F1 » Raikkonen: Win 'nothing to jump around about'

Kimi Raikkonen appeared decidedly underwhelmed by his first grand prix success since 2009, despite having returned the Lotus team to the top step of the podium and beaten title contenders Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi.

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i think with kimi its less about everything else before and after the race.. the whole media circus thing is not his game. he obviously loves racing otherwise he wouldnt be doing it... and if you love racing you love winning. alot of finnish people are like kimi, sometimes you think are you really that serious?? but there just like that, very blunt and to the point. its good because theres no BS.

first race i didnt fall asleep halfway through. broke my sofa when he won.. shouldnt have got so excited.

Buck Bundy - Unregistered

November 05, 2012 10:26 AM

Kimi got it spot on -
Lotus is just a name and this is not their first win since 1987. Trace the roots back and they are Toleman, so FIRST win was Berger (as Benetton) in 1986, the year before Lotus' last F1 win, and last was Alonso in 2008.

To liken it to Lotus cars and Mini is all wrong. Both Lotus cars and Mini are evolutions of the former under new owners, with direct links. Where is the direct link to the former Lotus F1?

The Dark - Unregistered

November 05, 2012 10:33 AM

Its all well and good to say you find Kimi 'refreshing' and you like his no BS approach etc etc but I found him arrogant towards his team who are trying to help him.
If he doesn't want radio messages constantly then that is something he should arrange with them beforehand instead of being disrespectful like that.
If that attitude gets him praise then it explains a lot in todays society.

It was Lotus' first win since the 80's and Kimi's first since 2008. Could he have been any more down about it ?
He's got no enthusiasm at all and being the type of driver to just want to get in the car and go quick isn't enough. Being an F1 driver means being part of the team, not just turning up to drive. I can understand his dislike for the press stuff though, that must be annoying. But again, it's all part of the game and he knew that when he came back in.

I'd just like to have seen more enthusiasm from Kimi when he won this weekend. It actually WAS something to jump around about as I'm sure Gr

Terminator - Unregistered

November 05, 2012 10:42 AM

Everyone has been talking this year about Alonso outperforming the car. Well, he is not the only guy to have done so, Kimi has done a job which is almost as good as what Alonso did.


November 05, 2012 10:42 AM

@ The Dark,
The team that is based at Enstone won back to back world championships in 05/06, and I think that away from the circuit, there may still be 'jumping about' going on with the team right now.

@dark.... you finish a day at work and you've overachieved what you expected ('winning?') do you jump around the office spraying champagne telling your co-workers what a great job they did?.. no and that's what F1 is for kimi. its a JOB.
as for disrespecting his team im sure by now they have had a few conversations about the team radio issue(personally i think he's right, you dont want distractions about tyre temps and gap difference, when your leading the race, you have a pit board and you can feel the car)and its sad that you jump to conclusions without thinking of all the variables... just because you've seen 1/3 of the teams day to day on tv doesnt mean you've seen everything. and for what its worth lotus F1 actually tweeted after the 'leave me alone', "1.5 second lead..looks like he does know what he's doing"


November 05, 2012 11:15 AM

kiddo. the picture was obviously taken during the playing of the national anthem of either finland or gb, so all three drivers were showing some respect.

what did you expect them to be doing?

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