Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Ferrari decision on Raikkonen expected soon

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari are expected to announce their 2014 driver line-up this week with speculation growing around a return to the team for Kimi Raikkonen.


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Vettel’s fourth title is fast approaching (Reuters)

Luca di Montezemolo: “What happened in the past with Kimi? we won a world championship.”

Lotus chief still hopes Raikkonen will stay despite Finn flirting with Ferrari (Daily Mail)

Eric Boullier: “There is no queue. In the end if he wants to go to Ferrari he will go to Ferrari and that’s it.”

Raikkonen poised to make 2014 decision (Autosport)

“Kimi Raikkonen will decide his Formula 1 future in the next 48 hours amid growing speculation about a move to Ferrari.”

Tweet Tweet ?ǣ here?s @alo_oficial! (Ferrari)

Fernando Alonso: “It?s not possible for me to talk of any name for next year because I have a lot of respect for Felipe [Massa] . We?ve been working very hard and close for four years to give Ferrari the maximum. Whatever decision the team will take will be good for me and we will keep working to give Ferrari the best results possible.”

Todt rubber stamps Pirelli deal (The Telegraph)

“Pirelli has agreed a new five-year deal to provide tyres to Formula One worth an estimated ??50 million, which will carry it through until the end of the 2018 season.”

Mark Webber criticises jeering Ferrari fans (The Age)

“Sebastian won the race and the atmosphere was not completely correct. But, anyway, it’s their choice.”

Di Resta ‘gutted’ after Monza crash (BBC)

“I obviously didn’t mean to do it – I wasn’t trying to overtake anyone. It was just the concertina effect I was unaware of.”

Mercedes identifies Monza mistakes (ESPN)

Toto Wolff: “You can’t expect to be there all the time and we know where we went wrong over the last two weekends and it’s a matter of improving.”


Comment of the day

@JackySteeg questions the wisdom of holding a night race in Bahrain:

I wouldn?t envy the mechanics leaving the circuit at midnight with protesters still on the street throwing Molotov cocktails about??

It also seems a bit counter-productive to F1???s “green” targets. Illuminating all those thousands of enormous lightbulbs for a weekend does seem a tremendous and unnecessary waste of energy.

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On this day in F1

Mario Andretti clinched his first world championship 35 years ago today in dire circumstances. Team mate Ronnie Peterson, the only person who could beat him to the title, was injured in a start line crash. The following day Peterson succumbed to his injuries.

Niki Lauda led a Brabham one-two in the Italian Grand Prix. Carlos Reutemann gave Ferrari some cheer with third.

Here’s the second start of the race. Andretti and Gilles Villeneuve were judged to have jumped the start and given one-minute penalties. They finished first and second ‘on the road’ but were classified sixth and seventh respectively.

Image ?? Lotus/LAT

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  1. The only real question is whether Kimi will switch to a red tint for his Oakley Dispatches next year.

    And with Mark I often see with his body language that despite what’s happened this year, and things like the Top Gear interview, Mark still respects Vettel as a driver, and I can respect [i]that[/i]. Credit where credit’s due.

  2. So where will Massa end up if LDM sigs Kimi or Hulk?

    1. Lotus? Maybe, they need money and Massa can get a few sponsors.
    2. Sauber? Eventually. They have Russians with deep pockets on board and they could be tempted to fire Carlos Slim driverGutierrez
    3. Williams? No likely. Seems that they’re happy with Maldonado and Bottas.

    Massa faces the possibility to end up without a drive for 2014… and when was the last year without a Brazilian driver? It’s becoming clear that neither Razia nor Nasr will be in F1 next year and without Massa the nation of greats like Fitipaldi, Piquet and Senna will stage a GP without local hero next season.

    1. I think the line-ups:
      Lotus – Grosjean and Hulkenberg
      Sauber – Bianchi and Sirotkin
      Williams – Maldonado and Bottas

      So at this point I don’t think he’ll get a drive. The most likely options are Lotus and Sauber like you said.

      1. @deej92 – If that was the case, I would love for Sauber to have one of their seemingly ramdon good years where the get everything right and can compete for points. I’d love to see what Bianchi could do in a decent car!

        1. @petebaldwin Absolutely. We can then see how much he can drag out of the car because at the moment Marussia aren’t a match for Caterham no matter who is in the car. I’d expect Bianchi to be a regular points-scorer in a decent car.

        2. Or Geido VDG. I like those kids, such a shame their cars are 3 secods off the pace @petebaldwin

      2. @deej92 That means Marussia will have an opening ;)

        1. @beejis60 My money’s on Magnussen being loaned to them.

