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Kimi confirmed to end of 2010

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posted Sep 12, 2008

He had better brush up on his German then !

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comment by Biggus (U8466267)

posted Sep 12, 2008

"Poor Lewis. Now he won't be, champion. Until at least 2011."

more like Kimi better hope we have a world wide drought for the next 2 years. Either that or he needs to take up water skiing as a hobby.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Poor old Fernando. Ferrari won't pay him 30 million a year to disrupt their team? What is he going to do poor old sausage?

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comment by A2MANI (U10229825)

posted Sep 12, 2008

that makes it even easier for Lewis, so we can now establish that Lewis will have his 2 consecutive WDCs for 2008, 2009, 2010..

fantastic! F1 is getting even cooler!

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posted Sep 12, 2008

The only thing that will stop Lewis being Champion is the FIA!!

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Alonso will go to BMW, I've thought this since August, when there was a notable distancing between Ferrari and Alonso by both parties.

He will go to BMW and win at least one more world title in the next 3 seasons is my prediction.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

So, Lewis, Kimi and Felipe will be going head to head after MM has gone, you never know F1 racing might return!

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posted Sep 12, 2008

well everyone better get used to lewis becomming a triple wdc... big mistake by ferrari imho but who cares, its the nature of the sport.. kimi is not a match for lewis.. i have seen so much from lewis this season and from what i have seen (disregarding spa and canada) kimi doesn't have the tools/skills anymore to beat him.. alosnso to bmw? well me laptop was designed by bmw.. bit chunky.. a usb port right next to the dvd/hd drive which means the dvd/hd drive is useless if the port is being used... so all in all fernando alonso 2x WDC looks to be about his lot, crying shame.. but this is f1.. expect anything to happen except fa in a red car next season <cry>

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Biggus Doggus. Just wondering. Do you have a wife? <laugh>

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Link for this story:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/70498

Highlight of the article for me though was Montezemolo's comment:
"Kimi is motivated and we must work to put him in the conditions to start races nearer the front, especially on these new circuits which I don't like and are bad for F1: you can't overtake on them, and nine times out of ten the man on pole wins."

Are you listening Bernie?

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comment by Riku. (U12588872)

posted Sep 12, 2008

Great news after retirement rumours. Good luck to Kimi for the next two seasons as this one has been quite unlucky. His departure would be a great loss and it was wonderful to see the old Kimi back again in the first half of the Belgian Grand Prix. Hoping to see more of that.

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comment by Biggus (U8466267)

posted Sep 12, 2008

why ?

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comment by Froggy (U10436677)

posted Sep 12, 2008

..."Ferrari have extended world champion Kimi Raikkonen's contract to the end of the 2010 season, ending speculation about the Finn's future at the team. "

Means no hot Chorizo saussage in the red car.
Poor Alonso: he hoped to join Scuderia last season. Reported to 2009. Then to 2010. Now, no seat available untile 2011.

The solution:
Put Alonso in a sealed can, to preserve his driving skills till Ferari need him.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Alonso does what it sez on the tin.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Personally, I think Ferrari are sending a very clear message to Fernando - you ain't going to be a Ferrari driver.
He has no option now but to commit long term to Renault ( not likely I know )or another team and try to rebuild his stock.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

ooh hang on a min... next season see the return of slicks <ok> <somersault> and this kers thing as well as a few other changes.. without diverting this thread, would i be right in thinking that next season we dont really know who is likely to be the top cars? could bmw, toyota, honda force india. et al have a more level playing field?

skillfully back on topic... kimi in a ferrari till 2011.. am gutted LOL ;)

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comment by Biggus (U8466267)

posted Sep 12, 2008

"The solution:
Put Alonso in a sealed can, to preserve his driving skills till Ferari need him. "

Could they build a can strong enough to contain the pressure when his head explodes with rage ?

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comment by Froggy (U10436677)

posted Sep 12, 2008

Why ??
1. Iceman/ Massa work together in harmony. Why bring a an egocentric spaniard at high price ??

2. Iceman got lot of bad luck this season, otherwise he would be on top.

The question is about Santander: they've already signed Ferrari for 2010.
Seems, their contract is not linked to Alonso. Right ??

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Wow - shocked.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Hmm interesting timing by Ferrari

Italian GP when the team should be behind Massa although Kimi still has a chance

Does anyone know Kimi's salary last estimated to be $51m where as Massa reportedly earns only $10m ??

