You know some people really can be party-poopers. You know the sort, they build you up with a great sense of anticipation that something very exciting is about to happen…then let you down at the last moment.

mikecoughlan.jpgWhat the devil am I whittering on about you may well ask? Mike Coughlan. Yes, I’m talking about the man from McLaren (not Del Monte in case you were wondering) who has made a bit of a buffoon of himself by sending his wife off to the local photocopying shop with handfuls of Ferrari secrets. Then acting all surprised when Maranello get tipped off and get their undergarments in a slight twist over it all.

This morning Mike was due in the High Court in London to give ‘evidence’ in the Stepney-Ferrari-McLaren-Honda-just about everyone else Espionage Saga. So you know like most tifosi, I was unable to get any sleep last night in eager anticipation of seeing the McLaren Muppet squirming on the hook like Ross Brawn was about to use him for fishing bait.

However, at the last hour it appears Coughlan and his lawyers have struck a deal with the Maranello outfit to confess to everything he knows in a sworn affidavit, in return for Ferrari not forwarding all his sordid little secrets off to the district attorney in Modena. That’s an Orange Boiler Suit for one then our Nige, looks like you won’t be sharing a cell with your bosom buddy from McLaren after all.

Mike was supposed to have submitted the affidavit yesterday afternoon, but according to circulating rumours Mike is claiming he wasn’t give enough time to write down everything he knows about the internal goings on at Maranello. It is thought the list of secrets may take some time to compile, not least because it includes some rare gems. For example, what Technical Director Mario Almondo actually does all day, How many helpings of Spaghetti Bolognese Schumi likes to eat over at the Montana in one sitting, and the truth about what really happened to the Ferrari Wind tunnel (apparently a pizza slipped in between the rollers and caused all sorts of mayhem).

While the world is gripped to find out what Mike really knows (apart from the obvious fact he hasn’t the first clue how to operate a photocopier in secret), it’s business as usual for those busy little beavers in the F1 Scuderia Race Team. The boys are in Spa Francorchamps for 3 days, testing out some new developments on the F2007. Just what these developments might be we haven’t got a first darned clue, but I’m sure Mikey can enlighten us on that score.

thekimster.jpgMeanwhile, the Kimster has taken the opportunity to speak out (yes I know he is getting very verbose isn’t he? I’m blaming Stefano Domenicali for that) about his Nurburgring jinx. According to our favourite Finn, he suffered some terrible reliability problems at the track in the past. In 2003 and 2004 he retired with engine problems and in 2005 he experienced a suspension failure. So Kimi is fervently hoping his luck at Nurburgring will really change this time.

“Let’s hope we can make a hat-trick: just like in Magny-Cours and in Silverstone I have never had a perfect race there with my former team. It’s time to succeed.

“The second part of the championship has begun and you can see how the performance pendulum is easily swinging from one side to the other. Obviously I want it to stay on our side and that I continue to win: and at the end of the season we’ll do the calculations.” The Kimster quipped.

It’s not just our Kimi that is keeping every available appendage crossed in the hope he can score the hat trick. I’m sure a few of us are doing the same as well, although little Felipe might be throwing his rattle out of the pram if his team-mate manages to pull it off.

Forza Ferrari.

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