WRC » Raikkonen: Sometimes you learn the hard way

Kimi Raikkonen: It was just one of those things. We were pushing hard: in fact we were fastest on the first two split times. Then unfortunately we went off: this can happen when you're trying.

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Dice - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 11:12 AM

If crashing equals learning, Kimi should already be a better rally driver than Seb Loeb!

Also seems he's not learning too well from his mistakes, since he keeps making them at every round.

Over-rated in F1, over-rated in rally, & over driving the car to try prove something to himself.

pilsbury - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 11:45 AM

Stupid comment Dice. Going by your comment Colin Mcrae was rubbish. He crashed loads, especialy in the early days. For the amount of rallys Kimi has entered, he has progressed well. This is his first on tarmac, and he's posting top five times, beating the works Ford cars,what do you expect him to do ? He is out performing many more experianced drivers, so how bad are they in your opinion ?

Roadrunner - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 3:45 PM

Rally is not Formula 1. The danger of crashing is much higher, especially for unexperienced drivers. It takes time to learn, and from what we have seen so far, Kimi has learned faster than most of the others when they entered the WRC.
You can see that the learning curve is much longer on WRC than in Formula 1, where drivers like Hamilton could just hop into the car and be competetive right from the beginning. This doesn't happen in WRC (Loeb doesn't count cos he's an alien). Even Latvala and Ogier, who are some of the greatest talents, have needed their time to become competetive.
Considering all that, I would say, Kimi has been pretty impressive so far.

racer - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 9:27 PM

Hmm, Hamilton didn't "just hop onto a F1 and became competitive right away", he had years of experience on open wheel formula cars under his belt, including a GP2 title, which is the category immediately below F1.

Roadrunner - Unregistered

July 11, 2010 12:43 PM

@ Racer

You're right he didn't. What I meant, was just that he had already learnt almost everything before coming to F1. That's a difference between Rally and F1. If you come to Formula 1 today, you have been racing for maybe 15 years. First in a Kart, then in the lower open wheel championships. And when you get to Formula 1, you are already pretty close to your personal limit. There is not much you can still learn. That's why you usually see drivers improve dramatically after arriving at F1.
In Rally, there a many things that you haven't learnt as a F1 driver.

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