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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mani - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:17 AM

@Puddleman this is statistic, not facts

Statistic didn't tell you prior to new updates in 2008, kimi was leading the championship comfortably. However, kimi outpace Massa by huge margin in race and managed to clinch 10 fastest lap but often let down by reliability.(schumacher confirmed the development is more suited to massa, and kimi nvr bother to spent time on it)

Also statistic didnt tell you kimi face more reliabilities issues in earlier 2009 than massa, and also strategies blunder that cause kimi good chances of point finished...eg Sepang ( pitted too early for wet tyre, and destroyed the tyre in the end)

Fact is, development halted when massa injured. So basically with the same car and less reliabilities issues, kimi won a race and finished with 5 podiums further in that season, which massa failed to achieve with SAME CAR before his injury.

mani - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:20 AM

shall i provide the statistic of alonso vs trulli, alonso vs lewis ?? button vs lewis in 2011?? and heikki vs trulli??

the outcome will be Jenson is the best driver ever =)

mani - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:23 AM

poor guy who cant differentiate statistics and facts =)

that's what happen with younger fans, they don't bother to watch back the old races, but act likes expert by copying statistic from wikipedia.

Puddleman - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:28 AM

I'm 69, I've watched the 2 greatest drivers of all time, Fangio and Jim Clark (and I don't mean on TV).

You, mani, simply make stuff up. Take this:

"Also statistic didnt tell you kimi face more reliabilities issues in earlier 2009 than massa"

Kimi only retired in Spain, whereas Massa broke down in Australia and China. In Australia, Kimi's broken differential was due to smacking the wall.

Whether my posts are facts or statistics, they are not lies like yours! Shame on you.

tific - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:30 AM

i watched that interview of schumacher, and genuinely impress with kimi for performing relatively well in a car that didn't suit him as well.

The situation now is reverse for massa and alonso.

But massa cant even clinch a podium in a car that work against him.

Liam48 - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:30 AM

@Puddleman you didn't make yourself clear that you meant the first half of 2009.

You also didn't bring into account that Raikkonen had about 6 fastest laps in a row & that a couple if times when he was leading his car had a mechanicals problem which handed Massa the win I.e Magny Cours. You also don't mention that on 2009 that Ferrari messed up a lot if Raikkonens races.

You probably don't like him because he isn't a corporate sponsors dream, he's just an ordinary guy that likes to drive cars fast at weekends.

mani - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 3:36 AM


kimi - engine problem in China (power loss)

bahrain - team blunders (kimi quali 6th and let down by the team)

spain - hyrdrauli failure

turky - front wing damage

british - pit stop blunder (drop from fifth to eight)

germany - radiator damage

thats the difference btw those who watch races, and those who read wikipedia, i can give no damn about your age. Stupidity aint bias on age range group.

saffa - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 10:53 AM

Does anyone remember Suzuka 2005 where Alonso and Kimi drove like they cars better than the rest of the field. That was a year when the FIA was changing rules, tires and giving Renault and Mclaren hard times to help Ferrari win the title. Real talents shone through and Alonso took the title.
In-team politics didn't allow raikkonen to be at his best at Ferrari therefore we hear Kimi saying that he would never go work with Mr. Di Montezemelo again and no one can compare the Massa of then to the Massa of today, it jus shows weakness of argument.
Over race weekends we do have to types of driver setups, those who go for more of a quali setup to get raw speed out of the car, Lewis, Romain, Kamui, Heikki who all generally qualify well and drivers who go for a compromised setup, Fernando, Kimi, Jenson, Di Resta, Perez, who generally move forward during the race so one cannot compare the grid results but look at the race ending results which is the part that matters. If people can't see that

Leofric - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 11:45 AM


re: Kimi is not as good as Grosjean and Massa

Way I see it, a driver with 82 points in the standings is NOT better than one with 149 points.
As for Massa, a driver who has achieved nothing : zilch titles, is NOT better than a WDC champion, and a Ferrari champion at that, something Alonso has not equalled yet.
Massa was fast and brash and proud once, with wins and poles under his belt, and a cocky swagger about him, but he has been thrown to the wolves by his team, and that has broken his spirit. We only mention Massa these days to discuss his replacement....

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