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Q&A: Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen: I've always enjoyed driving in Germany, but the problem is that luck has never been on my side there and something has always happened to stop me winning
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen reflects on Silverstone - and looks ahead to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.



Q:
Kimi, do you have everything you need to be successful at Hockenheim?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yes. We've got a good car, we understand the tyres quite well, we've shown that we can be fast and race well... there's no reason why we shouldn't be fighting for another podium.

Q:
What is it about Germany that hasn't been kind to you in the past?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know, maybe I did something bad in a former life? I've always enjoyed driving in Germany, but the problem is that luck has never been on my side there and something has always happened to stop me winning. I've had four pole positions which shows my speed on German soil, but six retirements haven't been what I wanted.

Q:
Does it set you more of a challenge having raced in Germany fifteen times but never taken a win?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Not really. A race is just a race and you always try to do your best. In the past, the races I've contested in Germany have never gone as I had been hoping for. Obviously both circuits – Hockenheim and the Nürburgring – have not been very kind to me. I like them both and I have always been very competitive there. Maybe it will all come together this year.

Q:
Looking back to Silverstone, the E20 seemed to be going well?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We were really quick on the hard tyres, especially at the end of the race. It's just a shame we didn't have the space on track to use it for the whole race as unfortunately I spent quite a lot of time stuck behind slower cars so we couldn't show our full pace until we were in clear air. We were close to Felipe [Massa] at the end, but we just didn't have enough laps left to get another position. I was really pleased with the car. It felt good all weekend and we're definitely getting closer to finding the full speed from it.

Q:
What do you need for a fast lap at Hockenheim?

Kimi Raikkonen:
The car can make all the difference here, and luckily we've got a good one. You need good traction out of the corners and if you're lacking rear grip it's hard to get the pace from the car to challenge for the top positions.

Q:
How important is it to qualify at the front?

Kimi Raikkonen:
When I was last in Hockenheim in 2008 overtaking was quite difficult. Not as tricky as some circuits, but not easy at all. This year with the tyres, the KERS and the DRS it could be easier to overtake, especially if we are better on our tyres than the opposition. It's not all about qualifying at Hockenheim, but certainly it makes life easier when you start from the front and have clean air.

Q:
So a start from the front and clean air ahead; anything else you'd like in Germany?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Some hot weather would be good. Usually in Hockenheim it has been very hot and everybody has had problems with the tyres going off. Obviously, for us, the hot weather suits the car fine. Our car prefers the hot temperatures and in the long runs it's not that hard on tyres. Let's have some real summer weather in Hockenheim.



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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus Renault
06.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
06.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
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blublz

July 16, 2012 10:10 AM

A very nice return for Kimi, after two years out of single seater open wheel racing, three podiums, regular top ten finishes, along with outscoring his (now) highly rated team mate, he even slips a few jokes into interviews. If he can qualify near the front (ahead of Pastor Maldonado) we should see the full potential of the E20, and the full potential of KR.



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