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Raikkonen: I'm only back to race

Kimi Raikkonen says he has returned to F1 for the racing, and not for the 'all the other bull***t' that comes with it
Kimi Raikkonen says he has only returned to F1 for the racing, with the sport playing 'no role' in his life away from the race track.

The Finn returned to the grid this season with Lotus after two seasons in the WRC, with the former champion having left the sport on the back of being released from his contract with Ferrari ahead of schedule.

Since his return, Raikkonen has scored three times in four races, including a fine second place finish in Bahrain that leaves him sitting seventh in the championship standings.

Speaking to Bild am Sonntag, Raikkonen insisted he was pleased with his season as a whole so far, but wasn't concerning himself with what others said about his comeback.

"It's not going too bad," he said "I like what I'm doing, that's enough. I don't care if someone says whether I'm doing it well or not. Still, it's disappointing when you're only second. Who knows what's going to happen at the next race."

However, Raikkonen was quick to point out that he had only returned to F1 for the racing, and not for everything else that comes along with being an F1 driver.

"I'm only here for racing,” he said. “All the other bulls**t I can do without. If you took away the cars from Formula One, I would not be there. Formula One plays no role in my personal life. I have a real life! I think for many people, their life is Formula One. For me it's not."


Tagged as: Ferrari , Kimi Raikkonen , Bahrain , Lotus

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sodesu

May 02, 2012 11:25 PM

Icecreamman, what are you talking about? Why on earth are you a fan of F1 if the racing isn't what you're interested in. Frankly, I do not think Kimi has a poor attitude like some posters keep repeating. His Lotus engineers have said many times that he has a good work ethic, he knows he has to do setup and development work to have a winning car to play with, he just leaves it at that. He'll do his laps, report what he feels when he's driving and then let the engineers crunch the numbers. Very few F1 drivers actually have much engineering knowledge anyway - their specialty is racing just the same as the engineers' specialty is, er, engineering. He loves the racing, that's all. How does that not make him motivated enough as a racer?



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