F1 » Was Raikkonen rather than Heidfeld Pirelli's first choice..?


Whilst it is former Mercedes Grand Prix reserve driver Nick Heidfeld who has been entrusted with helping to develop Pirelli's 2011-spec F1 tyres, sources suggest Kimi Raikkonen was in fact the Italian manufacturer's first choice...

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Cobalt

August 18, 2010 2:41 PM

Kimi is currently a rally driver, doing very well :)
Surely he would not consider giving that up to test tyres!!! :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Any average driver could test tyres :rolleyes:

Pirelli is making it that testing *** tyres for them is a prestigeous job :rolleyes:

What a joke :rolleyes:

richard

August 18, 2010 2:55 PM

"sources say...". it was an article in a finnish paper. there is probably an article in a brazilian paper, claiming that piquet was offered the job, or an article in an italian newspaper that rossi was the first choice. just put the name of any unemployed driver in the story, depending on who you want to think was overlooked, or refused.

at least nick is getting road track miles, that will stand him in good stead. with merc, he was getting ZILCH.

Cobalt

August 18, 2010 3:39 PM

What a load of nonsense from Pirelli about their test driver. I never knew who tested tyres for Bridgestone or Mitchelin and still dont want to know.

All Nick will be doing is going around circles. He is not going to be invited to analyse the data :rolleyes:

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
There are even photos from the first day of testing
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Cant contain my excitement
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

rob01

August 18, 2010 5:19 PM

Kimi had a very difficult time communicating with Ferrari. How is he going to communicate with a tire supplier? Don't think he was ever a true consideration. This will help Nick get a ride next year after testing is complete. A team will look to get him. Not Merc as they have announced that their reserve driver could be someone different every race.

andrew.

August 18, 2010 6:30 PM

Heidfeld or Raikkonen? Not really any contest is there but I can't see Raikkonen returning to the staid world of F1 for a while. He looks like he's having too much fun in WRC and who can blame him.

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