In the build up to the San Marino Grand Prix the rumour mill has been getting plenty of grist, especially in regard to Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. One driver who is glad to be out of the spotlight, at least as far as his racing...
In the build up to the San Marino Grand Prix the rumour mill has been getting plenty of grist, especially in regard to Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. One driver who is glad to be out of the spotlight, at least as far as his racing future is concerned, is Fernando Alonso, who already confirmed his move from Renault to McLaren for 2007.
"Every week we have a new story about Kimi or Michael; if he retires or not, if Kimi stays at McLaren or goes to Ferrari, Montoya to Red Bull or whatever," Alonso told reporters at Imola. "It's just what I didn't want to happen to me."
"The announcement of the move to McLaren so early for sure had some disadvantages but it had some advantages also in my mind; to be relaxed and concentrated on winning and not having to answer a new paddock rumour at every race."
Alonso had a big battle with Schumacher at Imola last year and the Spaniard believes Ferrari will be one of Renault's main rivals this weekend. He claims not to be concerned about ceding a victory to the Maranello squad.
"If they (Ferrari) can win one race, it will be this one," he said. "But for me, for the championship, it is not a big change. I prefer to finish second or third here and win again at the Nurburgring."
The last two races were difficult for Schumacher -- he finished sixth behind teammate Felipe Massa in Malaysia and crashed out of Australia -- but he is quick to play down the suggestion that Ferrari desperately wants a good result at Imola, one of its home events.
"It is always good to have good result, but it won't break us, whatever happens here," Schumacher said at the FIA Thursday press conference at the circuit. "There have been people putting words in my mouth that this is a crucial race but it's not."
"It's an important race, but not a crucial one, and whatever happens will happen. We trust in our people and our package and it's time to stop talking about it -- it's time to show it."