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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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Jarno TruliAs reported on Reuters

“Whoever drives for them will have a big advantage,” the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Tuesday. “I don’t think the departure of Schumacher or (technical director Ross) Brawn will change much. Even (Felipe) Massa can win with the current Ferrari.”

“We [Toyota] suffered from the switch from Michelin tyres to Bridgestone,” said Trulli, who signed a new three-year contract this season. “And then there were reliability problems. I believe in Toyota’s potential but we need to quicken our step.”

As far as Ferrari goes, that is what everyone is hoping and looking forward to. We also know that Toyota has the potential, but given their current form, they really need something extraordinary to come in top three positions.

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Fernando AlonsoAs reported on FeedMeF1

Retired seven time title winner Michael Schumacher, who lives in tranquil Switzerland, has a new neighbour. Swiss newspaper ‘Tribune de Geneve’ reports on Wednesday that the 25-year-old Spaniard has bought a villa in Mont-Sur-Rolle. The latest reports assert that Alonso’s new villa is in the Vaud region, in the west of Switzerland and merely twelve kilometres from Schumacher’s home in Vufflens-le-Chateau.

And not just Michael, there are more F1 drivers Alonso will be a neighbor to, like David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve & Jean Alesi.

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David CoulthardAs reported on M&C Sport

David Coulthard says he thinks that Michael Schumacher should apologies for his past behavior on the track now that he has retired … he thinks that some of the former seven times world champion’s manoeuvres still had question marks over them.

The Red Bull driver said that if Michael didn’t apologise then it would be worrying, but that if he thinks he doesn’t even have anything to apologise for then it was even more concerning. Coulthard said that he was making the observations as an F1 fan and that he had a good off-track relationship with Schumacher working within the Grand Prix Drivers Association.

We have great respect for DC as a Formula 1 driver given his driving skills and experience. But this new “thought” of his is something we are not able to understand. Maybe we are a bit biased towards Schumi, so we will go by what you think about this. Do you really think Schumacher should issue a formal apology for his old misdeeds ??

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As reported on autosport.com

Michael Schumacher’s new role at Ferrari will involve selecting the team’s drivers of the future and to be a “super-assistant” to CEO Jean Todt, the team revealed today.

Jean Todt

“Michael is one of the greatest drivers in the history of motor racing. He has a unique knowledge of racing, so we’ll try to take advantage of his knowledge in the best way to take choices for the team at a sporting and technical level….. Finally, as he’s done up to now, he will make his contribution on the definition of the road cars.

Michael Schumacher

“Jean has just said what I’m interested in and where Ferrari feel I could be helpful. I’m very happy to be involved in this way but I look forward first of all to get some rest for a few months and then I’ll have a much clearer view on what I’d like to have.” Michael Schumacher said.

But then we were expecting something like this ever since Schumi announced his retirement. There was no way he was going to leave Ferrari or Ferrari would leave him, given the strong bond between them.

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FerrariAs reported on autosport.com

The Ferrari team have confirmed that Ross Brawn will leave the Italian squad following the end of the season, as exclusively revealed by Autosport magazine. Brawn’s position as technical director will be taken by Mario Almondo at the start of November, while Stefano Domenicali becomes the team’s sporting director. Engine guru Paolo Martinelli will also leave Ferrari, moving to parent company Fiat.

And this marks the end of an era at Ferrari as well. No Michael Schumacher, no Ross Brawn, no Paolo Marinelli & no Jean Todt. So where is Ferrari heading ?

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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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