For the hundredth time… Kimi: I chose to be here

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - British Grand Prix - Practice Day - Silverstone, EnglandKimi Raikkonen hit back at questions about his motivation ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, saying that he would not be racing in Formula 1 if he didn’t want to be.

Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015, but the Italian team has an option on the Finn’s services for next season.

Recent reports in Italy suggest that Valtteri Bottas is being lined up as a possible replacement for Raikkonen, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with the seat.

Speaking to NBCSN at Silverstone, Raikkonen said that he was unfazed by questions about his motivation and claimed that they have been a recurring theme throughout his career.

“They’ve questioned it for I think 12, 13 years now, so keep doing it, I don’t mind,” Raikkonen said.

“They can write what they want. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be here, if I wouldn’t want to do well and do racing. I could stay home, I suppose.”

Raikkonen has already scored 17 more points in the first eight races of the 2015 season than he did in the entirety of 2014, but some of his performances have been brought into question.

The Finn has struggled to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace, but he feels that a few more things need to fall into place before he can unlock his full potential with the Ferrari SF15-T car.

“I choose to be here, I want to do well and obviously sometimes you have hard times,” Raikkonen said. “We’re in fourth place in the championship, second as a team.

“Obviously it hasn’t been exactly as we wanted so far this year, but we have all of the tools. We just have to put things together and clean up certain things and I’m sure we’ll get the result we deserve.”

| Source: nbcsports.com |

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4 responses

  1. joanne keet

    Yup Kimi – you are a very strong personality and showed your strength as a driver yet again in today’s practices @ Silverstone! I wish you well for qualies tomorrow – may you not have the problems of Austria and get a grid position that you deserve!!

    Much strength & best wishes for a good race – Love to you & your family from a long time “Fin Fan – Ettala Afrika JO” Go well in [?] xxxx

    *Joanne Keet*

    http://jojazz54.wix.com/jojazz http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jos-Jazz/422107874546450?ref=hl

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    July 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

  2. Kimi’s manager Steve Robertson is at Silverstone this weekend…
    http://www.ts.fi/urheilu/moottoriurheilu/f1/790235/Manageri+Robertson+toivoo+Raikkosen+onnen+kaantyvan

    “What I know, it is still in Kimi’s own hands. Let’s see what the next couple of races will bring and then go from there… I hope that I brought back good luck for Kimi. Sometimes it happens like this – trying and trying and nothing seems to go according to plan. It happens in sports, and it happens in life. After all, when starts to go according to plan, everything can go back quite the opposite way.”

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    July 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    • TM

      Hey Saima. Are you are the British GP ? Looking out for your flags on TV this weekend 🙂
      Good Luck Kimi. Hope to see him on the podium.

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      July 5, 2015 at 4:42 am

      • No I wasn’t, but thanks for remembering me 🙂

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        July 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

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