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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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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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Jean TodtAs reported on autosport.com

Frenchman Jean Todt has been confirmed as Ferrari’s new Chief Executive Officer. Ferrari’s board of directors met in Turin on Wednesday to discuss the future structure of the company … Ferrari’s Formula One team are expected to announce further changes to their structure, including technical director Ross Brawn’s decision to take a sabbatical.

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FerrariAs reported on HomeofSport

As teammates Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella tried to keep Michael Schumacher behind them on the Shanghai circuit last Sunday, they resorted to driving side-by-side down the straights in an apparently elaborate and dubious blocking technique.

Ferrari boss Jean Todt observed: “We have learned from what our rivals did. We now know what is allowed. It is up to you to judge if (the tactics) are usual or unusual. We are just taking it into consideration. We have demonstrated we are very tight and hard competitors to fight with as well, so it will be interesting.”

The irony !! It was not long ago when Ferrari was critcised for giving orders to Reubens to move over for Michael and vice-versa. Not things seems to have came back to haunt them and it hurst more because it is crunch time. But we hope that this issue does not turn too dirty which will obviously be bad for the sport.

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The F1 BlogWe have been very keenly following the comments on two posts, Alonso’s keen to spoil Schu’s retirement party and Poll: In Monaco qualifying, did Schumi stopped deliberately ?. And there are allegations and cross-allegations flying every where.

The point that we saw in all the controversies was that there was no details available from FIA or any of the teams/drivers involved. Yes, we know that this has been the case for a long while now, but given the current storm the sport is facing, everything should be much more transparent.

If we take the Monaco incident, All Ferrari said was that they provided the telemetry data to FIA to go though & they tried to clear the doubts but stewards never listened. FIA on their part slapped the penalty. And all that remained after that were the unanswered question. What did the telemetry data showed that prompted FIA to slap the penalty ? What was Ferrari trying to tell the stewards ? Fast forward to Monza, and the same questions again crop up and again no answers were provided by FIA, except the stupid rule being changed.

But there was much more hue-and-cry this time because, first, Fernando Alonso is trying to retain his championship in a car that suddenly seems slower than Ferrari’s & McLaren’s and secondly because unlike Jean Todt & Michael Schumacher, Flavio Briatore & Fernando Alonso decided to be much more vocal about it [and in this process questioning the Formula-1 in itself, which even we believe was totally uncalled for].

The other problem has been that the people [FIA] who should be giving answers to the questions are the one who try to create more instability. Bernie Ecclestone & Max Mosely does not seems to be on the same page anymore, most of the time both are giving contradictory statements, if Max comes out in support of something, you can be sure Bernie will oppose it [most of the time].

The solution [again as we see it] is in fact very simple. First, make Formula-1 more transparent and provide complete data in support of the decisions that are taken. Second, all teams & drivers should be asked to issue a informal statement regarding the decision. Third [and most important], ask Bernie & Mad Max to think before they issue a statement, they are doing more harm than good to the sports, or take a step forward and ask both of them to retire and let young blood take Formula-1 to new heights.

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Jean TodtAs reported on DailyF1News

….the offer of a one-year contract extension, courtesy of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, is so attractive that it would be ‘difficult to refuse’. Todt’s decision to stay, meanwhile, would almost certainly accompany the renewal of Michael Schumacher’s similarly-expiring red-coloured contract.

If it is sooo attractive that it would be difficult to refuse, then why he heck would he refuse whether Schumi stays or not ? I think if Schumi would stay he would make sure that Jean Todt & Ross Brawn stays with him.

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