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Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen could be tempted to leave rallying and return to F1

Williams have opened talks with Kimi Raikkonen as the team attempt to persuade the 2007 world champion to return to Formula 1 in 2012. "Yes it's true we're in talks with Kimi Raikkonen," said team shareholder Christian Wolff. "This isn't a publicity stunt we're having very serious discussions."
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Former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in an accident 10 years ago while racing in the US-based Cart Champ Car series, won the handcycle class in the New York Marathon on Sunday. The Italian is preparing for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Full story: Foxsports.com

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned that Formula 1 must change if the Italian marque is to continue its commitment to the sport. Di Montezemolo listed his main concerns as the sport's over-dependence on car aerodynamics, the lack of in-season testing and his wish to run a third car. "Formula 1 is still our life, but without Ferrari there is no Formula 1, just as without Formula 1 Ferrari would be different," Di Montezemolo said.
Full story: Ferrari

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali again underlined the team's commitment to Felipe Massa in 2012 but insisted the Brazilian, who has not been on the podium in 2011, must do better next season. "I am also counting heavily on Felipe's will to fight back as he knows next year will be a key one in which, and I'm convinced of it, he will be able to show his true worth," he said.
Full story: Ferrari

The F1 field in this week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will have two extra sets of Pirelli's experimental soft tyres for use during free practice on Friday as well as the medium and 2011-specification soft tyres throughout the race weekend.
Full story: Pirelli

British GP2 driver Max Chilton will drive for Force India at next week's young driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit. The 20-year-old has already taken part in a straight-line test for the Silverstone-based team this season.
Full story: Force India

UK authorities are set to investigate F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's involvement in bribery and tax evasion claims playing out in a German court. Ecclestone is due to appear as a witness in a Munich court in the $44m (£27.5m) bribery case on Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Force India boss Vijay Mallya is still making his mind up over which drivers will race for his team in 2012. Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg are all in contention but Mallya insists: "I have a big decision to make! But it's not made yet - I'm not the type of guy who's going to make a decision and string people along."
Full story: Autosport

Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan confesses to a few treats to celebrate Muslim festival Eid. The HRT driver writes on Twitter: "Eid Mubarak everyone. Biriyani and kebabs not exactly racing driver diet but can't resist today..."
Full story: HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan on Twitter

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see also
Friday's F1 gossip column
04 Nov 11 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
03 Nov 11 |  Formula 1


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