Lotus approached Schumacher to replace Raikkonen

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Nurburgring Nordschleife, 2013In the round-up: Lotus tried to bring Michael Schumacher back as a temporary replacement for Kimi Raikkonen.


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Lotus fail with sensational attempt to bring Schumacher out of retirement again (Daily Mail)

“It is unclear whether the appeal to Schumacher came prior to an offer to fellow German Nico Hulkenberg, who Lotus want to fill the vacancy brought about by Raikkonen?s return to Ferrari on a permanent basis next season.”

Vettel rivals ‘encouraged’ booing (BBC)

“It has been convenient for some of his rivals to treat him like [the bad guy] and they have encouraged it, whether that’s Fernando Alonso taking off his cap and throwing it in the crowd as soon as Sebastian talks on the podium to get a reaction.”

Moscow F1 Plans Move Forward as Architect Tilke Drafted In (RSport)

“Plans for a new Formula One track on the outskirts of Moscow took a major step forward Tuesday with the announcement that prolific motorsport architect Hermann Tilke?s company had been tasked with designing the circuit.”

Piquet hospitalised with heart trouble (MSN)

“The 61-year-old retired Brazilian driver [Nelson] Piquet underwent surgery on a blocked artery late on Tuesday at Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.”

‘Being a simple sponsor is like paying for sex’ (ESPN)

“There are other things that are less obvious, and you may have Adrian picking something and saying ‘I’m interested in scratch-shield paint’ and we wonder why he would be interested in that because it seems like a cosmetic benefit, but he’s interested in it for its aerodynamic properties. Or there is light-weight magnesium which we have and the team is now using.”

Lewis: F1 will crack America (Sky)

“The more I go to the States, the more I meet people who are crazy-passionate about it.”


Comment of the day

@Fer-no65 on McLaren’s decision to drop Perez:

I still maintain that his performances haven?t been specially bad considering the circumstances. Neither he nor Button did well, and neither got the chance to do well either. The car was just a complete failure.

It?s hard to compare drivers when one has been a multiple grand prix winner with the team on his fourth year at the same factory with the new guy that wasn?t even in F1 when Button joined McLaren.

But (and it?s a big one) they are replacing him because they feel there?s a Vettel/Hamilton in the making in the shape of Magnussen, good for them. We?re all very vocal about how the best drivers should have the best lineup, and if the rumours are true, then it?s good news for F1.

On a side note, a bit harsh on Mexican fans who might lose the Mexican GP and just about lost their main driver?s seat ahead of their second “home” GP.

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Eliseo Salazar who is 59 today. Salazar, the only Chilean to ever race in Formula One, started 24 grands prix in the early eighties, scoring a best finish of fifth for ATS in the controversial 1982 San Marino Grand Prix.

But he is best remembered for this incident later that year when he was attacked by Piquet after knocking the reigning world champion out of the lead while being lapped.


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133 comments on Lotus approached Schumacher to replace Raikkonen

  1. Maeve (@maeve08) said on 14th November 2013, 2:24

    i have a friend who was in the pit grandstand in Singapore, this is the exact reaction he has about alonso who was like encouraging the booing by distracting the crowd the moment vettel started to talk. he said it was disrespectful. at first, i thought it was just nothing, but now i know it means something as it also happened in monza..

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 14th November 2013, 4:30


      distracting the crowd

      as long as Alonso does not show actions ( waving or throwing caps can only cheer them up ) or speaks wrong , I don’t think it can be blamed . Sometimes Horner has to deal with the fact that Ferrari or other teams just have better supporters . “Deal with the fact and try to improve”.

      In fact in Singapore during the booing, immediately after Brundle said ” don’t do that please” The crowd stopped and they started chanting Alonso’s name ( check out videos ). They just support the other driver better and want a bit of a fight for all the money they pay expecting to see one . It’s a spectator sport .

      • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 14th November 2013, 9:39

        Surely if the support Alonso and want a bit of a fight for all the money they pay then they ought to be booing Alonso as he’s the one who’s failing to deliver, not Vettel.

  2. Kimi4WDC said on 14th November 2013, 3:22

    It seems to me being a reserve driver is a total waste of the time for drivers. No matter what is your status with in the team you must compete and banging those wins regardless if it’s Formula Renault or GP3. You can’t afford sit on sidelines as a reserve driver today.

    If you keep on winning it’s not going to reduce your chances on getting a test call up.

  3. obviously said on 14th November 2013, 4:09

    It’s calling your rivals “cucumbers”, general disrespect for your rivals, sense of entitlement, arrogance, having your “manager” openly taking shots at your teammate for no reason and nonsense that Horner keeps throwing in the wind, that contributes to the booing.
    I don’t really think that one bright sunny day Alonso just decided to throw his hat in the crowd in a slightly inadequate moment and all of a sudden, people around the world decided to take a great dislike towards Vettel.
    All that booing (which I couldn’t really care less either way), can only come from the way Vettel and Red Bull carry themselves and not from any outside factor.

