Kimi Raikkonen was not even at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Thursday but the Lotus driver was still the main topic of conversation as intense paddock gossip concentrated on who will be driving for whom next year, following Mark Webber's decision to retire from Formula One.
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It was Nico Rosberg who did the outing. We had been talking about his father, Keke, who lifted the 1982 Formula One word championship in 1982, despite winning only one race. Rosberg junior, recalling the Flying Finn's win in Dallas in 1984, said: "It was 40 degrees and while the other drivers wore refrigerated suits, Dad was bare-chested in the sun, smoking a cigarette."