Raikkonen may miss test following heavy crash

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Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2014In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen may be unable to take part in this week’s Silverstone test following his violent accident at the start of yesterday’s race.

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Ferrari unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test (Autosport)

Marco Mattiacci: “Kimi is OK. We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we see after today. I want to be 100 per cent sure that he will be fine before [he does it]. But there is no major issue at the moment.”

Lewis Hamilton ‘gutted’ to be denied duel for British GP victory with Nico Rosberg (Sky)

Hamilton: “I was gutted not to have a wheel-to-wheel race. I don’t want anything bad for my team-mate. I want him to be at his best and me to be at my best so we can really see the difference.”

Ricciardo says Button needed one more lap (Racer)

Ricciardo: “I think one more lap would have been tough because Jenson was coming. I’m really happy with the podium. I knew we were a better car than eighth on the grid. I was a bit surprised during the first bit to not be as quick so I said let’s try something different to make it work. Today I was pretty jacked up, so it’s nice to be up here.”

Niki Lauda criticises red flag decision (BBC)

Lauda: “Formula 1 is over-regulated. They are never going to hit [the barrier] again. They take care of every little detail and a lot of people will switch the television off.”

Massa wants crackdown on Mercedes’ slow formation laps (ESPN)

Massa: “All of these cars go very slow on the formation lap. We stopped on the track and my clutch went up to a very high temperature so it didn’t work. I started to move the clutch, but the car went into anti-stall so I dropped to last [at the start].”

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Like so many of us yesterday, reader Piffles was enthralled by the titanic scrap between Alonso and Vettel for fifth, but was also disappointed by one aspect of the battle…

Very good battle, and top class driving from both drivers: absolutely no complaints. As Alain Prost said on Canal+, this kind of thing is exactly what we watch F1 for. It’s a shame we had these unnecessary, childish, backhanded, dishonest, hypocritical, disgraceful arguments over the radio. Alonso & Vettel need to get put back in their place with a pair of good slaps in the face. Grown men don’t go complaining to their mammas when things don’t go their way.

Of course, if the tracks were designed properly, going “off-track” would risk resulting in accidents like Raikkonen’s a little more often and drivers would therefore be inclined to respect the track limits a bit more.
Piffles

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On this day in F1

Ronnie Peterson scored a superb win for Lotus in the French Grand Prix at Dijon 40 years ago today. Driving a Lotus 72, the original design of which had been introduced four years earlier, he resisted the everything the more powerful V12 Ferraris of Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni could throw at him around the short Dijon circuit.

Here’s some brief footage from the race:

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62 comments on Raikkonen may miss test following heavy crash

  1. Breno (@austus) said on 7th July 2014, 13:52

    One weekend we have people complaining all the drivers act like PR-machines. The next, people complain about Vettel and Alonso on the radio (or Perez’s joke, but I’ll let that one slide).

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 7th July 2014, 14:16

      Personally I’ve never really been concerned about drivers being PR machines or not, and I certainly think we get enough comments from them, in the heat of the moment especially, that shows their human side. But for me the SV/FA banter that F1 decided we should hear, took away from the racing that was going on and only helped confuse people as to what was and wasn’t allowed. Obviously in hindsight neither driver was penalized, therefore neither did anything wrong, therefore why didn’t these drivers know at the time that a little discretion was being used to allow them to race.

  2. F1 Codger said on 7th July 2014, 14:51

    Did anyone else notice that Kobaysahi managed to avoid Raikkonen whilst Massa (who was further back) did not. The Massa mistake was compounded by the fact that Raikkonen was traveling left across the track, Kobayashi went further left and did some rallycross on the grass but avoided Raikkonen whilst Massa who was behind Kobayashi (and had more time to avoid the accident) sort of tried to go right, (behind the departing Raikkonen) but actually lost the back end and slid in to Raikkonen causing further mahem. So full marks to Kobayashi for an ace piece of driving and as regards Massa it adds to his reputation for poor driving when it matters.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 7th July 2014, 15:39

      I think you will find most, including myself, disagreeing with you. It is easy to second guess in hindsight from your armchair, but try being there in the heat of the moment when it is about a split second decision. By all accounts the overwhelming response to FM’s decision to crank the wheel to the right in order to at least not nail KR head on with the nose of his car, has been huge kudos to FM for his quick thinking that might have saved KR much more serious injury than bruises. I think it is wholely unfair to rate one driver’s reaction over another’s in an incident like this, as no two drivers can be in exactly the same spot. With KR’s car moving across the track as it was it is irrelevant that FM was behind Kobayashi, and therefore somehow must have been driving poorly to have hit KR. That’s not how it works.

  3. Konstantinos (@constantinei) said on 7th July 2014, 17:38

    Lewis gutted for not having a wheel-to-wheel race with Nico??? OMG, the mind games are still on!!! But seriously now Lewis, you’re better off that way, no? Making up for your retirement in Melbourne and winning easily in front of your home crowd? Except if you meant that you wanted to pass Nico on the track first and then have him retired! But I guess you’ll have to settle for what happened unfortunately…

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