Aug 22

Raikkonen A No-Show At Spa On Thursday

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

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

Kimi Raikkonen skipped out on his commitments at on Thursday, and his 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.

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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.

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world champion is piling the pressure on 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 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.

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Aug 21

Ordonez Appointed Nissan ZEOD RC Test Driver

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC. (Photo: Nissan)

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the ZEOD RC. (Photo: )

Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer” Lucas Ordóñez has been appointed as the official test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC program – the unique electric race car that will debut at next year’s 24 Hours.

Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at next year’s 24 Hours event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.

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Aug 21

Infiniti Offers Budding Engineers Chance To Work At Red Bull

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey. (Photo: Getty Images)

Infiniti Chief Technical Officer . (Photo: Getty Images)

If you’ve dreamed of working for an F1 team your chance may have arrived, courtesy of Infiniti and Red Bull Racing.

They are jointly offering engineering graduates a chance to work at RBR via what they call “a new global talent search initiative.”

The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy will see two winning candidates complete a 12-month assignment with RBR, working alongside Infiniti engineers, while also spending time at the company’s UK road car technical center.

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Aug 21

Extreme Video! Hauser Climbs Hill In Dallara GP2

In Europe, there has long been a thriving FIA-backed hillclimb championship featuring some well-established venues in countries like Switzerland – where other forms of motorsports have been banned since the 1955 tragedy.

Among the most famous courses is the St Ursanne/Les Rangiers climb, which has hosted an annual event since before WWII. In 1965, even had a go in a less-than-suitable 38, just weeks after winning the Indy 500.

We thought you might enjoy this mind-boggling clip of Luxembourg’s in action in last weekend’s event, at the wheel of his car. He demonstrates just how brave some of these guys are, especially given that safety facilities appear to have changed little since Clark’s era.

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