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Thursday in Canada: “some guys for sure you know what to expect”

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[ Listen to an audio clip of Kimi speaking about Canada GP here ]

Kimi Raikkonen made it clear today that he hasn’t forgotten his collision with Sergio Perez in Monaco, and hasn’t changed his position on what happened.

Raikkonen said after the race that someone should punch Perez, and while he hasn’t taken that opportunity, he is still unhappy about losing priceless points.

“There’s nothing else I could have done apart from just drive straight,” said Kimi. “Using my own line I could have easily made the corner, but obviously he comes too fast and can’t stop.

“My line was in the middle of the circuit anyhow, so there was definitely no way that he was going to get past me if I didn’t move over, and I don’t really feel I should move over if another guy comes too fast. I did that already five or six laps earlier or something, just purely because I saw that he comes too fast and he would have hit me.”

“That hurt in the points, but I don’t feel any different now. It doesn’t change the fact that he f##ked our race up. If you ask one year from now it’s still the same ending. Obviously we got one point back, but it doesn’t take away the fact that he wasn’t right.

“I knew that he was going to try, and that’s why I braked every lap in the same place, and just went over the middle of the circuit. For sure he knew where I was going to be, and which line I would take.”

Raikkonen expects Perez discussion

Regarding the lack of action from the FIA, he said: “I spoke with the stewards, and they thought it was a racing thing. But I don’t really see it. They said that Idid nothing wrong, but obviously there has to be somebody who did wrong.

“But I don’t think it’s going to change anything. I know that Charlie [Whiting] spoke to Perez. I don’t know what they spoke about, but obviously I don’t think it’s going to change.”

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Perez: I did nothing wrong in Monaco
“… I think the manoeuvres I did, they were right. I did nothing stupid. I think it’s just after the race. At the end of the day we are humans, and you are very upset, very angry, and straight away you want to criticise somebody. I felt he ruined my race, he felt I ruined his race so it’s very easy to make a comment straight away after the race. If you look at the moves I did, I did it to people like Jenson, Fernando and Kimi, who are really thinking on the world championship, so I never thought Kimi was going to shut the door.”

Kimi admitted that he can trust some drivers and not others.

dpl1306ju135_krs“I mean sometimes you have to be with some guys, because you cannot trust them. If I take the top maybe five guys, you trust them, and you know if you are there they are not going turn into you, or they are going to race fair.

“We can be hard but we can be fair. It’s OK to be aggressive, but you have to have some idea behind an overtaking manoeuvre, even if you are aggressive, and not just have a hope, ‘He’s going to move over.’ You know certain guys will race hard and fair, but some guys for sure you know what to expect.”

He also said he’s not too bothered about beating Michael Schumacher’s record of finishes in the points.

“I don’t care about that, I care more about the points. If it comes it comes, but it doesn’t change the fact that we only try and score points and do as well as we can, and we’ve been doing pretty well. Obviously sometimes we have harder races than others, that’s always going to happen during the year. But hopefully we’ll get back where we should be.”

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5 responses

  1. joha

    I love kimi but ……Perez was the only driver I recall as actually trying to overtake another…I think he dint nothing stupid, this is Formula One!!!!!!!

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    June 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

  2. Rudhi

    Sorry Joha but F1 is not about racing like a kamikaze or ruining other people’s race especially those battling for the WC. Whitmarsh should have remind him that! He should not have been overly aggressive towards Kimi especially if we bare in mind what he did to Kimi in China. It was quite dangerous and i still cannot undrstnd y he wasn’t penalised. Guess it was because Kimi made it to P2 dspite perez pushed him. Hope the stewards has talked and warned perez because i felt he would do the same stupid manoeuvre if he has the opportunity even if it is Kimi in front. I am sure that the monaco ending has made Kimi more determined to put on a great performance. Hope he equals that record with a win.

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    June 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

  3. No ones condemning the effort in making a move, it’s about stupidity. Perez doesn’t respect the other driver, doesn’t even look at their behaviour to understand if a move is possible – Kimi had the door shut on numerous ocassions into the chicane after the idiot pushed them both off the line. Perez is saying he didn’t expect Kimi to “shut the door” when it was already shut! He just walked straight into a closed door – an accident was bound to happen. That’s not anyones fault but Perez for his blindness and idiocy.

    FIA are idiots for not penalising him for it either.

    I agree with Rudhi – Iceman will be hungrier for a great result now. Just hope Canada is nice to him this time round…

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    June 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

  4. Leonardo

    Sorry guys, but as I recall, Kimi did the same thing in Monaco a few years back in his Ferrari days.

    My solution for Kimi is simple: Qualify better so that he doesn’t have to sit in traffic with the likes of Perez and his idiot team-mate. In fact, he MUST qualify better; that’s not even an option anymore if he still wants a shot at the title.

    Go out and eat them all alive, Kimi !!! Good luck.

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    June 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    • Kimi didn’t do the same thing Leonardo, he lost control of the car on wet bumps with cold tyres after safety car lap. That’s not the same thing as being a complete douche again and again at the same corner.

      Kimi’s best qualy so far was at China with 2nd so I’m confident in his ability to qualify better 🙂

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      June 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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