Formula 1 News: Räikkönen hints his F1 career is over

By Gareth Llewellyn
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(Photo: Mark McArdle)

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The Sport Review’s round-up of all of the latest news from the world of Formula 1.

Former world champion Kimi Räikkönen has hinted that his Formula 1 career is over following his switch to the World Rally Championship. The Finn has been linked with a return to the sport with Mercedes and Renault, but now seems likely to remain in rallying.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo have revealed that Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso’s retainer is €30 million—more than Hamilton (€16m) and team-mate Jenson Button (€9m) combined.

Sauber will look to maintain their recent good run of form at the Belgian Grand Prix next week despite recent data revealing them to be the most unreliable team of 2010 so far. The Swiss-based team enjoyed their first two-car points finish in Budapest before the summer break.

F1’s new tyre manufacturer Pirelli are rumoured to be holding their next test session at the high-speed Monza circuit next week. It had earlier been rumoured that Pirelli would test at Jerez, but latest reports suggest the home of the Italian Grand Prix will be the second circuit to play host to tests.

Virgin Racing team boss John Booth has hit out at F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone over “destabilising” remarks made last month. Ecclestone had said that two F1 teams “really shouldn’t be there” and admitted he would be happy if there were just 20 cars on the grid. Booth said: “Comments like that for a team like ours can do great damage.”

Mercedes GP’s Norbert Haug has said that the team “may have to change some people” if it fails to achieve its goals in 2011. The German manufacturer has all but abandoned development of its 2010 car to pump effort and resources into next year—a tactic instigated by Honda in 2008 after a very disappointing season, but ultimately delivered the world championship for Brawn GP last year.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is in an upbeat mood despite a 10-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix following his dangerous move on former team-mate Rubens Barrichello in Budapest. Like many drivers, Schumacher considers Spa to be his favourite circuit, and the German is looking to make the best out of a bad situation.

Three-time world champion Niki Lauda believes Ferrari will receive “a pasting” by the World Motor Sport Council next month over the Codegate scandal at the German Grand Prix when team orders were deployed to allow Fernando Alonso to win the race. Lauda’s former team were found guilty of breaching articles 39.1 and 151c of the FIA’s sporting regulations after the race, fined $100,000, and referred to the WMSC.

And finally…

After almost four weeks of no F1 action during the traditional summer break, it returns next week at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix—one of the sport’s highlights of the year—and The Sport Review will be there to bring you all the news from the Ardennes.

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