“So far, the season has not been ideal and we haven’t got the results we expected, but the most important thing now for me is to try and have good races. Compared to last year, it hasn’t been a disaster, we are in the fourth place in the Championship and second as a team and we have all the tools to do better.
After a bad race in Austria we hope to have a good weekend here: I like this place, there’s a lot of tradition in motor racing. Maybe I enjoyed more the original layout, it was more flowing, similar to Monza or Spa, but it is always a nice place to come to. Now it’s too early to say what will happen, so far we have been more or less the same in every track, so I don’t expect here to be anything less than that. Here it’s often quite windy and this can make it tricky for everybody. We have the speed and all the tools to avoid mistakes. If we got rid of all the small issues, we could have good results.” [via ferrarif1.com]
Q: Kimi, the GPDA fans’ survey revealed that you are the most popular Formula One driver it would seem, amongst those polled. What’s your reaction to that?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I think it’s a good thing. I would rather take the fans than not having them. Obviously, some people… maybe I was lucky that they were ones that answered the survey, but I’m happy to have fans and obviously that’s a good thing.
Q: What do you think it is about your character that appeals to them?
KR: You’d have to go and ask them who voted, so…
Q: There’s a few too many to do that I think. The team is telling us that retaining your seat for next season is in your hands, do you feel you are on the right track to meet their targets.
KR: I don’t know. Obviously they’ll make the decision. We try to do good races. Obviously the last race was a bit difficult but that’s part of the game, sometimes you have that. Who knows: I don’t know anything more than you guys, so I will know hopefully at some point what will happen. There are always speculations to start off the year and it’s always the same stories. It doesn’t really surprise me a lot so let’s see what happens.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, accident here last year, accident in last race in Austria, how difficult is it for you to come to this weekend?
KR: It’s a new race, different weekend. It doesn’t matter if you have an accident. It was obviously bad for our race but that’s part of the game. It doesn’t change this weekend at all. I’ve had accidents before and probably will in the future, you pay the price when things do wrong.
Q: (Mike Doodson – Grand Prix Plus) A question for Jenson and Kimi. Last weekend we had Formula E racing in London, there were a few good, old F1 names among the drivers. Did either of you see the race and would you seriously consider switching to electric racing after Formula One?
JB: To answer the second question: no. And did I watch the race? No. I have watched a race this year and the reason is, it’s not because of the cars themselves, it’s because of the drivers. There’s a lot of drivers that I’ve raced against over the years, I think there’s 13 ex-F1 drivers, and that’s what makes the category exciting: they’ve got some real talent there; they’ve done a good job of getting talented drivers in the cars. I think there’s a great place for electric racing – if that’s what you want to call it – but I think it’s great and there’s a good fight amongst the talented drivers that are there. But it’s not something that interests me. Motorsport is motorsport for me. Something that I love is the smell, the sound and the speed – and that’s what Formula One is all about.
KR: Yeah, actually I saw it. I saw the race and I’m not so interested in the future in some point to race them. It’s… I mean they’ve done well to go in the places that they race – I think it’s nice for people but, I mean, for me, unfortunately… we always talk here: it doesn’t go fast; it doesn’t look spectacular. They are… in my view they are pretty slow. The concept is probably nice in the future. Right now, yes, they get the good racing out of it but it doesn’t really… it’s something that doesn’t really excite me really – but obviously I’m happy for them to make such a good race series out of it.
Q: (Daan de Geus – NU.NL) Kimi, you let it be known earlier in the season that you were quite happy about the 2015 Ferrari and the way it handles and it fits your driving style. Ferrari have obviously been updating the car and made some changes to it. Do you still like the way it handles and the way it suits your way of driving?
KR: I don’t see why I wouldn’t suddenly like it; because I’ve had an accident doesn’t change anything. I’ve had accidents sometimes, like I said, it’s part of the game. We improved the car and it’s still a great car, obviously probably not fast enough to challenge Mercedes all the time but it’s a very good car and it’s a massive improvement from last year. Things go wrong sometimes but it doesn’t mean that you suddenly hate the car or you don’t like things. It’s just a part of the game. Like I said, it’s a good package and obviously we want to improve it and make it faster. Things could always be better. Even if you’re in a winning car you’re always wanting more out of it. Like I said, we’ve come such a long way from last year which people always forget. We’re still a work in progress to improve things.
Video – Press conference
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I asked Alonso once again on the situation in Austria. The distance from Kimi was now ten feet 😂 #mtvf1
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Kimi: “good to get youngsters close to the sport”
Yesterday, Kimi Raikkonen had spent a very busy day at a venue that is dear to all car lovers.
