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GP Week : Issue 134
n The Williams F1 team admitted this week to a recent “private” visit from Kimi Raikkonen, who is widely believed to have been visiting the factory to discuss a return to F1 with the British team. As the last of the privateers Williams are not in a position to pay the big bucks Raikkonen earned with Ferrari, but a recent disqualification from the WRC could have been the trigger for an F1 return from the Finn. Adrian Sutil has also visited the Grove factory recently. n F1 tyre suppliers Pirelli have confirmed the tyre selection for the Japanese and Korean Grands Prix. Suzuka will see the medium and soft compounds in use, while the Yeongam Circuit will bring a return of the soft-supersoft combination. “After careful analysis of all the data we have available, we have come up with what we believe to be the nominations that are best suited to the characteristics of each circuit,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said in a statement. “While Suzuka is a track that we’ve competed on before, both in GT racing and on motorbikes, Korea is a circuit that most people are still learning about. Nonetheless, we benefit from advanced simulation technology that allows us to accurately predict the likely behaviour of each tyre even on tracks that we have never seen before. The extra performance of the supersoft makes it one of the most dynamic tyres in our range, which will form a key part of the strategy in Korea. Before then, the combination of medium and soft that will be used in Japan was last seen on our home grand prix in Italy, resulting in an extremely exciting race.” Short Straights DIScuSSING his lack of plans for 2012 on Spanish radio, Toro rosso driver Jaime alguersuari admitted that the news of Mark Webber’s red Bull contract had bothered him. With the Australian staying in place, and Daniel Ricciardo waiting in the wings, Alguersuari and team-mate Sebastien Buemi are fighting against elimination, with neither driver now having a shot at the RBR seat. “Absolutely, absolutely,” GPUpdate.net quote the Spanish driver as saying on radio station Cadena SER. “I want to be in a team which can win races. I think that, I believe that and I stand by that – and not just me, but my team-mate. If you give us a Red Bull, we’ll be at the front and winning races. Give us a bad car and we’ll be further back but, even so, sometimes you can still progress through the field. But give us a Red Bull and we’re in front, we’re in front to win races. It’s the truth. If you’ve got the car, you’re at the front, and if you’ve not got the car you’re at the back. “I’m good with Toro Rosso, I’m delighted that they took me on from a young age to be able to reach Formula 1 when I was 19 and all of that, but I want to continue improving. It’s great to be with Toro Rosso but I think, one day, I’ve got to be in a better team, to be honest, to keep improving and winning races. That’s all.” Alguersuari disappointed at no RBR opportuity 10