2009 Columns

Kimi’s Column: Abu Dhabi GP Review (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation Courtesy of Wolfie

Ciao Ferrari!

Three years with Ferrari came and went. It was a fabulous time.



My dream came true the first time when we won the championship. We
started well at the second time and were third in the final points.
About this time there is a little in my toothole because we would have
wanted to race for the championship but weren’t able to do so at any
point. At least there were a few races that made me happy.



I will have only good memories of the team and got some friends forever from there. Thank you to all of them. Ciao Ferrari!



The season and my job-time with the team ended in Abu Dhabi. It
wasn’t much of a race. We didn’t get anywhere on the technical track
with our car. And as a track it didn’t really fire me up at all. These
modern tracks don’t seem to be my thing. I dig a lot the old lanes.
There’s a good thing going on on those tracks. These new just don’t
offer the same feeling to really really race.



We already knew when going there that Yas Marina is going to be as
tricky to us as Singapore was. The more curves, the more our car loses
time. We were almost in Q3 in quali. 11th position was a good result.
We lost one place in the start and stayed there too.



The gang probably asks what we do next year. I think we can at some
point tell what we have decided. I can say that much that the
motivation hasn’t gone anywhere. Racing interests me as much as it did
when I was a kid. Racing is everything!



But now I’m going to keep a short vacation. The season was hard and
we knew it already before we started to race when we were so much
behind the lead. Fortunately we at least won in Spa. That is the
highlight of this season and the only thing that stays in my mind.



F1 is going through a tough change. The regulations will change
again. Let’s hope that in the future they will be the same for everyone
and in a way so that they can’t be understood as you want to.



I’m preparing for the next season like before. First I take in some
oxygen and then I’ll keep the touch alive. Let’s wait and see where we
drive. Thank you to all the fans and mates who have supported me. The fight
goes on!

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Kimi’s Column: Abu Dhabi GP Preview | F1 Driver Salary List For 2009

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation Courtesy of Wolfie

The Final Attack

It’s the final race and I have good feelings like always when the
season ends and the vacation begins. Dubai’s neighbour has done a good job here and when everything is as ready as ready can be this is going
to be a cool place to end the season in the future too.


I’ll attack in this race with the same mentality as always. The
point of departure is that I’ll get yet one good result just like it’s
always excpected from a professional.


I dig the new tracks and places even though they aren’t like Spa or
Monaco. I’ve never had any difficulties learning a new track fast and
it will happen now too as soon as I get my hands on the job.


We haven’t done anything with the car since Hungary. But it has fit
well on many tracks. In Brazil we were in a good speed and could have
made more difference to McLaren without the difficulties.


I doubt our car will be as strong in Abu Dhabi but I’ll put
everything in the game so that we could still squeeze past McLaren.
It’s going to be a tough battle when everybody else are so close to
each other.



Then we’ll see what kind of traction we will get on a new asphalt in the final games.


After the race I will go quickly home. I will leave behind me many
good friends at Ferrari and we have had a cool three years together.
Let’s now first drive through this weekend and say arrivederci after
that. After that I have to tune and decide what I’ll do next year.




From ArabianBusiness.com

A new survey of F1 salaries is topped by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who has collected a $45m pay cheque this year.

The survey was compiled by F1 expert Tom Rubython, author of the Ayrton Senna biography The Life of Senna.

Rubython
said: “There may be a global recession going on but being an F1 driver
means you earned a fortune last year. These figures are just basic
salaries, and don’t include sponsorship and other income, which can
often be three times that amount.”


In total, the 20 drivers who
will race this weekend have earned $126.8m – although if Ferrari’s
Felipe Massa is included (currently out injured), it brings the average
F1 salary for 2009 to $6.4m.


Despite the high salaries for the
star drivers, three of the top names are on no salary due to “rent a
drive” contracts – Kazuki Nakajima, Romain Grossjean and Vitantonio
Liuzzi


DRIVER SALARIES FOR 2009

1. Kimi Raikkonen $45m
2. Lewis Hamilton $18m
3. Fernando Alonso $15m
4. Nico Rosberg $8.5m
5. Jarno Trulli $6.5m
6. Sebastian Vettell $6m
7. Mark Webber $5.5m
8. Jenson Button $5m
9. Robert Kubica $4.5m
10. Heiki Kovaleinen $3.5m
11. Nick Heidfeld $2.8m
12. Timo Glock $2m
13. Giancarlo Fisichella $1.5m
14. Sebastien Buemi $1.5m
15. Rubens Barrichello $1m
16. Jaime Alguersuari $0.5m
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi $NIL
18. Adrian Sutil [Rent a driver]
19. Romain Grossjean $NIL
20. Kazuki Nakajima $NIL
* Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who is not racing due to injury, earned $8m in 2009.


Kimi’s Column: Brazil GP Review (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie | English Version @ Ferrari.com

Fiery Race

The Brazilian GP came and went. We had good chances of getting into the
top three but when it’s no, it’s no. It wasn’t something worth taking volts
about but at least we got some points home. It could have been worse.



The start was okay. It went like a pike from the shore and I felt that
I had a good thing going on. The race went like we expected. We were
3rd but in the start I had to try to get up because if you don’t try
you don’t get anything.



Oh well, with these snow pusher wings it’s tough if someone changes the
line in front of you. Webber knew that I came with KERS from behind and
he pulled in front of me. I went to the grass and I lost my front
wing. We didn’t get to attack after that.



The whole Finland-department went to the pitstop at the same time.
Heikki left first. I only noticed that he had the hose still attached
and that it sprayed gasolin all over the road. I think I got it in a
split second that it’s also coming over me and realised that it will
burst into flames when the temperatures are the same as in a cigarette
lighter.



I went to the left, took my hands off the steering wheel and for a
wavering second I was thinking whether I should jump out of the car or
not. But then the flames died at once, my eyes were burning but I
continued the race.



It felt like Räikkönen’s boy would have gone to a microwave oven
instead of to a pitstop. But when these additional shows were over I
had a heavy car and couldn’t do anything else put the foot on the pedal
and try to improve my position.



I got stuck behind Grosjean and got to drive my in my own pace only
after he went fuelling. It was enough for 6th position but without the
hassle in the start we would have been second or at least third.



Now there’s only one race left in the reds and after that it’s
arrivederci to them. I will fight to the end for the 3rd position in
WCC. McLaren got ahead of us by one point but these last races have
been so even that we still have chances to get past them.



Abu Dhabi is a great place and it’s sort of a Ferrari’s own park. We
will try our best so that we would get a good result as some sort of a
grande finale.


Kimi’s Column: Brazil GP Preview

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie

Once Again Full Gallop


The season is taking it’s last breaths and for us it’s race by race
more difficult to achieve anything. The gadgets have been what they
have been for the last months and you just have to try and fight for
the best possible performance to the team with them.


In Suzuka everything went well and we came in 4th. Let’s hope that
there would be good points to take from Brazil even though the gadgets
aren’t galloping the way they should.


Interlagos is kind of a bumpy and dirty circuit. It’s a totally
shabby place but for me it’s totally number one when we won the
championship there the way we did. It’s always cool to go there.
Ferrari has always been fast there.


The track requires downforce and a stable car when braking. An
important place is the rise uphill to the finish line. KERS will be a
big advantage there for sure.


We can’t do anything else than try to grab the third place in WCC.
The goal is that we can keep the serie bundled up until the last race.


