Dat sound! Kimi entertains huge crowds in Budapest


kimi-budapest-nagyfutam-ferrari-2015-krs12The Nagy Futam event has just come to a close in Budapest and, as predicted, it drew a huge crowd of fans. The nice sunny weather definitely helped. Around 300.000 people cheered on the various show runs held over the course of the day. After the obligatory meeting with the press and then greeting the fans, Kimi Raikkonen got behind the wheel of an F10, completing almost ten laps, much to the delight of the spectators.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to bring the spectacle of Formula One closer to our fans, thanks also to the support of our partners, in this case Kaspersky Lab,” commented Kimi. “Budapest is a beautiful city and we will be back here for the Grand Prix at the end of July, while before then, in less than a month, my team-mate Sebastian Vettel will be here to take part in the Ferrari Racing Days.”

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See Kimi in Budapest tomorrow for Nagy Futam event


GP BAHRAIN F1/2015Budapest, a historic city crammed with beautiful buildings is, for a third year, hosting the Nagy Futam event which sees all sorts of race cars parade along its streets. They range from Formula 1 to NASCAR, while the Ferrari Challenge series is also represented by the splendid 458 Challenge EVO.

There will also be an air display so the spectators will be able to turn their gaze skywards as well as down the wide boulevards of the Hungarian capital. Among those supporting the event is Scuderia Ferrari sponsor, Kaspersky Lab and the team will be running Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of an F10, the car that took the Maranello marque to second place in the 2010 World Championship.

The Finn will show off the F10 and its glorious 2.4 litre “056” V8 engine, in an environment where the crowd can get much closer to the cars than they can at an actual Grand Prix. Indeed, the Scuderia is happy to take part in show runs like this, which bring motorsport to the heart of major cities and closer to the public. In fact, this won’t be Ferrari’s only appearance in Budapest this year.

This show on 1st May is a sort of taster for fans and enthusiasts, prior to the Ferrari Racing Days event, which takes place at the Hungaroring circuit from 26 to 28 June, a month prior to the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The weekend provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Maranello marque, featuring the third round of the European Ferrari Challenge, split between the Trofeo Pirelli and the Coppa Shell races. Also, in collaboration with Shell, Sebastian Vettel will be on hand to drive a Formula 1 car.

Watch this funny video by Kaspersky Lab of Kimi displaying his awesome enthusiasm as ever for PR events:

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Ice One Racing boss Kimi cheers on his team in Valkenswaard


KimmiR_MXGP_5_EU_2015Team owner of Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing, Kimi Räikkönen was cheering his team in Valkenswaard this weekend: “I am very proud of Max, great racing today. His work is very consistent and he has the red plate as proof of it. It was great to see the team here in Valkenswaard, everyone is working very hard for the same goal.” [via iceoneracing]

th-685-20150424173502Prominent visit and mutual respect this afternoon in Valkenswaard as Ferrari F1 star Kimi Räikkonen, hot of finishing 2nd last week in Bahrain, chilled out this afternoon in the relaxing surroundings of the IceOne Husqvarna awning together with ex-Liverpool FC star Sami Hyypiä, Giuseppe Luongo and his charming wife Ursula.

MXGP supremo Luongo, the man who has turned MXGP into a truly global series in recent years, expressed his gratitude to the Finnish F1 champion: “We are delighted that you have shown such interest to support our sport and wish you further success.” Kimi’s IceOne team has even upstaged the Cairoli-Villopoto hype so far this year as Max Nagl has raced the blue-yellow rocket to three wins in the first four GPs. [via]

Read other posts (here and here) about Kimi and his Ice1Racing adventures.

How it’s made: Kimi’s racing helmet


Along with its owner, we went to discover how Kimi’s helmet was born, in the factory that Bell Helmets Racing has built a few meters from the entrance of the Al Sakhir circuit, in Bahrain.

The parts of pre-impregnated carbon fiber are cut into specific shapes before being placed in a shell mould.
Up to 40 pieces of carbon fibre are positioned very precisely in a female mould. This is called the “lamination” of the shell.
When lamination is completed, the shell goes into an oven at 150 °C under vacuum for 30 minutes. This is a shell coming out of the oven.

The opening for the visor, called the eyeport, and the excess of carbon in the lower part of the shell are cut with a jig saw.
Now the shell already looks like a real helmet… The technician will now position the shell in a jig, allowing him to precisely trim the 12 ventilation holes on the helmet.
To obtain homologation, the helmet must pass a series of tests including penetration. This test consists of a spike weighing 4kg being fired into the helmet at a speed of 10 meters per second. Bell uses a special machine for this kind of test, developed and built in-house.
The shell is being prepared for painting by being carefully hand sanded…
The shell receives a thin and smooth layer of clear coat, before being personalized into Kimi’s design.
The interior parts are now fitted inside the painted shell.
Finally, the transparent aerodynamic spoilers and the air intakes are glued onto the helmet, and here we are…
…ready to go!

Video: watch how it’s made!