F1 » Lotus: Raikkonen easy to work with

Alan Permane: He's never driven these tyres before and already after a couple of days you can see that he's understanding them and altering his driving to look after them - he's got a lot of feel in the car...

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February 13, 2012 4:54 PM

"We tried to handle his personality and make sure that we don't bother him too much with too many intrusions, and he's a real racer," said Boullier. Kimi also is re-united with his former race engineer (left Mercedes and Schumacher to rejoin Renault and Raikkonen).
All the ingredients are there (bar possibly a 'winning' car) for Kimi to show what he can do!


February 13, 2012 6:04 PM

He doesnt need ice cream, he's cool enough, Just ask Eric Boulier who also gave us (his best quote ever!) “This is not a nursery and if you want to survive and be successful you have to fight,” Boullier said. “Kimi is not the political person that (former Renault pilot) Fernando (Alonso) was, but Kimi is like a rock - an icy rock - so don't expect any warmth!”

juancornetto - Unregistered

February 13, 2012 6:08 PM

i can only think that standing around in a cold damp forest in between rally stages has made him realise how pleasant F1 is in comparison. I think he will be at his highest level.

jose - Unregistered

February 13, 2012 6:10 PM

The formula for success at Lotus is quite simple.
First, Kimi the 'Ice Man" Mr. Cool is what he is. Remember,
and act on that with respect.

Second, just build a competitive car. a Lotus that can compete
inside the top five, consistently, good things will happen.

Ferrari failed to respect or understand Mr. Cool. That stupidity
in my opinion cost them another championship.

Badman, Jose

JJ - Unregistered

February 14, 2012 3:09 AM

Would love to see KR bring Lotus their first win this season. It'll be tough, but I feel he can easily mix it up with Merc, and given the right conditions, maybe steal a win.


February 14, 2012 5:45 PM

Huge commitment by Lotus if you think about it, they've put all there eggs in one basket by getting rid of senna and petrove so as not make Kimi look bad on his return and to ease the pressure of having an experienced and relatively fast team mate to race against, it seems they are happy to forsake scoring regular points senna or petrove were capable of scoring to then give the seat to test driver that's not going to challenge Kimi .


February 14, 2012 7:03 PM

Sounds like WRC has been a humbling experience for Kimi. I think up until then he was the guy who could drive anything faster than anyone else, but after his limited success in WRC as well as NASCAR maybe he's realised that if he wants to get back to the very top he's going to have to work for it.

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