Soon I’ll be 30 using Reetu’s words. I haven’t got the time to
party during the weekend. If I’m really optimistic, it would be great
to first get a qualifying from where I could fight for the prizes in the
race. Although it would mean that some opponents don’t get everything
in place.


As for my continuance everything is still open. I haven’t made any
decisions. I’m looking at the situation and watching how things
proceed. I would have the eagerness to go flat out but the gadgets just
have to be in such a stitch that you can go flat out and have a chance
to win.


I think we’ll get some information out in a few weeks.


Kimi’s Column: Japan GP Review

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie

Different League in Suzuka

Our result in Japan was okay – if you like 4th positions. I don’t think
our car would have gone any faster but it’s just that I dig winning so
much that I just don’t have the energy to be really enthusiastic about
other positions.


After Singapore we at least got to play in a different league.
Suzuka is a place where it’s always cool to race. When the car hasn’t
been developed in ages you don’t just all of a sudden drive for victory
but it’s good that you’re at least able to fight for good points.


After quali we thought about what rubbers to wear in the start. We
took the hard tyres because we weren’t sure about the soft ones.
That’s why the start was kind of sticky and I got so much behind the
lead in the first stint.


After the stop the soft rubber worked well. Then it was good to
drive. We just put our head down and caught Heidfeld. When the BMW’s
rear started to show we knew that we will get the 4th place.


Our pitcrew worked fantastically. It was a 10 points stop and
that’s why we were 4th. And that was all we could achieve. The rest of
the race we just drove to keep us warm.


We caught Hamilton with the safety car but didn’t have any chances against his
speed on the straight. I went to take a peek one time but that was it.
When you can’t even drive behind you can’t for sure get by him.


As a track Suzuka is one of those good old places where the demands
are always in the right places. You can’t screw up there. Otherwise you
are immediately painfully out. That’s how it should be too, you pay for
your mistakes. On new tracks it’s just a small slap on the wrist when
you can always come back.



In Suzuka you stay in the wall.


I will never get used to the enormous fan-thing in Japan and China.
They stand there in the bushes staring with their eyes out of their for
hours and suddenly when you walk by they jump at you with a big bunch.
It’s totally fanatic. Luckily I came in 4th so that the fans could get
some good feelings for that.



Now we go to Brazil via home.



Coulthard: "It’d be a loss if Kimi left F1"

From TelegraphIndia.com

…As for Kimi Raikkonen, who was left with
no contract at the end of 2009 after Ferrari roped in Fernando Alonso
in his place, Coulthard said McLaren would be the right place for the
Finn.

“It would be a loss if Kimi moves out of
F1 to rallying. He is a character, even though he is quiet,” Coulthard
said on the 2007 World Champion.

“Kimi is an introvert. He is a great,
great driver but he is not going to go and motivate a set of 600
employees… McLaren would be the best place for him because he is quick
but not commercially. Lewis (Hamilton) is there for that, and I want to
see Lewis against Kimi.”


What Kimi has to say… ( video & Kimi’s Column – Japan GP Preview)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie

New Rebellions


I have three races left with Ferrari. There wasn’t anything left to
tell the grandchildren about Singapore. It was a real lame weekend. We
couldn’t get anywhere. The last 10 laps with soft tyres was something
that gave you at least a feeling of driving.


McLaren went fast and caught up on us in the WCC. It’s going to be
difficult to keep them behind but we will do our best. Fortunately
Suzuka has less corners. Here we should be a little better at least. We
need points. That’s our goal.


We did some jobs in Tokyo. Water was pouring from the whole sky and
a wet weather would suit us this weekend too. Somehow the differences
between the cars in the wet aren’t that big.


It doesn’t help at all but four years ago I got a sweet victory in
Suzuka when I started from the back rows and got into the lead during
the last lap with Mercedes. Suzuka is a cool place to race but it also
requires a car that is strong in these corners.


We have had our new parts for a few months whereas the others are
still improving their packages. We saw that in Singapore when it got
tough to get ahead in the quali. Hopefully we will now get into Q3 but
then everything has to fall in place on Saturday.


We go with these. We put everything in the game. Hopefully I have a
better feeling in Friday practice than I had in Singapore. There we
knew immediately that it’s going to be a bad place for us.



From Autosport.com

The former world champion, who joined Ferrari in 2007 and went on to
win the title, will be replaced by Fernando Alonso from next year,
despite having a contract that run out at the end of 2010. Although Raikkonen has been linked with a return to McLaren, the
Finn admitted he is still thinking about whether he wants to race on in
F1 or not.

"So far I have not talked too much about what I will do next, as I
still have time to make my decision and I will let you know when I
have," Raikkonen said ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

"For the moment, I haven’t decided what I want to do next, whether I
want to continue racing or not. I had a contract for next year, but now
I don’t, so that changes things. So maybe I race, maybe I do not."

He said switching to the World Rally Championship was a possibility.

"Yes, there’s a chance to do that, but there’s as much of a chance
that I continue in Formula 1. I will decide before the start of next
year for sure! If I do decide to stay in Formula 1, I wouldn’t go to
any of the small teams, where I would not have the chance to fight for
the championship.

"If I race next year, that would be my goal, otherwise there is no
reason to be in Formula 1. I achieved what I wanted, but if I race,
then of course, I want to win more races and championship titles."

Raikkonen said there were many factors for his decision to agree to
terminate his contract early, and insisted he was pleased with his call.

"There are many reasons why this has happened," said the Finn ahead
of the Japanese GP. "In F1, even if you have a contract, there can
always be different options in life. There is not just one reason why
this happened and we all reached the same decision.

"I’m still happy with what I have done in making this decision and I
think I will still have a good future. Usually when you make a
contract, you stick with it to the end, but there were reasons why it
did not work out, but I’m okay with how things have turned out."

"I have nothing bad to say about them as we always had a
good relationship. I don’t think anyone expected Ferrari to have this
sort of season, which turned out to be so difficult. But this can
happen in F1 sometimes, when you don’t deliver a car capable of always
being at the front, but this is just one year and we will wait and see
what happens next.

"I would not have done anything different: of course I would like to
win more races, but in terms of decisions about my life, I would not do
anything differently to the way I have done it. I am happy with what I
have achieved, even if whenever you look back, you think you might have
done things differently, but that’s easy to say when you look back.

"But in terms of contracts and so on, I would not do anything
different. With Ferrari, I have achieved what I set out to do in
winning the title.

"We had good times and sometimes more difficult times, but that’s
part of this business and you just have to get through those moments.
We won many championships, one for me, two for the team and I have
happy memories."


Q & A with Kimi
From Formula1.com

Q: Kimi, you had good times at Ferrari, won a championship and now it’s all over. How do you feel about that?
Kimi Raikkonen:
Well,
let’s face it, in the end I have achieved what I wanted – I’ve won a
championship. I’ve worked with them for the last three years and now
things have changed. It’s not the first time that it has happened in
Formula One and surely won’t be the last time. That’s all I want to say.

Q: But how did Ferrari convince you to end the relationship. You had a contract for 2010 with them?
KR:
There
are many reasons. You should ask them. But in Formula One, even if you
have a contract, there is always a lot of money involved, so there can
always be different options in life. That’s obviously what happened.
Sure, there is not only one reason for what has happened, that’s why
everybody decided to end up in this position.