    2. Maldonado will be slower now he has kids. Maybe that’s what really happened to Massa – nothing to do with head injuries or team orders or Alonso…

      If I was Eric Boullier, and assuming you-know-who has departed to you-know-where, who would I want to drive for me – Hulkenberg or Massa? I’d have both! Not having to pay Kimi would save Lotus a fortune.

  3. Ignore this if it’s already been said on here, but the last time Raikkonen signed for Ferrari the date was the 10th September 2006. Can we expect an announcement today?

    1. Can we expect an announcement today?

      I don’t think so, It is almost certain that Raikkonen has a Ferrari contract in his bag but there is some questions that need to be resolved before the official announcement
      These days Montezemolo is a little busy in the Francofort car showroom which is very important not only for Ferrari but for the whole Fiat group
      Hulkenberg was having a promise from Ferrari before the hungarian GP, his management were waiting Ferrari to sign it but now after Raikkonen’s situation change he became also on Lotus short list
      Massa has a contract which won’t be renewed and they will tell him to start looking for a new team
      Fernando’s situation with Ferrari is not 100% clear within the team even if it looks like, there has been rumors about him returning to Enstone under a full support from Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn or returning to McLaren under the desire of Martin Whitmarsh maybe that’s why the option on Jenson has not be confirmed yet because of this, in my opinion the rumors about Fernando’s future are probably his own making just to put pressure on the team not to sign Raikkonen because according to some close sources from Ferrari he has been pushing for Felipe staying in Ferrari next year

      1. @tifoso1989 If Raikkonen has signed then Alonso might leave it a season and then I see him leaving for the 2015 season, unless he has a successful season then he’ll stay. Lotus and McLaren are the only options that seem viable, even though he had a bad experience with McLaren in 2007. Surely Alonso won’t leave just yet?

  4. I think it’s worth analysing the performances of Alonso and Raikkonen before saying one of them will beat the other.
    First let’s compare the performances against Massa, Alsonso usually beats him by 5 tenths in qualifying. Raikkonen? Well they were fairly evenly matched however I think the “start the race with qualifying fuel” regulation flattered Massa at least in the early years. I’d say overall Raikkonen was on average about 1 tenth faster than Massa. Okay so how about Romain Grosjean. Same story Alonso out qualifies Grosjean on average by about 5-6 tenths of a second. Raikkonen on the other hand has often been out qualified by Grosjean or only beats him by a tenth. I think Kimi is faster than Massa but if you just look at their performance against their shared team mates it seems to me that unless there’s a big shock at Ferrari next year Raikkonen is going to be beaten fairly easily.

    1. @tuvothepirate IMHO Fernando Alonso will beat Kimi Raikkonen not only in qualy but also on race day.

    2. You’re completely ignoring 2 important facts. Grosjean didn’t even start the 10 first races of the season at Renault in 2009 so he had minimal experience of F1 cars when he suddenly got promoted to a race seat. The second fact is that Massa’s performance has dropped a lot after his accident. Put Alonso up against pre 2009 Massa and I think Massa would be able challenge him a lot more. So you’re comparing an improved Grosjean to a declining Massa.

  5. I’m seeing on various social networks that Ferrari are going to make an announcement imminently. Within 10 minutes, apparently.

    1. You know what they say: you shouldn’t trust everything you read – especially on social networks.

      1. Right you are, think I got a little too excited there!

        I always seem to be asleep or working or swimming whenever these announcements are made so I was hoping to be on Twitter immediately after the announcement!

      2. IDK what you’re talking about man. I’m married to Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum on stalkbook…

  6. I have to say, as much as I love Felipe, I find the prospect of Raikkonen joining Ferrari far too exciting! Not only would they have the strongest driver lineup in 2014 by a mile, but it could well be one of the strongest driver lineups ever. Aside from the obvious Senna/Prost, I can’t think of any other lineup in F1’s history which would be quite as good as Alonso/Raikkonen. Can anyone else?

    On an off-topic note, cheers for the COTD Keith!

  7. Lotus talking about technical tie up with Renault / McLaren havent yet put pen to paper for Button / Perez secure due to Telmex money coming / Things not soo good at Ferrari between LDM and Alonso / looks like Kimi to Massas seat is going to happen.

