The German Autobild reports that Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali could return to Ferrari in order to replace Louise Camilleri as CEO

The German magazine reports that Ferrari’s John Elkann would like to return an experienced Domenicali, who would help the new team principal Mattia Binotto to negotiate with FIA and Liberty Media on the new Concorde contract. In this way, Binotto could concentrate fully on working with the team, while Domenicali would take over the political leadership of Ferrari.

 
Domenicali led the Ferrari team in the period between 2008 and 2014, before Maurizio Arrivabene replaced him after a poor season at the head of the team.

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has described Michael Schumacher as “one of the great legends” of the Formula 1…

The Ferrari museum in Maranello, Italy, launched a special exhibition, on his birthday, “both as a celebration and a mark of gratitude to the most successful Prancing Horse driver ever.”

Celebrating Schumacher 50th birthday, Arrivabene said in an interview at Maranello:

“I’d like to remember Michael for the things I know & for what we have experienced together. I think the win in Spain ’96 is the most memorable one, nobody expected it. It was like watching the beginning of a legend, and this remains in my heart. He was simply unique”

Kimi Raikkonen visits Maranello one last time…
This year’s Christmas party in Maranello had a special character, for Kimi Raikkonen who said goodbye to the former team.

Kimi Raikkonen also made his last visit to the Ferrari’s Maranello factory, where he thanked of all members of the team and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, with whom they also exchanged racing helmets.

Ferrari, in honor of his latest world champion, has prepared a special video with the compilation of some of the highlights of Finn’s eight-year career at Ferrari.

Kimi said today in Maranello for Ferrari: “I want to tell you that I don’t want to remain the latest Ferrari champion for long! I hope you will win the championship next year, you deserve it.”

On his final visit to Maranello, Kimi caught up with Vettel for one last time and came up with a wonderful post for his teammate.

“Was nice working with you mate” Kimi posted on Instagram.

After five years at Maranello, Raikkonen is moving to Sauber for 2019 because his bosses elected to take Charles Leclerc instead.

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Robert Kubica has hailed Kimi Raikkonen as one of Formula 1’s best drivers despite his age.

The Pole, Williams’ driver, made his long-awaited return in Formula 1 this season.

Robert Kubica shared his thoughts on Kimi Räikkönen:

“Kimi is still one of the best driver in Formula 1 even though he has some age now. He has been a bit unlucky this season but he’s still good.”“I would like to be Kimi’s team-mate, he is a bit special but I like his lifestyle. He would be one of the best team-mates what you could have.”

Kubica was tipped as a future world champion during his first stint in F1 in which he claimed 12 podium finishes and won the 2008 Canadian GP.

But a one-off participation in the 2011 Ronde di Andora rally dramatically changed the course of his career as he crashed into a church wall and suffered extensive damage to his right hand, arm and leg. He underwent several hours of surgery and suffered a partial amputation of his forearm.

According to reports from Italian media, Mick Schumacher will join Ferrari’s young driver’s academy, after the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher refused a similar offer from Mercedes.

Mick Schumacher, who will race in Formula 2 in the coming season, will follow the footsteps of his father, who won five consecutive world championships with a red car.


“Mick Schumacher will join Ferrari’s young driver’s academy, after the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher refused a similar offer from Mercedes.”

The 19-year-old talent now makes the obvious step up to F2 and will continue his partnership with Prema Racing, the team with which he won this year’s European F3 title and who also helped Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc claim the F2 title in his rookie season in 2017.

Although Motorsport’s report makes clear that Schumacher is yet to sign with Ferrari, it is claimed that he has decided that a spot in Ferrari’s programme suits better, a move perhaps enforced by Leclerc’s meteoric rise.

For a long time in Formula 1, when a racer was victorious, it was not such a genuine and sincere joy as with the great victory of Kimi Raikkonen in Austin. The fight for the title of world champion was pushed back into the background, as well as rivalry and personal offenses. The world of Formula 1 was united in sincere congratulations that were raging from all sides. Iceman was Formula 1.

Kimi Raikkonen, who again won the red car after 2009, is one of the last giants of the fastest sport. With victory in Austin Finn became the first racer to win both the V10 and V8 as well as the hybrid era of Formula 1. In his long and successful career, Iceman fought with Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton for the title of the world champion. At 39 became the oldest winner of the race since Britain’s Nigel Mansell triumphed at the age of 41 in Australia in 1994.

Although it took 15 years for the first and final victory of the Finn, Kimi always remained true to himself. Like in 2003 in Sepang, he also went cold-blooded out of the car in a car with the same expression on the face which makes Iceman unique – “More racing, less bullshit.” A phrase that many drivers have said in history, but rarely are those who actually lived. Kimi still does.

That’s why Kimi Raikkonen is one of the most popular racers in the history of the motorsport. His unique character represents what Formula 1 once was and what in the eyes of many enthusiasts should have been today. The legacy of James Hunt, which has grown into a series of pay drivers over the years, Kimi Raikkonen maintains in the 21st century, the style Formula 1 once had, and today with virtual racing already fades slightly into oblivion.

The wins are important, but far from the most important. Formula 1 is much more than that. Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, love of speed which bringing together millions of people around the world. Just like Kimi Raikkonen did in Austin.

