Raikkonen: Return to Ferrari “100 percent the right decision”

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Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that he has no regrets about returning to Ferrari for the 2014 F1 season despite enduring a difficult year with the Italian team.

After falling out with Lotus over a lack of payment in 2013, Raikkonen took the decision to move back to Ferrari in 2014, partnering Fernando Alonso.

The Finn is Ferrari’s most recent world champion, having claimed the drivers’ title back in 2007 before leaving at the end of 2009 to make way for Alonso. Their partnership was tipped to become one of the most explosive in F1 history, only for it to rarely create a spark due to the team’s struggles in 2014.

Raikkonen currently ranks 12th in the drivers’ championship, some 94 points behind his teammate, but insists that he has no regrets about coming back to Ferrari.

“I’m sure I made 100 percent the right decision,” he said. “Obviously the results haven’t been what I want or what the team wants but that’s how it goes.

“We have improved from where we started and there’s been some better moments but it’s not easy to fix some issues and get things exactly as you want. Then you end up having a small thing here, a small thing there, and paying a big price for it. I’m happy to be here.

“If I’m finishing out of first place I would rather be in a Ferrari than any other team so I’m pretty sure I made the right decision.”

The Finn is expected to remain with Ferrari next season as Fernando Alonso nears the exit at Maranello. He is poised to be replaced by Sebastian Vettel, who has already confirmed that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year.


IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.