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KIMI’S COLUMN – AUSTRIA GP PREVIEW

Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring 19-22 June 2014

Next step forward

Obviously, it means a lot to get things right in the top level of the motor racing. Sometimes it is not that tricky task, but sometimes it really is.

And it is never a case of just wishful thinking, that everything would go nicely to it’s place. Every step forward needs a lot of team work.

Well, we have been working very hard to improve our car. The team has taken a special approach to fix things, but we still have many issues to deal with.

The positive thing is, that we have improved a lot compared to the starting point we had before the season. The negative thing is, that it does not show in our performance and results. In this business it is a fact, that the rest of the grid does not never stands still. They always develop further ahead, so our target to get closer to the front always moves ahead, as well.

I have had some good moments during the race weekends, but every time something has happened and we have not been able get a single clean three days from Friday’s FP1 to the chequered flag on Sunday.

We keep pushing hard. Our day will come, that is our common feeling inside the team. Obviously, we know it is still a long way to go and there are many good things to achieve along the season.

Now it’s time to return to Austria. I have always liked that circuit. We went there three times in the beginning of my Formula Career. It was the time of V10 engines and it was good fun to go flat out on the long straights of that circuit.

For sure those old races back there do not help at all for this weekend. It is different times, different cars, different tyres, different power units. Only the challenge to find a best possible set-up is the same.

Zeltweg is the closest place to go racing from my home. It’s a different circuit again compapred to the others. Back then the layout was offering a good racing, good opportunities to overtake and a nice environment for a good atmosphere.

Let’s wait and see, how we get the weekend going.

(Source: kimiraikkonen.com)

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