    On that basis 2014 seats as follows
    Ferrari – Alo & Kimi
    Lotus – Hulk and Grosjean (Renault will want a frenchman)
    McLaren – Perez and Button ( no BIG replacemnets available to take Buttons seat)

    ….or if Alo/LDM clash once Kimi signed and he walks…Alonso could go to Lotus Renault or McLaren…
    Ferrari – Kimi and Hulk or Button
    Lotus – Gros and Alonso or Hulk
    Mclaren – Perez and Button or Alonso
    Sauber – Gut and Massa

    …..or the Kimi to Ferrari isnt a done deal and they go for the Hulk
    Ferrari – Alo and Hulk
    Lotus – Grosjean and Kimi or Button or Massa
    McLaren – Perez and Button or Kimi
    Sauber – Gut and Massa or ??

    Massa has a ferrari engined fallback to Sauber, much as he may not want it; but Button could be screwed and his management have not always been the best so he could get turned over. McLaren must be looking at the silly season fallout otherwise they would have nailed him down by now!!

    1. @warfieldf1

      McLaren – Perez and Button ( no BIG replacemnets available to take Buttons seat)

      You’re forgetting good ole Pauly DiBesta :p

  8. I do not understand the hype and hoopla over Ferrari being totally new to the concept of treating two drivers equally. They were doing it as recent as 2007-09 (when a certain Finnish driver joined them). There was no clear no. 1 until the championship contender was clear. I believe the Schumi era and Alonso era (so far) is very prominent in people’s memories.

    1. I dont think they do it with Massa until he is out of contention.
      I suspect the hoopla surrounds a belief that Alonso doesnt like a competitive team mate.

      1. It is my belief that they expected KR to be the 1 rooster on the team but it didn’t quite happen that way so it appeared as though there was equality on the team between the drivers, which perhaps there was, but I suspect it was not their original plan. I think they assumed that KR would immediately dominate FM and FM would naturally have to become the non-rooster.

  9. Button and Kimi to Ferrari. Alonso to McLaren. Hulkenberg to Lotus. Massa to Sauber. You heard it here first.

  10. I predicted Red Bulls decision wrong, but this time I’m really 100% sure that Kimi will replace Felipe. ^^
    Finally, I think I can now have respect for Ferrari. I’m tired of Alonso n°1 in the team.
    Also, second prediction: Hulkenberg will replace Kimi, while Grosjean stays at the team. Boulliers said a while ago that Kimi leaving the team ‘would secure Romains place in the team’.
    The question is, what will happen to Felipe? He said he don’t want to finish his career in a lower team but there’s a seat coming free at Sauber next year so what wil it be Massa-Sirotkin or Gutierrez-Sirotkin?
    Also Caterham said they want an experienced driver next year, so maybe Kovaleinen will come back.

    First let’s compare the performances against Massa, Alsonso usually beats him by 5 tenths in qualifying.

    OK @tuvothepirate … can you give me 3 races this year where Alonso beated Massa with more than half a second in qualifying? Massa was faster than Alonso on 3 occasions this year in qualifying, he’s a fast driver who definetely deserves a seat in F1, but maybe not in a top team anymore.

  11. Somehow I find it hard to imagine Kimi would agree to play “tow donkey” for Alonso, as much I can’t imagine Alonso is willing to accept teammate on equal terms.
    As much as I like Massa I would really love to see this.

  12. One Felipe Massa is greater than many Alonsos, Hamiltons and Raikkonens combined. But all he has done post Alonso is to sell his soul to Ferrari and I would rather see him leave F1 than sticking with the scuderia once more.
    On other lines.. both Massa and Webber had the potential to become the first non-European champion since Villeneuve (part-European) or to go further back.. Senna (totally non European), but they missed out on the only chance they had and now it can not be done by either of them, although mathematically they both have a chance this season. Ricciardo could be the only hope for the rest of world because I don’t see Perez doing a Senna at McLaren.

    1. Senna was of Italian descent, so he was part-European. Quite a lot of Brazilian F1 drivers have been of Italian descent.

      1. So how far do we need to go back then exactly ?? or “To Whom” to put it that way.

      2. Ok… so how far do we have to go back to find the last fully non-European Formula 1 world Champion ?

        1. @nimba 1979 which was won by Jody Scheckter as he is Jewish.

    2. Villeneuve is only European by choice… He was born completely Canadian!

    3. “One Felipe Massa is greater than many Alonsos, Hamiltons and Raikkonens combined”

      Oh dear… If Massa was “that good” he at leas should be able to keep up with his team mate, because If massa had any pace, Alonso probably was World Champion last year… But because massa strugled to get into Q3, he never stole points to Alonso’s rivals… And the team wouldn’t want that… so his poor performance couldn’t be wanted by the team…

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