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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kimi don’t take kindly...

Seems veteran F1 photographer Paul-Henri Cahier got a little too close to world champion Kimi Raikkonen Sunday at Silverstone.

The Ferrari driver claims the photographer touched him and was standing on his equipment, so Raikkonen cleared himself a little space.

Ferrari have attempted to diffuse the situation, and Cahier said he will not pursue the matter any further.

Well, except for this:

Monday, July 7 Silverstone 2008 Incident -- Press Release
Following the incident involving Kimi Raikkonen and Paul-Henri Cahier on the starting grid of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, that saw the Finnish driver assault the photographer, we decided that it was necessary to clarify a few points.

There never was any contact between the two men, nor did Paul-Henri ever touch Kimi's equipment. Furthermore, the distance at which Paul-Henri Cahier was taking a picture, although close, was completely standard. The photographers who take pictures at Grand Prix races are all professionals who have been accredited by the FIA, and as the dozen other photographers who were standing next to Paul-Henri Cahier prove, there was nothing unusual or unethical about this situation.

Finally, Paul-Henri Cahier has been an F1 photographer for almost forty years and has been close to the greatest champions, but none of them has ever behaved in such a rude manner. It is understandable that drivers might get irritable because of the pressure they undergo, but Kimi Raikkonen never even attempted to express his discontent in a non violent way. Paul-Henri Cahier luckily did not suffer any injury, and so does not intend to take any action, but he regrets the arrogance with which Kimi Raikkonen treated someone who was merely doing his job.

Schumacher turns down Champions League offer

Michael Schumacher has turned down a chance to play UEFA Champions League football, or as we here in the states say, soccer.

San Marino champions SS Murata offered Schumacher the chance to play in the opening round of the competition against Swedish club FC Gothenburg next week, Crash.net reports.

The seven-time world champion is in good company, as Murata have also been interested in 42-year-old Brazilian Romario in an attempt to strengthen the squad ahead of the first round.

Schumacher has played lower division football for Swiss club FC Echichens.

Why not? The Schumacher is champion. Be Champion!

News of the World
defends reporting

In day 436 of the Mosley suit, the editor of News of the World defended running the article charging the FIA head with participating in a “sick” Nazi-themed orgy.

Editor Colin Myler told the High Court the event had a “potential criminal flavour.” He also said his knowledge of history, the uniforms, “medical” inspections, and use of German led him to the newspaper using the “Nazi” descriptive.

“We felt that what we saw, what we witnessed, was on balance a fair and reasonable interpretation of Nazi-style role-play,” the BBC reports Myler said.

Mosley is suing for breach of privacy.

The BBC story has a good summary of today’s events in court. Read the gory details here.

Hamilton tops charts for second straight day

Sans shark fin, Lewis Hamilton again found himself at the top of the timesheets in day two of testing at the Hockenheimring, posting a time of 1:14.872.

Nico Rosberg was second in the Williams, ahead of an upbeat Kimi Raikkonen in third.

“I am reasonably satisfied with the way things went during these two days of testing. We mainly tried to find settings for the car which will allow us to be in good shape for the Grand Prix,” the Finn said on the official team Web site. “I think we will also be competitive on this track, as indeed we have been for the year so far.”

David Coulthard (Red Bull) and Adrian Sutil (Force India) rounded out the top-five.

Testing concludes tomorrow.

  1. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:14.872
  2. Rosberg, Williams, 1:15.257
  3. Raikkonen, Ferrari , 1:15.296
  4. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:15.767
  5. Sutil, Force India, 1:15.945
  6. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:15.955
  7. Glock, Toyota, 1:15.995
  8. Alonso, Renault, 1:16.141
  9. Barrichello, Honda, 1:16.144
  10. Webber, Red Bull, 1:16.217
  11. Heidfeld, BMW-Sauber, 1:16.235
  12. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:16.550
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