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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kimi keeping it simple: Win

World champion Kimi Raikkonen is certain the competition has ramped up its efforts going into the Turkish Grand Prix.

But the Finn has a simple response to that challenge: Keep winning.

"I bet that our competitors have done their homework very carefully to beat us in Turkey," Raikkonen said on his Web site column. "But there is no reason to worry about that as I believe Ferrari will go fast there as well.

“I won’t change my approach. It’s far too early in the season to think about anything other than taking the maximum amount of points at every Grand Prix,” the Finn continued. “I want to win as many races as possible. I must confess that I really like this part of the season. We just go for it every time. Only winning matters.”

Raikkonen’s Ferrari will not run the "hole" nose in Turkey, however.

According to Sky, team manager Luca Baldisserri confirms the team will run a car similar in specification to the Barcelona model, but that the slotted nose will be saved for high downforce circuits and is not necessary in Istanbul.

Hamilton: I’m not Superman

Lewis Hamilton has faced his share of criticism after a couple of difficult races, but the British sophomore has defended his ability to win the world championship.

In an interview with the Sun, Hamilton called the misfortunes which have plagued him so far this season a part of life. He also reminded his critics he wasn’t Superman, and that even at 90+ years old, Nelson Mandela is apt to make a mistake.

Hamilton believes the McLaren is fast enough, and he is capable of finding those coveted extra tenths.


Rubens Barrichello is set to take part in the 257th grand prix of the his 16-year career this weekend, edging Riccardo Patrese to become the most experienced driver in F1.

The Brazilian’s Honda will feature special livery and he will sport a commemorative helmet design in this weekend race.

Super Aguri enters administration

A day after announcing it was ceasing racing operations, the Super Aguri Formula One Team has entered into administration.

Administrators PKF, who played a similar role with both Prost and Arrows, said it was looking to sell the team’s assets to someone interested in entering Formula One or another motorsport operation, Reuters reports. The organization said it has already fielded interest. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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