Ecclestone “sorry” Raikkonen has gone unpaid

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In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone expresses sympathy for Kimi Raikkonen who hasn’t been paid all year.Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

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Bernie Ecclestone ‘feels sorry’ for Kimi Raikkonen over unpaid wages (The Guardian)

“He has signed a contract with somebody, they need to pay him. He now needs to do what he can to get paid. I feel sorry for him but he should have been a little more sensible when he signed the contract and know what he was signing for. If he drove for me, I’d have paid him.”

Ecclestone says door is open for India return (Reuters)

“A deal has been done for India to return to the Formula One calendar in 2015 and for six years beyond that if tax problems with the country’s authorities can be overcome, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday.”

Nico Hulkenberg Q&A: Teams should prioritise talent (F1)

“As a driver you want your performance to be the only argument, but it is different lately. Teams are under pressure as we are in tough times, so some teams take drivers with money rather than with no money.”

Mexico, New Jersey both off 2014 F1 schedule (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“The Mexican and New Jersey races that currently figure on the 2014 F1 world championship calendar will both be absent from the final version when it emerges from the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December.”

Alonso: Massa qualifying form no worry (Autosport)

“In the last three or four races it was Felipe in front of me in qualifying, but in those races I finished in front and I have a lot more points.”

Vettel’s passion is for two as F1 star reveals love for vintage motorbikes (Daily Mail)

“Vettel is currently in the process of doing up the BMW R 51/3 his grandfather used to ride while a vintage Vespa is another restoration job.”

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Post Qualifying Press Conference (FIA)

Mark Webber: “I think it?s probably no super secret that I like the more flowing circuits but you have to put your heads down and get on with these types of circuits like Singapore and Abu Dhabi and do the absolute maximum and do the best.”

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@AdrianMorse is hoping for another battle between the two Red Bull drivers:

I really hope Webber doesn?t fluff his start tomorrow. If he?s leading after the first corner tomorrow and it?s a one-stop race, it could be difficult for Vettel to beat him, even if he?s the faster driver ?ǣ which he usually is.

I haven?t seen any of the long runs, but if many drivers are able to complete the race with only one step, then I don?t see Raikkonen making much progress. If the norm is two and Raikkonen can comfortably do one, then he can make some progress, but even then the podium looks far without serious mishaps in the top ten.
@AdrianMorse

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On this day in F1

Graham Hill won the world championship for the second time 45 years ago today in Mexico.

He won a three-way title decider with reigning champion Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart.

His Lotus team also won the constructors’ championship, bringing them some cheer in a season in which they had lost the great Jim Clark.

Here’s a brief news clip with some footage from the race:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-uWVgKARPc

Image ?? Lotus/LAT

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