The news story not setting headlines alight across the rest of the F1 media - for a very good reason.
CHANGE THE VEG
Pirelli have reacted strongly to criticism from drivers at the Barcelona test that their tyres were too soft and were degrading too quickly saying that they were unusually cold conditions. Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne described the experience like "driving on cauliflowers". Pitlane critics believe that if the Frenchmen doesn't get to grips with the 2013 Pirellis soon; next year he will be "delivering cauliflowers".
Lewis Hamilton turned up to the Barcelona test with his new dog, the very cute bull-dog puppy he's named "Roscoe". The pup's name sounds suspiciously like a combination of "Rosberg" and "Nico". In response, Rosberg has bought a very ugly hamster and named it "Hamis".
Asked after testing if it was a bitch, Lewis replied it was too early to tell but they'd find out in Melbourne.
LOTUS RUN RACE SIMULATIONS
Lotus used the second and third day of Barcelona testing to run race simulations for the Melbourne Grand prix with their two drivers. On Wednesday, Kimi Raikkonen managed one run of 64 laps in the morning and one run of 66 laps in the afternoon. On Thursday Romain Grosjean managed sixteen runs of one-lap - parking the car each time and walking back to the pits.
THE ICEMAN ICED OUT
After testing in Barcelona, Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Pic both flew to Moscow to take part in motorsport magazine Za Rulem's ice racing challenge. Surprisingly the ex-rally man, Raikkonen, lost out to Charles Pic in a race between the two of them. Afterwards Kimi said, "we have a lot of history, Finland and Russia". Although some spectators nearby thought he might have said "vodka" instead of "history".
Following Paddy Lowe's defection to Mercedes, the McLaren team have asked Jenson Button NOT to mention any team members that he might miss if they left. Asked last year by Autosport if Lewis Hamilton going to Mercedes was a blow Jenson said no, but "I'd be disappointed if Paddy Lowe moved from the team because that's the guy who's going to help me achieve in the future."
Although he is allowed to mention Sam Michael...
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