Just 11 days, 11 hours and two minutes before the start of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne (I haven’t been counting all winter you understand) rumours have been emerging today in the Finnish Press concerning Ferrari Pilot Kimi Raikkonen.

itwasntme1.JPGThe rumours pertain to sightings of the Ferrari new boy shortly after his return from testing in Bahrain, in a Disco in Helsinki becoming very drunk and taking part in the Karaoke (I’d have to be very drunk to listen to myself do Karaoke too). Rumours that the usually inaudible Finn was belting out his own version of Abba hit “The Winner takes it all, Massa’s left standing small…” can not be verified.

This is causing some consternation amongst some of the Ferrari fan base who are concerned the 27 year old’s partying habits are taking their toll on the young driver, and fear he is throwing his chances of the World Drivers’ Championship away before he has even got in the car. Should ex-Formula 1 driver-turned-pop-puppet Jacques Villeneuve be afraid for his pop career we wonder?

Kimi swore blind none of the empty glasses belonged to him

At least Raikkonen has got some chance at the championship, unlike some according to Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone (TM). The feisty little ferret of the FIA was last spotted on Tuesday chatting away to the German Publication Bild (or Bilge as I affectionately call it) on all matters F1, and as usual for the pint-sized pea-pod he was shooting straight from the hip.

According to Bernie, Felipe Massa is looking favourite to win the 2007 World Championship despite probably being up against some stiff competition from team mate Kimi and Double World Champion Fernando Alonso.

On closer enquiry as to why Bernie thought Massa stood the best chance? Apparently because Michael Schumacher is his friend…. and has been almost acting like “team boss” for the last few years at Ferrari anyway. Not quite sure how that one works, perhaps Michael will be meandering down the pitlane at every GP encouraging the other drivers to let his friend win under threat of coming back to shunt a few of them off track Jerez style. We can but wait and see.

Bernie went on to rubbish Germany’s remaining F1 hopes, claiming bearded wonder Nick Heidfeld was too slow (perhaps all that hair causes some kind of drag effect?) and that Ralf Schumacher was faster but that he had no chance driving a Toyota, which was about tantamount to trying to control a supermarket trolley apparently…..(So that’s who makes those pesky devices!).

fisichellatears.JPGMeanwhile there have been tears before teatime at Renault already. Giancarlo Fisichella has been throwing a hissy-fit over the fact that the Renault is half a second slower a lap than Ferrari and McLaren’s cars, its just sooooo unfair! The poor poppet just can’t put his finger on why car development seems to have gone backwards since Double World Champion Fernando Alonso packed his bags and ran off with the World renowned Ron Dennis’ Circus.

Just 24 hours later Chief Engineer Denis Chevrier has popped out of the woodwork to claim actually things aren’t that bad at Renault, and honestly Ferrari may only be ahead for two or three races at most. One wonders if that means that Fisichella will be down the unemployment office by the time the Bahrain Grand Prix comes around.

Who needs soap opera’s honestly? F1 is much more entertaining.

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