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GP Week : Issue 26
Short Straights Raikkonen confirmed n The future of Formula 1 at the Nurburgring has come under fresh doubt as the FIA’s dispute with the ADAC looks set to take a further twist. The ADAC was one of the few motoring associations to distance itself from active FIA participation after Max Mosley’s vote of confidence victory, and as the organiser of the Nurburgring race, the ADAC may yet lose its position as head of German motorsport. n Bernie Ecclestone has called on Formula 1 to welcome Max Mosley back when the FIA President attends the Italian Grand Prix. Talking to the BBC, Ecclestone said people had forgotten about Mosley’s indiscretions. “For a short period I said he should resign but now I don’t see why he should. All these people saying ‘I don’t want to meet Max’ are all going to disappear.” n A number of F1 drivers had an interesting weekend off from racing. Lewis Hamilton wowed crowds at Brands Hatch with a demonstration run at the DTM race, while Adrian Sutil took a pillion ride with Randy Mamola at the MotoGP race in Misano. n Valencia race organisers are set to compensate race goers who received poor views of the track from their grandstands. The move comes as part of the organiser’s plans to improve the track for 2009, including new curbs. FERRARI President Luca di Montezemolo has given the clearest indication yet that reigning Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will be a Ferrari driver in 2009. When asked last week by Italian media whether Ferrari would maintain its current line-up next season, di Montezemolo simply said, “absolutely, yes.” “All this criticism reminds me of when [Filippo] Inzaghi was at Juventus. If he didn’t score for three games, everyone would say he was in crisis. “It can’t be forgotten that Raikkonen is the world champion, and that last year he won in his first season with Ferrari, while many people never thought he would do so. Now he has 17 victories and I hope he’ll get back to winning ways in the next Grand Prix in Belgium. Anyway, he’s not a driver in crisis. “Kimi is motivated and we must work to put him in the conditions to start races nearer the front, especially on these new circuits which I don’t like and are bad for F1: you can’t overtake on them, and nine times out of 10 the man on pole wins.” Raikkonen has come under increasing pressure in recent