A proposito di Kimi

GP Messico, interviste del giovedì–29/10/2015

Forgotten candidate Raikkonen eyes 2016 title

Kimi Raikkonen has raised his hand as a potential challenger for the 2016 world championship.

Although the 2007 title winner for Ferrari, the Finn’s return to Maranello has been more difficult, with teammate Sebastian Vettel now looking the more likely bet.

"It depends how strong Ferrari is next year," former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya told the German newspaper Welt.

"If they manage to catch Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel can make it a three-way battle. If not, I think next year will be between the two Mercedes drivers."

Given the trend of the past two seasons, writing off Raikkonen is not unusual.

"The situation with Kimi looks quite negative," countryman Mika Hakkinen told Ilta Sanomat newspaper, "mainly because his teammate is almost always in front."

Not only that, Hamilton made his F1 debut in 2007, the year Raikkonen won the title. Eight years on, Kimi still has only one title, and Hamilton has three.

"Lewis and his team have been strong," Raikkonen told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat. "He deserves the championship one hundred per cent.

"But next year we will try to beat him," he added. "We have gone constantly in the right direction this year and we will try to keep doing a good job now until the end of the season.

"Then hopefully next year, we will be ready," said Raikkonen.

Da Grandprix.com



Ferrari, Raikkonen: “Bravo Hamilton, ma l’anno prossimo ci saremo anche noi”

La Ferrari vuole esserci, la Ferrari deve esserci. “Abbiamo lavorato bene in questo 2015 e l’anno prossimo vogliamo lottare con la Mercedes per il mondiale” in questi termini si è espresso Kimi Raikkonen, parlando al quotidiano finnico Turun Sanomat.

Il pilota numero sette della Ferrari ha fatto i complimenti alla Mercedes e a Lewis Hamilton per il campionato dominato, avvisando però i rivali dell’arrivo prepotente della Rossa di Maranello: “Lewis e la sua squadra sono stati molto forti, hanno meritato entrambi i titoli al 100% – ha ammesso Kimi – Ma l’anno prossimo cercheremo di batterli”.

Raikkonen è convinto che la Ferrari abbia (finalmente) intrapreso la strada giusta, quella che porta alla vittoria:  ”Quest’anno abbiamo costantemente progredito, e siamo certi di poter fare un buon lavoro fino alla fine della stagione e questo inverno. Siamo nella giusta direzione, e io ci spero proprio, l’anno prossimo saremo pronti per contendere il primo posto alla Mercedes”.

Da f1grandprix.motorionline.com


Kimi impressed with the new track facility

It’s nice to come to a new place, I had been here before but not to Mexico City. I haven’t seen a lot apart from the hotel and the track, but so far everything looks nice and perfect, they have done a very good job here. I’m sure there will be a lot of fans, it is going to be a nice weekend. It will be challenging and unknown for everybody, since it’s a new place and we are at high altitude. This will influence a lot of things, the behavior of the car and of the engine in the first place. Let’s see how it is once we get running, and hopefully we’ll find out that it will be fine for us.

Da Ferrari.com

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