Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 2007

Raikkonen and Alonso “could be dangerous” together

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Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 2007In the round-up: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo admits putting Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso together in the same team could create problems.


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Ferrari will keep Raikkonen busy (Reuters)

“Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be dangerous. But in Formula One… everything is potential danger.”

Adrian Newey: “We stand to lose the most again” ?ǣ New F1 season just 73 days away (James Allen on F1)

“We?ve probably done a better job than our competitors in developing the best use of the exhaust position from the current restriction, so unfortunately we stand to lose the most again.”

Michael Schumacher’s continuing ‘stable’ condition is hailed as ‘good news’

Schumacher’s spokesperson Sabine Kehm: “It is good news. I don’t want to go into further prospects as it is too early. He is still in an artificial coma.”

Michael Schumacher’s agent describes moment journalist dressed as priest found by security – video (The Guardian)

“Sabine Kehm, Michael Schumacher’s PR agent, tells reporters how a journalist dressed as a priest was found in the former F1 star’s hospital room.”

Lewis Hamilton posts skiing photos just days after Michael Schumacher crash (The Express)

“Lewis Hamilton has angered the online community after posting photographs of him skiing just days after Michael Schumacher was left in a coma because of an accident on the slopes.”


Comment of the day

@F199player reckons one particular rules change helped make F1 cars more reliable.

That graph on reliability really shows how much parc ferme increased reliability from 2003 onwards.

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Beppe Gabbiani, who turns 57 today.

Gabbiani’s career was a classic case of ‘too much, too soon’. After a decent showing in F2 he hurried into F1 with Surtees in 1978, but failed to qualify on his two appearances.

He returned to Formula Two but was soon back in F1 again, this time with Osella. He contested the first half of the 1981 season and his nine appearances yielded six non-qualifications, two accidents and one engine failure.

Back in F2 he had a strong year in 1983 but missed out on the championship again and never returned to F1.

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  1. Do other people read LdM’s statements the same as I do, i.e. that Kimi is brought to be a better No. 2 than Massa was, but ALO must be aware that if he continues complaining Kimi would be elevated to No.1?

    As a Kimi fan I am deeply disconcerted to see this happening. In all honesty, as much as I wanted to, I see Kimi as the underdog in the season length against Alonso (we’re talking 2013, in my opinion Kimi would have won it in 2005 were it not for the unreliability of McLaren he drove), even with equal opportunity. But man it would be great if he beats him :)

    1. I think Ferrari will be mainly focused on the WCC in 2014, that’s why they brought Raikkonen on board. Don’t think they’ll start the season with a clear No 1 in Alonso. Most likely they’ll try to manage things like they did in 2008, the one with most chances for the championship gets to be the ‘rooster’ in late-season.

      1. I don’t think KR would have gone back to Ferrari if there was any hint at all that FA would still be their Number One Rooster. If KR is not expecting equal treatment on the team I will be very disappointed in him, and disappointed in Ferrari for turning a rooster into a bootlicker.

        I expect it to be at Ferrari in 2014 like it should be on all teams in F1 at all times…2 gladiators duke it out fairly treated in their team, until the math, as the season winds down, dictates that the team has to go with the driver with more points, at which point a team order or a formal designation of a number one is not needed…it just goes without saying that the one with the lesser WDC chance should not impede the teammate that does…he doesn’t have to go out there and block for his teammate….just not take points away from him wherever possible.

      2. That’s fair if they do so.
        I am a bit concerned that Kimi went to Ferrari for lack of a better choice after Red Bull opted for Ricciardo and financial problems at Lotus.

  2. Yeah I think I’m getting tired of LdM’s proclamations of how it is at Ferrari. I don’t get how a team can use a one-rooster rule and make it about one driver and then say the driver is to drive like he is driving for Ferrari, not himself. They make it about one driver so what is the one driver to think…that it is not about him?

    I don’t think any driver needs to be reminded that he is driving for his team…the ones that provide him with the equipment along with it’s sponsors. I think that when LdM talks like this he is really talking to the secondary bootlicking driver that is really the one driving for the team while the designated rooster drives for himself. SV decided to drive for himself and ignore the team in the first race last year and many revered him for it, so I think LdM must be annoying a lot of people claiming that now two roosters on the team are to be driving for the team and not themselves.

    I would have much preferred, in a two rooster atmosphere, for LdM to talk of two gladiators duking it out on the track and pushing each other to get the cars and themselves to the top, and what a shame that concept is considered potentially ‘dangerous’ rather than potentially thrilling for the viewing audience…you know, LdM…the ones without which racing would not exist.

    Sometimes I wonder why LdM doesn’t just push for single car teams so that he will have a guarantee of having a one-rooster team and a driver that has to drive equally for himself and the team, without any nasty ‘danger’ of there actually being competition between two drivers in a two-driver-per-team format in the pinnacle of racing.

    1. Just to add…I am grateful that Ferrari has taken on KR, and I expect that to mean much better things at Ferrari, so I wish LdM wouldn’t sound so concerned about it. There is a huge following of F1 fans who are not fans of one-rooster on a team, so I’m a bit surprised that LdM comes across moreso as being worried about their decision, when he could have come across moreso as being enthused and invigorated about 2014’s prospects, just as the fans are expected to be. After all, nobody likely put a gun to their heads to hire KR….so own it, LdM!

  3. “….But in Formula One… everything is potential danger.”

    I love it when a new year begins with people upping the ante on their own silliness – thank you Luca! This really begs to become a classic: “I’d rather not use the port-o-potties at the track… But in Formula One… everything is potential danger.” Not unlike this.

  4. Matthew Abbott
    2nd January 2014, 19:15

    Makes me laugh that some journalists sensationalise the fact that Lewis posted some holidays snaps when they have the audacity to impersonate a priest to gain unfettered access to Schui when he’s in a critical condition merely for exclusive access. I do hate the press sometimes!

  5. And Ferrari has many work with this.

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