Q: You had a
contract for next year and have done your best over the last three
year, winning one championship. Do you feel you’ve been unfairly
treated?
KR:
I’m still happy with what I’ve done and I think I
will have a good future. Sure, if you sign a contract you finish it,
but obviously it didn’t work out. Overall I’m okay with it.

Q: How long ago did you know you won’t race for Ferrari in 2010?
KR:
For quite a while now.

Q: Are you okay with the solution you’ve found?
KR:
Yeah.

Q:
There are a number of options open to you for the future. One of them
is returning to McLaren. Could you imagine going back? Would you enjoy
it there again?
KR:
I have nothing bad to say about them as we
always had a good relationship, and of course it’s a chance. But
honestly I haven’t thought too much about these things, but in time I
will make my decision. I will let you know!

Q: Are you a bit frustrated with Ferrari this season?
KR:
I
don’t think anyone expected Ferrari to have this kind of season, which
turned out to be so difficult. But this can happen in Formula One
sometimes, when you don’t deliver a car capable of getting us to the
front, but this is just one year and we will wait and see what happens
next.

Q: Renault said that they will make their announcement next week. Could they be an option and have you talked to them?
KR:
No, not with them.

Q: If you could do it all over again would you do anything differently?
KR:
Would
I have made different decisions? No. I am happy about what I have done,
but sure if you look back in hindsight you probably would have done
different things. But that’s easy to say afterwards. Regarding my
contracts, no I would not have changed anything.

Q: What did you give to Ferrari and what did Ferrari give to you in the last three years?
KR:
I’ve
achieved with them what I always wanted to achieve. We had good times,
of course, but we also had difficult times. But that’s part of the
whole business. Sometimes you have good moments and sometimes you just
have to grit your teeth and carry on. Overall I have happy memories of
my time with the team. I have won a championship and the team has won
two. That is something that nobody can take away.

Q: You
have seemed to have had ups and downs. Did you always give 100 percent
or have there been moments where you lacked motivation?
KR:
No,
there has never been a lack of motivation. All the stories came from
the media – basically you guys. I never had any motivation problems.
Sure if you have good results life tends to be easier, but then these
things happen.

Q: Many times before you’ve said that
Ferrari will be your last team. Have you changed your mind or were you
forced to change your mind?
KR:
Like I said, there have been
many options around and what happened now is just one of them. I think
in the end I am happy with what happened, otherwise I would not have
done the deal with them. For the moment I have not decided if I want to
continue racing, or what I want to do. Before I had a contract for
2010, now not anymore. That changes things. Maybe I’ll race, maybe I
won’t.

Q: What are the chances of you going rallying now?
KR:
There
is chance, but there is also chance of racing in Formula One. For sure
I will decide before the start of the next season what I am going to
do.

Q: Did you ask Ferrari why Fernando and not me, or why Felipe Massa and not me? Did you get a satisfying answer?
KR:
I
know more or less the reasons and it has nothing to do with my racing
or anything I’m doing in the team. It’s just purely another reason.

Q: How much has your departure to do with the arrival of Santander?
KR:
For that you’ll have to ask the team.

Q: Wherever destiny takes you, do you hope to fight with Fernando for another world title?
KR:
If
I decide to go with a team next year, I am surely not going with any of
the small teams, as that will never give me the chance to fight for the
championship. And if I’m not able to fight for the championship, there
will be no reason for me to be in Formula One.

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Kimi’s Column: Singapore GP Preview (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie| English Version From Ferrari.com

Tongue in The Middle of The Railings

Okay, another street race ahead. Ever since Monaco races like these
have been good for us. And there is no reason why we couldn’t
succeed in Singapore the same way.


That’s it again. Going with the tongue in the middle of the
railings as fast as we can. Our car has had a good balance all summer
and even if it ain’t the fastest we can still get a pretty good result
on tracks like these if we get everything in place.


Of the upcoming races Singapore will suit our car the best. But of
course I can’t say anything beforehand. The practice starts on Friday
and then we’ll see if our car fits the place and what positions we can
go for. We have been on the podium everytime these last races and it’s
a sure thing that we aim for that again.



Singapore is a cool place. They have good chow, good track and driving in the evening is cool when you are completely awake.


The street circuits are always dirty and slippery. It suits us
Northern boys because we like driving in a small slide. But last year’s
race went poorly when there was first the hassle with the fuelling and
then one corner went wide and the car got stuck in the wall.


We have a tough competition with McLaren for the 3rd place in the
WCC. One just has to hope that both our cars score points. Otherwise we
won’t stay ahead. The others are developing the cars all the time and
we have the same car we have had the last races.


In Monaco we came in 3rd and in Valencia 2nd. After Spa I said that
hopefully we will win another race too this year. It isn’t easy but
Singapore could be a place where a lot happens and if you are in the
right place at the right time you can get a good result.


The most difficult thing will be to overtake. KERS helps us but not
as much as somewhere like Spa or Monza. We just have to get a good
quali again. Then we see what we can accomplish in the race.


There’s been too much hustle about the night race. It isn’t a
dark place. You get the same vibes to race there as you get anywhere
else too.



One thing is for sure, we will fight every race up until the end.


Kimi’s Column: Italian GP Review (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie| English version at Ferrari.com

Points Only After The Chequered Flag

It required a long job from the team so that we got our car into a good balance. Now it has been cool to drive it. As a reward we have now got five good races as foundation. It isn’t the fastest of all but you can drive into good positions with it. That’s what counts most.

Okay, of course we got to the podium by a little luck in Monza but that’s how it goes, even the small kids are taught that first you have to finish. The points will be given out only after the chequered flag.

A racing driver always drives for a victory. I can understand how Hamilton must have felt when he couldn’t stay on the track but these things just happen in these circles, sometimes to one, sometimes to another one. We finished and came in third. That was an important thing for the team’s WCC.

I had really good feelings after Monza and it was great to drive home from there. It’s good to continue to the next races from here.

In Monza almost everything fell in place. In quali we got one of the best laps this season and the start from the line hit well but then because of Hamilton I had to ease a bit. Fortunately we got past Sutil and it really decided that it was us on the podium.

It’s a weird team to look at from the mirrors all the time. I was looking at them in Spa and I was looking at them in Monza, having Force India right in my back. But it’s better to see it from the mirror than to see it from behind.

With a hard work Sutil was under control until the end.

The best feelings were at the podium. I can’t even describe it in words when I saw how fired up the Ferrari-fans were. The are really fanatic fans and they can appreciate it when we were able to give our best in that race.

The battle continues in Singapore. I can’t promise you anything from there because you only see in the practice how our car fits there. But neither Monaco or Valencia was the end of the world to us. The car seems to fit street circuits and let’s hope that the same continues in Singapore.

A couple of the last races have been on my shoulder so that we get points. We are fighting for the 3rd place in the WCC and let’s hope that Fisichella can also drive for points. It’s going to get tough when the others are still developing their car while we have the same car you’ve seen in the last races also.


Kimi’s Column: Italian GP Preview (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie| English Version From Ferrari.com

Important Rebellions

What should one say at this stage? There’s not three without the
fourth. Those are my feelings now since the last races have gone so
well.



We continue in a good mood from Spa to Monza. It’s a home race and it’s
a really important rebellion for the whole team. It’s the first time we
go there so that I have a real genuine Italian team mate. It’s going to
be cool to see what kind of feelings that brings to the stands.



These are the greatest races in the season. It’s always fantastic to
race in Spa and then right after that in Monza. These are tracks from
good old times filled with tradition and they always provide totally
unique feelings. After Monza it’s once again goodbye Europe when the
rest of the races are raced far away from here.



