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Raikkonen Talks about Australian GP.

australian-gp_start-t-886x591While much of the F1 world looked on with hope and anticipation to see how all the teams would stack up against the still supreme Mercedes Team, no group of fans were more concerned than the Tifosi of Ferrari.

While a podium finish by new Ferrari team member Sebastian Vettel was a welcomed performance, Kimi Raikkonen’s day was far less fulfilling. Kimi left the race completing only 40 laps ‘officially’ because of a tire issue. While it was clear that the tire was not fastened tight enough in the previous pit-stop, the car was still having trouble. The Iceman explained:

kimi-2014-test“Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind. Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car. The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know I lost something in terms of downforce. However, my team-mate’s podium is a great result for the team. Already in qualifying, despite my mistake on the quick lap, we knew we had a good car. And in the race, the gap to the Mercedes seemed less than on Saturday. It’s simply that, today, everything happened to me.”






Mario Andretti Says Raikkonen Hired to Challenge Alonso


By Fraser Masefield
According to former world champion Mario Andretti, Ferrari signed Kimi Raikkonen because they became frustrated with the attitude of Fernando Alonso.

Alonso endured a tough season with Ferrari and went as far as criticising his own team after the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading president Luca di Montezemolo to publically scold the two-time world champion.

“In my opinion, Alonso became frustrated this season, and what he said offended Ferrari, Otherwise they never would have hired someone who could challenge him and even beat him,” Andretti told Spanish sports newspaper Marca via gptoday.com.

You have to know how to behave. He always had a proper behaviour, but that 1 per cent… we saw what was Montezemolo’s reaction. It will be interesting to see what happens next because Kimi is not arriving to help; he is going to try to win. It will be a great battle that will be fun to watch.

Famous F1 Replacement Drivers


Nov 10, 2013, 2:15 PM EST Courtesy NBC Sports

Following Kimi Raikkonen’s decision to undergo back surgery and subsequently miss the final two rounds of the 2013 Formula One season, a somewhat unexpected race has been sparked to claim the vacant seat at Lotus. The team’s reserve driver, Davide Valsecchi, is widely expected to deputize for the Finn and make his Formula One debut. Although it may be an unconventional way of getting into the sport, many other legends of the sport have come in through the same route – accidental, but incredibly impressive – as well as acting as a replacement in the twilight of their careers.

Mario Andretti – Italy 1982

MarioAndrettiMonza1982Andretti’s role as a stand-in is slightly different, as it came at the end of his career. Having won the drivers’ championship in 1978, he  failed to successfully defend his title and entered the 1982 season without a drive. Andretti took part in one race for Williams as a replacement for Carlos Reutemann, but following a career-ending accident for Didier Pironi, He enjoyed one final hurrah with Ferrari. On debut for the Italian team, Andretti scored pole position before going on to finish in third place at Monza in an emotional result for the Italian-American. However, he could not repeat this feat in the season finale at Caesar’s Palace thanks to a suspension failure. Nevertheless, it was a fitting end to an illustrious F1 career.

Michael Schumacher – Belgium 1991


Statistically, Michael Schumacher is the greatest driver in the history of Formula One. However, his debut came under rather strange circumstances. The German driver was drafted in by enigmatic team owner Eddie Jordan after full-time driver Betrand Gachot was jailed for two months. At the tender age of twenty-two, Schumacher immediately impressed to qualify seventh ahead of teammate Andrea de Cesaris. Despite retiring on the first lap of the race due to a clutch problem, Schumacher had done enough to secure himself a drive with Benetton for the rest of the season, with whom he would go on to win his first two championships in 1994 and 1995.

Sebastian Vettel – USA 2007


In the final United States Grand Prix at The Brickyard back in 2007, a young German driver by the name of Sebastian Vettel made his debut. BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica had a huge crash at the Canadian Grand Prix that he was lucky to escape from, but under advice from his doctor, the Pole opted not to race at Indianapolis. Therefore, the team drafted in Vettel – just six days shy of his twentieth birthday – and he immediately proved his credentials as a star for the future. After qualifying in seventh place, Vettel went on to finish the race in eighth just behind future teammate Mark Webber. Four races later, Vettel was given a full-time drive with Toro Rosso after Scott Speed‘s exit; six years later, he’s a four time world champion.

Michael Schumacher (almost) – Europe 2009

Eighteen years after standing in to make his debut, the then-retired Schumacher was on the verge of a shock comeback with Ferrari. Felipe Massa had suffered a severe head injury at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix and was unable to take part in the rest of the season. Therefore, Ferrari had to find a replacement, and who better than the most successful driver in the history of the team? Schumacher, who had last raced in 2006, was all set to step in. However, a neck injury that he had suffered on a motorbike flared up and meant that he could not represent the Italian team. Luca Badoer was eventually promoted from his test driver role, but he lasted two races before being replaced by Giancarlo Fisichella.

Massa to Join Storied Williams Team

Pastor Maldonado in his Williams
Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Sir Frank Williams and his F1 Team have announced their lineup for 2014. Those drivers will include  Valtteri Bottas as was already known or understood, but with today’s announcement came a small surprise. The Willimams #1 driver for 2014 will be Filepe Massa. 

