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In the round-up: Would Fernando Alonso be prepared to have Kimi Raikkonen as a team mate?
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“Alonso is angry about the situation. One prominent team principal said in Monza last week: ‘Have you seen Fernando? He is very unhappy at the prospect of Kimi joining the team.’”
Jackie Stewart: “It would be a very confusing element within that team for them to have Kimi and Alonso, who I doubt would really like to have Kimi there.”
“Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has confirmed [Nico] Hulkenberg is on the team’s shortlist, but expects there to be competition from rival teams.”
“For the next four years coming, unless Renault do a poor engine, I think they’ll be quick. Adrian Newey does a really good job.”
“It would also be very good to see some of the other automotive marques return to the race, as in the past – Japanese, American, why not?”
“‘I am not Max [Mosley's] man; I am not Bernie [Ecclestone's] man,’ he said, stating that neither is bankrolling his campaign.”
“Massa was given a $214 speeding ticket by Italian police this weekend on his way to the Italian Grand Prix race for exceeding the speed limit in his silver-colored Ferrari 458.”
“I remember James wandering the paddock wearing washed-out bell bottom jeans and an undersized pink T-shirt exposing his midriff and belly button. He was unimpressed with the Shadow. ‘I was hoping to enjoy some real horsepower,’ he grinned.”
6am suprise wakeup this morning, pee pee in a bottle while someone watching closely. First time. #antidoping
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) September 10, 2013
Control antidoping en casa. Vuelta a la cama.. Doping control at home today. Back to bed and sleep..
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) September 10, 2013
Well my lie in ended at 06:02 this morning with the Anti Doping agency knocking on my door! First experience in my 12 year racing career ⏰
— Max Chilton (@maxchilton) September 10, 2013
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Comment of the day
I’m conflicted right now. It’s sad, because I’ve liked Massa since his crash happy Sauber days, through his brilliant first three years at Ferrari – who could forget his two wins on home soil – and the drama of 2008. People have forgotten that at the end of the 2008 season Massa was very highly regarded as a driver, talked of in the same breath as Hamilton and Raikkonen.
Then that crash happened and he never really has captured his ’08 form. So I’m sad that his career hasn’t panned out the way many expected, but I’m relieved that he is out of Ferrari from a pure performance standpoint, as he has been too frequently woeful in his performance since 2010. Now I’m excited for the future of Ferrari! Alonso and Raikkonen, two of the greats of this generation of drivers, together? It’ll either be the making or ruination of the Domenicali era at Ferrari.
As a Ferrari fan, after all that he’s done for the team, and despite his performance issues over the past four seasons, I say thank you Felipe.
This is the new Formula E racer, launched yesterday, which will appear in the all-electric series next year. McLaren and Williams are among the F1 teams who’ve contributed to the technology.
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On this day in F1
Ronnie Peterson lost his life 35 years ago today. He succumbed to injuries sustained in a first-lap crash in the Italian Grand Prix the day before.
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