We won in Spa and fulfilled the goal that we get at least one 1st
place. The last races have gone so well that we will do our everything
so that the same march continues up until the end of the season. We
haven’t raced for the championship for a long time but we try to keep
the team’s 3rd place under our control.



Fisichella will be in the other car and I’ve always had a good
relationship with him in the paddock. Let’s hope that we both score
points the same way we did in Spa.



I have never won in Italy even though I’ve digged racing in Monza -
especially in Ferrari. There those red flags and caps sway in the
absolutely most greatest way. It would be cool to win this race but for
some reason it has never really fallen into place even though I’ve come
close.



It’s going to be tricky for our car to drive in the lead. There ain’t
no development blocks coming although every car has the smallest wings
on this fastest track. We are going to invest everything so that we
could be seen on the podium again.



The qualification is always important and in Monza the only good place
is the front row. KERS will probably help the same way it has helped
the last weekends but a lot depends upon how the car will take the high
edges on the race track.



We didn’t get to test this year for Monza either so there’s a lot of
setup-work to be done on Friday. After that we’ll see what our chances
are.



All cars are so close that the smallest difference makes a big deal. We
have most points from the last races so in that way we’ve done well.



If there’s one song that I would like to hear soon again it would be Maamme-song (the Finnish anthem).



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Fisichella joins Ferrari – "…Kimi is a great guy, a real world champion. It will be great racing with him."

Montezemolo - "As far as Ferrari is concerned, this will be a
Grand Prix, which is traditionally not very good to us, but we will
give it everything for a good result. I am happy that I’ve chosen an
Italian driver, Fisichella, to race here and also Raikkonen is in great
form. I’ll be back here tomorrow to talk about a new partnership, but
that doesn’t mean anything in terms of choices for the near future: I
want to say it again, that the drivers are chosen by Ferrari and not by
the sponsors.
"


Kimi’s Column: Belgium GP Review (Finnish)

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie | English Version @ Ferrari.com

Back To Business

Spa is once again the race I will remember from this season. It just is a place that always seems to be good to me. In Germany again everything always bombs.

When you go to Spa’s track you know that you can do well there although you wouldn’t get to the front row.

The track is a place where you can have good duels and if you have a good day you can overtake without taking that many risks.

Now the weekend fell totally in place. In quali there was a moment when I felt that it will get tough to get forward from Q2. The lap was good but when the car isn’t the fastest and the times are so close you don’t get to the top. We got along and when we got the 6th position I felt on Saturday evening that we have great chances to fight for the victory again.

It always needs a good start and after that a good first lap. Barrichello stopped right in front of me and it didn’t ease the situation at all. Luckily the start went well otherwise. I had to take a long turn from the outside of the track but I didnt’ still lose any positions.

It wasn’t the fastest route though. Otherwise I would have taken the turn every lap.

I was well behind Kubica. In Eau Rouge I got side by side with him and KERS helped me overtake him. When I stayed on the track I also stayed ahead of the others holding the 2nd position.

After safety car situation we knew that I had to immediately overtake Fisichella if I was going to win. It got slippery when I was a little too close to him. The overtake succeeded although it was tough. Luckily we didn’t hit and when I was in the 1st position we knew that the biggest job was done.

We had the same strategy and that’s why we didn’t have to worry although Fisichella’s car was faster. There was only one place where he could have tried and we played with KERS so that he never got close enough.

The victory felt really sweet when it has been such a long time since the last one. It’s great that we got trophies and everybody was satisfied. Our pace is the same and even though someone might think something else, the hair stays on my head.

So far Spa offered the best feelings this year. Hopefully we get something more from the rest of the season. Our goal is to keep the 3rd place in WCC. Fisichella will now be in the second car.

We need points in the WCC-serie from both cars so hopefully Fisichella can bring them to the team.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png Yeah Kimi! YEAH! Nothing else to add really. The man is great. I was patiently waiting for Kimi’s Finnish version of the column but it hasn’t been published on his website yet! (Finnish column now updated after this post.) Hopefully it’ll be released soon. He’s too busy having a drink with his family and friends obviously. You deserve it, Kimi! I’m very happy that he achieved his target of winning atleast one race this season, because the car hasn’t really been capable of challenging the front this season. It also reminds me of the global toast we Kimi fans made in March, and we cheered to victory and we got it at Spa! Let’s see what the Kimi and the KERS can do at Monza, I’m up for a podium again.

P.S Yes everyone, the KRS 2009 Belgian GP Highlights is on it’s way here today! It’s going to be the greatest video of the year. See you soon!


Video: Kimi’s Column – Valencia Review & Belgian GP Preview

   

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie | English version from Ferrari.com

We will fight for the trophy

Six revolts left. The pace in the last races has been good but there’s
still empty spaces left in my trophy shelf at home. I could easily
squeeze in a couple more.



We found a good marching pace in Hungary and Valencia and thanks to that we are still in the games.



I have to say that last weekend turned out perfectly. I felt
immediately in the practice during the longer stints that we have a
good racing car. All we needed was a decent qualification and a strong
start so that we could fight instead of just bumping along in the pack.



During the middle stint the team told me lap by lap Heikki’s times so
that we could challenge them and pass them in stops. We went 110 % and
in the final games it wasn’t difficult to keep the 3rd position.



The car is the same we have had all summer. It won’t be developed
anymore when investments are put in next year’s car development. It
will get more difficult race by race. But I will give my best every
time with whatever the lunch in the basket is.



Of course we want to win and only win but you can’t be disappointed in
the podiums from the latest races. We achieved possible maximum result
with the car.



Now we go to Spa. It’s always a cool place and it’s always great to go
back there. It’s a legendary racing track that always has been raced on
and hopefully also will be raced on for a long time.



It ain’t gonna be easy for us because the fast corners don’t suit our
car the way slower corners in Hungary and Valencia do. But with a 10
point performance we have possibilities to fight for the podium. It’s
gonna be a tough twist when Red Bull, McLaren and Brawn will be going
real fast there.



Let’s hope that our good phase continues. The goal is to fight for the
3rd position in the WCC but it’s not really realistic if only one car
scores points.



Last year I fought for the victory in Spa. Back then I had nothing to
lose. It was either victory or destruction and when I went into the
wall it became destruction.



Let’s try again. The qualifying is important but luckily KERS helps in Spa too.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png This weekend will be the highlight of the year, as we all expect Kimi to return to Spa as the King. However, the F60 is lacking the speed and pace which is why we’ve seen Kimi do a better job on the street circuits. In 2004, Kimi was having a very difficult and frustrating season in the McLaren MP4/19, but it was at the Belgium GP where he fought against the odds, against the Ferraris and Williams, and won his first race since Malaysia 2003. So, maybe this year we will have a similar story to remember. Keep flying!


Note
    The KRS Valencia GP Highlight Video is put on hold till after the Belgian GP, as I have had some serious issues with my computer at home and so I wasn’t able to make the video. I’m sorry! But, when things are back to normal I shall be making a special highlight video edition which will include both the Valencia and Belgium races as they are back-to-back races. So let’s hope we’ll see Kimi on the podium again this weekend.


Kimi’s Column: Valencia GP Preview | Luca Badoer

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie | English Version @ Ferrari.com

The Energy Is On

We got a good result in Hungary. There it was Ferrari vs McLaren but
like before, don’t expect that we will do it again in the next race in
Valencia. Okay, Valencia is a street track but it’s nature is
completely different from Hungary’s. Completely.



