F1 Racing – Kimi: the full picture
The March 2013 issue of F1Racing arrived in my post yesterday – it includes a great feature on Kimi! It’s the season preview issue, packed with lots of fab stuff including a ‘Champions of F1′ poster displaying all the winning cars in side-profile view and it’s a brilliant way of looking at how the cars’ design sometimes return back to their previous ancestors. I recommend you to buy a copy once it is out a week’s time. Enjoy!
“One of very few journalists to un-riddle F1′s great enigma is Anthony Peacock, who spent a year as the reticent Iceman’s personal press officer. And guess what? It turned out to be a laugh a minute…”
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Anthony Peacock, press officer: “Kimi may leave some interviewers frustrated, but unlike many of his contemporaries, he’ll never tell a lie; beneath the laid-back exterior there is a man with rigorous integrity.”
Mark Arnall, physical trainer: “He doesn’t get caught up worrying what people think of him. People have differing opinions about Kimi, but he really doesn’t care what they are. Instead, he has the ability to focus solely on driving the car.”
Kaj Lindstrom, rally co-driver: “There’s no side to Kimi. What you see is what you get. Sure, it wasn’t always easy. But it took me about two minutes to realise how special he was. He enjoyed his rallying and I think he’ll give it another go one day. If he asked me, I’d be delighted to co-drive for him again. It’s obvious he’s got the talent and speed.”
Steve Robertson, manager: “He’s always had this great natural feel that lets him push hard but still get the most out of the tyres. The number of fastest laps he’s set speaks for itself. It’s a god-given talent.”
Rami Raikkonen, brother: “In the end, Kimi will just do what he wants to do. The only sure thing is that the more you tell him not to do something, the more likely he is to do it.”
“Neatly packaged in one sentence, that’s all you need to know about Kimi. And it’s what makes him the most interesting individual and surprisingly committed driver out there. Because it’s easy enough to conform. Much harder to choose your own road.”