  4. Owen Conwell (@skitty4lb) said on 14th November 2013, 5:49

    I used to moan every time I read that the newest F1 Circuit would be designed and built by Hermann Tilke and his company (which is always). But after reading the article that Keith Collantine wrote here on F1 Fanatic about the restrictions and safety standards imposed by the F.I.A. when designing a new track, I can no longer place the blame squarely on the shoulders on Hermann Tilke whenever a boring and uninspired track appears on the calendar. There is only so much that they are allowed to do when building a new track, and having little to no elevation to play with you’re even more limited. And besides, they’re not all bad tracks, even if the term Tilkdrome has been coined.

    So thanks @keithcollantine for the interesting article!

  5. andae23 (@andae23) said on 14th November 2013, 6:03

    Good to hear Nelson Piquet is recovering well from his heart surgery.

  6. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 14th November 2013, 6:27

    Alonso throwing a cap to the crowd is now considered to be encouraging booing? Epic logic.

  7. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th November 2013, 7:14

    Kind of sad that the booing of Vettel hasn’t happened for a couple of races now, but Red Bull still want to talk about it. You get the feeling they liked the attention.

  8. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 14th November 2013, 7:26

    Lotus have failed in a sensational attempt to persuade Michael Schumacher out of retirement for a second time.

    Lotus couldn’t afford him for 1 race, let alone 2.

  9. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 14th November 2013, 8:02

    Why stop at Schumacher?
    Why not Fittipaldi? Surtees? Mansell?
    Anyone but your designated reserve driver.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 14th November 2013, 11:29

      @TimothyKatz I agree with the sarcasm, it’s obviously wrong that test drivers get overlooked when teams have to replace one of their race drivers. However, an even bigger problem is that a current GP2 champion and drivers like Kovalainen were left without permanent race seats in 2013.

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 14th November 2013, 16:13

        Yes, I agree.
        I haven’t voiced the opinion here, but I was a little disappointed when Massa was confirmed at Williams because that could have been another seat where a young-gun could have shown what he was capable of.
        The new drivers might be good or bad, but we’ll never know if one of the ‘senior’ drivers doesn’t move over to let them in.
        Massa’s a very nice chap, but he’s pretty close to his sell-by date and I would have preferred to see someone new.

    • Jaanus (@) said on 14th November 2013, 14:21

      “Some say, that there is a book that has all the phone numbers of past drivers who have worked for the Enstone team.”

      Alexander Wurz
      Fernando Alonso
      Gerhard Berger
      Giancarlo Fisichella
      Heikki Kovalainen
      Jacques Villeneuve
      Jarno Trulli
      Jean Alesi
      Jenson Button
      JJ Lehto
      Johnny Herbert
      Jos Verstappen
      Martin Brundle
      Riccardo Patrese
      And so on…

      But still, on a serious side – I would give Davide Valsecchi a chance.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th November 2013, 8:03

    The prospect of a second race in Russia is an interesting one, because Russia is one of the few countries that could pull it off. Sochi and Moscow are 3000km apart – roughly the same distance from Sydney to Perth. As such, they could comfortably have a second race and draw on audiences without trampling all over the race in Sochi. But to organise this second race without first having a Grand Prix is a huge risk. There’s obvious Russian interest in motorsport in general and Formula 1 in particular – aside from Daniil Kvyat, Sergey Sirotkin and Marussia, the country hosts a round of the World Touring Car Championship and DTM, with the DTM considering an expansion to Sochi in the future. There are Russian drivers all throughout the Formula Renault Series, and they have a presence in GP2 and GP3. But until such time as the first race is run in Sochi, it’s a big step into the unknown, and it seems a little presumptuous to organise a second race. That said, a lot of circuits are being built at a much higher standard than their intended purpose – many countries put forward plans to build Grade-1 circuits, but don’t hold Grade-1 races straight away.

  11. Did Red Bull switch alliances and Ricciardo is now their new miracle driver? Was it the first shot of a campain aimed at making Vettel’s life as hard as possible? I have no other explanation for Horner’s statements, it’s hard to imagine he might have really meant it. I mean, who would pour gasoline and thrown in firecrackers for good measure into a fire that is already dying?
    Horner is really very “special”, he never stops surprising us.

  12. rankx (@rankx22) said on 14th November 2013, 9:32

    Very entertaining rumors:
    Ferrari blocked Hulkenberg from taking the Lotus seat in the last races – by paying his salary and forcing him to fullfill his sauber contract (Motorsport-Total.com).

    Additionally Lopez suggested that the timing of Räikkönens operation was influenced by Ferrari, too.

    • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 14th November 2013, 11:59

      We’re through the looking glass now. The Maranello influence is there for all to see in the pitlane. It makes you wonder, though: Ferrari must have had a very good reason for allegedly spending over €1m on another driver’s salary just to prevent him helping Lotus make up an unlikely 26-point deficit. Perhaps Alonso is more of a doubt for Austin than initially expected.

      Raikkonen is a bit more understandable: Ferrari have something to gain from that and by all accounts he wasn’t thrilled about continuing to race unpaid anyway.

  13. Coanda (@ming-mong) said on 14th November 2013, 9:39

    If lotus wanted a publicity stunt maybe a front running US Nascar driver would have been a better option.

  14. Robert said on 14th November 2013, 12:41

    Bring Bruno Senna back for Lotus

  15. naz3012 (@naz3012) said on 14th November 2013, 13:23

    Murray’s commentary on the salazer/piquet bust up is absolute gold, watched it so many times and never fails to amuse

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