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Formula 1 today 17 years ago: Kimi frustration baptism after cancellation

Kimi Räikkönen made a virtue of necessity at the Formula 1 race in Monaco in 2006. After a capital engine damage to his McLaren-Mercedes, he stepped back to the pits – and swayed off the path. Instead of TV interviews, there was a few beers with his Finnish friends on the yacht. The unpleasant part of his job was allowed to wait.

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Formula 1 today 17 years ago: Kimi Räikkönen fled to yacht

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After Schumacher’s transfer of sentences, everything indicated an easy victory for Fernando Alonso in Monaco. After all, the Spaniard, with the supposedly best package, now started from Pole – with the Williams by Mark Webber as a shielding service against the McLaren of Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya on P2.

But already in round two the Finn had passed the casino past the Australian and opened the hunt for Alonso. The Iceman was almost consistent in the Renault’s gearbox – until a safety car phase on lap 49 became a fancy. Not only did the Safety Car come to the strategic for the McLaren pilot, it got much worse.

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Without the cooling ride, a pit stop alone delivers greater potential for overheating, then follows a stroll behind the Safety Car, it becomes even more dangerous. This is exactly what happened in Monte Carlo in 2006, when everyone used the SC for a time-saving stop. But the McLaren, who is still susceptible to defects, did not play a part. After lap 50, Räikkönen rolled out with a smoked rear before porters. A defective heat shield on the exhaust pipe of the MP4-21 had become a foolish down to the Finn. Again – that had already happened in training on Thursday before!

In addition, it was only the next countless damage, which had already cost Räikkönen the chance to title in the previous year, which now ruined once again, this time much earlier in the season. With almost 40 points behind winner and World Championship leader Alonso, Räikkönen left the seventh season race in the Principality. How did he depart? Maybe by yacht? At any rate, the Iceman operated there immediately after his retirement frustration.

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And with immediately we mean immediately. Nothing there’s analysis, McLaren’s debriefing or interviews – after the defect, Räikkönen climbed out of his broken car, marched in front of a magnificent flower backdrop over a well-kept piece of Monaco lawn, then through the tunnel, past the harbour harass and from there straight towards the famous marina. Moments later, the cameras caught the Finns – now with their own chest – just there. With friends from Finland and beer (also from Finland?) on a yacht. Frustration à la Iceman.

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“It is always very disappointing if you don’t reach the goal. But it is particularly hard if you have such a good chance of victory as I did in Monte Carlo,” later explained this curious action. Whether he was already at Ferrari in his thought? “It’s nice if people think I’m the best driver. But I want the title and ride for the racing team, which offers me the best possibilities for it,” said Räikkönen mysteriously.

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Mercedes Sport head Norbert Haug apparently already swallows the evil. “In the current situation, we are not talking about the title. But if we take another step forward in the performance, Kimi may be convinced that you shouldn’t leave the team too early.” But it did the same. A year later, Räikkönen drove for the Scuderia, winning the first race and became world champion – against McLaren.

Formula 1 today six years ago: Räikkönen’s victory stolen?

The 28. May, Kimi Räikkönen, Monaco and a lot of frustration – that appears to be somehow part together. On this date, there was still a story that the Iceman didn’t like. This time, however, it was at Ferrari instead of McLaren, more precisely in the Finn’s second term at the Scuderia.

For the first time since the GP in 2008 (!), Räikkönen started the Pole from a Formula 1 race in Monaco in 2017. Especially there the ideal starting point to grab the first victory since Australia in 2013. But it should be done otherwise – and that, for vice could, anything but tingling.

For half the race everything ran according to plan. By lap 33, Räikkönen led a normal procession in Monaco ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Then he headed for the box, falling behind Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel, however, allowed Ferrari to drive much longer. The German came to the only service five laps after his team-mate – and suddenly turned back onto the track through this overcut from Räikkönen. This did not change to the end.

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Räikkönen seemed like an oil pillar on the podium – with even more stone mimics as general. Because he was annoyed by a hidden team order? After all, Ferrari had also sent him in two overcircumctions after his stop. “Of course it wasn’t ideal to get back on the track behind an overlap car and of course that definitely didn’t help me,” argued Räikkönen. While the experts were divided on the part of the team order, Räikkönen himself remained used to being used, only his frustration showed.

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Mick Schumacher coming to America. Mercedes F1 reserve linked with exciting new project

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Mick Schumacher coming to America. Mercedes F1 reserve linked with exciting new project

With the door seemingly closing for Mick Schumacher to join the F1 2025 grid, the Mercedes reserve is being linked with a move across the pond.

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Schumacher spent two years on the Formula 1 grid with Haas off the back of winning the Formula 2 title, but was dropped at the end of 2022 as Haas opted to bring in veteran presence Nico Hulkenberg.

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Schumacher has looked outside of Formula 1 as part of his 2024 racing programme, balancing his Mercedes reserve duties with the World Endurance Championship as part of the Alpine team, but now he is being linked with a new project over in the United States.

Prema Racing, a team which has achieved vast success in the junior categories – including Schumacher’s F2 title which was claimed with the Italian team – has announced that it will join the IndyCar series in 2025, with speculation now swirling that a Schumacher reunion is on the cards.

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Auto Hebdo’s Gonzalo Forbes is widely reported to have made the claim that Schumacher could join Prema’s IndyCar charge, the French publication stating that Prema wants an experienced IndyCar racer and a fresh face from the European scene to form their line-up.

