Bottas backs Raikkonen, reveals dismay about Monza

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Valtteri Bottas has backed compatriot Kimi Raikkonen to bounce back from a difficult start to the season and re-find his form soon.

Raikkonen re-joined Ferrari at the beginning of the season after two years with Lotus, and the move was intended to allow both the driver and the team to relive their glory days and mount a serious assault for both world championships.

However, in his first eight races back at Maranello, the Finn has scored just 19 points and has only finished as high as seventh, leading to many questions about his motivation and passion for the sport.

For Bottas, it is merely a blip, and he is confident that his fellow countryman will return to form soon.

“I think he’s okay,” he told to NBC Sports. “For sure, Fernando is giving him a hard time to him. I don’t know the things in detail but for sure he’s struggling with the way the car behaves.

“I think he’s okay. He will get there, I am sure.”

Bottas also spoke about the possible loss of Monza. Earlier this week, Bernie Ecclestone revealed that the historic circuit could be cut from the sport’s calendar as it has been a “commercial disaster”.

“It would be a real shame,” he said. “It’s a great track. I have good memories of there, I won the GP3 title in Monza. For racing, that track is just really special because there’s a lot of overtaking because of the long straights, always good fights and a lot of history. It would be a real shame.”

Bottas will be hoping to follow up his maiden F1 podium finish in Austria with a strong result this weekend at the British Grand Prix. Click here for all of the TV times and broadcasting options.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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