~ Champion ~
"I’m so happy it almost hurts. This is the biggest thing that I have been dreaming of since I was a small boy – to be the champion of the world" [Kimi Raikkonen]
Since it is the one year anniversary of Kimi’s world title today, I thought I’d pay tribute to Kimi and the fans with this collection of pictures. It was a day when a miracle happened and the day Kimi’s dream, and our dream, came true. I’ll never forget it. Keep flying Kimi. Enjoy! There’s the highlight video of that weekend too, if you’ve got 15 minutes to spare. Hehe. Download it here through Megaupload or for low quality and size, use Mediafire. And if you have a bit more of video adrenalin left, take a look at Part 1 of The Rising of Kimi. Part 2 is his a tribute to his first year at Ferrari.
Also, in the KRS forum you can read the latest interview with Kimi by the German magazine Autobild Motorsport, courtesy of Miezicat for the translation. No matter how many interviews you have read, you can’t miss this one. There’s always a lot to learn and admire of Kimi. Here’s a snippet:
Mr. Räikkönen do you still enjoy your job?
Of course it makes more fun when you have good results, but sometimes you have a black series. But it does not take me fun of driving. I love it.
What do you find so great?
I just like the feeling to move at the limit.
What’s your problem 2008?
Of course my last races were not good. But I have not lost the speed. But when there is something on the car what bothers me I can not win. We made some wrong decisions. That has cost me the season. But we learned from that and will benefit from it 2009.
Which decisions do you mean?
We changed the car. That was apparently not good for me. In Spa we came back to the old configuration. But at that time I was already behind in the standing. The improvement came too late.
Why does Felipe Massa have fewer problems?
No idea. Probably Felipe has found a better set-up. I have tried to go the same way but although I was not happy with the handling. We had to rebuild the car completely for me. And as I said: slowly I feel better.
How hard is it for you to be beaten by your team mate?
That happens once. But it doesn’t end yet my career. I come back. Although I must admit: Over such a long time, I was never so slow. But I know why and I will stop it.
Who is your favourite for the title?
Lewis is in front but that can change. This I have shown last year. I would not bet my money on anyone. For Felipe and Ferrari it would be nice if he would get the title. But honestly: I don’t care who wins it.