Formula One's Latest Rumours and Talk: Raikkonen Could Miss Korea and More

Fraser MasefieldContributor ISeptember 23, 2013

Raikkonen drove through the pain barrier in Singapore
Raikkonen drove through the pain barrier in SingaporePaul Gilham/Getty Images

As the dust settled on another dominant Grand Prix weekend for Sebastian Vettel, the talk now switches to the next round in Korea.

But as Vettel basks in the glory of another win that edges him closer to a fourth world title, some drivers have much to ponder, with Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber in particular with mountains to climb.


Raikkonen could miss Korea

Kimi Raikkonen had admitted that the back problem that hampered his Singapore Grand Prix weekend could put his participation in the Korean Grand Prix in jeopardy.

Raikkonen fought through the pain barrier to finish a superb third in Sunday’s race from 13th on the grid but told reporters afterwards he was unsure whether he would compete in Korea as quoted by Fox Sports.

I didn't feel it too much but obviously it's not ideal. Yesterday was pretty bad, I almost didn't drive. So I think we have to be happy with that and hope there's no problems for the next race.But it's not the first time and I know that I have some work to do before the end of the year so we have to see what we can do.

Asked whether he would be fit for South Korea, Raikkonen said: "Not for sure. We have to see."


Webber hitch-hiking wrap unfair, says Horner

Webber hitched a lift back to the pits
Webber hitched a lift back to the pitsPaul Gilham/Getty Images

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has hit out at the decision to slap Mark Webber with a 10-place grid penalty for the Korean Grand Prix for hitching a lift back to the pits on the back of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Webber had broken down late in the race and, in a scene reminiscent of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna back in 1991, hopped on the side of Alonso’s car.

But race stewards took a dim view of the incident, punishing Webber for going onto the track, with Alonso reprimanded for causing a dangerous situation.

Horner told Autosport that the situation should have been addressed with a fine or a "slap on the wrist" rather than a grid penalty.

Some of the most iconic images I can remember are of Nigel Mansell giving Ayrton Senna a lift home. What is a shame is that it has ended up with a reprimand, which ultimately because it is the third reprimand has ended up with a 10-place penalty. Unfortunately the reprimands are now the only thing available to the stewards. Perhaps, in this instance, a talking to the drivers would have sufficed. Ideally a fine would have been better, but I don't believe that is something available to the stewards now.

Lewis Hamilton took a different view, saying he was “really shocked” with his rivals actions and that he could have run Webber over.

"I was doing my in-lap, came around the corner and Fernando was there, and I was really shocked," said Hamilton. "I went to the right of him, but if Mark had been walking across where I went then I would have run him over. Fortunately, that wasn't the case."


New Jersey back on 2014 calendar?

The saga surrounding the on-again off-again New Jersey Grand Prix has seemingly taken another twist, with the race now back on the 2014 calendar.

Last week’s provisional draft of the 2014 calendar had the race left off, but Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo now thinks the race will now go ahead as planned and penned New Jersey back onto its provisional list.

The race was initially scheduled for next year, but missing payments and slow progress with the circuit’s construction led to it being left off the calendar.