Exclusive Interview: Kimi speaks on leaving F1 and entering Rally…
Kimi Raikkonen has never cared much for the baggage that comes with being a Grand Prix driver: the interviews, the press conferences and the various public relations commitments.
During five years at McLaren and another three at Ferrari he walked a tightrope of political correctness, preferring not to say very much at all rather than trot out soundbites that might come back to haunt him. To some extent, he’s been able to hide under the public ‘Iceman’ persona, and that’s suited him just fine. Get to know him socially, and a very different Kimi emerges. Off-duty with his friends – and that group includes quite a few fellow grand prix drivers – he’s a gregarious and convivial character, someone who has plenty to say.
Now he is embarking on a new chapter in his career, and creating a bit of history as he does so. By walking away from F1 to run a (nearly) full schedule in the 2010 World Rally Championship, he is taking a path that has never been trodden before…
The following pages are from F1 Racing magazine, also courtesy of YiNing. Entitled ‘Cracking the Kimi Enigma’, when it could’ve been simply called ‘Criticising the Kimi mould’, it’s
not a very good piece to read. But there are some quotes from Kimi,
like how he "couldn’t breathe" in the paddock and how the place felt
like it was "strangling" him. These are things which need to be read… I’ll let you decide for yourselves. The fourth page is another opinion piece debating whether Kimi still deserves a seat in F1, where Red Bull boss Christian Horner argues yes for Kimi and Damon Hill against. Well, it’s good to know there’s at least one team boss in favour Kimi and whom he hasn’t worked with… yet!