Twenty four hours on from the
Two drivers who will never forget this race – despite how hard they may try – are
Let’s start with Schumacher: What are the chances of the 7 times world champion hanging up his helmet after the Brazilian Grand Prix and retiring to his castle in Switzerland? This question has been mooted aruond since Saturday afternoon, and many
At first, I went along with this theory, thinking that Schumacher will have been quite hurt by all this (despite the fact I feel he is guilty as charged) and would not want to continue for any longer than he had to. But now, 24 hours later, I think differently. I think he will continue for another year at the helm of a Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher is no stranger to controversy and he has bounced back many times from incidents that have damaged his reputation. For sure he wouldn’t have expected quite the backlash from other drivers immediately after the parking demonstration, but it will be forgotten about by the time he wins his next race.
Is Schumacher retiring? Nah, not yet.
The second possible change to come about after the Monaco Grand Prix centres around Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi drove a superb race in Monte Carlo, pushing Alonso right to the very ragged edge of adhesion and the pair set blistering lap times for the whole of the first stint – it was very exciting to say the least. The two drivers swapped fastest laps until the McLaren overheated while following the safety car and Kimi parked it up by the tunnel. So angry at yet another race thrown away, Kimi stormed away from the circuit and boarded a yacht moored in the harbour. Kimi chilled out for the rest of the race, and I for one do not blame him. Had it not been for the safety car, Kimi would have probably taken the lead of the race because he had more fuel than Alonso and could have pushed forward for a couple more laps. But it is all academic as Kimi receives another DNF.
Kimi’s reaction to this failure was very much like Senna’s, when in that famous Monaco Grand Prix, Ayrten was uncontactable for 24 hours after he crashed his McLaren due to an apparent loss of concentration.
The reason why this event may cause a change in the future is because this failure could prompt Kimi to sign to another team. Many people believe Kimi has already signed to Ferrari for 2007, but if he hasn’t, I think may put pen to paper before the British Grand Prix in a fortnight. While the McLaren is improving, and it was certainly very fast in Monaco, their season has been lacklustre and dogged with failures. Ferrari – on the other hand – appear to be getting to grips with their initial shortfalls and now seem to be the main opposition to Renault.
Has Kimi signed to Ferrari? More than likely!