Whitmarsh Insists that Raikkonen return is good for F1
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh insists that the return of former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is good for Formula One. The former McLaren driver returns to the sport with Lotus after two years driving in the World Rally Championship.
“Kimi is a great guy, with a super talent,” Whitmarsh told the F1 Website “He was very successful during his five seasons at McLaren, winning 12 Grands Prix for us and, although he narrowly failed to win a drivers’ world championship during that time, he could easily have become world champion in both 2003 and 2005 if he’d had a bit more luck or a little more reliability. Even as things were, without that extra bit of luck and reliability required to win world championships, he still won 12 Grands Prix for us and some of those wins were truly majestic.
Whitmarsh added that he didn’t doubt Raikkonen could be a contender at the front of the field if Lotus give him a car capable of challenging. “No fewer than six world champions will be competing in F1 this season – more than ever before – and each of them, including Kimi, is not only a fantastic racing driver but also a colourful character with a robust fans’ following and a unique global allure,” he said. “If the Lotus car is quick, Kimi will be quick in it; it’s as simple as that in my view.”
Volkswagen linked with F1
German media is reporting that Volkswagen want to get back into Formula One as an official engine supplier before attaching their name to a team.
Wolfgang Durheimer, The motorsport director of Volkswagen said “I will be presenting my concept to the board this year, that not only include the Motor Sport series we are already represented in”.
Wirtschafts Woche, The newspaper that broke the news says that a source inside VW claim that the desire is to get into Formula One as an Engine Supplier before buying a major stake in a team, Most likely Toro Rosso.
Robert Kubica now driving again
Polish Formula One driver who was badly injured in a rally crash nearly a year ago, has returned to the wheel of a powered vehicle, according to reports in Italy. The Omnicorse website reports that the Pole is now able to drive a Renault Megane with an automatic gearbox.
The former BMW Sauber and Renault F1 team driver re-broke his leg in an icy slip recently but is now managing some steps without crutches, the report also said. Kubica is reportedly spending five hours a day on physiotherapy, with movement in his previously badly injured right arm now almost “back to normal”.
Sky Sports to broadcast pre-season testing
Sky Sports have this week revealed that they are to show all pre-season test sessions as well as every car launch and to make things better, its all live!
Rachel Brooks and Craig Slater, who will be the regular presenters of Sky Sports F1, Will also come live from the track during all pre-season testings. They will also show the car launches live.
The Sky Sports F1 Channel will launch in early March.
Glock upbeat despite car delays
Marussia driver Timo Glock is positive about the Marussia car despite delays with the launch. The team has run into problems with the car launch which means it will miss the first season test and possibly the second test aswell.
Marussia will however run its 2011 car at the first two tests to give rookie Charles Pic as much time behind the wheel as possible.
The new ‘platypus’ nose
In order to increase safety, for 2012 the FIA has decided to lower the height of the car’s front section, primarily to lessen the chance of one’s car’s nose intruding into the cockpit of another in the event of a side-on collision. As can be seen in this diagram, the height of the chassis immediately ahead of the cockpit can still be up to 625mm above the reference plane (PR), but then in the space of 150mm it must fall to 550mm. This is expected to lead to some rather awkward-looking, stepped-nose designs on the 2012 cars, including Ferrari’s new machine.
(Source: http://www.Formula1.com )