In the round-up: Ferrari are expected to announce their 2014 driver line-up this week with speculation growing around a return to the team for Kimi Raikkonen.
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Luca di Montezemolo: “What happened in the past with Kimi? we won a world championship.”
Eric Boullier: “There is no queue. In the end if he wants to go to Ferrari he will go to Ferrari and that’s it.”
“Kimi Raikkonen will decide his Formula 1 future in the next 48 hours amid growing speculation about a move to Ferrari.”
Fernando Alonso: “It?óŌé¼Ōäós not possible for me to talk of any name for next year because I have a lot of respect for Felipe [Massa] . We?óŌé¼Ōäóve been working very hard and close for four years to give Ferrari the maximum. Whatever decision the team will take will be good for me and we will keep working to give Ferrari the best results possible.”
“Pirelli has agreed a new five-year deal to provide tyres to Formula One worth an estimated ?é?ś50 million, which will carry it through until the end of the 2018 season.”
“Sebastian won the race and the atmosphere was not completely correct. But, anyway, it’s their choice.”
“I obviously didn’t mean to do it – I wasn’t trying to overtake anyone. It was just the concertina effect I was unaware of.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) September 9, 2013
What a weekend! A fantastic Quali and great Race! Sooo good to be in the points againš! Big thanks to @OfficialSF1Team for a great job!!
— Nico HĆ¼lkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) September 9, 2013
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) September 8, 2013
— Tobias GrĆ¼ner F1 (@tgruener) September 9, 2013
Some interesting stats from the world of professional sport! pic.twitter.com/b2HaQgfOdL
— Pro Performance (@ProPerformance_) September 9, 2013
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Comment of the day
@JackySteeg questions the wisdom of holding a night race in Bahrain:
I wouldn?óŌé¼Ōäót envy the mechanics leaving the circuit at midnight with protesters still on the street throwing Molotov cocktails about?óŌé¼?Ŗ
It also seems a bit counter-productive to F1?óŌé¼??s “green” targets. Illuminating all those thousands of enormous lightbulbs for a weekend does seem a tremendous and unnecessary waste of energy.
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On this day in F1
Mario Andretti clinched his first world championship 35 years ago today in dire circumstances. Team mate Ronnie Peterson, the only person who could beat him to the title, was injured in a start line crash. The following day Peterson succumbed to his injuries.
Niki Lauda led a Brabham one-two in the Italian Grand Prix. Carlos Reutemann gave Ferrari some cheer with third.
Here’s the second start of the race. Andretti and Gilles Villeneuve were judged to have jumped the start and given one-minute penalties. They finished first and second ‘on the road’ but were classified sixth and seventh respectively.
Image ?é?® Lotus/LAT