Vettel looking forward to working with Raikkonen at Ferrari

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ABU DHABI – Sebastian Vettel is relishing the prospect of working with Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2015, calling him “the least complicated driver on the grid.”

After months of speculation, it was confirmed yesterday that Vettel would be joining Ferrari for 2015 after six seasons with Red Bull, replacing the McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso.

Despite a difficult return to Maranello in 2014, Raikkonen was confirmed to be staying with Ferrari yesterday, and Vettel said that he is looking forward to racing alongside the Finn.

“Yes,” replied Vettel in monosyllabic fashion, as Raikkonen is infamously known to do, before smiling as the press room broke out into laughter. “I think he would probably reply the same if you asked him.

“Kimi is probably the least complicated driver on the grid so in terms of performance on the track, when we talk about the skills Kimi has, I don’t think there is a single person in the paddock who doubts his skills, including myself.

“From a personal point of view, on a personal level, very straightforward. I don’t expect any complications because I think we have a good relationship but more so, I think we have great respect for each other which I think is always very healthy to deal with in these sort of situations coming up.”

Vettel has signed a three-year deal with Ferrari, spearheading the new era that has been ushered in at Maranello. After six unsuccessful years, the likes of Stefano Domenicali, Luca di Montezemolo and Fernando Alonso have all headed for the exit, and a new regime under Marco Mattiacci will truly come into force in 2015.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.