“I hope they (the changes) are not too extreme.”
Kimi Raikkonen has been tipped to fight for pole in Australia next month, and the world championship in 2013.
“I am quite sure Kimi will fight for the championship,” fellow Finn Mika Salo, now a commentator for the MTV3 broadcaster, said. After two seasons in rallying, 2007 world champion Raikkonen returned to formula one with Lotus last year, finishing the championship third and winning in Abu Dhabi.
Former F1 driver Mika Salo has tipped Heikki Kovalainen to return to the grid in the future.
Finn Kovalainen is the latest victim of the ever-increasing influence of the ‘pay driver’ in F1, with Caterham replacing its entire 2012 lineup in favour of the heavily sponsored Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.
Mika Salo has backed his countryman Kimi Raikkonen’s radio attitude en route to victory in Abu Dhabi last Sunday.
The 2007 world champion’s growing frustration with his engineer throughout his chase for Lotus’ first win of the season culminated in him saying “leave me alone”. But Salo, another Finnish driver, insisted Raikkonen’s attitude is actually “pretty normal”.
Fernando Alonso is still very much in the running for the 2012 title.
That is the claim of former Ferrari and Sauber driver Mika Salo, who said many figures in the paddock also doubt that Sebastian Vettel will necessarily stroll to his third consecutive drivers’ title over the season’s final four races. German Vettel finally took over Spaniard Alonso’s long-held championship lead in Korea recently with his increasingly dominant Red Bull.
Former F1 driver Mika Salo has slammed suggestions F1 should put a roof over the drivers’ heads.
The calls for better cockpit protection follow the terrifying first-corner crash at Spa last Sunday, when the now-banned Romain Grosjean’s flying Lotus came close to making contact with Fernando Alonso’s hands and helmet.
The Umbria-based racer relies on his famous team-mates to rebound for a successful season ending
Christian Fittipaldi, Johnny Herbert, Christian Klien and Mika Salo are some pretty tough team-mate to catch-up with, but Mauro Cesari has found an exciting environment this season at Maserati, lining-up alongside four former F.1 drivers. The Spoleto-based racer is off for what he expects to be a positive season ending in his fifth year in Superstars.
The technical concept known in the paddock this year as ‘double DRS’ looks set to be banned for 2013.
Mercedes debuted the controversial straightline speed-boosting concept earlier this year, moving Lotus to lodge an official protest. But instead of taking the FIA’s decision to allow Mercedes to keep the system to the international court of appeal, Lotus emerged with a new interpretation of ‘double DRS’ during practice at Hockenheim recently.
The team BMW dinamic driver prepares for closing stint of 2012 as he holds third place in standings
Thomas Biagi is getting ready for the final stint of the 2012 season and to do so he’s drawing a balance for the SSuperstars International Series Race of Spa-Francorchamps. After having ended up onto the podium twice (a second and a third-place finish for him in Hungary) the Team BMW Dinamic driver suffered from some troubles in Belgium starting from the weather woes that were a major concern for everybody on-track.
Mika Salo, a Ferrari driver in 1999, has tipped his former employer to drop Felipe Massa at the end of the season.
Speculation about the seat alongside Fernando Alonso remains rampant, despite Mark Webber signing a new deal for 2013 with Red Bull. But at Hockenheim, Brazilian Massa insisted the news about the Australian is not significant.
Mika Salo has warned his countryman Heikki Kovalainen to think twice before switching to Sauber.
Finn Kovalainen, at the back of the grid with Caterham for the past three seasons, has been linked with a step up the grid to Sauber for 2013. “It could be a good place for him,” former Sauber and Toyota driver Salo told the MTV3 broadcaster, “but it’s also a little risky.
Morbidelli (Audi) scores 1-2 wins, Liuzzi (Mercedes) and Salo (Maserati) provide more excitement to the FG Group series
Gianni Morbidelli, Tonio Liuzzi and Mika Salo were the great golden trio of the Superstars International Series Race of Spa-Francorchamps. On a circuit that meant so much for the history of Formula One, three of the series’ major stars battled with each other in a spectacular challenge that brought four car brands, Audi, BMW, Maserati and Mercedes to write their name into the top-5.
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