F1 » Raikkonen hopes for ‘welcome surprise’ at Monza

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari needs to focus on getting a clean race weekend and can then hope it gets “a welcome surprise” at the Italian Grand Prix

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Texas Roadhouse

August 27, 2014 2:14 PM
Last Edited 609 days ago

Absolutely nothing to do with this article, but as no other posts here, then hopefully will be seen.

Sadly, Len Terry has died. His skills produced some of the best, AND most beautiful F1 cars to come into existence - witness the Lotus 33, the Indy winning 38 and the Eagle Weslake (maybe the most beautiful ever). Like Maurice Phillipe, he was responsible for putting Chapman's ideas and concepts into reality - no mean feat.

Hopefully Crash will produce an appreciation of his life and career.


August 27, 2014 11:00 PM

Last time Kimi raced at Monza for Ferrari he finished 3rd, which was a very good result considering that the Force India was very strong on low downforce, and McLaren's Kovalainen was on a very effective one stop strategy. I hope he can repeat it. Also it was Brawn GP's last one-two finish, they would not win another race after it. Lets see what Mercedes can do, Lewis and Nico are not the nice guys like Jenson and Rubens in the Brawn GP.

bob jane

August 27, 2014 11:42 PM
Last Edited 611 days ago

l bet Ferrari would like some return on investment from you Kimi, l think you have been very ordinary this year....maybe my comments are too harsh, but l look at the Button's and KImi's as a businessman,,, do not understand how they justify their incomes!!! .....The teams must have performance clauses in the contracts surely!!.....Drivers like Alonso give 110% from the first GP to the last GP of the season, no matter if the car is crap.........Some of these other highly paid names, drive like they are there for the money..


August 28, 2014 2:25 AM
Last Edited 612 days ago

@bob jane, In practice Kimi has one thing after another go wrong with his car to take away his practice time, gear box, fuel pump, water pump, electrical, power unit, in China his car would not even go after FA had tested it in Bahrain! FA's car does not have any of these problems, until last Sunday. When Kimi was ahead of FA in Spain FA called in & insisted that he pit first. Kimi gets let out late to qualify, Hungary & Spa, or the tires are wrong. Not FA. If FA had the backbone to race Kimi fairly, Kimi would win & FA knows it, so he hobbles him before the race ever begins. That is what $100 million can buy you.


August 28, 2014 3:40 PM

Raikkonen would have beaten Alonso at Spa even if Alonso had no penalty if they had equal support of Ferrari. Kimi had caught Alonso pretty much in the initial laps. That 5 second stop and go penalty had caused Alonso to suffer behind other drivers, but Kimi had encountered tons of it in prior races. Alonso was unable to pass any car due to power shortage, but lets face it. Alonso has never been good at spa. Drivers who prefer a strong front end will rule racing circuits like spa. For the rest there are the tilke dromes

bob jane

August 28, 2014 11:56 PM

Marybeth you forgot to mention the Brit GP were he made his car explode by not backing off on the grass,,,,But l read a lot of your back posts and l see you are a true fan of his,, and l respect your opinion,,,, l have had my Favs over the years and l will stick with them through thick and thin..........Having said that, and l have followed Kimi through his career in F1 and Rally careers and reminds me of "Legionella", all the conditions have to be perfect for him to bloom...when he is on it he is unbeatable and unpassable...but not the true all round "on or off the track" GP driver like FA.................
l have never known FA to back down from a dog fight or not get every horse or inch of grip out of a tyre or think he can still pick up a place 2 corners from the flag...he has always punched above his machine and will break a holiday or turn up at the garage at 3 in the morn to help with a problem......Kimi is a super talent but can be lazy and at times appear very demotivated...Ma

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