Alonso shot himself in the foot surely he will only join BMW now if they offer it to him ... however that might not go down well with the board who want a German driver

If Alonso joins HOnda he will be in a position not much better than Renault this season unless Ross works some magic I hope

I think there is still feeling that Alonso is still a spoilt brat and despite Renault's best attempt to do everything for him.. he shows no loyalty to them

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Am somewhat surprised, i thought he might retire. His desire seems to be somewhat wavering.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Santander HAVENT signed up for Ferrari...show me where it says that.
Santander wouldnt be so stupid to sign for Ferrari then find out that Alonso wouldnt be driving for them!!!!!!
This would show that they dont seem to have a big sense of business if they were stupid to do so!

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Not shocked at all...

I can't see Alonso going to BMW either.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

No Alonso at Ferrari in 2010....boooohooooo!!!!!!!! :(

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posted Sep 12, 2008

If Mario can twist the boards arm to get Alonso on board over a German driver there may be a chance especially if its true they will be even closer to Ferrari and Mclaren in 2009
Alonso to Honda well unless they offered him No 1 status

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posted Sep 12, 2008

I'm very sceptical about Ferrari's decision to extend Raikkonen's contract to 2010. Sure, I like Kimi, he's a great racer, but there's still a question mark about his long-term commitment.

It seems that Ferrari is publicly shunning Alonso. I think it's their loss, for he's a complete driver who can add much value to the team.

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comment by Biggus (U8466267)

posted Sep 12, 2008

the only thing Alonso would bring to Ferrari is turmoil.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

At the end of the day Ferrari are a settled team so why disrupt it just for Alonso?

Kimi has had bad luck this year and Ferrari obviously agree. Massa gets alot of help from Schumi but Kimi keeps himself to himself.

When hes quick hes quick but this year he has found the car not suiting his driving style..guarantee he will be testing more in the off season.

Remember he would be a multiple WC by now if the Maclaren wasnt so unrealiable when he drove it.

2 more years and then he will be off so we get to see one of the fastes racers for another 2 yers...happy days!

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posted Sep 12, 2008

I think Ferrari have got to look at how quickly Alonso is willing to jump ship and shows no loyalty to Renault who were the only ones to offer him a get out from his Mclaren nightmare

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comment by RC (U1496047)

posted Sep 12, 2008

Major disappointment - Two average drivers for the next two years.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

how can they ve average if they've 16 GP for Ferrari between them <doh>

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comment by RC (U1496047)

posted Sep 12, 2008

Ferrari are top team so even average drivers can do well.

Face it - Massa is poor and Kimi (if he can asked to race) is inconsistant

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posted Sep 12, 2008

they have extended his contract but how many times do poeple leave before their contract expires.... in any sport?

Good luck to him, I hope he does well and wins another title for the mighty reds.

m5_rcc

the same can be said about Mclaren

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posted Sep 12, 2008

NO one has been consistent in F1 for the past 10 years except MS and partially it was because his teammate was not allowed to beat him in an open race

Massa maybe erratic but better than the early days when he kept crashing

Raikkonen is frustrating partially down to his teammate doing his bit
- the political environment in Ferrari does not go well with his laidback attitude

- some horrendous bad luck - France and Canada
but on his day still one of the top 3 drivers out there


If you're talking value for money surely Massa is doing a better job than Kimi on their reported salaries

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comment by RC (U1496047)

posted Sep 12, 2008

Baredinho - LAst year McLaren had their world class team (in hindsight) but blew it. I think Kovy/Lewser is better combo than Massa/Kimi imho.

Il Leone - Your exception is not right. Button has been consistantly rubbish. It is always bad luck with Kimi, bad luck this, bad luck that. He's been having that since his Sauber days.

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comment by Biggus (U8466267)

posted Sep 12, 2008

"Button has been consistantly rubbish. It is always bad luck with Kimi, bad luck this, bad luck that. He's been having that since his Sauber days."

I think there's a very very fine line between bad luck and just not being quite good enough. One could argue that Button has been unlucky in never getting a drive in the right car at the right time, or one could argue that he's not good enough, and I very much doubt that Kimi has some sort of curse that makes him have more bad luck than any other driver.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

m5-rcc I am a Button fan but am very frustrated for him this year and now fear for his F1 career

The Button of 2004 was very consistent 10 podiums !!

Kimi - I have to say 2003 and 2005 he had a lot of bad luck but some of it his own making

This year apart from those two races he's been blowing hot and cold too much it does make me wonder if he is actually feeling the pressure of trying to replace Schumacher's legacy at Ferrari or the politics within the team means he is not as ice cool as people think

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comment by RC (U1496047)

posted Sep 12, 2008

I disagree but I respect your opinion....