Last time we didn’t finish the race. We had different sorts of problems and then the engine went off.


Let’s hope that this time everything will go as planned and we get
on the podium again. It is a realistic goal and it would be great if we
got a continuation of the result in Hungary.


The qualification in Valencia is damn important because there you really can’t overtake anyone. One thing is
sure, we will put everything into the game so that we could get a good
starting position. Those who will start from the clean side of the
track will have a big advantage. This is once again a circuit that
isn’t used more than once a year and that’s why the difference between
the sides of the track is so big.


Valencia is a track where you have to drive really precisely. The
smallest screw-up will cost you horribly time. It’s also
insanely hot and humid although you don’t notice it while driving.


So far the street tracks and slower places have suited our car
well. If it weren’t for the hit in the wall in Melbourne I would have
come in 2nd. In Monaco I was 3rd and in Hungary 2nd. Valencia is the
fastest place of these four but if I would hit it in the quali then I
could fight even in the top.


The vacation came and went. I used the first week for rally. It was
a cool experience and I enjoyed it a lot even though I didn’t finish
the race. A lot of people and the feelings were high. After that I
relaxed for a moment and started to prepare for the end season’s
trials.


Felipe Massa is recovering at home and Luca Badoer will replace
him. Luca has drove tests for Ferrari for a long time and deserves this
opportunity to race in Ferrari without a doubt. I wish nothing more
than success and fighting spirit for Luca.


The end games start from here and after being 3rd and 2nd I wait
for sure that I would even win some race.The most important thing for
us is that we keep the team in 3rd place in the WCC. That’s challenge
enough. Let’s see what we get done.



Luca Badoer: "I have an excellent relationship with Kimi"
From
Ferrari.com


These are very special days for Luca Badoer just before his debut on
the race track as official driver of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
Luca spent two days at Maranello, where he was finally able to prepare
with the team for the European GP. Until last Sunday evening the
Scuderia department was closed for holiday, due to an agreement with
the other teams and the work has been taken up on Monday morning. Luca
has many things to do and his ride in the F60 for a video and photo
shooting for the Suceria’s partners at the Fiorano race track almost
became secondary.



"These 200 kilometres were absolutely insignificant from a technical
point of view, but they allowed me to get to know the car again,”
Badoer said before leaving for his hometown Montebelluna. "I have a
good impression and it’s obvious that there’s a difficult task waiting
for me at Valencia: the first race will help me to get back into the
rhythm of a Formula 1 weekend. I haven’t set myself any goals, just to
end the race.”



Luca can count on the special support from Michael Schumacher at
Valencia. “I’m glad that Michael will be with the team, I’m sure he can
give me some important tips,” Luca said. “Over the last days we’ve
spoken very often and we even trained together when he was still trying
to get ready to race. I was really sad, because I know how much he
would have liked it. Although I am now able to make my dream come true,
I am his friend, his admirer and his fan.”



In Valencia Luca will meet another old friend of his: Kimi Raikkonen.
“We’ve got an excellent relationship and I’m sure that we’ll work very
well together as teammates. He’s got his character, but that’s nothing
new; I feel very good when we’re together.”



As far as Montebelluna, his hometown is concerned, Luca said: “They
celebrated for two days after Ferrari had announced that I will race
instead of Felipe. I was very happy and I also want to thank all the
fans for their support.”


Kimi’s Column: Hungary GP Review

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie

First of all, it’s great to hear good news from
the hospital in Budapest. Felipe is getting better quickly and let’s
wish him zemi for his recovery period. Felipe is in good hands. Let’s
hope that he gets back to drive soon.



It was a mean accident, something that could have happened to anyone
and it was a very difficult weekend for the whole team. At first we
didn’t even know what caused it. It still has to be accepted that in
this business you have a high speed and that’s why you also have high
risks. It’s part of this sport and when you go to the lane yourself you
just have to forget about it.



In the final games the 2nd position was a good result and the team got
something a bit more positive to think about. We went forward again.
For me it was the 5th trophy from Hungary. Sometimes some tracks just
are great and some aren’t – like those German places are for me.



In the race the car felt good. The balance was ok and I could go flat
out with both rubbers. The warm weather suits our car. Our ride took us
to the podium as we expected too but it wasn’t enough so that we could
challenge for the victory.



After Hungary the break starts but the season is still long and it has
it’s share of challenges when we try to keep the 3rd position in the
manufacturer’s serie which we reached on Sunday. We will try and take
more trophies in the autumn too but it’s tricky when everybody develops
their cars.



The goal is to win one race. You never know beforehand what kind of circumstances there will be in each race.



Now I have totally different things than F1 on my mind. I’m about to
make a long dream come true. I will drive WRC-rally and with a really
good feeling with a big support in my homeland.



It’s cool to get to enjoy Finland’s legendary rally paths. I will enjoy
and take everything possible out of it. I have no other goal than to
finish the rally on Sunday. This is a totally different thing than F1
when the road keeps on changing all the time and when you drive against
time.



After the rally my real vacation begins. I’m going to enjoy Finland’s
summer with family and friends. Barbeque and sport. After that it is
back to business again!


Kimi’s Column: Hungary GP Preview

From Ferrari.com | Original Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie | Video: Watch Kimi’s Hungary preview


They say about Hungary that it’s the same kind of racing place as
Monaco is. Those curves are in both places very tight but at least
Hungary forgives small screw-ups while in Monaco it’s
immediately game over.


We had our hands on the prizes in Monaco and for sure we have the
same goal this weekend in Hungary too. I’ve got good feelings that our
car has better possibilities in Hungary than it has had in a few other
races.


I could have won in Monaco too if the qualifying would have fallen
exactly into place. It didn’t so I had to take the 3rd place. In
Hungary it’s the same thing, there you also have to qualify high.
Otherwise the race becomes a boring and sweaty afternoon.


It’s usually hot there, but it’s not difficult when you are in a
good condition. I at least want to make it there big time and my will
is strong.


We think that a slower and hotter track should suit Ferrari better
than the fast and cool scenes. In Monaco we had the second fastest car
but after that other teams have also brought their latest updates to
the rings. Let’s wait for Friday and the 1st practice to see where
everyone is.


This season we have wondered what it really is with the rubbers
since their behaviour change so much during the weekend. In Hungary we
don’t at least don’t have to suffer from them not warming up enough.
But hopefully we get everything to fall in place so they would function
fast since the action window is still so narrow.


The first half of this season is now behind. It was really
difficult. The team has made fiercly work so we could catch the top but
all the time it’s such a big hurry with the new parts. The rest of the
season’s results depend a lot on what the team decides about their
focus on the development stuff.


After Hungary the vacation begins. It’s always cool but now my
first week is different when I go to Jyskälä to drive rally. It’s
totally my own thing and I enjoy it in a different way when you’re not
really at work. After the rally I will take it easy for a couple of
days and after that start the harder training so that I’ll be in a good
stitch in autumn.


Kimi’s Column: German GP Review

From Ferrari.com

The curse that seems to follow me in Germany struck again. I finished
both races, at the Hockenheim and at the Nürburgring, only a few times.
The points I could have gained would have made a difference in the
championship’s outcome. On Sunday we had the chance for a good result,
but I left empty handed: obviously I’m not lucky racing there.


