In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says he’s not bitter over losing Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari.
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“Two years ago, when we decided to sign him, quite a few people thought we were crazy. And what happened in the end? We?óÔé¼Ôäóve been working with an amazing racer, who scored points for the team 27 times in a row, won two races, put motivation at a very high level at Enstone, and got on very well with his team mate.”
According to AMuS Stefano Domenicali texted Nico Hulkenberg to let him know Ferrari were passing up the chance to sign him after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ron Howard: “Fortunately no one was hurt making Rush.”
Stirling Moss: “The V16 was a thoroughly nasty car. The brakes were OK, the acceleration was incredible ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ until you broke traction ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but everything else I hated, particularly the steering and the driving position. Handling? I don?óÔé¼Ôäót remember it having any…”
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) September 11, 2013
All the luck for next years! You will be a strong opponent in any team! And we still have 7 GP to have some fun! pic.twitter.com/gsHQvVY9hT
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) September 11, 2013
Congratulations to Stefano Domenicali. The way I hear it he pushed for it and Montezemolo didn't want Kimi #F1
— Byron Young (@byronf1) September 11, 2013
But Kimi told me he was coming to the #BTCC…
— Official Dunlop BTCC (@DunlopBTCC) September 11, 2013
Flavio Briatore on 8/9/06: "Sure, for me the dream was to have Fernando and Kimi. But what is not possible is not possible…"
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) September 11, 2013
Chief aerodynamicist Nicolas Hennel has left Ferrari after just over a year in the role, previously he was at McLaren and Renault
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) September 11, 2013
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Comment of the day
Keith Campbell on Ferrari’s prospects with an all-star driver line-up next year:
I just hope Ferrari build a car competitive enough to fight for the drivers’ championship next year. It would be such an anti-climax if Alonso and Raikkonen end up fighting it out for fifth and sixth in the championship.
It will be an interesting match-up as I see them as having similar strengths as drivers. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think either is lacking in qualifying, but I think their main strengths are on race day: strong race pace, decisive when overtaking, but can play the percentages when necessary, which is why they are such consistent points scorers.
I expect Alonso to come out on top. He has the advantage of being in the team the last few years and possibly having the car more designed to his preferences (although next year’s car is a clean slate so Kimi may be able to have some input still). I also expect him to show just a fraction more outright pace over the season, although this is just opinion and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure others will have the opposite view.
Either way, it makes for an exciting prospect. I just hope it?óÔé¼Ôäós a close contest and they have the car to make it matter!
Keith Campbell (@Keithedin)
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On this day in F1
Damon Hill won the Italian Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
At the time he set a record by scoring his first three wins consecutively, having also won at Hungary and Belgium. The feat has since been matched by Mika Hakkinen, who scored his first three wins at the 1997 European, 1998 Australian and 1998 Brazilian Grands Prix.
Jean Alesi gave Ferrari their best result of the season with second and Michael Andretti took third in his final appearance for McLaren.
The race ended with an astonishing crash involving team mates Pierluigi Martini and CHristian Fittipaldi:
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