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Japanese Grand Prix: Raikkonen: Suzuka 'a proper circuit'

Kimi Raikkonen says he hopes for a strong result as F1 heads for a 'proper circuit' for the Japanese Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen says he is looking forward to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, with Suzuka being one of the circuits he looks forward to each season.

The Lotus driver heads into the race on the back of a second place finish in Singapore last weekend, where he bounced back from a tough qualifying session to secure a place on the podium behind Sebastian Vettel.

The Finn will now hope to at least replicate that result at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar, and one he feels deserves to be rated as one of the best in F1.



“Suzuka is a track I look forward to every season,” he said. “It's a proper circuit that's been around for a many years, and you can understand why as it's a challenge for the drivers and usually makes for some good racing too. It's fast, technical and there are some good places to overtake, which to me is what racing should be about.

“As a racing circuit it has unique characteristics and belongs in the top three in the world with Spa and Monaco. I enjoy winning races the most at the places like these. For me coming to Suzuka was never that enjoyable because of the long journey, but driving a Formula 1 car on the track has felt great every time.

“Suzuka 2005 is my best memory from Japan. It's very difficult to say which is your best race – especially if you have won many – but coming from the last row of the grid to take victory at a place like this is one I remember very, very well.”

Raikkonen will aim to improve his qualifying performance at Suzuka to chase a better result, and he admitted that there was a chance he could add to his solitary win for the year to date.

“If we can improve our performance on Saturdays then there's always a chance,” he said, “so we'll keep trying for sure and see what we can do.”



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Webbertron

October 08, 2013 1:35 PM

"Monaco has nothing to do with on track racing" So driving a Formula 1 car within centimetres of crash barriers at speeds of up to 285 km/h while having to negotiate your way through other cars doing the exact same thing, has nothing to do with on track racing? Please pay a visit to your local doctor as soon as possible. Just because there isn't much overtaking, doesn't mean the track has no real racing. It's a different type of racing, the one where the fastest drivers put their lives at risk for 78 laps, pushing F1 cars to the absolute limit, knowing that one tiny error could cost them their race. That, is racing.



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