To my delight, Kimi appeared through my letter box today in the October issue of F1 Racing’s magazine, dedicated to the sport’s champions. As well as a page on each driver talking about their experience of realising their childhood dream, the magazine includes a 3-page length poster of nine world champions; Vettel, Button, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Hakkinen, Villeneuve and Damon Hill. Here’s Kimi’s page, enjoy!
Kimi Raikkonen: “Winning the world championship was something I’d wanted since I was a child, and I remember that the last race in Brazil in 2007 was a really emotional one.
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such emotions in the cockpit before. I had to wait a few seconds to be told where everyone else was in the race and then I could celebrate.
Winning felt good: I’d got close a couple of times before, but it hadn’t happened for one reason or another and when I finally did it in 2007, it felt great. It stopped other people – and me – questioning whether I could ever be world champion, but it didn’t really change my personal life. Maybe people looked at me differently, but I didn’t change.
In 2007 we were not always in the strongest position and there were occasions when we had some reliability problems and lost quite a lot of points. At one stage of the season, people were saying that we weren’t even in the championship anymore; it felt good when we eventually showed them that they were wrong.”