Kimi Raikkonen met the media at the Circuit of Americas this morning as usual on Thursdays and said he was looking forward to the next few days.
“Hopefully we can have a nice clean weekend, starting with getting everything sorted in practice and then be as strong as possible,” said the Ferrari man. Looking much further ahead, the Finn was asked what he expected from next year’s car. “I have a hundred percent trust in the people who run the team and build the cars,” he began. “I am sure we can have a good package: will it be good enough? Only time will tell. We have a lot of work to do and we have learned a lot from this year. We don’t expect to suddenly jump to the front and be winning the races, but we can make a big leap and be up there fighting. Until we put it on track and do those first laps at the first test we won’t know. We know where the issues are and our people are smart enough to fix them. According to the rules, there are limits to what we can do but we will improve.”
There is no hiding the fact this has been a tough year for Raikkonen, but it has not dented his confidence. “For sure I made a hundred percent the right decision to return to Ferrari,” he maintained. “The results have not been the ones I wanted or the team wanted, but that’s how it goes. We have made progress from where we started, but it’s not easy to get things exactly as you want. But I am happy to be here. I’d rather be with Ferrari than with any other team. So I’m sure I made the right decision coming here.” Asked to elaborate on the problems he has encountered in 2014, Kimi did not want to go into too many details: “I’ve been suffering with lots of small things, but the front end has not been as good as I wanted and that’s not easy to fix. It’s better, but it’s taken a bit too long.”
The final question concerned the Finn’s views on the double points on offer at the final round and, as usual, Kimi’s view was very straightforward. “That’s how the rules are now and if we like it or not, it makes no difference as we drivers do not decide the rules,” concluded the Finn. “Obviously, whoever has the most points at the end of the year, whether he has won ten races or one race wil won and I’m sure whoever it is will deserve it.”
| Source: ferrari.com | autosport.com |
Raikkonen has no regrets
Kimi Raikkonen says he has no regrets about his return to Ferrari despite his frustrating 2014 campaign so far.
Raikkonen’s switch to Maranello from Lotus this year was highly anticipated, but the rivalry between the Finn and team-mate Fernando Alonso has been lopsided. Raikkonen has beaten Alonso on track just once in races they have both finished but the Finn says he is happy with his choice.
“I’m sure I made 100% the right decision,” Raikkonen said. “Obviously the results haven’t been what I want or what the team wants but that’s how it goes. We have improved from where we started and there’s been some better moments [recently] but it’s not easy to fix some issues and get things exactly as you want.
“Then you end up having a small thing here, a small thing there, and paying a big price for it. I’m happy to be here. If I’m finishing out of first place I would rather be in a Ferrari than any other team so I’m pretty sure I made the right decision.”
Recent press reports in Austria quoted Gerhard Berger as saying Ferrari should keep Alonso – who is set to leave the team – and fire Raikkonen again, a reference to the 2009 split which led to his sabbatical from the sport.
When asked about the reports, Raikkonen said: “We will see if he’s right or wrong!”
Part of Raikkonen’s problem has been his struggle to match his driving style with the Ferrari F14 T, as he prefers a responsive front end in his car. Though he thinks this should have taken longer to resolve than it has Raikkonen does not want to dwell on the negatives of 2014.
“I think I’ve been suffering from many small things but the front end hasn’t been as good as I want thing. It’s not easy to fix those things. Things are getting a bit better but it’s too late, it shouldn’t take this long but this time it has. It’s just the small things, putting them together. I have no interest in telling what is good, what is not, it’s just been certain things.”
| Source: espn.co.uk |
Kimi: I must be crazy then!
Felipe Massa reckons Kimi Raikkonen’s struggles compared to Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso this season are more psychological than anything to do with the set-up of the Finn’s Formula 1 car.
Williams racer Massa, whom Raikkonen replaced at Ferrari this season, reckons the 2007 world champion’s ongoing difficulties have more to do with the mental challenge of being Alonso’s team-mate.
“It is not easy to be his [Alonso's] team-mate, and for sure the problem Kimi is having [this year] is in his head,” Massa said.
“It’s very difficult [to be his team-mate], because first of all he [Alonso] is an amazing driver; his talent is really complete.
“He’s one of the quickest drivers, but also one of the most consistent drivers, one of the more aggressive – he has everything. He is a top driver.”
Kimi responded to Finnish broadcaster MTV3: “Ah! I guess I’m losing my mind and going crazy!”
| Source: eurosport.com |
Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen was invited, by the team’s logistics sponsor UPS, to the huge Worldport air hub at Louisville International Airport.
The 2007 F1 World Champion was given access to the flight simulator of a 757 Boeing aircraft used by UPS to deliver worldwide. Raikkonen also enjoyed a remote control Ferrari car race with UPS workers inside the facility.
Speaking about the flight simulator, Kimi said: “It was really interesting. Even if I’m used to very different types of simulator, I have to admit that an aircraft cockpit is particularly interesting, with maybe even more controls than we have in our cockpit.”
While he was there, the Iceman was able to lend a helping hand to UPS workers where they were able to see his hand-eye coordination at the UPS Worldport Smalls Sort.
| Written by: KRS | quotes from ferrari.com | images from ups, insideferrari |
Seven is quite a special number and not just because it’s Kimi’s racing number (ok, maybe he makes it cooler than it already is). In Biblical terms and eschatology (the study of the end of times), seven has a special symbolic significance.
Also in numerology, seven’s description is quite symmetrical with Kimi’s personality, although not entirely (but that makes Kimi unique). 7’s are secretive, mysterious, stand-offish, intuitive and introspective. An unworldly attitude means most 7’s need to be ‘protected’, and that’s a coincidence when you read about the design behind Kimi’s helmet. His mark is based on the rune Algiz which means ‘protection’. A quick googling of the number seven will enlighten you (unless you’re not impressed by superstitious theories), I won’t blab on about it here but get to the point of this post:
So today is the 7th anniversary of Kimi’s F1 world championship victory so it is extra special. Seven years ago on 21st October 2007, Kimi became one of the very few drivers to win the title on their debut season with Ferrari, beating McLaren rivals Hamilton and Alonso by a single point in the final race at Brazil. It was an unforgettable season for the fans and the most special day in Raikkonen’s career.
Maailmanmestari, Finnish tongue for The World Champion, has given us 12 seasons in Formula 1, but thankfully for us fans we have more to look forward to next year and possibly beyond. This season is well and truly the most dismal of Raikkonen’s career but then again… so is the car! We believe he hasn’t lost talent or speed and he will be back! #ForzaKimi #Kimi7 #KeepFlyingKimi etc etc… all the supportive hashtags you deem relevant.
Here’s a nicely combined round-up of Kimi’s F1 career achievements to date (‘The Iceman Profile’ kindly provided by @SportExtraHD)
To remember just why we love Kimi Raikkonen (and mostly to cheer you guys up during our frustrating season) revisit the entire Brazil GP 2007 weekend in pictures here! And here are videos below – be warned of imminent nostalgia overload! (more…)
It’s been 12 years since I decided to support you. Throughout all those years, the hardships, the bliss; one thing stays the same, stays pure – you! You were the only thing that remained ever true. And I wanna thank you. Happy birthday Iceman. God bless you. Come back stronger next year.
Kimi Raikkonen turns 35 today and Scuderia Ferrari celebrates the event with a video featuring some highlights from his career to date with Ferrari. So far, Kimi has taken part in 68 Grands Prix with the Scuderia, winning nine of them. However, the true highlight was winning the World Championship title in 2007, when victory in the final race of the season in Interlagos saw him overhaul the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the points table.
Best wishes champ!