The F60 had some updates and the set up was pretty much ok, but
we’re still paying a high price in terms of downforce as you could see
in some sectors of the track. The qualifying was really difficult,
because the grip was constantly changing, although the conditions were
the same for everybody out there: in Q1 and Q2 it was really important
to find the right moment to go onto the track, while in Q3, on the dry
track, we decided to put lots of petrol in the car, because we didn’t
have the possibility to be on one of the front rows.

At the beginning
of the race I was right behind Felipe and we both had the possibility
to gain a good position. At a certain point, and we still don’t know
exactly when, debris got stuck in the radiator and perforated it. On
lap 14 I was asked by the pitwall to lower the revs and then, after the
pit stop, I started losing performance right until the moment I had to
stop. On lap 29 I collided with Sutil: he came out of the box while I
was on my line; he tried to defend his position on the inside. The cars
collided and he lost a bit of his front wing, while the side of mine
was slightly damaged.


With these wide wings it’s quite easy to collide and break them. I
went with Adrian to meet the stewards and we thought that it was a
normal race accident, as indeed did the stewards.


The next race is in Hungary. Traditionally this is some sort of a
home race for us Finns, because there are so many fellow countrymen on
the grandstands. I’ll show up with a new rear wing, which worked really
well on Felipe’s car and there’s the possibility that we’ll have
further modifications. The F60 should run pretty well at the
Hungaroring with its many slow corners; furthermore the temperatures
should be slightly higher than at the weekend in Germany: it would be
great to gain another podium.


Kimi’s Column: German GP Preview

From Ferrari.com | KimiRaikkonen.com – Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie

Well there isn’t much to tell the grandchildren
about my races in Germany. Although something’s gone more or less wrong
everytime it doesn’t mean that I don’t dig these tracks – especially
Nürburgring.

It should never be down to luck but in some weird way it feels like luck never travels with me there.

The last time two years ago with Ferrari we got pole but then in the
start water started coming and things got complicated. In the final
game we would have got a good result with our strategy but even then
something broke in my car.

My hands are now crossed up to the elbows that this time everything falls in place and we would get a good result.

The team has been grinding away for two weeks again and we should have
new blocks in the car to give us more speed. In Silverstone we didn’t
quite hit the right spot with our improvements. Let’s hope that we are
now more competitive.

At least the track should suit our car better than Silverstone did.
Still it doesn’t change the fact that a good car in Nürburgring means
a lot if you want to make it there. On Friday we will get an impression
of our chances. Won’t promise anything beforehand.

Of course the podium would be a positive thing and a signal that we
have caught up with the others. I mean we haven’t got anything more
than one prize from the whole season. You have to be a realist. The
goal is to do our best every time. Nine races left, I’m sure a lot
still happens and I have a strong belief that we are making progress
all the time.

The break did me good. It was cool to enjoy Finland’s summer. I played
tennis and spent time at my wife’s brothers birthday. And I decided to
participate in Jyväskylä’s rally. We already drove a test on gravel and
try to drive some more until we start making notes.

I’m grateful to Ferrari when the permission to drive this rally came.
When the team has no tests it’s cool when you have time to do something
else. Rally is only fun for me. For sure I’ll be going fast there too.


Kimi’s Column: British GP Review

From Ferrari.com

We had some pretty interesting improvements on
the F60 at Silverstone, such as an improved front suspension and a new
front wing. On such a fast track it was important to understand how
much downforce we could have: we can say for sure that the car wasn’t
bad in terms of the set up, but we’re still missing downforce to be
able to compete with the leaders. Having said that, the developments go
in the right direction.


The qualifying seemed very promising. I was very happy with my lap
in Q2, but then, when I had refueled the car didn’t go as good anymore.
Starting from the fifth row my goal was to gain some points. This time
I had a good start: the main straight is quite long, but it wasn’t
enough to pass Nakajima. I came on the grass and then I was on fifth
position, impossible to gain more, because my first stint was too
short. I couldn’t overtake: in the fast corners at Silverstone it’s
very difficult to stay behind the car in front of you, especially when
you have less fuel on board than the first ten cars on the grid.

So I
had a difficult race. In the end I gained one point. Better than
nothing, but still a poor result. We are on position four in the
Constructors’ Championship and I think that this is our current value.
We’re out there fighting for third position, but the two teams on the
top are still ahead of us in terms of performance.


After Silverstone we have two whole weeks to get ready as good as
possible for the last two races before the summer break. The first of
these two races is at the Nuerburgring. We’ll get there with some
improvements. It’s a track with more slow corners and more braking
points than the English circuit. We have to be more competitive, but it
will also depend from the improvements the others can make. As usual.


I want to congratulate Sebastian for his great race. If the Brawns
had some problems we could benefit: the next circuit is very different
from Silverstone. We’ll see how things go before we make any
conclusions.
 


Kimi’s Column: British GP Preview

From Ferrari.com

There’s always lots of wind at Silverstone and it often rains, even
in the summer. The track conditions are changing extremely quickly so
that it’s difficult to find the right set up for the car. Usually, when
you’re leading in the Championship, you hope for stable weather
conditions, but this year it’s different and we try to consider this
variable part of the fun of racing in England.


For the first time we’re
racing at Silverstone without any prior test sessions. The Team
prepared some new solutions, which we will test on Friday morning: as
never before this year it’s fundamental to exploit the three free
practice sessions as much as possible. At Silverstone the performance
in the fast corners is very important, where you need a high aero
downforce. We hope that the new solutions will help us to improve in an
area, which brought us into difficulties in Turkey.


As I’ve said
several times before we need to be patient: we’re improving thanks to
the hard development work, but we’re still not able to fight for a win
against the Brawns. I’m extremely confident and I’m convinced that
after another couple of races we’ll have closed the gap between the
leaders and us. I know that this is what our fans want from us and
we’re giving it our all to succeed.

It will be a difficult British GP: a place on the podium would be a
great result. Form me this is a really significant track. This was
almost the starting point of my international career in the minor
Formula series and I always loved to race here. That’s why it’s a bit
sad that this should be the last edition of the race, but I have to
admit that I also really like Donington: I’ve won there too already.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png I’m confident of a good result in Silverstone this year – Ferrari have been working hard as Kimi has said, but they’ve got some significant updates and improvements which should give a better chance for a podium than in Turkey. I wish I was going this weekend to see Kimi one last time at the Silverstone circuit but I’ll always treasure the memories from the 2007 race weekend where he beat the McLarens from 3rd place on the grid and won in great style. Keep Flying Kimi!


Kimi’s Column: Turkish GP Review

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie

Oh well, Turkey wasn’t the kind of place we
expected it to be. We already said that we can’t change the situation
in a flash into something. You just have to be patient. We did well in
Monaco even though we didn’t exactly have the best car but in Turkey we
couldn’t keep up with the lead in the same way.

I guess it kind of came from behind the bushes, us losing the speed at
the racing day. After the practice we still believed that we will be
ahead of Williams and Toyota in the race rhythm but still we got screwed up by them on Sunday.

There ain’t much to tell about this guy’s race. I almost didn’t get
going from the slippery side of the track in the start and lost
immediately my place there. Then I went a bit wide in the 9th corner
and when I tried to patch up things I hit Alonso’s back tyre and lost a
piece of my front wing. My downforce went weaker and it hurt in those
fast curves on that track.

The front wing was replaced during the first stop but it was already
too late to try anything. I already lost the point positions during the
first lap. The rest was just cosmetic.

