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Q&A - Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen looks ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix as he targets more success for Lotus
Q:
You must be feeling pretty good with your championship position and the performance of the car this season?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Well, we're not in first place so we can't be too happy. For sure it's not a nightmare, but we've still got a lot of races yet to come and anything can happen in Formula 1. Monaco is a different challenge, so we'll have to see what happens there this year.

Q:
Last year's Monaco Grand Prix was not one of the team's better outings, so you'll be hoping for better this year?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We certainly won't make the mistakes we made last time. There were a few things we didn't do right over the weekend and we suffered because of that. Sometimes that's the way it goes, but the important thing is not to make the same mistakes again.

Q:
How do you define the Monaco Grand Prix?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's useless to put races in different categories, because all of them are as important as each other if you want to win a Championship. However, as a real special race there is nothing like Monaco; there is no better feeling than to get things going well there. To race in the streets of Monte Carlo is really different from everywhere else and it's a challenge I look forward to every year. It is very, very difficult – almost impossible in fact – to have a clean weekend down there.

Q:
You won in Monaco in 2005; how did that feel?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I've only managed to get it right once before and you really experience the greatest feeling you can get by winning it. My win in 2005 ranks up there with my most memorable, so to win it again would be just as special.

Q:
What's the challenge behind the wheel?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's such a narrow, twisty track; you have to be extra sharp and focused through every single metre. It gives such a good feeling; a fast lap around Monaco. Overtaking is almost impossible, so to really enjoy racing there you have to be in the front.

Q:
What about the atmosphere?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's an interesting place to go to, with a lot of fans and a lot of parties going on; or so I'm told. It's a completely different atmosphere from anywhere else.

Q:
What's your approach to the weekend?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We have to focus on qualifying. It's a difficult place to race as it's so narrow and – as I said before – passing is nearly impossible. I was stuck behind Rubens [Barrichello] in 2009 and we had KERS then, but you just couldn't get past. We'll have to see how the tyres perform and if there are any good strategies to be made, but the most important thing is to qualify well. It's difficult to know how good the car will be in Monaco as you can't simulate its characteristics; certainly not at any of the circuits we've visited so far this year anyway. We can say the E21's been fast everywhere else so let's hope it's also fast there.

Q:
With qualifying so important, is it a worry that this doesn't seem to be one of the E21's strongest areas?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We'll do the best we can, but of course everyone will be trying to be on the front row. It's not impossible for us, but we won't know how good we are until we get there. We know that tyre changes have to be made so there are opportunities if you run a different strategy to your rivals, but it's certainly more difficult here than anywhere else.



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12.05.2013-  Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 Luiz Razia (BRA), Marussia F1 TEAM MR02 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
12.05.2013-  Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
12.05.2013-  Race,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
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27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Mojo Jojo

May 20, 2013 10:20 AM

"tt's an interesting place to go to, with a lot of fans and a lot of parties going on, OR SO I'M TOLD." Haha. Always with the dry wit. He'll be stumbling out of one of those parties after the race, I'm sure!



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