The 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.”
Video Interview with Kimi:
— Mark Lovas (@hunocsi) May 1, 2015
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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?
For a Formula 1 team, taking part in the Australian Grand Prix is like the first night for a theatre company: there’s tension, adrenalin, a great desire to get on with it, but also a lot of aspects that need checking. It’s with this determination and the realisation that testing is now over, that Sebastian and Kimi are preparing for their weekend in Albert Park.
Kimi Raikkonen is pleased with the work done this winter: “I’ve known the team for a few years now, but I have to say, this year the atmosphere is very good, the people are happy and are working together in a very close-knit way. I think that’s a good sign and on top of that, it seems that a good car has been produced over the winter period. Now the time’s come to go racing, which is when we will really understand where we are.”
Raikkonen has great memories of Melbourne: he won here twice, the first in 2007 at the start of his time with Scuderia Ferrari. “It’s a good place to start, even if it’s a long way for everyone. The journey is long, but once here, it’s nice to be in Melbourne. Usually the weather is nice and there’s a good atmosphere around us.”
Kimi is therefore ready to give it his best shot: “I think that compared with last year, we have done a great job as a team. We are pleased with what we achieved over the winter and with the level of competitiveness that we expect to have reached, even if we will have to wait until we’re on track to get the real verdict. Anyhow, we will continue to push to improve all the time. I am confident that we will manage to achieve the results we deserve and want.”
For Sebastian Vettel, this is also his debut with Scuderia Ferrari and a return to the number 5 with which he won his first world title. “Over the winter, we managed to complete the majority of the programme we had set ourselves,” said the German. “Now it’s time to take to the track in Australia and see just how competitive we are. The Melbourne track is very nice, but being made up of public roads it’s very difficult, because the surface is very bumpy and therefore very tricky.”
It’s usually said that Albert Park is unique on the calendar because of its characteristics, something Sebastian agrees with: “Because of the uneven surface, in Australia you need to opt for a softer configuration to the one you’d use at many other circuits, because you have to try and absorb the car’s jumps as much as possible. On top of that, it’s the first race of the season and it will be difficult for everyone to work out the perfect set-up and the best way to fine tune the car, because everything is still quite new. However, this is all part of the challenge. That’s why we go testing in the winter, so as to get to the track as well prepared as possible.” [Source: ferrari.com]
KIMI QUOTES FROM LATEST ARTICLES
Kimi asked about Enzo’s words that becoming a father makes a driver slower: “It will be tough to be slower than last year” 😂
— Verena (@miezicat1) March 10, 2015
other parts of the article 😃 pic.twitter.com/edcqFNAKOR
— Verena (@miezicat1) March 10, 2015
There’s been enough talk about Kimi’s return to Ferrari. I hope you enjoy this season review edit, I decided to make it only a few days ago so it’s shorter than previous reviews (big thanks to those who helped me get footage last minute). It also ncludes a little precap to the 2015 season which, by the looks of winter testing, Kimi will be able to fight rivals rather than his machine. Fingers crossed! Keep Flying Kimi! Please give a thumbs up, I worked day and night to get it ready before Melbourne lol
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