If you want to look for something good then we were fast in the slow
places just like in Monaco. We just have to work more so that we would
find speed into the fast places too.

I arrived at the chequered flag in position 9. If I wouldn’t have bumped I would have got a couple of points easily.

Even though the result does not show it the car felt once again better.
I just didn’t get what I was looking for. We get new pieces to the next
races too and the team is working their asses off so that we could also
get better results.

My eyes are now focused on Silvestone. I have a long mutual history
with that track. I’ve raced there a lot and it’s always cool to go
there again. Ferrari’s car has usually been great there.

Let’s just hope that we get a whole and good weekend – just to salute midsummer.


Kimi’s Column: Turkish GP Preview

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Finnish translation courtesy of Wolfie


Ferrari have been fast in Turkey the last three times. This year Brawn
GP have won five out of six races and they are the favorites. But we will
catch them. We just have to squeeze 100 % once again and then we’re
closer – or pass them.



Getting into the top three in Monaco was a fair enough result. The team
really works hard and their motivation only grew now that we got both
cars into the top four.



In Monaco we made the biggest progress when it comes to the results. It
was what we needed from there. You just have to be patient. Me and my
fans surely want just as much that Ferrari would start winning again.



We have come close already. We get new pieces into the car again. This
is just like building a puzzle. We have the frame ready. Now we only
have to get the middle pieces in place. When they hit, it’s a’vot. (A
vot is an expression from Russia like ‘tadaa’ or the French ‘voila’)



Monaco is so different compared to other tracks. Turkey is a totally
new game. From there we will get a better picture of where we go and
how our competitors have done their jobs.



Turkey is a cool track. We drive counter-clockwise and if everything
isn’t in place there the neck will be screaming Hosanna. I dig the
place. The curves are all different and we take some brakings
completely blindfolded. It’s always cool to take that track.



In Monaco we were in the front row. In Turkey a good starting position
demands that the downforce is at least the same as Brawn and Red Bull
has. Aerodynamics are important for everyone but when the times are so
close every detail in quali is crucial.



From summer begins the middle-part of the season. I’m much more hopeful
now when we have got so much positive progress made. This team knows
it’s thing. The development pieces have come really quickly and you can
feel all the time that the car is better. And we aren’t stopping here.



Puttonen (Button) is leading and he has everything bagged when
you think of the championship. When you win 5 races out of 6 you are in
a strong position. But it doesn’t do you any damage if you try right
until the end. When the chequered flag is out for the last time, that’s
when you count all the final points.



I had fun on Saturday. We took the rally in Italy, my first on tarmac.
It’s always fun to drive and it was fun to spend some time with the
fans too. Of course the race could have lasted longer. Now it ended in
the middle but it happens sometimes.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png That’s the right attitude! If you’re wondering why this column sounds so much more relaxed and funny than usual, it’s because it is from Kimi’s column in Finnish, which I believe are the words straight from Kimi’s mouth (the English ones are revised and edited, to sound more professional.) I’m even more psyched up for this weekend now. I have a feeling that Kimi will crush Massa in Istanbul. Everything depends on how smoothly Ferrari’s latest updates on the F60 at Turkey will play out. You can watch Kimi speak about this weekend on Ferrari’s website.

We already know that Kimi goes well at the Turkish circuit, he won their debut race in 2005 from pole position, in Raikkonen-style despite being under attack from the Renaults at the start. Just check out this awesome move by Kimi to re-take the lead of the race on lap 1, what a move! Keep Flying!

   


Kimi’s Column: Monaco GP Review

From Ferrari.com

I wasn’t too happy with the third place at the Monaco GP. For sure it
was the best result in the last time, but that was nothing new to me
and we knew that we could arrive on a place on the top. When the
leaders in the Championship are so far ahead in the classification, in
the end it’s only a victory that counts. Being back on the podium is a
nice reward for the whole Team.




The hard work of the last weeks finally bears some fruit, which is
really positive for all of us. We know that we’re on the right way now:
there are still some minor things to be done but sooner or later we
will win. We’ll show up with further improvements of the F60 in the
upcoming races and we hope we can then challenge the leaders even more,
in the qualifying and in the race.



The Monaco qualifying is so much more important than on other tracks
and we’ve almost done a  perfect job: we missed the pole by 25
thousandsth of a second. Not starting from the first position means
that it’s very likely you won’t win. Furthermore the second position on
the grid doesn’t help on this track. You start
from the dirty side of
the track and whenever I found myself in this position I always lost at
least one position in the field, because the tyres spin a lot at the
start. In fact Rubens overtook me, which was really a shame. If I had
managed to stay beind Button I think I could have easily opened a gap.
In the end it was difficult to fight for second position and then there
was this story at the last pit stop, where we lost a couple of seconds,
due to a problem with the right rear wheel. When I took up the race
again I was further behind the Brazilian than before.




We brought home both cars and gained some important points. There were many things at Monaco we can be satisfied with.




I’ll race in a rally in Italy next Saturday, in the  Marca Trevigiana,
and I want to thank the Scuderia that they gave me the possibility to
take part in such a competition. I really enjoy myself and it will be
my first experience on the tarmac after some tests on snow last winter.
As I’m coming from the race track it will be interesting to see what I
will be able to do behind the wheel of the Fiat Grande Punto S2000 on
the roads close to Treviso.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png I feel you Kimi; I was pleased with the result in Monaco but not ecstatic either. The improvement is what counts and this isn’t the first time Kimi has been tested for patience as well as proving his worth. I’m sure the victory will come very soon! You can read Kimi’s Finnish translated column in the comments below – as it’s far better!

So, Kimi will be doing his third rally this weekend and this time it’ll be on asphalt rather than snow. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how that goes – Keep Flying Kimi!


Kimi’s Column: Monaco GP Preview

From KimiRaikkonen.com | Ferrari.com | Watch Kimi’s Monaco Preview on Ferrari.com
Finnish Translation courtesy of Wolfie


Even though the weekend in Barcelona went as it went it still left me
with a positive feeling about how good the car felt. It was still only
the first spin with the new package and yet we got quite a lot more
closer to those who have won the first races.



The development work continues and I’m sure that at some point I am back at the top. I lost the race but my hope grew.


Monaco is the next stop. I have got a lot good and bad experience
from there. It’s a demanding circuit and you have to drive more
carefully there than anywhere else. It’s game over if you have only one
small screw up.


You have to drive with your tongue in the middle of your mouth.
Quali there is the most important quali of the whole season. If
everything falls in place I will fight for the podium.


The laptime in Monaco will be faster this year. With these rules
the car is slightly faster in the fast corners but thanks to the slicks
we will take the slower corners faster. We are going to use KERS there.
It doesn’t give as much advantage there than in the normal places but
during the lap it gives more advantage than disadvantage. Now I have to
wait until Thursday to know what my chances this time are. There’s a
lot of new stuff in the car and we go forward all the time.


We don’t have to think about the championship anymore. You have to
be a realist and see that it’s nothing more than a dream far away. But
I won’t give anything away for free. Anything can happen in this sport
and the goal is that I’ll be fighting for the victories in the half of
the season at the latest.


In Barcelona it was confirmed that at least our car has made
progress just like it was supposed to do. I had a good feeling in the
race. The car was okay and will become even better when we just have
the strenght to grind away with the same pace.



http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png Looking forward to seeing you at Monaco, Kimi! I just want to see you race. It’s been a hard and stressful time in the past week, and it doesn’t make you feel any better with the FOTA vs FIA story taking the headlines. Today, the fight between Ferrari and FIA went to the courts and the decision made will be revealed tomorrow afternoon. Let’s hope for the sake of the sport (and of course our Kimi) that things get better. It really upsets me that F1 seems to be going down the drain. So, some good racing and a better result for Kimi this weekend is what can cheer me up. You can also watch Kimi’s Monaco preview on Ferrari.com.

By the way, according to TurunSanomat, Kimi will not have a new helmet for Monaco this weekend, although he has every year since 2004. While Heikki Kovalainen will show off a Monaco-special helmet designed by Uffe Tagstrom, apparently Kimi said he felt he has not earned anything special to be presented with a Monaco helmet this year. What a great guy. Keep Flying ~


Kimi’s Column: Spain GP Review

From Ferrari.com

"I Want To Win Again"

Sometimes motor sports is like that. You’re trying extremely hard to
improve, but then nothing goes right, like it happened in Spain. An
incredible series of negative moments and the wrong decisions made it a
very bad weekend for me.




The only positive aspect is that the car’s performance has improved a
lot compared to the last four races: the hard work over the last weeks
is leading somewhere. Right from the start I noticed that the car had
improved and that there was a great potential to be used; not just in
the last race, but for the whole season.


The qualifying was a bad
thing. We took the wrong decision and paid an extremely high price.
That was a terrible moment. Unfortunately the race was very short for
me, but at least we could see that we were competitive. I had a good
start, although it was difficult for me to see the light and I left
when I saw that the other cars moved. I’m sure that I could have made
some points, because the car went very well. I was about to pass
Heidfeld on the first lap when the safety car came out and that
possibility was gone. After that it was difficult to overtake, although
I was faster. But I wouldn’t have finished the race anyway. The
electronic control for the accelerator stopped working, due to a
hydraulic problem and I had to stop next to the track.


After five races
I’ve got only three points. The fight for the Championship is really
difficult now, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not motivated. I want to
win again and I’m sure that we will do it. We’ll keep on working on the
car to make it more competitive and especially more reliable. We could
see already that hard work pays.


The next race is at Monaco, where I
had some great weekends, but it’s a very difficult race. It would be
great to fight for a position on the podium, but this track is even
more unpredictable than others. The qualifying will be even more
decisive and one should not make even one mistake.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png I can only sigh and wonder. I felt very bad for Kimi after Spain – nothing went right. Alas, he’s knows the ups and downs of racing too well. Kimi is a fighter! His silent determination will pay off – and that explains the new banner for KRS today! Meanwhile, the FIA and FOTA had a ‘friendly’ meeting today but Mosley refused to back down, just as I feared. So now Ferrari will be taking the FIA to court! And it’s not like it’s just Ferrari overreacting to the FIA, because Toyota understand and support Ferrari’s decision too!

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5029/krsevenstarsmall3.pngBreaking News & Quotes:
No agreement between teams and FIA
Mosley dismisses fears of F1 crisis
Ferrari pushing to stay under own terms
Q & A with Stefano Domenicali
Teams vow to find cost cutting solution

These are two new interviews with Kimi from Spanish channel LaSexta. The first is just the same old stuff but Kimi’s not wearing that fat hat of his for a change! And the second video is a double-interview with Kimi and Lewis Hamilton; both are asked the same 10 questions. They both have some very contrasting answers, but Kimi’s are the best of course! I’ve written the questions and answers below.

   

Q. Where will you be in 10 years?
KR: I dunno, I mean I’ll have nothing to do with Formula One, so maybe do some motorsports for fun, and have a family probably.
LH: Still racing I guess.

Q. The best thing about F1?
KR: Driving
LH: Driving

Q. The worst?
KR: Probably the PR stuff!
LH: There is no worst.

Q. Favourite colour?
KR: Black
LH: Purple

Q. Favourite circuit?
KR: Spa
LH: Monaco

Q. Your job is…
KR: It’s my passion, it’s also my work, it’s what I like.
LH: The best

Q. Spain is…
KR: A nice place, I’ve been many times in Spain in racing and testing.
LH: Beautiful

Q. Beach or mountains?
KR: Mountains
LH: Beach

Q. 2nd place is?
KR: Losing.
LH: An achievement

Q. Fernando Alonso.
KR: Double world champion! He’s a very nice guy, very straightforward
LH: Perfectionist

Q. Speak Spanish?
KR: Ah…not really, no!
LH: I don’t know…Ola!….Gracias. Olas amigos?


Kimi’s Column: Spanish GP Preview – “Barcelona, A Year Later…”

From Ferrari.com

It’s a bit more than a year ago that I won my last Formula One race. At
Barcelona in 2008 I had my best weekend with Ferrari: pole position,
victory and fastest race lap. Since then I came very close several
times – I’m thinking of Magny-Cours, Montreal and Spa – but for one
reason or the other I could never make it. Having said that, a driver
never looses the lust for winning and I want to have that feeling again
as soon as possible.



After four races outside Europe it’s always very nice to come back to
the Old World. Furthermore I really like the Circuit de Catalunya a
lot, also because I could win here already twice in my career. I really
liked hearing from the Team that the new aerodynamic package’s first
signs are positive. It will be really interesting taking the car out
during Friday’s free practice sessions. We drove on this track back in
March this year, but it’s always really difficult to understand from
the tests, who’s really strong in the field. Furthermore many cars have
changed quite a lot since then. With the new aerodynamic package we’ll
have more downforce compared to the first four races, but also almost
all of the others will show up with some updates. We’ll see who has
done better work.



Aerodynamic efficiency is crucial at the Circuit de Catalunya for a
good lap time. It’s a very demanding track from a technical point of
view and you need a good car to be competitive. A good qualifying will
be important to avoid getting stuck in the field with all the risks
coming with a situation like this at the start; we paid our price for
that at Bahrain. Overtaking is never easy at Barcelona, but now we’ll
see if the KERS can help to make it easier. On such a track it might
make the difference, especially at the start.



Until now we gained only three points. The sixth place at Bahrain was a
decent result, but now we have to reach much higher. I spent some days
at home in Switzerland. I trained and followed the ice hockey world
championships, which are held in Switzerland this year. Obviously I’m
shouting for Finland. Monday night we played very well and we won
against Canada: this match showed that you should never give up and
fight right until the end. This is what we’ll do at Ferrari.



Tomorrow I’ll go to London for the opening of the new Ferrari Store on
Regent Street. On Thursday I’ll fly to Spain. It will be a very
interesting weekend.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5543/evenstarsays.png  Indeed, it’s been just over a year since Kimi last stood on the top step of the podium…but it feels like an eternity. Of course it does, because winning is what matters! This weekend at Barcelona we’ll see the F60B, as previously mentioned in the blog, and there’ll be plenty of questions and curiosities. MTV3 have shown a few shots of the car but how it looks on track is what we’re anxiously anticipating. Fingers crossed!

I’ll be at Regent Street tomorrow, it’ll be my first opportunity to see Kimi at an event (apart from a Grand Prix of course, I’ve been three times) so I’m taking this chance and hopefully I’ll manage to get a photograph accompanied with an autograph on something…I haven’t decided what yet. We might not even get close enough! (There isn’t a mention on the Ferrari Store opening article of autographs being handed out either) But I just hope we can get close enough to a great result this weekend in Spain, more than anything else. It would be the perfect place to win again…deja vu. Keep Flying Kimi!