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Friday, May 30, 2008

Raikkonen, retirement, blah blah blah...

Kimi Raikkonen is considering retirement at the end of his Ferrari contract, a move that would clear the way for Fernando Alonso to come to the Prancing Horse in 2010.

Well, that’s the rumor, anyway, if you believe German newspapers Rheinischen Post and TZ, who said the Finn told friends as much at a recent party, reports F1-Live.com.

The reports, filled with quotes from unnamed friends and citing “recent” events, say Raikkonen loves the driving, but hates the publicity.

Um, yeah. OK. Uh-huh.

Flav says Renault needs Nelsinho

Flavio Briatore said rumors that Nelson Piquet has a limited time to turn around his game are incorrect.

Recent reports have claimed Piquet has three races to show something, with Takuma Sato and Robert Doornbos among the drivers said to be waiting in the wings to replace him.

Flav has backed the Brazilian's talent, however, saying the French outfit “needs him,” according to Crash.net

Briatore’s comments seem to echo those of Pat Symonds on the team’s official podcast (reported here Wednesday).

Ghosn: Renault is in for the long haul

Renault president Carlos Ghosn, known for being something of a cost cutter, told Brad Spurgeon of the International Herald Tribune the company is committed to Formula One for the long term.

Spurgeon reports on his blog Ghosn said that it would be foolish for the company to pull out of the sport just as F1 was evolving in a direction it supports, and that additionally, the time to exit is not when the team is “at the bottom.”

That would seem to indicate Renault plan to stick around and see if the 2009 rules play into their favor, but in France commitment doesn’t always seem to have the same definition as it does in the rest of the world.

I would venture to say Fernando Alonso would not have jumped to McLaren if he had any confidence in Renault’s longevity in the sport, and I haven’t seen anything to convince me much has changed.

Rosberg fit for Montreal

Despite a hard shunt in the Monaco Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg wrote on the AT&T Williams F1 Web site he is fit and ready to race in Canada.

“First of all, let me say that I’m fine! My crash at the Swimming Pool chicane on lap 60 of the Monaco Grand Prix was a big one, but there’s no damage – not to me, anyway. After consulting the doctors on site I decided, as precaution, to go to the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco. All the routine checks in the hospital showed that everything was perfectly fine, so I was released to go home rather quickly. After a couple days rest, I am currently preparing and training as normal for the Canadian Grand Prix.”

Rosberg said he is looking forward to racing in Canada, a track that may play to the team's strengths.

“Although the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a completely different sort of track to Monaco, it should suit our car well. However, its long straights and fast chicanes provide us with a very different challenge. I’m really looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix and let’s hope we can get a good result there.”

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