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Old 05-24-2013, 05:09 AM   #991
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Random Big John shot (I just thought it was cool)

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Old 05-24-2013, 06:18 AM   #992
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:27 AM   #993
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Thanks for sharing Greg! That is a Great Shot! Were there any of Kimi?
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:45 AM   #994
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Thanks for sharing Greg! That is a Great Shot! Were there any of Kimi?
I didn't see any
(if there was... I'd have posted 'em... Kimi's my guy!)



edit:

does this count?

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:33 AM   #995
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much ado about nothing....
I suspect Bernie actually "wants" RUSH to get publicity... the movie has to be good for F1 (and his bank account).
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Raikkonen's Monaco helmet design in the spotlight

A report emerged that Ecclestone wants the Finn's tribute to James Hunt in his helmet to be discarded for the race.
Friday, May 24, 2013







Kimi Raikkonen is paying tribute to the 1976 F1 Champion: James hunt. (LAT Photo)



May 24, 2013 (F1plus).- Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly been told to remove the depiction of 1976 world champion James Hunt from the top of his Monaco-spec helmet.
An unabashed fan of the wild, drinking, smoking, womanising British driver, Finn Raikkonen went one step further a year ago in the Principality, wearing the late Hunt's iconic black helmet livery.
This year, the Lotus driver's tribute to Hunt is a stylish picture on the top of his helmet, bearing the words 'James Hunt, 1976 world champion'.
And on the back of the helmet, above Raikkonen's 'iceman' logo, it reads: "Kimi on the Hunt'.
But according to reports, including in Speed Week and Finland's Turun Sanomat, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has told Raikkonen to either cover the tribute or revert to his original helmet for the rest of the weekend.
Reportedly, Ecclestone objects either to the positioning of the tribute in full view of the overhead onboard camera, or believes it is an unauthorised advertisement of the forthcoming feature film about Hunt and Niki Lauda's 1976 title battle ('Rush').
When asked about the reported run-in with Ecclestone, Raikkonen told Speed Week: "I know nothing about it.
"As far as I know, I will wear the helmet all weekend."
Meanwhile, when asked about his admission he has "two options" on the table for the 2014 season, Raikkonen clarified that one of them is a return to retirement.
It had been reported that one of the options for the Lotus driver might be a switch to Red Bull.
"There is always the option that I will not drive (at all). It's always possible," the 2007 world champion is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace.
Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez agreed that F1 should take that possibility seriously.
"Knowing Kimi well, outside of the track too, he could just as well announce that he's stopping altogether," he said on Thursday.
"I wouldn't take any bets whatsoever," he added.
be a shame if Kimi retired again... (I don't think he will, but who knows, he likely has 10's of millions of Euro still from his Ferrari but out)
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:57 AM   #996
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Thoughts about Thursday.

Good audio of Grosjean's crash. It happened right where there was a camera and mic, so the sound of the collision was excellent.

Monaco takes some getting used to. Turned on practice while eating dinner. Looked down., looked up to see an in-car camera as it went through Piscine. Swear to god I thought it was speeded-up video, that's how fast everything happens in that complex. Thrilling.

Pole sitters have won 8 of the last 9. Passing is almost impossible. Mercedes firmly atop the oft-misleasding Prac 2 time sheets.

Word during the broadcast is that Mercedes found a way to save their tires. One fast lap, then one slow lap. Rinse and repeat. Rosberg's fast lap was set, I believe they said, on his 21st or 22nd lap on those tires.

Mercedes has done well at Monaco in the recent past. If they've solved the tires, we might have our 4th different winner in 6 races.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #997
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I think you're pretty much on target there Sid.
Don't forget safety cars though....


and the Lotus guys, fully embracing social media, have this pre-race offering:



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"Daft Punk"? Would that be Kimi or Grosjean?
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Lotus have confirmed that Raikkonen has changed his helmet design; the new design will be unveiled at FP3 tomorrow morning.

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(Kimi's my guy!)

Mine too!
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #1001
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Lotus have confirmed that Raikkonen has changed his helmet design; the new design will be unveiled at FP3 tomorrow morning.



Bernie felt he was missing a paycheck .
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #1002
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Lotus have confirmed that Raikkonen has changed his helmet design; the new design will be unveiled at FP3 tomorrow morning
I think they forgot to tell Kimi that, because he was still rocking the Hunt lid during qualifying. Gotta love the FU attitude of that guy.

Speaking of FU attitude, where the hell did this "Nico Rosberg" guy come from? I mean he set pole here or there before but he has come on strong this year...someone started spiking the water.

This was a very exciting qualifying session.
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I've generally liked Leigh Diffey's work so far this season. But he had a bad qualifying today. He talked over the team radios and his partners repeatedly.

In Q2 he dramatically stated that Alonso was out of Q3. In fact Alonso was still on a flying lap, having crossed the start/finish line with 13 seconds to go on his previous lap.

C'mon Leigh, pull your garters up.
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Well done Mercedes. Given that this is Monaco, win Turn 1 and you've likely won the race. Disappointing for Ferrari. Massa tore the wheels off in morning practice and Alonso struggled to get heat in the tires in Q3. Looks like Sutil might be on his way to redeeming himself a bit.
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