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Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Career could have ended in mid 2013 admits Grosjean

Even with a 2013 contract in his pocket, Romain Grosjean has admitted he remained perilously close to seeing his now flourishing F1 career end. Banned for a race in 2012 and written off as the 'first lap nutcase' by Mark Webber, the Frenchman entered the winter period uncertain if he would be returning in 2013. Ultimately, having developed a close working relationship with a psychologist and no longer running into regular trouble in wheel-to-wheel combat, Grosjean ended the recently-concluded season as a standout of 2013. […]

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hamilton says Ferrari will have best 2014 driver line-up

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes that championship rivals Ferrari will boast the best driver line-up in 2014. Ferrari has signed Kimi Raikkonen to race alongside Fernando Alonso, in place of current driver Felipe Massa. Hamilton believes that the replacement of Massa, the man he fought for the 2008 title, with Raikkonen means that Ferrari has the strongest driver line-up. "This year we can beat them in the constructors' [title] but at the end of the day it is going to be a stronger team. Kimi […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Massa no longer supporting Alonso, predicts 2014 'collision'

Felipe Massa has said that he will no longer play a supporting role to Fernando Alonso across the final seven races of 2013. Massa has been seen as Alonso's supporting act since the infamous race in Germany three years ago but insists he is now driving for himself, having been informed that he will not be part of the team in 2014. "I will not race for Alonso from now on," he told TV Globo. "Right from Friday at Singapore I'll be working for myself. […]

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Surprised Raikkonen admits Lotus still lacking pace

Kimi Raikkonen says he was surprised to set the third fastest time during second practice for the Italian Grand Prix but reckons that Lotus is still lacking pace compared to the other front runners. Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean set identical lap times during the second 90 minute session to finish behind only the Red Bull drivers. "The car felt pretty normal for me today and we’re going to look at the data in order to make a decision on whether to use today’s specification […]

Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Boullier: Raikkonen wants to keep racing for Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen would like to keep racing for Lotus in 2014, according to his team principal Eric Boullier. Raikkonen, 33, has raced for Lotus since the start of 2012 but his contract expires at the end of this season. But Boullier believes that Raikkonen wants to prolong his stay with the Enstone based team into a third year. "It’s clear that Kimi likes racing for us and would like to continue, which is a testament to all the hard work put in by everyone at […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lotus: We are fighting hard to keep Raikkonen

Lotus is pushing Kimi Raikkonen to make a quick decision over his future. The 2007 world champion has admitted "small talks" with Red Bull have already taken place, but both Raikkonen and his potential 2014 boss Christian Horner are saying they are in no rush to finalise a deal. A different message is now emerging from Lotus. "He (Raikkonen) knows that we need to plan ahead for 2014," team boss Eric Boullier told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "We assume that before the summer break […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Horner weighs up Raikkonen, Ricciardo for 2014 seat

Christian Horner was on Tuesday faced with rising speculation Red Bull is weighing up a choice between two drivers for Mark Webber's 2014 seat. Amid suggestions the team has decided to replace Australian Webber, team boss Horner admitted in Barcelona that the 36-year-old is in "the autumn of his career". On the front row of the grid for his place, according to the rumour mill, are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. When asked about the Finn, Horner told Austrian Servus TV: "Kimi is doing a […]

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013

Grosjean still plagued by car issues

Romain Grosjean believes that his Lotus E21 is still beset by issues. Grosjean finished tenth in last weekend's Australian Grand Prix and felt that all was not right with his car. "We’re still working on the setup of the car as it’s not quite right for me and it’s difficult to understand why exactly," he said. "The new front wing does feel better than the one before so that helps. Kimi was running an updated aero package which looks to be an improvement so we […]

Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013

Raikkonen revels in 'one of my easiest wins'

Australian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen says that his victory was one of the easiest of his career. Raikkonen claimed his twentieth win in the season opener in Melbourne, equaling the victory tally of compatriot Mika Hakkinen. "I’m happy for the team and for myself also. We’ve had a quick car all weekend and there were no issues with it either, so we could just focus on trying different things and getting the setup how we wanted," he said. "I had a good feeling that […]

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013

Raikkonen and Pic amongst the Stars in Moscow

This weekend Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Pic were the headline acts in a very special event co-organised by Renault: the ‘Race of Stars’, a unique activity staged in Moscow, Russia. Kimi and Charles, who drive for the Renault-powered Lotus F1 Team and Caterham F1 Team respectively, took to a track covered entirely with ice within Moscow’s Hippodrome, which is usually reserved for horse racing and other equestrian activities. The two competed in races organized in conjunction with Za Rulem, one of Russia’s most popular automotive […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bouiller adamant Lotus can taste glory

Lotus team principal Eric Bouiller believes that his team will be capable of fighting at the front in 2013. The Enstone based team finished fourth in the 2012 championship, winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and claiming a further nine podiums. "I think it is fair to say that great things are possible," he said. "The leap we made from 2011 to 2012 showed what we are capable of. Add to this the continuity and potential of our driver line-up and we have a very […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Raikkonen Revealed: Getting close to the Iceman

Iceman – the nickname given to Kimi Räikkönen by Ron Dennis at the beginning of the 2002 season – suits the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion perfectly. The Finnish star is most likely the coolest guy in Formula 1… ever. There is nothing that really makes him upset, angry or happy for more than for fifteen minutes or so. Kimi is quick to put everything behind him. The cool nature is innate. Kimi’s mother Paula remembers him only once being very nervous and losing his […]