Kimi’s Column: Rally Turkey Review

Source: KimiRaikkonen.com

Simply the Best

There is no reason to jump in the air with
joy, but, obviously, this is the best feeling I have had since starting
my new career in WRC. We got a nice ten points from the Turkish weekend.
The whole team was very happy with the job we managed to do.

Well, once again we proved that our simple
target – finish, finish, finish – suits us fine. When we managed to
finish the rally, we were also able to get a good result.

In some stages it was mainly the question
to go very cautiously. Especially in the last stage it was very tricky
to find the right speed. It was slippery like on ice. I pushed and Kaj
did the braking on me. Once again it was working well and we kept the
car on the road until the very finish. Fifth place in the Turkish Rally
was more than we could have hoped before going for it.

It was a difficult rally, as I said. Even
the big boys made mistakes. Mikko Hirvonen hit a stone, while he started
to push harder and some top guys had even more costly errors.

Obviously, the TOP-5 are in a league of
their own. But we were the best in the second division. I was the centre
forward of the second line-up, if you want to describe it in ice hockey
terms.

It’s no use to make a big deal of it. I
will just enjoy this moment. The next rally will be totally different
and a new challenge for us all.

The Turkish Rally is absolutely the best
rally I’ve done during my short WRC career. No doubt about it.

It was a new place for every driver. Nobody
knew the roads before and as a WRC rookie, I’ve got a certain advantage
in comparison to the top guys, while none of them had driven the roads
5-10 times before.

Now there is no need to think of, what is
the gap to the top we have, while going to a place where nobody has
raced before. That’s something we know better after the this weekend and
that gives us more confidence going to other new places – like Bulgaria
in July.

All the time I have a better feeling also
with the car. It’s getting better and better every time and it also
feels easier to drive. This time we had some stages on tarmac, too.
Well, it was still early days to try to get used to the grip levels and
we used the gravel tyres and gravel set-up, too. So it’s useless to get
too involved in details at this stage.

Now we have a break, because I’m not going
to New Zealand. But it’s not a holiday time. I have some work to do.
Hopefully we get the cars back to the factory as soon as possible. I’ll
be starting to focus on my next rally in Portugal with some testing
before.


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