F1 » Boullier hails Raikkonen as a 'special animal'

Eric Boullier praises Kimi Raikkonen over his title bid as F1 heads for Suzuka

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Dee - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 4:44 PM

I must admit that I've had a bit of an up-and-down relationship with Raikkonen as an F1 fan. To me, he has only ever seemed to have put his heart into driving an F1 car when he thought he had a chance for a win. Basically, it seemed that he always gave up a bit too easily.

But this season, I think I had to change my view. I admit that I'm surprised that he's right in the middle of the title fight, despite not winning a race yet. He not only hasn't given up, he's pushed that Renault to its limit. Kimi is not my favourite driver, but I for one would not complain if he somehow managed to take the title this season. Both he and Alonso have clearly been the stars of this season as far as I'm concerned...

no1 kimi fan - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:20 PM

I am a big Kimi fan and think personaly he is one of the fastest men around... I can admit sometimes he seems to be lacking motivation... But to say the guy has been away for two years he has been blinding this season.... How he hasent yet won a race I don't know but let's just hope its not too far away... Would be awsome to see a Alonso Raikkonen title scrap... Not that I can see anyone beating Fernando he has been the star of the year and deserves a third title... Just hope he has to scrap for it.

Kevin - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:23 PM

I had Raikonnen pegged for ending 4th in the WDC this season. I'm not at all surprised at his performance as the cars today are actually close to the 2008 spec again. He (and Ferrari) got hammered by the double diffuser, then he skipped the engine map enabled blown diffuser era completely, which puts him back into a KERS car with an added DRS gadget. The only significant change is the junk they run for tires, and lack of refueling strategy. The real question looking ahead, is whether he is a match to Vettel who was a relative newbie the last time Kimi raced, Alonso, who seems to be enjoying his run with Ferrari as much as his Renault days - which is a bit of irony, and Hamilton in his closing days with McLaren. The differences among these 4 is very very small, and dependent on track and conditions more than skill set.

Puddleman - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:31 PM

Kimi is usually out-qualified by his rookie team-mate, so he's not transcending the car. Even if he drives perfectly on Sundays, his poor qualifying costs him points. And who's to say Grosjean is a strong benchmark?

It's nice to have Kimi back in F1, but the fanboys need to get a grip.

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