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Very Good News Indeed

September 29, 2009

No, not the apparent confirmation that Alonso will indeed by at Maranello after this season ends, although all the news outlets have managed to squeeze yet another day out of that story, but the news that Felipe Massa is driving again.

He’s been racing karts at the Grana Viana track near Sao Paolo, watched by his doctor, who advised him to limit his spell behind the wheel to one hour.

Felipe Massa back behind the wheel

Felipe Massa back behind the wheel

By all accounts, they were pleased with the test, and this has fuelled speculation that he could return to F1 in time for the season finale at Abu Dhabi. As much as I would love for this to be the case, I think we will have to wait for the 2010 season to see Felipe drive in F1 again, although he will take part in the ‘Challenge of the Stars‘ event in Brazil in November, alongside Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.

The news of Fernando’s ‘reported’ contract with Ferrari is possibly the least surprising news to be leaked recently, although you have to admire a story which has run for two years now, with no end in sight and almost no official comment from those involved. Alonso did confirm that the decision has been made in the post-race press conference, but still managed to tease the press a little more:

Q. (Don Kennedy – Hawke’s Bay Today) Fernando, given that you seem to be the key to the drivers’ market for 2010, does this podium help you make the decision as to which team you might drive for next year, including it could possibly be Ferrari?

FA: No, this podium doesn’t change anything. I took the decision already, so soon we will know.

Q. (Don Kennedy – Hawke’s Bay Today) Are you going to tell us?

FA: If you pay a good amount.

LH: I’ll give you a tenner, ten euros.

FA: Not enough. At least twenty!

I’m somewhat ambivalent about the news of Kimi’s return to McLaren, one part of me says ‘Never go back’, but the other part says ‘This is a very different team now’, and Kimi is supposed to be popular among the team members who remain from his previous spell there. Apparently, there are benefits to his ‘robotic’ nature, and he could recreate results in testing time and time again, making life much more simple for the engineers developing the car.

My hope for next year is that Kimi is once again motivated, and brings the pace we know he is capable of to every race. I also hope that McLaren don’t make another dog of a car, like they did this year. I think a really good, clean fight between McLaren and Ferrari, hopefully with Red Bull and Brawn still in the mix would be very good for the sport.

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