Ferrari opted to retain Raikkonen for 2016, which will take the Finn in to his 14th season in F1. Raikkonen will turn 36 next month, but he feels his added experience compared to a number of drivers in the sport gives him little advantage.
“Has it changed me a lot? I don’t think it has changed my driving at all,” Raikkonen said. “With age you get some experience, but does it count much in F1? I don’t know. I don’t feel that I have changed as a driver and how I do my stuff.
“Hopefully life goes on and things keep changing, but I don’t see any difference in how I’m driving now and five years ago. Things have changed in the sport itself more than in me.”
Asked why his experience is not a big help, Raikkonen says it is due to the way the sport has evolved to rely more on simulation.
“When I came into F1 it probably made more difference than these days. It has changed a lot because there is not as much testing, but there are a lot more things you can use to get yourself prepared.
“The easiest way to compare is if I compare this to rallying, because the experience in F1 doesn’t really make much difference but in a rally it’s the biggest thing that will help you and make you faster and finish the rally. If I just go by those things, experience in F1 counts for nothing compared to that.”
| Source: f1i.com |
Kimi delighted to be at Monza again – It’s difficult to say how things will go here, this is the first real low downforce circuit and we have to wait until tomorrow practice to see roughly where we are. It would be nice to have a good weekend, in our home race, in front of our fans. For me none of the past races here in Monza have been ideal, my aim is always to win. Quite often I have had some good speed but something always happened and I couldn’t be on the top. It’s always nice to come to Monza, it has a lot of history and it would be a shame not to come back to this place. We’ll try our best to offer a good result to the fans. [via ferrarif1.com]
Hundreds of fans queued outside of Ferrari store waiting for the arrival of the Formula 1 driver. Ferrari fans from near and far began queuing early this the morning in anticipation of Kimi Räikkönen’s appearance at the Ferrari Store. On the eve of the Monza Grand Prix, the Formula 1 driver visited the recently opened Ferrari Store in central Milan to greet staff and fans. Kimi enjoyed seeing the store for the first time and got behind the wheel of one of the Formula 1 simulators available to customers in the store’s Simulator Center on the lower-ground floor. Of the five different circuits (Monza, Imola, Mugello, Silverstone and Nürburgring) available, naturally Kimi chose to have a go on the Monza track to warm up for the weekend’s race. Afterwards, the driver took the time to sign hundereds of autographs and greet fans of all ages.
With another season at Ferrari confirmed, the 2007 world champion has used the time between the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix to advertise Iceman Long Drink, a traditional dry gin from his native Finland. The drink company, which was founded earlier this year, has posted pictures to its newly-created Twitter account with Raikkonen holding up Iceman Long Drink cans and wearing branded t-shirts and hats.
Raikkonen became known as the Iceman – which he had tattooed on his left arm – during his time at McLaren for the cool demeanour he displayed under pressure. The company’s marketing says the drink is “best served as cool as the Iceman himself”.
It appears the drink is currently only available on Finnish cruise liners, though the company suggests asking local retailers for “the coolest long drink there is.”
— Iceman Long Drink (@icemanlongdrink) September 2, 2015
| Source: espn.co.uk |
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Where does the Female fan stand today in the lofty world of Formula One?
It isn’t extremely difficult to understand the space occupied in popular racing culture by the Female fan of Formula one? If you are game for intelligent observations, then you may well find that though the iconic Motorsport world of Formula One has gained lofty acceptance in this part of Asia, it continues to be widely popular and well received where it emerged first: the West, especially in Europe.
When you speak of Formula One racing circuits and the featured events in every calendar year, do not be surprised that European race tracks come to fill a staggering one half of the entire F1 contest. Do females stand a chance of acceptance or not. The sport, after all is largely or very completely a male dominated one!
To a great degree, the female fans haven’t got their due. Despite being present in large numbers in Hungaroring (Hungarian race circuit in Budapest), at the Yas Marina at Abu Dhabi and the part dangerous and part adrenaline pumping domain of Nurburgring or Hockenheim, both located at Germany, one hasn’t given women supporters of f1 their due share of respect.
To understand Formula One’s intricate and dynamic existence it isn’t enough to note the pulse of the action with importance just being accorded to its racing stars. Race drivers are to teams what an isolated sparkling twinkle of a star is to a wide galaxy. Therefore in the galaxy of Formula One, everyone ranging from the race driver, the team engineer, the race engineering crew, the mechanics who painfully change car gears during a pit halt including the engineering entourage of car designers and technical experts, the communication experts and the team’s principal are together responsible for the action. The driver ultimately oozes action and adventure to a script jointly unfurled by genius thinkers.
But that is not all. If there would be no fans then who will the teams compete for and drivers race. As one bright girl tell me, “Undoubtedly, it is for the fans. But, fans of Formula One aren’t a lousy bunch who come to stoke their adventure hungry pallets with mindless action. Fans today wish to be as well informed as the team and its owners”.
This bright soul I was happy speaking to further shared, ” fans need Statistics, information, comparisons, race analysis, interviews and action that churns out from either a practice session or the events on the main race day”. I was further told, ” Today’s Formula One fans are hungry for real action and starving for information in most minute constructs”. As I began to sink in such intelligent observations, I was drawn to the mind of this sharp observer of F1.
As told to me, ” I am a young Formula One die hard follower, someone who clinically bridges the gap between the fan’s demands of the motorsport and its favorite idols and the need for constant F1 related information“. She further added, “you cannot possibly muster all that there is to know about the present 10 contesting teams, but through the progress of 1 particular race driver, you may well go on to record tremendous information that buffers the hungry information consuming stock of an intelligent fan”.
I couldn’t agree more with this observation.
”Kimi Raikkonen Space is enjoying its 10th anniversary in 2015 having being brought to life in 2005″, she further added”, and from what was told to me turned out to be an impressive account of one girls’ mad pursuit of her favorite sport. (more…)