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Q&A: Kimi Raikkonen

Now up into third position in the F1 world championship standings, Kimi Raikkonen reflects on Lotus' tough Italian weekend and looks forward to improving on his recent record in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Q:
Are you looking forward to the Singapore grand Prix?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I really like going to Singapore. It's a great place to be, I love the local food and I don't mind the unusual times we run in the car. I have some unfinished business after my two GPs there so far, as I have never scored a point. That doesn't mean I'm not quick there as I've been told I still hold the lap record from 2008. I crashed while fighting for fifth place that year and finished down in tenth in 2009, so I want better this time.

Q:
What difference does it make racing at night?

Kimi Raikkonen:
In the first two years of this GP, I was a little bit surprised by how people were talking so much about the different timing. When they switch on the lights, it's exactly the same as racing in the day time. I think everybody in F1 enjoys the night race in Singapore. It's worked out really well as it's a buzzing city and lots of people turn up. Apart from one or two dark spots in the run-off areas the circuit is very well lit, so there is not a big difference to racing in the day.

Q:
Regardless of being at night, it's another street race. What effect does this have?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Monaco was not that good for us, but Valencia was one of the best weekends so far. Obviously, there is no reason why Singapore should be any different compared to Valencia. Like at every street circuit, it's very difficult to pass other cars there, so starting the race as high as possible on the grid is a very important factor to get a good result.

Q:
How do you think the circuit will suit the E20?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Everybody will bring updates to this race so we'll have to see what difference that makes. It's a case of trying to get the maximum from our package and working on achieving the best balance. If we get everything right we should do okay.

Q:
What's your target?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Obviously, the podium is a target again. We have had six podiums so far and scored as many points as the top guys in last few races. We have managed to get everything out of our package. Hopefully we are able to carry on in the next races, too.

Q:
Any worries about the weather?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Every year they say that it will rain in Singapore when the evening comes. Well, we'll see when we're there. It's no use to worry about it. It will be the same for everybody, anyway.

Q:
Monza was a tough race for the team?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We didn't have enough speed in the car. We were thinking that sixth or seventh would be a realistic finishing position so fifth was probably the maximum we could have achieved. Our speed down the straights wasn't so good, which made it quite tricky to defend from cars behind. When you look at it like that it's not a bad result.

Q:
You're up to third in the drivers' championship. how high up the order can you go?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We've lost some points to Fernando [Alonso] which is not so good, but we still managed a decent result in Italy and it's good to be up to third in the championship. It's impossible to say how this season will turn out, but we're very close to second. We'll see what happens in the next few races.



Related Pictures

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09.09.2012- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
09.09.2012- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008, Singapore F1 Grand Prix, 26th-28th, September 2008
08.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
06.09.2012- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
30.10.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
30.10.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Marco Mattiacci (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari F1 team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

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asdaq - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 1:02 PM

His mom brought him to see some specialist when he was five witht he concern of him talking too less!! The specialist told his mum, that this kid has very high IQ, thats why he choose to talk less!!



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