Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013

Renault not a factor in 2014 decision – Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says his choice of team for 2014 won’t be determined by how close they are to engine supplier Renault.

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Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: No deadline for 2014 decision (F1)

“I have no idea what they are doing at Red Bull. The only thing that I know is that Lotus is very close with Renault and they are working fantastically together. I don?t think that there is any difference between how the teams work together with Renault. They are very fair, so these considerations are not affecting my decision.”

Alonso unsure of strategy gamble (BBC)

“It is not clear which strategy is best. But, whatever the strategy, if you are fast you will be on the podium, and if you are not, you won’t be.”

Lewis Hamilton on pole again at German Grand Prix but Rosberg slips (The Guardian)

“In my wildest dreams, when I joined Mercedes I did not expect to win the championship in the first year. I thought the car was going to be in a completely different place. But I really don’t know what is realistic at the moment. I have got a 43-point gap between me and the guy in the lead but there are 11 races ahead and two wins and two not-so-good finishes for that person could change things.”

Red Bull pressure helping Ricciardo (Autosport)

“‘I guess I enjoy it,’ he said when asked about how the pressure of bidding for a top drive affected him. ‘When you hear things like that, you have to take it as positive information because it is positive for people to talk about me taking a seat like that.'”

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@Pelican is pleased to hear more than just the usual dreary PR stuff from Nico Rosberg:

I, for one, am perfectly content with his honest answers. C?mon guys, would you rather he said something utterly meaningless, non-committal, and unimpeachable?

As it is, nearly every driver from second on down goes, “Yeah, it was tough but we?ll try our best tomorrow!” and you?re complaining about the one who didn?t?
@Pelican

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On this day in F1

Jo Schlesser lost his life in a crash during the French Grand Prix at Rouen 45 years ago today.

Schlesser was racing Honda’s new RA302 car which John Surtees had refused to drive, saying it was not safe enough. When Schlesser crashed on lap three the magnesium-bodied car burst into flames.

Jacky Ickx won the race ahead of Surtees, who drove an RA301, and Jackie Stewart’s Matra.

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