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As reported on F1Racing.net

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari chiefs have warned Kimi Raikkonen that he must not get up to too much mischief off the track next year. Raikkonen was the subject of much tabloid rumour for his hard-party antics in the past year.

The French Figaro newspaper reported Ferrari boss Jean Todt as saying that if Raikkonen wants to keep on partying as much he’ll have to be more discreet, as he’ll be more in the public spotlight than ever before, driving for Ferrari. Todt did go on to say that he thinks Raikkonen will be up to the challenge of replacing Michael Schumacher.

WOW! Being too foresighted aren’t we ? But then that’s the legacy of Michael and it won’t be easy to shrug-it-off. We think it would be a bit unfair to expect Kimi to behave like Michael, and completely unnatural for him.

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Kimi RaikkonenAs reported on autosport.com

“My toughest rival won’t be Fernando, but my teammate Felipe Massa,” Kimi Raikkonen told Bild magazine in an interview. “From now on, I’ll see McLaren-Mercedes only in my rear-view mirrors.”

“There are many reasons why in five years I only won nine times,” he added. “Certainly I made a few mistakes too many, but the car was often not consistent enough, simply. I had opted for Ferrari a long time ago, and I’m convinced with this team I will become world champion. That’s my objective, even though it’s hard to say whether I’ll manage that immediately.”

Already basking in the Scarlet color and talking their language ?? Although we also have our own ‘concerns’ regarding Alonso’s decision to move to McLaren given their performance this year, but we are hoping that they can turn around this pretty quickly and we’ll have another interesting season next year.

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Where it as lead-from-start-to-finish race for Felipe Massa and cool and calm driving from Fernando Alonso, it was not the same from Michael Schumacher. What we saw of him yesterday, was Michael Schumacer at his best, driving a superior car and ready to lock his horns with any and every one.

Michael SchumacherThough our hearts sank when his left-rear tyre got punctured and had to make a unscheduled pitstop. But the drive after that, is something that most of people will remember for a long time to come. The best part was the message that Reubens Barrichello got from his Race Engineer, “Michael is behind you, race him”.

And Giancarlo Fisichella showed the kind of deep trouble Renualt is going to be in next season, after making mistake by braking too late and missing the 1st turn when Schumacher was on his tail second time.

Kimi Raikkonen, showed he can fight, even if the driver is from the team he will be joining next year. But Michael really was on fire and there was nothing that Kimi could do more to stop him. We know, if he have had even 2 more laps to go, he would have been breathing down Button’s neck.

On his part, Button had a very good race, starting from 14th in the grid to 3rd. Honda indeed managed to get together a very competitive car for him.

Fernando AlonsoBut the toasts of the day went to Massa for winning the Brazilian Grand Prix [first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna won in 1993] and to Fernando Alonso for retaining his title for consecutive years. And as he said, retaining the title when Michael Schumacher was around.

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Bernie EcclestoneAs reported on homeofsport

Referring to Ferrari, which is yet to announce officially that its technical director is planning a ‘sabbatical’ or retirement, he said: “It will be a different team without Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.”

Ecclestone also may have spoiled Ron Dennis’ schedule for the announcement of a teammate for 2007 McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, by saying: “Lewis Hamilton will not have a race drive (but) if it was my decision, I’d be prepared to take the risk.”

That’s good ‘ol Bernie at his usual self, letting the cat-out-of-the-bag before others could. Hamilton’s will-race-won’t-race saga will come to an end once McLaren announce their second driver. As for Brawn’s sabbatical, we believe it possible that Kimi might be bringing in someone with him, so giving Brawn a break [just one of our theories]. But yes, no Brawn & no Schumi, does leaves Ferrari a little out-of-sorts.

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Kimi RaikkonenAs reported on updatesport

Raikkonen told Auto Motor Und Sport: “I do not think I will drive (in F1) as long as (Michael) Schumacher did.” He added: “Ferrari will probably be my last team.”

Probably !! Guess everything depends on whether he win races & championships with Ferrari or not !!

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Fernando AlonsoAlonso takes the pole position at Shanghai followed by Fisichella making Renault 1-2 at the start of the grid in a rain soaked Shanghai International Circuit. With Reubens Barrichello taking third grid position followed by Jenson Button making all Honda second row.

On 5 & 6 positions comes Kimi Raikkonen & Michael Schumacher followed by Pedro De La Rosa & Nick Heidfeld. Robert Kubica & Robert Doornbos completing the top 10.

Renault showed the awesome pace they have even in a wet weather conditions with Alonso being more than half-a-second quicker than Fisichella and nearly On-and-a-half second faster than Micheal Schumacher on a rather struggling Bridgestone wet weather tyres. With Massa finishing 13, he will be starting his race from the end of the grid with a fully fuel loaded car.

Tomorrow forecast is of a dry race, and everything is placed perfectly to make Chinese Grand Prix an exciting race.

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Jenson ButtonAs reported on autosport.com

“I think Ferrari are very strong,” Jenson Button told Reuters at Shanghai today. “These three circuits are the sort that might suit them well, and if Bridgestone have got their act together they will be very quick. There is a very good chance that he (Schumacher) could win three in a row. This isn’t his favourite circuit, looking at past races, but he’s quick in Suzuka (Japan) and Brazil, and I think the car will work well at those two and also here.”

Asked whether he would bet on Schumacher winning the championship, Button replied: “I probably would. I think a lot of people would as well, looking at the pace of the Ferrari at the moment. People used to say (McLaren’s) Kimi (Raikkonen) was not very quick in Japan and he won last year. I really don’t think it’s going to be a problem for Michael here.”

This is different ! We were quiet tired of people blowing their own trumpet for no-rhyme-or-reason.

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