Massa has had a great career and helped Ferrari win constructors titles in 2007-2008. He has frequently challenged for the Drover’s Title as well, narrowly missing this achievement in 2008, falling 1 point short to Lewis Hamilton. But even with these accolades, Massa has a reputation (among fans at least) to be an underachiever,  and for lack of handling skills having crashed his Ferrari multiple times in the 2013 campaign, including twice during the weekend at Monaco in two almost identical shunts.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal commented, “It is very exciting for us to be able to… Continue reading Massa to Join Storied Williams Team

It’s Official: Kimi Done at Lotus

kimi1All the uproar on Kimi Riakkenon and his spat with Team Lotus has finally come to and end; and none too soon for an embarrassed team principal Eric Boullier and the administration at Lotus.

A back problem that has been persistent since before the Korean GP where his health threatened to sideline him for that race, has come to the point where Kimi is already to have it dealt with medically. Back surgery has been scheduled and this will eliminateAndy possibility of Kimi being in a seat for Lotus for these last two GP’s of the season in Austin,  and Brazil.

Here’s to Kimi’s health.

The Race is Still on in F1

New York Times:
Published: October 31, 2013

When Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team took their fourth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ titles at the Indian Grand Prix at New Delhi on Sunday, it ended the suspense for Formula One fans and drivers about the ultimate prizes this season.

But aside from all the title fanfare, in the last three laps of that race there was a ferocious battle among Sergio Pérez, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, which was ostensibly for fifth place in the race, but was really a battle among those drivers’ teams — McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus — in the race for second place in the championship.

For the 10 teams that trail Red Bull, such tense battles, pressure and suspense will a peak in a three-race showdown, starting with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday and ending with the Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 24, by way of the U.S. Grand Prix a week before that. At stake is $350 million or more in prize money, split between the teams — based on the 2011 figure, the latest that is available — from the series’ commercial rights holder, Formula One Management.

Teams are awarded prize money according to their finishing position in the championship, the largest amount going to the winner and the cut decreasing down the line. Continue reading The Race is Still on in F1

What’s Behind The F1 Failure in India?


As an F1 fan, one would be naive to not understand that there are a great deal of politics that are behind running Formula One racing as a world wide sport.  Perhaps as a new fan, or a fan that doesn’t look beyond the race itself or simply the results at the end of the day, F1 must function in the manner of a well oiled machine, and the intricacy of a Rolex watch. But there is so much more to it than even that.

The politics of F1 come to a head this week as teams descend on the Buddh circuit in India for this installment of the championship. With the last race in Korea so poorly attended and most likely a financial loss for FIA, the sanctioning organization behind Formula One racing, a second straight money loser is not going to tolerated for the 2014 campaign. For all intents and purposes, this is the last Indian Grand Prix we might see in a while, despite contractual obligations to return in 2014.

Both sides of the argument make their points in press releases and interviews, with the fans left forming opinions of their own while gleaning from these reports; some official and some leaked. Shilpa Kannan, of the BBC News, Delhi, authored an article that revealed some of the more important behind the scenes issues complicating the GP in India.  Continue reading What’s Behind The F1 Failure in India?

Are F1 Teams Promoting Rookies Too Quickly for the Money??

daniil1As always, there is much to be said when a single-seat driver from any series is promoted to Formula One racing. Being the pinnacle for any motor racing driver, F1 seats, even with tier 2 and three teams are coveted, and not easily earned.

Does this guy look ready for F1?

The recent promotion of Russian driver Daniil Kvyat by Scuderia Toro Roso has brought these question to the minds of F1 fans around the world. This is to be expected. When a famous ‘up-and-comer’ is promoted from the minor leagues to the major leagues in any sport, the fans begin to talk and all sorts of conspiracy theories and rumors fill conversations at work and sports bars. It is no different in F1. The fans love their sport and they love to talk about it. But this promotion, along with others still pending, along with experienced names being over-looked in favor of more rookies, now even the F1 Teams themselves are asking – ‘is this too much too soon? 
Continue reading Are F1 Teams Promoting Rookies Too Quickly for the Money??

All You Need To Know About Buddh Int’l Circuit

buddh-track-FPFormula One returns to the Buddh International Circuit for the third edition of the Indian Grand Prix. The track, located on the outskirts of capital New Delhi, features several elevation changes and a variation of long straights, tight hairpins and high-speed changes of direction. The circuit, the second fastest on the calendar after the legendary Monza, has won high praise from drivers who have compared the layout to such historic venues as Spa and Suzuka. Here we take a look at some of the track statistics before embarking on a flying lap of the circuit. Track Statistics Laps – 60 Track length – 5.125 km Race first held – 2011 Most wins – Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2012) 2012 pole position – Sebastian Vettel (1:25.283) 2012 race winner – Sebastian Vettel A flying lap of the Buddh International Circuit The lap begins in the shadow of the massive grandstand whose roof extends out over the start-finish straight. The run down the home straight to turn one is relatively short. Move over to the left of the track to take your line for Turn 1, brake as late as possible down to third gear before turning into the right-hander. The track appears to open up a bit at the exit of Turn 1 and its width and the ample amounts of run-off available make it very tempting to get on the power early as you hit the apex of Turn 1.

For the rest of the story and more great information on Buddh, please click through and read this very informative article by Abhishek Takle posted Oct 22, 2013 on FirstSports.com.

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