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Raikkonen ‘leading the B league’ – Zehnder

Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is “a pleasure” to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen. Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is “a pleasure” to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen. The pair worked together when Raikkonen made his F1 debut for Sauber in 2001, and the Finn has now returned to the same Hinwil based team for 2019. Currently, he is ‘best of the rest’ behind the six Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers. “It’s simply a pleasure to work with Kimi,” Zehnder told Blick newspaper. “He gives everything every time.” As for the 39-year-old’s seventh place in the drivers’ points standings, he laughed: “Kimi is leading the B league!” And that ‘B league’ ...

Budget caps ‘will not help F1’ – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. With support from the FIA and many teams, the sport’s new owner Liberty Media is determined to impose caps on annual spending from 2021. Villeneuve, F1’s outspoken 1997 world champion, is diametrically opposed. “F1 is supposed to represent absolute excess,” he told Le Journal de Montreal as he began to tackle his new racing role in the European Nascar series. “But now it is an economy race. We limit the use of engines to three per season, and after that you are penalised. That’s not F1,” Villeneuve insisted. “If we do a budget cap at, say, 100 million, what’s going to happen? Mercedes would certainly sp...

Former Ferrari boss plays down Schumacher hype

A former Ferrari team boss has dismissed the hype surrounding Mick Schumacher. A former Ferrari team boss has dismissed the hype surrounding Mick Schumacher. The top member of Ferrari’s development academy, Formula 2 driver Schumacher tested both the Ferrari and the Alfa Romeo last week in Bahrain to great fanfare. But Cesare Fiorio, who ran Ferrari in the late 80s and early 90s, is not impressed with the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher. “In Formula 2 he’s driving a very competitive car, but he took an eighth and a sixth place” in Bahrain, he told tuttomotoriweb.com. “In F1 testing he was second, but with a set of tyres two steps softer than Verstappen, who was faster than him,” Fiorio added. “By now, Mick Schumacher doesn’t look competit...

F1 tests ‘next step’ on road to grid – Schumacher

Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week. Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week. F1 legend Michael Schumacher‘s 20-year-old son attracted a huge media scrum in Bahrain last week, but he insisted he was focused only on his Formula 2 debut. Now, the young German is looking forward to driving the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. “It’s a very exciting week for me,” Schumacher said. “I’ve barely had time to think about it until now, because I have been fully focused on Formula 2,” he added. “That was the best strategy for me,” Schumacher told the German broadcaster RTL. “But from now on I can look forward to the f...

Sainz feels for Mick Schumacher in Bahrain

Carlos Sainz says he feels for Mick Schumacher as the F1 media hype goes into overdrive in Bahrain. Carlos Sainz says he feels for Mick Schumacher as the F1 media hype goes into overdrive in Bahrain. A big gathering of press swarmed around the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher in Bahrain, where he will make his Formula 2 debut before testing the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo cars next week. Schumacher, 20, and his manager Sabine Kehm, disappointed the reporters by saying the young German only wanted to talk about F2. Sainz said in Bahrain: “I really sympathise with him, because I know something about this.” Indeed, Sainz’s father is the world rallying legend of the same name. “Mick will have a hard time this season,” McLaren driver Sainz predicted. “When you ...

Details of ‘ground effect’ 2021 car concept leaked

Technical details about the proposed 2021 cars have leaked in the days since highly secretive meetings took place in London. Technical details about the proposed 2021 cars have leaked in the days since highly secretive meetings took place in London. While the meetings themselves were not secret, it is believed all the leading players have agreed with Liberty Media to maintain radio silence. It is amid a particularly tense time, with the 2021 regulations needing to be finalised in June and the Concorde Agreement also not agreed on all sides. “A new one should have been in place long ago,” said Peter Nygaard, a correspondent for the Danish newspaper BT. Prior to the radio silence, Gunther Steiner admitted that the negotiations are in their eleventh hour. “We need to find a ...

Schumacher can handle hype of debut F1 test

Mick Schumacher says he can deal with all the hype surrounding his meteoric rise to formula one. Mick Schumacher says he can deal with all the hype surrounding his meteoric rise to formula one. Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have now confirmed reports that the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher will test for both teams on consecutive days in Bahrain next week. Schumacher said he can handle all the hype. “It’s just the way it has always been,” he told Kolner Express. “If you take someone who is not used to it and put him in my position, maybe it would be different. I had the time to grow in there. That helped me a lot.” But the young German’s uncle, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, said he would like Schumacher’s rise to the pinnacle of motor ...

Schumacher to test Alfa Romeo next week

Mick Schumacher’s first formula one test will take place next week in Bahrain. Mick Schumacher‘s first formula one test will take place next week in Bahrain. We had already reported that the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher was first in line for the Alfa Romeo seat in the post-Bahrain GP test. Schumacher, 20, will already be in Bahrain for his first Formula 2 race. “Bild (newspaper) knows that Alfa Romeo will be Mick’s first formula one car,” the German publication and other authoritative sources reported. Alfa Romeo is a Ferrari ‘B’ team, and Schumacher is the leading member of Ferrari’s driver development academy. Schumacher told Italy’s La Repubblica last week: “It has never been a problem for me to be compared to my father....

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