While the press, fans and even Sir Jackie Stewart have been wringing their hands over Ferrari’s appointment of Kimi Raikkonen as Fernando Alonso’s teammate in 2014, other Formula 1 luminaries aren’t seeing it as an explosive train wreck waiting to happen.
INDYCAR announced today that it will not return to Baltimore in 2014.
“After a successful visit to Baltimore, which included record attendance, we are disappointed that our schedules will not align to host an event in 2014,” said Mark Miles, chief executive officer, Hulman & Co., the parent company of INDYCAR. ”This was simply a matter of trying to find the best date that worked for all parties, since Labor Day weekend was not an option in 2014. We are thankful to the city of Baltimore, Race On and Andretti Sports Marketing for their support and enthusiasm for the event over the years.”
Miles added: “We continue to finalize our 2014 schedule and anticipate announcing it prior to the end of our 2013 season.”
Valentino Rossi made a strong start to the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix weekend today, taking third overall in combined times for the first two free practice sessions.
The local hero was enjoying Yamaha’s new seamless gearbox for the first time in a race weekend situation as he tackled the Misano World circuit under hot and sunny conditions. Rossi completed the morning session in fourth, just over half a second from the front then stepped up the pace in the afternoon session, shaving just under quarter of a second off to finish in third, 0.258 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the front.
While Valentino Rossi has hailed Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox as a “fantastic” upgrade to the M1, it was Honda riders who dominated the opening day of practice for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.
Rookie sensation Marc Marquez was in stunning form, mastering a series of lurid slides to set the fastest time in both sessions.
Kimi Raikkonen is Formula One’s man of the moment for obvious reasons, but before he rejoins Scuderia Ferrari in 2014, he still has a World Championship to fight for. Lotus on Friday issued a Q&A with the Finnish star, focusing on his prospects for next weekend’s Singapore GP.
Q: It’s now been announced where you will drive next year; how does that affect the rest of your season?