Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2014

Raikkonen expects F1 exit after 2015

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2014In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen expects to retire from Formula One again at the end of next season.

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Raikkonen likely to retire at end of 2015

“Until my contract is finished and then I will probably stop. That is what I think is going to happen.”

F1 ‘very stupid’ to drop Monza (Autosport)

Raikkonen: “You hear how they might drop that race and it would be very stupid in my opinion for Formula 1 and for everybody. Hopefully it will never happen.”

Wolff ends wait for women drivers

Claire Williams: “She will be doing exactly what Valtteri [Bottas] would have been doing [when he was a test driver]. She’s got the responsibility that she would have to set up the car. She knows the car, she’s done a lot of preparation in the simulator. She’s perfectly competent to do tomorrow’s session without causing any hindrance to the team.”

Sergio Perez: “Susie would be better in the kitchen”

Thanks to MikeJohnno for the tip.

‘Standing restarts will work’ (Sky)

FIA race director Charlie Whiting: “Two things drivers were concerned about. One was fairness. Fairness being a leader is more likely to lose his lead from a standing start than he is from a rolling start. Whether that’s true or not, I’m not quite sure.”

Hamilton inspired by Muhammad Ali (BBC)

“I think about Muhammad Ali. He sat on the rope and let [George Foreman] have the upper hand until he decided it was the right time to turn it around.”

Rosberg struggles with fatherly advice (F1)

“He doesn’t really give advice in that regard. If he does it’s not so easy to take the advice. In hindsight I would always take it but in the first moment it’s never so easy to just accept it, I’ll often try to argue the point.”

Q&A with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg (F1)

“Our car was really strong [in Bahrain], with a lot of awkward slow-speed corners and angles – so tracks in that mould are good for us. Having said that, this track here in Silverstone is significantly different: high-speed corners – so this weekend might come down a bit hard on us.”

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@Petebaldwin doesn’t buy Bernie Ecclestone’s threats about Monza:

There is absolutely no chance at all that Monza will be dropped. Bernie is just playing one of his little games to try and grab more money in a new contract.

Having no race in Italy and losing a track like Monza just won’t happen.
@Petebaldwin

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On this day in F1

Fernando Alonso led the first 32 laps of the French Grand Prix ten years ago today but Ferrari used a four-stop refuelling strategy to get Michael Schumacher into clear air so he could jump ahead of the Renault driver and win.

On the final lap Rubens Barrichello displaced the other Renault of Jarno Trulli for third place:

Image © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo