I was really excited to see this issue arrive. It has two articles on Kimi, one written by James Roberts during the pre-season testing and the other by Andrew Benson ‘investigating’ whether ‘Kimi is a true great’. Needless to say, the latter is no question for me. He is an F1 great because at the end of the day, he is the fastest of them all in my humble opinion. For me, it’s as simple as this – Pinnacle of motorsport; Formula 1. Pinnacle of speed?; Kimi Raikkonen.
Roberts’ feature was enjoyable as it interviews Kimi and reveals some funny things like new Ferrari team principle Arrivabene finding Kimi on the floor and not sure why! But there was a point to it and no alcohol was involved; Kimi was watching the SF15T being worked on. A happy sounding Kimi made this interview a pleasure to read.
The second feature by Benson was poorly written for an F1 magazine charging £5 per issue. Disappointed in F1 Racing for not having another writer to do this feature such as Peter Windsor (who knows what he’s talking about and hasn’t got his head up Alonso’s butt!). But if you want to waste 10 minutes reading it as I wasted scanning it, go ahead.
F1 Mastermind: Quiz yourself on Kimi’s career
I haven’t actually quizzed myself in a long time regarding Kimi’s career, so I gave it go on the camera :) No cheating either! How did you do?
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Each year, the drivers and team principals of every F1 team are asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject. Images range from Fernando Alonso’s podium shot of the Monza crowd to Nico Rosberg at the wheel of a 1938 W154 and Bernie Ecclestone’s view from his window in Switzerland.
The images are signed and auctioned by Coys at a star-studded annual gala event alongside cameras provided for Zoom by Nikon. These have been signed by some of the sport’s most famous world champions.
Kimi Raikkonen: “These are my gloves ready for my return to Ferrari earlier this year. I would rather be in a Ferrari than any other team.”
2014 has been a year of firsts for Kimi Raikkonen, and not all of them wanted – his return to Ferrari marked his first winless Formula One season since 2006, and his first without a podium since his maiden year in 2001.
As the Finn refocuses for 2015, determined to help the Scuderia become a front-running force once more, we asked him about some of the other firsts in his life – including why he never bothered with childhood heroes, how his first big crash came in one of his first F1 tests, and why he quickly established as a child that ice hockey wasn’t for him…
Who was your first hero when you were a child?
Kimi Raikkonen: I never had any heroes. That’s not for me.
What was the first Grand Prix you can remember watching?
KR: I don’t know the year, but it was in the times when Keke Rosberg was driving – and then when [Mika] Hakkinen was racing. Of course you are interested when you see that some of your compatriots are racing.
How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be an F1 driver?
KR: I wanted to do many things when I was a kid. And making it into Formula One – I didn’t really believe it was possible until I was 17 and had won some races.
When was your first big accident in a race car?
KR: It was with Sauber at a test. One of my first outings in a Formula One Car!
What colour was your first helmet?
KR: White – and off the shelf.
When did you win your first trophy in racing and what did it look like?
KR: No idea, but for sure it was small. And if I dug deep enough in my house I would probably find it.
What was the first road car you drove?
KR: It was a Lada – the family car.
Where was the first house you lived in?
KR: Of course, the family house in Espoo.
How nervous were you on your first day of school?
KR: I cannot remember. But for sure I have been nervous many times – also at school.
What was the first meal you ever cooked?
KR: I guess some pasta. For sure nothing complicated. (laughs)
What was the first thing you did this morning?
KR: Wake up!
What was the first thing you did after getting your first F1 seat?
KR: I was happy about it. I had done a test beforehand and was not sure if I had the seat – so I was just happy.
What was the first record you bought?
KR: It was a Guns N’ Roses cassette.
What was the first sport you participated in as a kid?
KR: Very likely ice hockey. I think all boys in Finland play hockey at one point in their childhood. I stopped because I had to wake up so early in the morning for the training – that was not for me.
When was your first romantic kiss?
KR: Hah! I don’t know. It must have been in school. That is way over 20 years ago…
When was the first time you were asked to sign an autograph for a fan?
KR: Maybe it was in Formula Renault.
When did you first taste champagne?
KR: When I raced in Europe and won – whatever race.
Which would you eat first – a piece of fruit or a piece of chocolate?
KR: I am not into chocolate so much so very likely fruit. Candy would be a different matter… (laughs)
What was the first word you said as a baby?
KR: My parents have told me, but I don’t remember. I am no good at remembering.
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Kimi Räikkönen returned to Maranello immediately after the Brazilian Grand Prix to begin preparations with the team for the final race of the season and testing for 2015 in the days directly after it. The Finn first met with Team Principal Marco Mattiacci and Technical Director James Allison to discuss about the new car and the intense work that the Scuderia Ferrari needs to tackle in the run-up to next season. Kimi and his engineers also began preparations for the Abu Dhabi race by analysing the existing team data on the track as well as new information collected during simulator tests carried out by both himself and Pedro de la Rosa.
After these meetings, Kimi went to the Fiorano track where a group of journalists was enjoying a special F12 driving day, and had a bit of fun giving the experts from the world’s leading motoring titles some instruction. Räikkönen really pushed the car to the limit, demonstrating its enormous potential to the astonished journalists who also had the privilege of doing a few laps beside him. This video provides spectacular footage of Kimi at the wheel of the F12berlinetta flanked by his very special passengers.
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What’s a hot lap with Kimi in the Ferrari F12 really like?
A recent trip to the Fiorano circuit in Ferrari’s home town of Maranello, was made even more interesting when we were given the chance of a hot lap with Formula 1 legend Kimi Raikkonen. Watch the video below to get a feel for the action.
As a novice track driver, I’d come along to get some expert tuition in how to handle a supercar from Ferrari’s instructors. The day of tuition had gone well, then, over a couple of laps, Kimi Raikkonen proceeded to show me how little I really knew.
Sitting in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta beside Kimi I was expecting a frosty welcome and few (if any) words as we hurtled around the track. But I was surprised when Kimi offered up a good line in small talk, asking me how my day had been on the circuit. I explained that I’d made a few errors during my driving but that things seemed to be improving.
As Kimi nonchalantly drifted and slid the 730bhp Ferrari around the track at speeds of up 150mph, I held on for grim death, tried not to look terrified and did the best I could to hold up my end of the conversation. We chatted about the track and his driving before I ended up sounding like a hairdresser enquiring as to where he was going on holiday.
Chris and Kimi lap Fiorano: second-by-second video breakdown
00:00:28 – Without even looking at the track and while chatting to me, Kimi shoots out of the pit area and hurtles towards the first corner.
00:00:56 – I get my first idea of what the next two laps is going to be like as we power-slide around a corner I’d been tip-toeing around all day in the F12.
00:01:07 – As we approach the bridge, the crash barrier looms in to view and seems to be getting very close, but a quick flick of the steering wheel and we shoot past it.
00:01.19 – Battling the g-forces, I attempt to ask Kimi if he likes the technical Fiorano track. What comes out is, “Do you like it around here?” as if it’s some kind of holiday destination.
00:01:51 – As we exit a corner at around 80mph, Kimi drifts the car one handed. Both my hands are firmly on my legs, gripping ever-tighter.
00:02:03 – Heading down the long straight we reach the highest speed of around 150mph. In contrast, the fastest I managed here was 120mph.
00:02:24 – Kimi explains that his way around the track isn’t the fastest, but it is the most fun. I agree with him, but my nervous laughter tells a different story.
00:02:40 – I decide that it’s time to tell Kimi that he’s ”pretty light with the steering.” Considering he’s been a professional Formula One driver since 2001 – with two years off to do a bit of rallying – he probably already knows that.
00:03:41 – A final nervous laugh as we pull back in to the pits, and it feels like my organs have rearranged inside my body. Despite that, it was a great experience. Thanks Kimi!
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