In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says F1 has lost the risk factor it had when he entered in 2001.
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"I'm sure something has to be done to make it more exciting to people to watch and also to really see the speed and make it a little bit more dangerous."
"A lot of the drivers are actually quite curious and interested what it feels like, what the car is like etc. So there is definitely awareness of F1 people and an interest as well."
"DRS is a false overtaking aid because it doesn’t give the driver to slipstream and to play a chess game to plan where to pass someone"
"We are not going to dumb down our drivers. Fernando is great. He’s dynamite and if he wants to speak his mind, we’ll let him do it. That’s why we hired him."
"We are open minded about the situation. We understand Renault and Honda are in a difficult position."
"Spielberg will be even more difficult for us. The circuit is all about accelerating out of tight corners into quite long straights, which in our current engine situation is the worst thing possible."
"The German fans were always very fair to me, even if some years I was up against their great home favourite. I don’t sign fewer autographs in Germany than I do elsewhere. I sign more, if anything."
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Porsche secured their one-two-three after the final qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Neel Jani’s lap of 3’16.887 from Wednesday remained unbeaten. He will share the pole sitting number 18 car with Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas.
Look out for the race preview on the site later today and of course join us to follow the great race on F1 Fanatic Live starting on Saturday at 2pm BST.
Comment of the day
Does F1 meddle with the game too much?
If the F1 circus was running football, the players wouldn’t be allowed to drink water during the race, would have to wear boots that fall apart over the first 20 minutes, would have a button on their shirt that gives them an extra goal when pressed, would not be allowed to do any training other than on three designated days before the season and would spend each match walking around slowly to conserve the 100 calories they are allowed to eat in the week leading up the game.
From the forum
- The Le Mans 24 Hours field will add more cars in the next two years and bringing back the radical ‘Garage 56’ class
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Kimi Raikkonen won the Canadian Grand Prix ten years ago today and gained valuable ground in the championship after points leader Fernando Alonso hit the wall: