Alain Prost, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

Alonso and Raikkonen “can work” at Ferrari – Prost

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Alain Prost, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013In the round-up: Alain Prost, who partnered three different world champions during his F1 career, believes Ferrari can make their line-up of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen work.

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Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari partnership will work, says Alain Prost (The Mirror)

“If you have a problem it is the management that has to make it work. It is going to be more difficult but it can work.”

Longer FP1 could hurt smaller teams (ESPN)

Martin Whitmarsh: “Oddly I think it will work against the smaller teams because at the moment they have a unique opportunity to sell FP1; many do and it’s a surprisingly important revenue for some of those teams. If every team has that opportunity then the value of what some of those smaller teams are able to sell is reduced.”

Massa revelling in fight for F1 future (Autosport)

“There is not so much I can do: the only help Fernando [Alonso] can have is coming from Sebastian, it’s not coming from me. This is the situation.”

Rookie diary – Sauber?s Esteban Gutierrez (F1)

“Unfortunately we don?t have a simulator, which would give me the chance to really get to know a new track before going there, so I still do it in the same way I?ve always done it in the previous years of my racing career. I watch a lot of video footage from the previous years.”

Is IMG really the “future of F1”? (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“It’s long been the paddock consensus that Ecclestone is no great fan of IMG, and compared to other sports, the company?s involvement at the top level of motor racing has been relatively limited. Will that now change?”

A Candid Interview With James Hunt (F1 Speedwriter)

“I think my way of living when I was driving would be difficult today. I was entirely responsible about my driving, and never misbehaved there, but after that, when the job was done, I led a fairly laidback lifestyle. I think modern sponsors in this day and age would find that a bit of a strain, and it would not be to my advantage in my career. People would hesitate before hiring me. And I would probably have to curb my behaviour and certainly put on a different public face.”

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Mika Hakkinen, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, 2013

Mika Hakkinen will get back behind the wheel of a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in a race in China next month. Details here:

Comment of the day

Patrick doesn’t think Red Bull are going to suddenly become uncompetitive because of next year’s rules changes.

I think that if you want to know if Red Bull is going to dominate next year, we must check why they have been dominating the past four years.

First, they have a perfect correlation between the simulations in the wind tunnel and the reality. That won?t change next year.

Secondly, they?re the leaders in aeroelasticity and in controlling aerodynamic fluxes.

Third, they understand completely the Coanda effect and they are quick to copy and improve others inventions.

These three things will remain the same next year, so RB will definitely be a top three team next year.
Patrick (@Paeschli)

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost wrapped up his fourth world championship title 20 years ago today. He settled for second by Michael Schumacher in the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Benetton driver taking his second career win.

Here’s Prost pressuring Schumacher late in the race:

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