Matej Plešej

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that this season Ferrari does not want to win the title of the world champion. Scuderia will remember this year’s Monza as a race of wasted opportunities both on the track and outside.

After the red cars started on a front row, the Tifosi Armada expected a double victory, but Sebastian Vettel wasted it in the second chicane. As a consequence, Raikkonen himself had to confront the duo of the silver arrows, and after a fierce battle, Kimi wasted the tires with a crushing defeat in the lap 45. Hamilton has thus increased his lead in the World Championship to 30 points, and Vettel will need the help of his teammate in the battle for the title.

House of Maranello missed an ideal opportunity to announce an extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen for the 2019 season on home soil. Ferrari would complete a media madness with Charles Leclerc, support his racer and bring necessary harmony to the team.

Thus, the Scuderia leadership decided to shoot at their knees and, consequently, find themselves in an extremely disadvantageous situation, whatever their decision on the driver lineup for the next season will be. We can imagine the rage of the fans, in case Ferrari will sack his last world champion who drove the fastest lap in Formula One history in Monza’s Red Goddess. We must not forget that the Finn has been a favorite of the audience for many years and if Ferrari want to get rid of Raikkonen, this should have to be done in Monza in accordance with their tradition. This has not been done for unknown reasons, and Kimi’s change in the next season will be not only an irrational but also a cowardly act, disrespectful to Ferrari last world champion.

Such hesitation would be understandable in case Raikkonen’s alternative would be Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen, and on the other hand, there is a newcomer who has three good races in which he defeated Marcus Ericsson. Charles Leclerc has proven to be a good driver, but at least for the moment, it would be hard to say that it is a “wunderkind” that will sit in a red car and win races. Ferrari could find themselves in the situation when Sebastian Vettel on the track fights against three racers because it is difficult to imagine that fired Finn would co-operate in the Vettel hike to the title.

No one doubts that Charles Leclerc is the future of Scuderia, but his promotion to the hot Ferrari seat would, at this moment bring more damage than benefit. Ferrari would probably make the last nail in the coffin on the way to this year’s title, but it would be a big question how Leclerc would be in a confrontation with aggressive Italian media in the second season and a big pressure brought by red pride.

In recent months, we have witnessed many, more or less bizarre news about events in Ferrari, in the media. By keeping the status quo in Maranello they are doing no favor to themselves and risking the end of co-existence between drivers and the whole team. The reason for this kind of action is known only by themselves, but the season goes towards the end and the results are not brilliant. Perhaps the time has come for Ferrari instead of firing its last world champion to get finally rid of Maurizio Arrivabene and Jock Clear, who lost significantly more points this year than Kimi Raikkonen.

Matej Plešej

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that this season Ferrari does not want to win the title of the world champion. Scuderia will remember this year’s Monza as a race of wasted opportunities both on the track and outside.

After the red cars started on a front row, the Tifosi Armada expected a double victory, but Sebastian Vettel wasted it in the second chicane. As a consequence, Raikkonen himself had to confront the duo of the silver arrows, and after a fierce battle, Kimi wasted the tires with a crushing defeat in the lap 45. Hamilton has thus increased his lead in the World Championship to 30 points, and Vettel will need the help of his teammate in the battle for the title.

House of Maranello missed an ideal opportunity to announce an extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen for the 2019 season on home soil. Ferrari would complete a media madness with Charles Leclerc, support his racer and bring necessary harmony to the team.

Thus, the Scuderia leadership decided to shoot at their knees and, consequently, find themselves in an extremely disadvantageous situation, whatever their decision on the driver lineup for the next season will be. We can imagine the rage of the fans, in case Ferrari will sack his last world champion who drove the fastest lap in Formula One history in Monza’s Red Goddess. We must not forget that the Finn has been a favorite of the audience for many years and if Ferrari want to get rid of Raikkonen, this should have to be done in Monza in accordance with their tradition. This has not been done for unknown reasons, and Kimi’s change in the next season will be not only an irrational but also a cowardly act, disrespectful to Ferrari last world champion.

Such hesitation would be understandable in case Raikkonen’s alternative would be Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen, and on the other hand, there is a newcomer who has three good races in which he defeated Marcus Ericsson. Charles Leclerc has proven to be a good driver, but at least for the moment, it would be hard to say that it is a “wunderkind” that will sit in a red car and win races. Ferrari could find themselves in the situation when Sebastian Vettel on the track fights against three racers because it is difficult to imagine that fired Finn would co-operate in the Vettel hike to the title.

No one doubts that Charles Leclerc is the future of Scuderia, but his promotion to the hot Ferrari seat would, at this moment bring more damage than benefit. Ferrari would probably make the last nail in the coffin on the way to this year’s title, but it would be a big question how Leclerc would be in a confrontation with aggressive Italian media in the second season and a big pressure brought by red pride.

In recent months, we have witnessed many, more or less bizarre news about events in Ferrari, in the media. By keeping the status quo in Maranello they are doing no favor to themselves and risking the end of co-existence between drivers and the whole team. The reason for this kind of action is known only by themselves, but the season goes towards the end and the results are not brilliant. Perhaps the time has come for Ferrari instead of firing its last world champion to get finally rid of Maurizio Arrivabene and Jock Clear, who lost significantly more points this year than Kimi Raikkonen.

Matej Plešej