Feature & interview: Why Kimi can win at Spa
Here is today’s feature on Kimi, including opinions from those inside Lotus as well as outside. There is also an interview with Kimi where he talks about the long awaited Grand Prix for all his fans – Spa. I bought the issue today so please do credit KRS when sharing (please use this link to download the images), and enjoy!
Snippets from the issue:
James Allison: “The measure of him is that he was prepared to sacrifice all of Friday in Germany, and some running in Hungary, to help us develop something for the car [the double DRS] that we hope to use later on in the season, but which there was no prospect of him getting any benefit on in those two races. He has the self-confidence to compromise his Fridays but signed up for it. That gives you an idea of the straightforward nature of the bloke.”
Key to the success of the partnership is Lotus understanding how to get the best out of a driver who is somewhat esoteric in his approach. Conscious of Raikkonen’s lack of patience with some of the commitments of being an F1 driver off-track, the team ensures his workload is kept to a minimum. That said, it’s not all concessions. The squad has also had to adapt to the fact that, unlike Robert Kubica, Raikkonen doesn’t push the team continuously. At Ferrari, he’d raise an issue about how he wanted the car to behave and all too often this feedback was disregarded because he didn’t hammer home his point.
“We’re learning that side of him as well,” says Permane. “Much has been made of the power-steering and the press has blown that up into some kind of feud between us. I saw some stuff after Monaco saying we weren’t going to do any more power-steering developments, which is nonsense because we brought a new one to Valencia for him. He hasn’t moaned about it for a long time but we’re still working on trying to improve it.