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Aug 22

Alonso Denies Rift With Montezemolo

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (left) is seen with Fernando Alonso. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (left) is seen with Fernando Alonso. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso went out of his way Thursday to play down the rebuke he received from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo after the Hungarian GP.

Reacting to comments from the Spaniard – who was also linked to discussions with Red Bull – Montezemolo had made it clear that no one is bigger than the team. However, Alonso glossed over the affair on Thursday at Spa-Francorchamps.

“I think it was wrong information coming to the president,” he said. “We looked back to all the press conferences. These days with recorders, etc., it’s easy to check exactly what you say – and it was nothing different to any other Grand Prix, nothing different in the team, and I tried to push for the best for the team and for our performance.

“He is the father of this family, of Ferrari, he is a great motivator, he is a man that put to everyone in the team the things on the clear side, and told us exactly what he expects from us and what he wants from us. The summer was very good, we were relaxing and preparing this race, talking with the team every day, talking with the president every day.”

Aug 22

Ricciardo Still Waiting For Red Bull News

Daniel Ricciardo is believed to be in line for a big promotion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo is believed to be in line for a big promotion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo insisted Thursday that he has not been told that he has Mark Webber’s Red Bull drive for next season – despite the consensus in the paddock being that the young Australian has gotten the nod.

However, the Toro Rosso driver’s body language definitely suggested that he’s expecting some good news, and even by his usual standards, he had a big smile on his face at Spa-Francorchamps.

“I don’t, honestly, follow too much of the media hype – sorry guys,” he said. “I’m on Twitter, so you see a few comments on Twitter. People write to me asking things, so then I become aware of maybe a few things that are going on. As far as I know, they could have happened, they could have not; it could just be one person starting a story.

Aug 22

Hulkenberg Eyes Ferrari But Keeps Options Open

Nico Hulkenberg may be headed to Ferrari. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg may be headed to Ferrari. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg’s name continues to be linked with the second Ferrari F1 seat in 2014, and the German admits that he would be very happy to get the opportunity to go to Maranello.

Many see his position at Sauber as a sort of holding camp, allowing Ferrari to keep an eye on him and call on his services should he fit the team’s plans in 2014. However, he says that his future plans are open.

“It’s a good team, for sure, one of the top teams, and if you’d get the chance you’d probably do it,” he said of Ferrari. “But at this point we’re still looking at the options of what we can do, where to position ourselves. Nothing is decided, and I think it will still take a little while.”

Hulkenberg denied that his future might depend on what happens to Kimi Raikkonen.

“Not necessarily,” he said. “Obviously, Kimi is playing a role there, but it’s not necessarily depending all on him.”

Regarding how things might play out, he said: “What you want and what is happening, that is sometimes not the same. You have to wait and see. I want to make a decision when I feel that I’ve made the right choice and when I’m comfortable with everything included in the deal.”

Aug 22

Raikkonen A No-Show At Spa On Thursday

Kimi Raikkonen is the 2007 F1 World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen is the 2007 F1 World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen skipped out on his Formula One commitments at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday, and his Lotus team has said that the Finnish driver is ill, but will be back at the track on Friday.

Usually on Thursdays, drivers have media commitments, team briefings, and a track walk with their engineers, although Raikkonen opts out of the latter.

Inevitably, there is speculation that Raikkonen simply doesn’t want to face a barrage of media questioning about his future.

A more likely explanation is that he is making a point to the team, which is believed to be behind on salary payments. While missing Friday or any other track running will clearly harm his title campaign, he may well believe that he can skip Thursday and in doing so ruffle a few feathers at the team.

Meanwhile, his future remains up in the air after his management told the media earlier this week that any negotiations with Red Bull had ceased.

Although he can clearly stay at Lotus, he has to be convinced that the team will have a competitive package in 2014, and that the funds will be in place to properly recompense him.

Raikkonen is still potentially of interest to other teams, and a return to Ferrari is not out of the question.

Aug 22

Lorenzo Demands Yamaha Upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 18: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing looks on during the press conference at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Red Bull U.S. Indianapolis Grand Prix - Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photo Credit: Mirco Lazzari gp/Bongarts/Getty Images

MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is piling the pressure on Yamaha to upgrade his factory M1 with a seamless shift gearbox, as he mounts an increasingly desperate defense of his title.

Lorenzo wants the gearbox fitted to his bike for the remaining eight races of the season, starting with the Czech Grand Prix this Sunday (Aug. 25).

He has vowed to back his demand by declaring he can win both the Czech and British GPs, which run back-to-back over the next two weeks.