“He has never hidden his ambition to return to single-seaters,” Gonzalo Forbes reported. “The German could unite with the [team boss Rene] Rosin clan again for a possible return to service in IndyCar in 2025.”

For Schumacher, the ambitions to race in F1 again have not fizzled out, but his former team boss at Haas Guenther Steiner feels that if Schumacher does not land a seat for 2025, then his chances of a comeback are likely over.

He told German publication BILD: “If it doesn’t work out next year, it will probably never work out again.

“He has to perform well in the WEC this season – then it can be a stepping stone.

“If he doesn’t race in Formula 1 next year, it will be three years without a cockpit.

“Sure, he was there for two years and is part of the new generation – but what use is that then? It would be extremely difficult if he was completely out for three years.”

Mercedes do have an F1 2025 seat up for grabs with Lewis Hamilton heading for Ferrari, though Schumacher has not been name-dropped among contenders such as Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

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“We use it as a tool” – Bubba Wallace joins owner Denny Hamlin in NASCAR latest rational decision

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“We use it as a tool” – Bubba Wallace joins owner Denny Hamlin in NASCAR latest rational decision

Ahead of the qualifying in Talladega, Bubba Wallace reacted to NASCAR’s divisive decision to take down the old pylon board. The reason why the governing body decided to take it down was because it was old, so fans could focus more on the big screens facing the grandstand to be informed.

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However, Wallace believes that the pylon board served a bigger purpose than just giving information. When asked about his thoughts on this decision from NASCAR, the #23 driver said that even though he didn’t find himself looking for the board last weekend, it’s still important for them and the fans.

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“I mean, we use it as a tool to see what we’re running, how many laps we’ve left and gives fans something to … you see qualifying, that number, your favorite driver’s number jumps to the top. I think it’s exciting,” Wallace said.

Before Wallace, it was his boss Denny Hamlin who took to his social media account to react to NASCAR deciding to take away the scoring pylon board at Talladega.

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Reacting to a post by journalist Bob Pockrass, Hamlin wrote:

“Well upgrade it then, like every other sporting facility in the world is doing. No-one is taking visual displays away.”

Being one of the most unpredictable racetracks in NASCAR where a driver’s fortunes can change within seconds, Talladega poses a interesting challenge for drivers in terms of how they approach the
race.

For Bubba Wallace, who has won on this racetrack, it’s wise to not get too excited.
“It’s more so just coming in with a calm mindset, just how chaotic it can get, right? Not trying to overdo it, not trying to overstep it, not trying to be a hero. Like I’ve wrecked on lap 10 with a fast car back at the #43. So I know how it feels to be too confident,” Wallace said.

He insisted that for Sunday’s race, he’s trying to come in and not get “too excited.” Previously Wallace has, apart from his historic first win in 2021, zero finishes inside the top-10 and six inside the top-20 at Talladega.

However, despite his past record on the racetrack, Wallace could be a contender to win the upcoming race. The start to the 2024 season has been the best he has ever had in his Cup career, with three finishes inside the top-five and four inside the top-10. He stands ninth on the
points tally.

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Mercedes boss “guilty of talking Kimi Antonelli up too much” after a poor start for the potential Lewis Hamilton replacement

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Mercedes boss “guilty of talking Kimi Antonelli up too much” after a poor start for the potential Lewis Hamilton replacement

Toto Wolff feels ‘guilty’ about hyping up Mercedes junior Kimi Antonelli after the latter’s poor F2 debut. The Mercedes team principal has also stated that he is in no hurry to find Lewis Hamilton’s replacement.
Antonelli recently started his F2 career with PREMA, alongside Ferrari junior Oliver Bearman. Unfortunately, they suffered badly during both the Sprint and Feature races at Sakhir. Though Antonelli finished ahead of Bearman in both races, he was still far below expectations, especially considering the team’s prowess in the feeder series.

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Speaking to the media, including Sportskeeda, the Mercedes team boss stated that a top F2 team like PREMA should not be finishing in the second half of the grid.

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“Yeah, a championship-winning team 17th and 18th in Formula 2, that’s not at all where they should be. I think you can look against a Toto Wolff later admitted feeling guilty for heavily ‘talking up’ Kimi
Antonelli as a potential Lewis Hamilton replacement.

He also declared that he is in no hurry to find a new driver for Mercedes team-mate as one of the comparisons. I think Ollie Bearman is a top driver,” Wolff said

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“But I think, like I’ve always said, I’m almost guilty of talking [Antonelli] up too much. We’ll see how the next few races pan out. I’m in no hurry for us to take a decision on drivers. I’ve been rushed in a hurry by Lewis, so this time around I’m going to take it easy and evaluating the market.”

After Lewis Hamilton’s shocking move to Ferrari was announced, many drivers has emerged as his replacement, including Kimi Antonelli.

F1 pundit Alex Jacques dismissed suggestions that Kimi Antonelli could replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes after the latter moves to Ferrari in 2025.

Speaking on the Feeder Series podcast, Jacques stated that the Italian youngster would have to dominate the F2 Championship in 2024 to have a small chance of making it to F1 with Mercedes.

“Antonelli would have to completely dominate the [F2] championship to have a chance of starting the 2025 season in that Mercedes team. I just don’t see Wolff putting someone, no matter how good they are, in that situation,” said the F1 pundit.

“You need something to lift that team. That’s either going to have to be a massive name of huge calibre or a mega talent, but I still don’t see Antonelli starting [the season with Mercedes],” added Jacques.

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