DRS you would think that DTM would have been sensible enough not to follow it’s lead? Regardless of that though, F1 cars justify the use of that more than DTM because of the large dirty air problem. I still don’t like it, but I can see some sense in it’s use in F1.

    • HCA said on 9th April 2013, 20:22

      I totally agree, I only began watching the DTM last year & really enjoyed the racing & was really surprised they even began talking of bringing in things like drs.

      i read an article on autosport & agree with what was said in the opinion bit-
      “One of the most dramatic moments of last year’s series opener was the sight of Mercedes team-mates Gary Paffett and Jamie Green running doorhandle to doorhandle on the short run between Turns 1 and 2, through the following corner and then all the way down the long back straight to the Spitzkehre.

      With DRS, that would never have happened; one would simply have tucked in behind during the corner and blasted by with ease on the straight. Memorable? Hardly.”

  6. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 10th April 2013, 2:01

    Nice to see Kimi’s working out…

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