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F1 now breaks for three full weekends before hostilities resume in Belgium late next month.
Kimi Raikkonen was looking ahead to 2015 rather than seeing Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix as the start of an immediate Ferrari revival.
“I would like to be a fly on the wall in the Mercedes debrief room after the Rosberg-Hamilton episode”
A thriller at the Hungaroring has thrown fresh fuel on the simmering relations between Mercedes’ championship rivals and teammates.
With the summer sun baking in Budapest, ‘silly season’ has well and truly arrived in the F1 paddock.
The big name is Sebastian Vettel, with rumours suggesting the Red Bull driver could be on the move to Mercedes in 2016.
La Source Corner, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Shell invites you to join Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen as they drive concept vehicles of the future on the historic Spa-Francorchamps track.
Ferrari is now focusing “all” of its efforts on 2015, according to lead driver Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard’s comments, made on Thursday ahead of the Hungarian, appear to contradict those of the Italian team’s technical director James Allison.
“I have not seen the interview in the Spanish daily, but I was too heavy with my words — forgive me.”
Niki Lauda has swiftly hit reverse, after using an expletive to describe the cars fielded in 2014 by Mercedes’ grandee rivals McLaren and Ferrari.
Fernando Alonso could be contractually free to walk away from Ferrari.
Technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016. “I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week.
Fernando Alonso has hailed the “amazing” job being done this year by Daniel Ricciardo.
At Silverstone, Spaniard Alonso’s wheel-to-wheel duel with world champion Sebastian Vettel was littered with radio complaints about one another’s driving.
“Yes, I want better results, but Kimi is the driver that Ferrari needs for next year.”
Marco Mattiacci has hit back at suggestions Ferrari could or should plan its revival for the 2015 season without Kimi Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso has urged teammate Kimi Raikkonen to “improve”.
Spaniard Alonso has utterly dominated his fellow former champion at Ferrari since the Finn returned to the Maranello team for 2014.
“But only in February are the facts on the table”
Fernando Alonso sounds underwhelmed, having been told of Ferrari’s bold plans to push him to the very front of the grid in 2015.
“It’s not the time to talk about the Russian grand prix.”
It’s being murmured rather than shouted, but the world of F1 is undoubtedly worried about the looming Russian grand prix.
F1 German Grand Prix: Rosberg on pole after Hamilton shunt
Championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the first part of qualifying.
Indeed, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo looked closer than ever to the pace on Friday.
Even with no car running the technology at Hockenheim, ‘Fric’ was the buzzword at the scene of the German grand prix. Some see the end of the ‘front and rear interconnected’ suspension systems as a chance for dominant Mercedes’ rivals to close the gap.
But they might be even more important in 2014, “because it is a very close fight”.
It was, of course, unnecessary for audacious competitor Fernando Alonso to tell reporters at Hockenheim he thinks mind games are “very important” in formula one.
The only question now is whether some teams will be more affected by the Fric ban than others.
The ‘Fric’ saga could be nearing an end, as it emerges every F1 team has removed the controversial suspension technology ahead of the German grand prix weekend.
World champion Sebastian Vettel has dismissed Niki Lauda’s criticism in the wake of the British grand prix.
Having heard his excitable radio calls about Fernando Alonso’s driving during their thrilling Silverstone duel, Mercedes chairman Lauda denounced Vettel for “screaming like a small, startled child”.
“When a formula one car loses contact with the ground at speed, no driver can control it anymore.”
Mika Hakkinen has questioned countryman Kimi Raikkonen’s admission that he will “probably” retire after the 2015 season.
Raikkonen is firmly under contract for 2015
Jules Bianchi staked a claim on a Ferrari race seat on Wednesday, setting the pace at the post-British grand prix Silverstone test.
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