F1 » Raikkonen: I’ve not lost any speed

Kimi Raikkonen confident of being up to speed from the outset when he makes his return to F1

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December 21, 2011 7:10 PM

It's only natural for a person to say he hasn't "lost it", but it is probably true the way Raikkonen said it - he doesn't have to learn much if anything new, as he had to with NASCAR and WRC. F1 is the arena in which he has spent most of his career, so it is "home". I also think Schumi did not lose any "speed". Once you've got it, it doesn't go away. Look at John Surtees or any of the great oldsters drive, even today -- you don't forget "how" in the least, and except for strength training, 50 to 80 year old bodies can do what it takes, and 50 to 80 year old brains have stored more info and work better than those only 20 years old. It's the "motivation" part that eventually goes away - usually in about 10 years after reaching at "top level" in a dangerous sport. I am one of those who doesn't doubt Raikkonen's motivation, but we'll see.

F1RacingFan - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 11:00 PM

uhmmmm. Well...

Can somebody answer 2 questions?
1. Why ferrari was looking for FAlonso if he was so fast?
2. Being a free agent -taking for granted that ferrari paid for his gardening leave- nobody in the paddock had a serious conversation with him to return?

I thinks his tenure on WRC and his brief tour on NASCAR didn't confirm his claims...

Only time will tell.


MSC was hurt by lack of testing... he is returning.... I hope Mercedes has a better car for him on 2012 and if Mercedes has car and MSC didn't deliver he should hang the helmet... otherwise it will be hard to judge.

yzf750 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:09 AM

f1racing fan,
everbody knows why ferrari went for alonso, 1, he is probably the most complete current formula 1 driver, 2 santanders euros. your second question, even after a year out mclaren and brawn/ mercedes where after kimi. i can remember sebastien loeb getting a go in a redbull and setting some pretty serious laptimes, so either those wrc cars keep you sharp or loeb really is the man... we will see, and thats what makes it exciting

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