It’s time for yet another silly season, and it looks like this one right now is about as silly as it can get really. Given our tendency (at FFN) to comment on just about anything and everything transpiring in the F1 world, we are finding it rather difficult to pass up on such gems as “Is Kimi Raikkonen off to Toyota?” or “Shocking: Fernando to Ferrari?”…or perhaps even “Future Team Boss Michael offers racing seat to brother Ralf at STR” (well okay, we made the last one up…but you have to admit that it is far more feasible than the first two and that isn’t saying anything). When it comes to the silly season, apparently there is just one rule really – “the sillier, the better”. That said, let’s move on to the main players.

enigmaticfinn.jpgThe Enigmatic Finn: “No one can understand Kimi Raikkonen” declared Ron Dennis last year, “Not even he himself can”. Which is bit of a pity, because we could do with some help in understanding what the deuce he is up to at Ferrari. Not that we are complaining, mind you, but we are just curious. He has not finished on the podium for the last four races, and he has said “the next two races are the most crucial” three times already (and to no avail). To add to the confusion, Ferrari seems to have hired multiple versions of the driver, with Stefano Domenicali promising to unveil the ‘real Kimi’ soon. We don’t think Michael Schumacher was joking when he said “If you are driving for Ferrari, you better keep winning”. Unfortunately the tifosi are a passionate lot and like their red cars in front, but to suggest that we should send our star driver to serve time in Toyota is a bit too harsh really. And he has barely done seven races. We hear the pressure of it all has affected Kimi to such an extent that he has stopped racing snowmobiles pretending to be James Hunt. Luca di might be frothing at the mouth a bit, but at FFN we advocate patience. Now that Kimi has got his brake and accelerator pedals all sorted out, we remain loyal supporters of the Kimster (version 2).

unstablespaniard.jpgThe (slightly) Unstable Spaniard: Fernando Alonso has one small problem…well two actually. One would be Lewis Hamilton, and the other would be his interviews with Spanish radio stations (which he seems to conduct on a bi-weekly basis). There is also this tendency to swerve towards pitwalls and gesticulate wildly, not to mention brake test unsuspecting drivers, but this we pass upon lightly. (After all, Michael had this tendency to run rivals off the track or park his car rather unexpectedly, and we took these in our stride). After declaring rather dramatically after Candian GP that he was uncomfortable at McLaren (no doubt because he is finding it exceedingly hard to score over his teammate), Nando is having problems making up his mind because he now says that he is very comfortable indeed. “After last week, when I said that they were happier when Hamilton won, I think they are now being more careful with their manners. And (at Indy) we saw a more general joy”. Oh for heaven’s sake, really! It is suspected that Alonso might soon tire of carefully inspecting and measuring the joy factor at McLaren, and might opt to switch teams and don red overalls instead. God forbid. And pray what will Scuderia Ferrari do with three drivers then? There is such a thing as contracts, you know.

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The Confused German: We all know the circumstances under which Toyota signed Ralf Schumacher for $20 million a year. It is rumored that the Toyota boss has never stopped kicking himself since for not reading the fineprint on the contract…that read – “All occurences of the word ‘Michael’ to be replaced with ‘Ralf’ in this document‘. And now after bringing his race (and that of a few others) to a premature conclusion in USA, things are not looking so good for the younger Schumacher. There’s Vettel who’s got one foot in at BMW, and there’s Nelson Piquet Jr. who Flavio thinks will be the anti-Hamilton (incidentally he thought Kovi will be the anti-Alonso…and so much for that), and that leaves Fisi and Heidfeld with nowhere to go. Or its Vettel off to RB, and what will F1 be without DC slowing down unexpectedly in the racing line or mowing over unsuspecting mechanics with his car? In Ralf’s defense, he has always performed rather well with a good car, which is more than what could be said for Fisichella, but what will Tadashi Yamashina decide? And what of Alex Wurz in the Williams? We will keep you posted, as always.

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