The Finn first stopped off at a Shell service station, carrying out some promotional activities for the Scuderia Ferrari sponsor.
Then he headed to Goodwood, where he tackled the famous hillclimb at the wheel of an F10. Kimi also took time to greet the many fans attending the event, as well as Prancing Horse owners.“It’s the second time I’ve come to Goodwood and I reckon it’s a very nice event, always well organised. I met a lot of youngsters this time and it’s definitely a good thing to get them closer to the sport,” commented Kimi as he saluted the fans before leaving [via ferrari.f1.com]
FoS Behind The Scenes – Who Says Kimi Raikkonen Never Smiles?
It’s often said that Kimi Raikkonen is a completely different character when the cameras are turned off, but, thanks to our very own Lord March, we can now show you that side of the 2007 F1 World Champion.
Filmed yesterday when Kimi headed to Goodwood House to meet the FoS founder and Ken Block after his trip up the hill in a 2010 Ferrari on behalf of Shell. We won’t spoil the video, but prepare to see a very happy Kimi chatting about F1 and the potential of driving with the Hoonigan one day [via grrc.goodwood.com]
Kimi drives the F10:
Goodwood FoS 2015 – Crofty as Kimi’s mechanic https://t.co/MkJaUcTnqe Kimi bringing the fuel 😂
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Kimi meets with Lord March and Ken Block:
This afternoon’s Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult race for Scuderia Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a frightening accident with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap, luckily with neither driver sustaining any injury. Sebastian Vettel was also out of luck: a problem with the left rear wheel nut at his pit stop complicated his race, as his stop was inevitably too long and he rejoined in fourth place. From then on the German chased down Felipe Massa, but despite gradually closing on the Brazilian, the bottom step of the podium eluded him and he had to settle for fourth [via ferrarif1.com]
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m04.075s|
|7||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|11||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|14||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||3 Laps|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|
From crash.net – Kimi: “I had wheelspin and suddenly went left. That’s about it really. The wheels spun really aggressively there and I don’t know what caused it, but the result is always the same. It’s not normal but it happened, that’s the way it is. The car didn’t have any grip. It’s dangerous, but racing is dangerous always. It must have been worse for the guy that was standing there and we must have come close to hit him.”
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “It’s not ideal, but it happens. Obviously it’s not normal and I was surprised when it happened, but it is what is. We didn’t expect it to happen, we were expecting to race into the top ten, but something obviously happened.”
From @miezicat1 – Q: Can you remember a similar incident in your career? Kimi: “No, that was very strange. I was in the 3rd or 4th gear and never I would have expected such a reaction from the car. Something happened there. Now we have to find out what was there.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place. I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and end up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly. Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”
Kimi interview after crash:
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Fernando Alonso on the incident
From motorsport.com – Alonso: “He was sliding a lot out of Turn 2. I think there was a big difference between the soft and supersoft tyres. He started sliding, going left and right, left and right, and I was on the left and at one point he lost the car and I was there. It was a bit weird, because if someone hits you on a corner that can happen, but that the cars are sliding so much in fourth and fifth gear was a bit strange. This time it happened to him and I was in the wrong place. I saw I had a Ferrari below me in the mirrors, but I didn’t know where he was. I thought I was alone. I tried to get out as quickly as possible to see if he was okay. I saw him removing the steering wheel so I was relieved.
From crash.net – Alonso: “I’m OK. I just went to the medical centre because it is mandatory under certain G-force. We had 34Gs on the impact, I think. It was a very unfortunate accident. I started well today and made a lot of places in turn one and two, then Kimi was with the prime tyre so his exit had a lot of wheelspin and we were all overtaking him left and right, then he lost the car to the left and I was on the left. We went both on the wall and I was lucky not to hit him in the head, because looking at the replay I was braking but my wheels were in the air, so I was close with him. Luckily we are both fine. It was strange – wrong place, wrong time. A strange incident, he lost the car in fifth gear, very low grip.”
From espn.co.uk – Alonso: “Me and Kimi are both OK and that’s the important thing.”
Kimi’s onboard start from Canal+ tv:
Austrian GP 2015 – Start Onboard Räikkönen and Ricciardo https://t.co/AwudpMvvwc what’s that round thing Kimi puts on the car?
— Verena (@miezicat1) June 25, 2015
The crash onboard Kimi:
Amateur footage at trackside:
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) June 21, 2015
The problem with Kimi is a aggressive mapping that Ferrari uses in the first lap of the race and in the return to the track after the Pit
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