Kimi: “good to get youngsters close to the sport”
Yesterday, Kimi Raikkonen had spent a very busy day at a venue that is dear to all car lovers.
The Finn first stopped off at a Shell service station, carrying out some promotional activities for the Scuderia Ferrari sponsor.
Then he headed to Goodwood, where he tackled the famous hillclimb at the wheel of an F10. Kimi also took time to greet the many fans attending the event, as well as Prancing Horse owners.“It’s the second time I’ve come to Goodwood and I reckon it’s a very nice event, always well organised. I met a lot of youngsters this time and it’s definitely a good thing to get them closer to the sport,” commented Kimi as he saluted the fans before leaving [via ferrari.f1.com]
FoS Behind The Scenes – Who Says Kimi Raikkonen Never Smiles?
It’s often said that Kimi Raikkonen is a completely different character when the cameras are turned off, but, thanks to our very own Lord March, we can now show you that side of the 2007 F1 World Champion.
Filmed yesterday when Kimi headed to Goodwood House to meet the FoS founder and Ken Block after his trip up the hill in a 2010 Ferrari on behalf of Shell. We won’t spoil the video, but prepare to see a very happy Kimi chatting about F1 and the potential of driving with the Hoonigan one day [via grrc.goodwood.com]
Kimi drives the F10:
Goodwood FoS 2015 – Crofty as Kimi’s mechanic https://t.co/MkJaUcTnqe Kimi bringing the fuel 😂
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Kimi meets with Lord March and Ken Block:
You just can’t help but smile and laugh along with them…
Raikkonen calls for F1 to be more exciting
Kimi Raikkonen says that he thinks something needs to be done to make Formula 1 more exciting. Raikkonen is one of the stalwarts on the grid, and is the eldest driver. Himself, Jenson Button & Fernando Alonso all joined Formula 1 at the start of the millennium – an era where the cars used 3 litre V10s, grooved tyres and saw the re-introduction of launch & traction control after a decade without.
Raikkonen says he thinks Formula 1 is not the thrill it once was: “When I came into Formula, it was more exciting for everybody. It really was the top.”
Speaking in an interview with Canal+’s Jean Alesi, Raikkonen explained to his former opponent:
“It was a long time ago, so you would expect the cars now to be faster, more exciting. But obviously with the rule changes, they tried to make them slower. I’m sure something has to be done to make it more exciting for people to watch, and really for them to see the speed…make it a bit more dangerous…that’s all part of the game.”
“Obviously you don’t want to see anyone get hurt, but that would make it more exciting.”
His long-time rival and 2014 Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso made the point at the Monaco Grand Prix that he felt Formula 1 cars were no longer as challenging as they were at the start of his career in 2001:
“The last time I felt challenged mentally and physically in a car was 2005, the cars were 8 seconds or so faster. The winner of this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix would have been lapped 6 times by the winner of the Malaysian GP in 2006, so when you have 6 or 7 minutes over a race, 7-8 seconds a lap quicker, that is very demanding physically and mentally. Everything was pushed to the limit 10 years ago.”
Asked by Alesi how he felt things were going at Ferrari during his “second career” after returning to the sport in 2012, Kimi said that his head isn’t being turned by other teams at the moment:
“There are many good teams in F1, but Ferrari is different. It was very nice to win first time, first year with Ferrari. Obviously, lots of things have happened since then but I’m back with Ferrari now. Im happy, the team this year is the best they’ve been since I joined, probably the best team I’ve ever been with. The way it works, the atmosphere…
Ferrari is Ferrari…you’ll always choose that if you can.” [via formulaspy.com]
Over the Monaco Grand Prix week, Kimi was filmed for an interview by long-time friend/racing driver/compatriot/MTV3 presenter Toni Vilander. Kimi talks about racing and the different times past. The video was restricted but now it’s finally viewable from outside Finland thanks to @CokeFin for his hard work capturing and uploading for us. Kiitos!
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:
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