F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Christian Horner says he wouldn’t rule out Kimi Raikkonen joining the team next year despite Raikkonen’s manager having said talks were at an end.
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“‘I wouldn’t rule anything out at the moment,’ [Horner] told reporters in a teasing, cat-and-mouse briefing in Red Bull’s double-decked hospitality unit at the Belgian Grand Prix.”
“Raikkonen’s failure to turn up to today’s press conference owing to a ‘bug’ has sparked rumours once more that the Lotus driver is yet to be paid by his team.”
“I’m sure if I was in a position to win a race in the future, I’d be allowed to.”
“I think it was wrong information coming to the president, to be honest, because we looked back through all the press conferences. With these recorders, it’s easy to check exactly what you say and obviously it was nothing different to any other grand prix.”
“Ferrari’s president, Luca di Montezemolo, who has been publicly critical of Alonso in recent weeks, even though the Spaniard has carried his indifferent car for the past four seasons, is thought to favour sticking with Massa if only the Brazilian can show him some encouraging form in the coming weeks.”
“The title will be decided by what the performance of the cars in next four races, in my opinion. We have Spa, medium downforce, Monza, light downforce and Singapore, maximum downforce. These three circuits, with three completely different set-ups and configurations of the cars, will tell us which is the main contender for Vettel. He is the big favourite.”
“He is not able to speak – maybe he is scared of me, I don’t know. There is a time when people have to grow up and he hasn’t done it.”
“Obviously Kimi is playing a role there but it is not necessarily depending all on him.”
“It’s the same every year, you have one [good] race and people get excited and then you have a bad race and negative things are said. I’m not focused on what is trying to be said. I’m just focusing on the job I have and I’ve been training hard over the break, which is very different to the last six years when I’ve taken it as a real holiday.”
“My then wife fainted when she first saw me [after his 1976 crash at the Nurburgring], so I knew it could not have been good. As I get older the scars get lost in the lines, and, well, you just get used to it.”
There've been some completely inane questions in today's pressers so far. Why waste tv time asking 5 drivers if they're ready to have kids?
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Comment of the day
DaveW on Spa’s curious grid grooves:
If it prevents a start behind the Safety Car, then it will have done its job. Otherwise, it’s just going to slow down the guys in front a bit. Given the infamous concertina effect at La Source, not a really great thing.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Innim and Tomas!
On this day in F1
Alberto Ascari won his second world championship 60 years ago today in the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten.
Here’s some footage from the race:
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