Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

Raikkonen will be back to his best soon – Ferrari

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Sepang International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Ferrari’s chassis technical director James Allison expects Kimi Raikkonen will be operating at his best again very soon.

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Allison: “keep improving at every race” (Ferrari)

“Kimi is working extremely well with the team, collaborating with the engineers, helping us to drive this car forwards. He has class written all over him and in a very short space of time, I’m sure we will also see the results of that on the track.”

Vettel told to toe line, says Ricciardo (The West Australian)

“It is our responsibility to obey [team orders], unless it’s completely out of order and then we can obviously try and put up a fight and give our reasons.”

Ferrari visit just a holiday – Brawn (BBC)

“Ross Brawn has played down the significance of a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on Monday.”

Red Bull set for Renault engine boost (Autosport)

“The Red Bull Formula One team’s hopes of launching a serious challenge on Mercedes from the Spanish Grand Prix have received a boost, with engine supplier Renault expecting ‘promising’ progress.”

Grief at death of ‘larger than life’ ex-Formula One engineer and Ferrari chief mechanic Nigel Stepney killed by lorry on M20 near Ashford (Kent Online)

“Mr Stepney, who enjoyed a lengthy F1 career and helped guide Michael Schumacher to five world championships, was hit by [a heavy goods vehicle] after getting out of a van on the hard shoulder of the London-bound carriageway between junctions ten and nine.”

Racing: Hamlin wins, no Toronto Supercross, Al Pease dies (Wheels)

“Canadian motorsport legend Al Pease died Sunday in Tennessee, where he lived for many years.”

Recalling Indy’s heydays (MotorSport)

“But if the powers-that-be at Indianapolis are going to find a long-term solution to IndyCar racing’s malaise it surely lays in re-creating a modern version of the spirited competition among multiple car builders and radical new thinkers that drove the 500 for more than 90 years. In my opinion, they’re deluding themselves if they believe anything less will do the job.”

“Question Time” with Motorsport Greats (Hexagon Modern Classics)

“Join us for a special “Question Time with Motorsport Greats” featuring panellists from the pinnacle of motorport at our Fortis Green showrooms at 7.30 pm on the 4th of June.”

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Kurt Busch, Indianapolis, Rookie Orientation Programme, 2014

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch during the Rookie Orientation Programme for the Indianapolis 500 on Monday. Busch will attempt to complete the race and the 600-mile NASCAR race at Charlotte on the same day at the end of the month.

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How F1’s move to pay-per view coverage diminishes its potential to attract new viewers:

I was never really interested in motorsports on television, but loved racing games. I remember in 2008 I was playing the F1 game on the PlayStation 3 and got more into it. It was Spa 2008 that made me feel in love with the sport. I was just searching the TV for something to watch and I stopped at F1. The race entertained me, and I’ve missed only two races since.

The thing is, I watched it accidentally, I wasn’t planning to. It was just because nothing else was on. Today, you are unable to get into the sport without a subscription, so no new crowd will be reached. And I think that’s what F1 needs, a new crowd.

But no one buys a subscription for something they might be interested in. And since it’s impossible to find any footage on YouTube too, you won’t reach anyone but people who are fans of the sport already. And that group of fans is sinking, at least I get the impression it is. They are killing the sport by making it too inaccessible.
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On this day in F1

The funeral of Roland Ratzenberger was held on this day in 1994, two days after Ayrton Senna’s. Among those to attend were Gerhard Berger and Johnny Herbert, both of which had also attended Senna’s funeral, and FIA president Max Mosley.

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