| Source: ts.fi | translation courtesy of racingnerds
Steve Robertson sighed deeply on the phone even on Tuesday. You could hear his sigh from Dubai to Turku when he was asked how he felt about Alan Permane’s public cursing in the team radio when drivers battled for positions in the overtaking situation.
“I have never heard any person from any team management shout at Kimi like that,” Robertson wonders.
“Grosjean squeezed Kimi the same way three weeks earlier in Korea. Of course his tyres were now worn out, but Kimi always tries to fight for as long as his machinery allows him to do that,” Robertson said.
Some reporter colleagues asked me after India if Räikkönen only drives for himself without listening to anyone.
I asked his manager the same question.
“Just like all top drivers Kimi drives firstly and mostly for himself – otherwise none of them would win championships. But of course Kimi can play for the team. If his teammate drives for the championship when he is out of it already, then he doesn’t make his WDC battle difficult.”
“Grosjean is not driving for the WDC, so in that situation he was just like any other competitor to Kimi who threathens his position,” Robertson told TS.
7 thoughts on “Robertson shocked by Raikkonen treatment”
i think alan permane still have some personal grudge against kimi, since japan 2005…
What happened between 2 of them before?
Rumor: Permane will be driver he self by Lotus this weekend and they have a new main sponsor Clearasil !!?? Is this true or rumor?
loooooool the mofo needs it.
Kimi F**ked up Renault and Permane’s ass in suzuka 2005 on the last lap. I am not surprised that Permane received death threats after he swore publicly at Kimi
There weren’t any death threats, on twitter, someone just said “fuck your family!”. I’m not justifying such comments but no one gave death threats. Permane didn’t even apologise, instead he chose to highlight the stupidness of some fans and effectively called us all “losers”. The guy is an asshole and simple hates Kimi.
Who swears at their driver for a team order over a 3rd place? Not like it was a bloody win at stake. And was Grosjean fighting for the championship? No. So Kimi had every right to race Grosjean.
Hakkinen and Robertson summed it up best.
Hamilton says he would’ve reacted the same and doesn’t know why Kimi isn’t respected