In the press: Raikkonen’s comeback win


It’s good to talk, and it seems a certain Finn is the talk of the town after yesterday’s performance! We’ve picked through the morning press to find our favourite quotes after a memorable night for the team at the Yas Marina Circuit.

David Tremayne, The Independent:

“You have got to love Kimi Räikkönen. In the age of the politically correct race driver, the plain-speaking Finn brushed aside questions about his emotional feelings after holding off Fernando Alonso in a spectacular Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday to score a brilliant win in his comeback season.”

Martin Brundle, Sky Sports

“This left Kimi Räikkönen in the lead and finally with some fresh air in front of him to unleash the latent race speed in his Lotus which has been apparent since the opening race. He had the strength of mind, fitness and pace to handle safety cars and the ever relentless Fernando Alonso until the chequered flag which is deeply impressive.”

“I can’t remember ever laughing so much in commentary when he was telling his team to stop bothering him on the radio, he knew what to do with his tyres and his pace and he demonstrated that point admirably.”

Kevin Eason, The Times

“Kimi Räikkönen won an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that will stand as one of the most enthralling of this generation if only for the sheer intensity generated by it leading participants – the three men at the top of the World Championship.”

“Räikkönen’s nickname is the Iceman and if he ever needed to be cool, it was here in the dry, punishing heat of Abu Dhabi with the hot breath on his neck of the two men in F1 who are on fire.”

Tom Cary, The Daily Telegraph

“A dramatic, breathless race, rich in drama and incident, was eventually won by Lotus’s Kimi Räikkönen, who delighted fans on the occasion of his first victory in three years with his trademark mix of deadpan and dead weird.”

Bob McKenzie, Daily Express

“Kimi Räikkönen kept it short and to the point when he told his pit crew on the radio: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.” An hour later and the Finn proved again that although he is a man of few words, he is a man of his word as he stood on the victory podium in Abu Dhabi”

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