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Old 11-14-2009, 08:59 AM
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I would say that it is quite even: drive for McLaren or don't drive at all. I for one, highly doubt that he could have any chance in a WRC car next season. When the formula for WRC changes to the turbo charged, S2000 cars in 2011, he might have a chance.

Räikkönen has said himself that he will only drive (any motor sport) if he has a car that he can win in. And he has ruled out NASCAR...

My guess is that he will drive for McLaren, and that we will hear about this in the next two weeks. He wants to beat Ferrari now more than ever.
Kimi in NASCAR?
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We have some good friends in Italy that are hardcore, diehard Tifosi. They are cheering against Alonso next year... and hoping that Räikkönen drives for McLaren so that he can make Domenicali and di Montezelemo look like idiots.

I'm for that.
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Mercedes to reveal future F1 plans

By Pablo Elizalde Monday, November 16th 2009, 10:30 GMT


Mercedes-Benz is to announce its plans for the future of Formula 1 in a press conference today, with the German car maker set to confirm its increased involvement at Brawn.

The manufacturer will hold a press conference with Dr, Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, as well as motorsport chief Norbert Haug.

It is believed Mercedes will announce it is buying into the Brawn GP team, confirming reports that first appeared in September this year.

The Brackley-based squad has used Mercedes engines this season to win both the drivers' and the constructors' championships.

Mercedes is also set to reveal plans about its shareholding at the McLaren team, of which the parent company Daimler owns a 40 per cent stake.

The German car maker is expected to confirm it will remain as engine supplier for McLaren for the long term.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:36 AM
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Mercedes to reveal future F1 plans

By Pablo Elizalde Monday, November 16th 2009, 10:30 GMT


Mercedes-Benz is to announce its plans for the future of Formula 1 in a press conference today, with the German car maker set to confirm its increased involvement at Brawn.

The manufacturer will hold a press conference with Dr, Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, as well as motorsport chief Norbert Haug.

It is believed Mercedes will announce it is buying into the Brawn GP team, confirming reports that first appeared in September this year.

The Brackley-based squad has used Mercedes engines this season to win both the drivers' and the constructors' championships.

Mercedes is also set to reveal plans about its shareholding at the McLaren team, of which the parent company Daimler owns a 40 per cent stake.

The German car maker is expected to confirm it will remain as engine supplier for McLaren for the long term.
Mercedes has officially announced they (and their partner) will buy 75% of Brawn, divest themselves of their stake in McLaren but continue to supply Woking with engines.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:06 AM
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Oh boy.

When I heard this in the morning, I thought, "Räikkönen won't be driving for McLaren now."

Heidfeld and Rosberg to Mercedes GP, and Button (with Vodafone's blessing) to McLaren.

Kovalainen only has one shot: Renault. And Glock will probably get that seat.
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Oh boy.

When I heard this in the morning, I thought, "Räikkönen won't be driving for McLaren now."

Heidfeld and Rosberg to Mercedes GP, and Button (with Vodafone's blessing) to McLaren.

Kovalainen only has one shot: Renault. And Glock will probably get that seat.
What a mess this is.
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I would hate to lose Kimi in all of this.
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I would hate to lose Kimi in all of this.
Sounds like it would bother you more than it would Kimi
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More and more rumors confirming Button is close to a deal with McLaren. Somewhat surprised but I guess he is pissed they are not willing to meet his salary demands.
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Button will get a three year deal with McLaren, 7 million Euros per season.

This means that Räikkönen will not drive Formula One in 2010.

Shocking how things can get turned upside down in three months.

I will go into therapy now.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:17 AM
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Today's rumor.
Schumacher goes to Mercedes.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:37 AM
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Today's rumor.
Schumacher goes to Mercedes.
MSC or RSC?

I kinda hope MSC stays retired. Him coming to Ferrari last year to sit in for Massa is one thing, but I just can't see him drive a full season for anyone other than Ferrari. Of course, I also thought Brett Favre would never play for any team other than the Packers...
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MSC or RSC?

I kinda hope MSC stays retired. Him coming to Ferrari last year to sit in for Massa is one thing, but I just can't see him drive a full season for anyone other than Ferrari. Of course, I also thought Brett Favre would never play for any team other than the Packers...
It wouldn't be news if it were Ralf
I agree M.S. should stay retired but its easy to run other people's lives.
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Räikkönen is negotiating to get in to WRC for 2010.

Some big news is coming a bit later this evening (Finland time).

Apparently, Red Bull (Citroën sponsor) is offering Räikkönen double the money that they currently pay Loeb.
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I agree M.S. should stay retired but its easy to run other people's lives.
Of course it would be. As in: "OMG, someone is tryinging to hire THAT old guy when his older brother is way better and potentially available for hire?"

It'd be news...

I am not surprised nobody is negotiating heavily with Raikkoenen. He's too much of a gamble for the money he'd likely want...
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:45 AM
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Of course it would be. As in: "OMG, someone is tryinging to hire THAT old guy when his older brother is way better and potentially available for hire?"

It'd be news...

I am not surprised nobody is negotiating heavily with Raikkoenen. He's too much of a gamble for the money he'd likely want...
Citroen is rumored to be offering him double what they're paying their WRC. By no means F1 money but at this point Kimi isn't just about the bucks. The man wants to have fun either doing what he wants or being paid what, in his mind, is enough to put up with F1.
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Citroen is rumored to be offering him double what they're paying their WRC. By no means F1 money but at this point Kimi isn't just about the bucks. The man wants to have fun either doing what he wants or being paid what, in his mind, is enough to put up with F1.
Loeb gets paid 6 million Euros a year. Double that...

And then keep in mind the money that he will get from Santander for the next two years.

He wants money...

In other news, Grönholm will drive several WRC rallies for Ford in 2010.

Do we need a combined 2010 Formula One/WRC thread?
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Loeb gets paid 6 million Euros a year. Double that...

And then keep in mind the money that he will get from Santander for the next two years.

He wants money...

In other news, Grönholm will drive several WRC rallies for Ford in 2010.

Do we need a combined 2010 Formula One/WRC thread?
No just a dedicated Kimi thread
I didn't know Loeb made that much. thanks.
BTW The FIA's production of the WRC is on HD Theater weekly.
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Räikkönen will not be driving in Formula One in 2010.

I am shocked at how this has all happened.

I think that I will retire from Formula One for awhile...
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Räikkönen will not be driving in Formula One in 2010.

I am shocked at how this has all happened.

I think that I will retire from Formula One for awhile...
Another seat opens for 2010
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I would be very pissed if I was Loeb at the moment. Let's see... FIA wouldn't give him a superlicence... he can't find a drive in F1, not even in Red Bull sponsored car... now Red Bull will pay Kimi double what Seb makes just to get him to drive for the team... This is not right, not for arguably the best rally driver in history of the sport and definitely most accomplished.
I hope he gets out of his contract, goes to Ford and kicks everybody's ass.

I don't see Kimi succeeding in WRC or whatever it's gonna be called, not in one year.

On another note, Kubica loves rally, he tried it again last week in Italy on tarmac but crashed out after only 24km while leading his class. He says he's committed to F1 at the moment but I see him succeeding in rally if he switched early enough.
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Räikkönen will not be driving in Formula One in 2010.

I am shocked at how this has all happened.

I think that I will retire from Formula One for awhile...
It looks like Kovalainen will be out as well so it means no Finnish driver in F1?!!!
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