Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Singapore, 2013

Raikkonen has “successful” back operation

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen had a successful operation on his back according to Lotus.

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Lewis: Red Bull down the road (Sky)

“I don’t think I’ve nailed the set-up all year. It’s not nailed this weekend and I don’t think it will be nailed for the rest of the season.”

Heikki Kovalainen: “I was pressing the wrong buttons today quite a few times!” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“It was relatively easy to start working with [race engineer Mark Slade] because I know him from McLaren days, and I know how he works. He knows what I need as well, I think if I get lost he can actually make suggestions just by looking at the telemetry, so it?s really helpful.”

The only way is up (F1)

“Q: What has been the best moment of your ‘rookie season’ as deputy team principal?
Claire Williams: Bringing Felipe [Massa] on board. That was kind of my proudest moment. To bring a driver of his calibre to this team when we haven’t delivered the performance – I am very pleased with that. But also bringing Pat Symonds on board and hopefully being able to announce new sponsors soon.”

Lotus says time running out for Quantum (Autosport)

Gerard Lopez: “We have always said that if we want to push we have other options. It has got to be the right partnership. That one seemed like the right one, but whether it is going to happen or not, I don’t know.”

Jenson Button warns 2014 McLaren man Kevin Magnussen of ‘cut-throat F1’ (The Guardian)

“It’s big pressure for a driver coming into McLaren. If he does a good job, great. It starts a very exciting career. for him But if he has a tough season, that could be the end of it as well.”

‘I thought for a second that Bernie was to blame’ (The Telegraph)

“Recounting the robbery on Thursday at the High Court, where [Stephen] Mullens and Ecclestone are co-defendants in a $140 million damages claim brought by German media firm Constantin Medien, Mullens said that he was ready to ‘change my life, give up my practice and leave the country’, so traumatised was he by the experience which happened in April 2009.”

Comment of the day

First practice yesterday was a bit of a mess:

The whole issue with the helicopter was extremely embarrassing.
@Roald

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