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Q&A - Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen talks about his return to F1 with Lotus
Q:
Why F1?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Formula 1 is something very special in my racing career, and you always want to race at the toughest level, so Formula 1 is where you want to race if you have a choice.

Q:
How quickly did the deal come about with the Lotus F1 Team?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Everything came together quite quickly. We shared a common goal and everyone was happy. This was the only way to do it and everything went pretty well from there.

Q:
What do you think of the team now you've completed two days testing?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I'm happy with the team, they are very nice people, very easy going and it was nice to work with them for the two days I did in the R30. I think we'll have a lot of fun in the season ahead and hopefully we will get some good results. I want a strong enough car to challenge for good results.

Q:
When did you decide to finish rallying and to go back to Formula 1?

Kimi Raikkonen:
When I did the NASCAR races, I enjoyed the racing and I want to do more racing. I still want to do rally and if I could I'd do them both at the same time - but this isn't possible. For sure I will do rallying again in the future. I want to do racing as I had a really good time in NASCAR racing against other people and I realised that I was missing this – that's when I decided that if there was a good chance to return properly that I would do it.

Q:
If you'd been in rallying with sufficient time could you have been as good as Sebastien Loeb?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know! I don't think anyone is as good as him right now! For sure I could have improved, but I don't know how far. I'd improved last year from where I was in 2010. I went to rallying to see how well I could do and I still think that it's one of the most difficult sports that I have ever tried. It's not easy! The guys at the front are very fast, but equally if you put them in a Formula 1 car they would probably have a similar story to me in rallying. I think I would need another couple of years with testing. With rallying there are so many different surfaces and it's completely different from Formula 1.

Q:
What are your thoughts on how F1 has changed since you last competed?

Kimi Raikkonen:
In 2010 I didn't really follow Formula 1 but I saw more races last year. It doesn't really look different, but there is overtaking in some different places where people can just drive past by opening the rear wing and the driver in front has no chance to defend himself – so is this really overtaking? I don't think it counts all the time. But for sure the show is better.

The tyres make a difference too, as there is a big speed difference between when the tyres are new and when the tyres are old. In the old Formula 1, you had to be so much faster than the guy in front of you to have any chance to overtake, but now with the tyres and the DRS, it's different.

Q:
Do you have anything to prove with your return?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I think people expect things from me, but as long as I know that I'm giving 100% and I'm happy with my driving then I'm happy. If those aspects are true and it's not enough, then it's not enough.

Q:
How's your motivation?

Kimi Raikkonen:
There's always talk about my motivation, written by people who don't know me and couldn't have an idea on how strong my motivation is. If I didn't feel I had the motivation, I would stop. My feeling is that I probably drove some of my best races in my last season in Formula 1 and I was very happy with my performance. I've never had any issues with motivation.

Q:
What are your thoughts on KERS and DRS – you didn't have them when you tested the R30.

Kimi Raikkonen:
I've driven with KERS before and DRS is just a button. Once you've done it a few times it will become automatic.

Q:
How well do you know your new team-mate, Romain Grosjean?

Kimi Raikkonen:


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rakesh - Unregistered

February 05, 2012 7:04 PM

Q: Do you have anything to prove with your return? Kimi Raikkonen: I think people expect things from me, but as long as I know that I'm giving 100% and I'm happy with my driving then I'm happy. If those aspects are true and it's not enough, then it's not enough. A true racing driver answer , and this is why i am a fan of kimi.

JD002

February 05, 2012 10:27 PM

Q: How's your motivation? Kimi Raikkonen: There's always talk about my motivation, written by people who don't know me and couldn't have an idea on how strong my motivation is. If I didn't feel I had the motivation, I would stop. My feeling is that I probably drove some of my best races in my last season in Formula 1 and I was very happy with my performance. I've never had any issues with motivation. Thank you for clearing this up Kimi- "written by people who don't know me"



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