Button is simply very very poor. Not good enough .....period.

Kimi has had the best car on paper for the last couple of years one can say and only won the WC because of McLaren ineptness last year. I just think he is haphazard. Yeh he can be fast, but hes inconsistent, weak in the wet and has more down days than up.

I just don't believe he is worthy of a Ferrari seat. Massa was there to be MS's #2, which he has fulfilled well, as has Rubinho and Eddie before him.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

i think it would be an injustice to f1 fnas if massa won the championship, simply because raikkonen, alonso, hamilton, maybe a few others (vettel?) are better drivers, the only problem is can raikkonen get the motivation for another 2 years after this. well i think he definatly can, esspecially after this bad season, which has been filled with bad luck and bad driving, mainly bad luck though

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comment by RC (U1496047)

posted Sep 12, 2008

howdlemania - This has happened before, sadly in 96

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posted Sep 12, 2008

"Kimi Raikkonen celebrated the announcement of his Ferrari contract extension by setting the pace in a busy second practice session at MonzA" FROM AUTOSPORT WEBSITE

Maybe this is a bit of posturing by Ferrari, it motivates Massa that he knows it's now or never with regard to the title and it rewards Kim for possibly "helping Massa" this year.

Maybe Massa will be the one replaced by ALonso, altho maybe Alonso has told Ferrari to go jump and has other places that we mortals haven't been told yet.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Alonso has absolutely nowhere to go, and Massa has a contract in 2010 as well. The only place he can go to be champion is McLaren, and he already fouled up that opportunity.

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posted Sep 12, 2008


One could easily say the same about McClaren, top team, average drivers. Except Ferrari has a World Champion in their lineup, or are World Champions only average?

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posted Sep 12, 2008

im not sure about that one, id like to think hill was a worthy champion, m5rcc, but maybe massa has improved alot who knows

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Howdlemania I agree with you I think some underestimated Hill's ability to develop a car especially the dominant Williams for Prost and Mansell winning their title plus Arrows and Jordan which were competing for places further up than they should be

His title in 1996 was deserved

As for Button bashing can't believe someone started on it but I have to say he's never been in the best car and he blew Jacques villeneuve the 1997 world champion !!

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comment by Red_5 (U1579027)

posted Sep 12, 2008

weeehey that stuffed crybaby alonso up well and truely, you aint gonna have another crack at the championship now are you...unless renault come up with a decent car that can take on ferrari & mclaren lol.

As for the comments about Button being very very poor, that Honda car is useless even Barachello cant get it to go much faster and I think its harsh to say button is very poor...give him a decent car and he'll be at the front

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comment by hill16 (U3164873)

posted Sep 12, 2008

This is a joke. This guy isn't good enough to drive for Ferrari. He has proved this season that he couldn't be bothered. Massa has shown the difference between wanting to win and not giving two hoots whether he wins or not. I would have brought in Robert Kubica or Alonso to partner Massa. Riakkonen though is a waste of space. People will point to the fact he is world champion but how lucky was he on the last day of last season in Brazil? No, I don't think this is good business by Ferrari at all.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

This move by Ferrari says a lot about their team, and goes quite a long way in explaining the success they have enjoyed over the last 10 years.

Loyalty is more often than not rewarded with loyalty and brings out the best in most people. Furthermore continuity is a good thing in F1 as in most sports.

This also indicate that Ferrari themselves feel like they are struggling this season and are not quite comfortable with the status quo. The funny thing is that we have seen this all year. Sometimes they`re super-competitive, the next race they`re struggling like hell. This is probably down to the characteristics of the car. The 2008 Ferrari must be a very sensitive car which is great when the setup is perfect and less more of a pig when the setup i average. Probably the difference between a perfect car and a car that is not perfect is too great, it`s inconsistent.

Ferrari is also struggling because of their philosophy in building their F1-cars. When you build a car that`s easy on the tires you risk struggling in qualifying. Poor reliability doesn`t help either.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

In Spain it is taken as done that Alonso will be at BMW next year?? any views????

Button, in the second half of Alonso's second championship win scored more points than any other pilot....so can't be bad

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posted Sep 12, 2008

i understand why Ferrari do not want a miserable, moaning, guy like Alonso. Great pilot, but lousy team man. First with mclaren , and now with Renault

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