There is only one… Kimi Raikkonen
If there is one driver who comes across as being very much his ‘own man’, it’s Ferrari’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. But is Finland’s famous ‘Iceman’ really as single-minded as his laidback public persona suggests? It’s time to find out…
If you could pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Kimi Raikkonen: Salmon? Very Scandinavian…
If you could pick just one pizza topping what would it be?
KR: Tuna – to stick with the fish!
If you could pick just one holiday destination…
KR: Home. Who needs a holiday destination?
If you could pick just one track to race on…
KR: Spa, I guess.
If you could pick just one road car to drive…
KR: A Ferrari, of course. Any kind of Ferrari.
If you could pick just one race car to drive…
KR: Ferrari – the one I became world champion in (F2007).
If you could pick just one colour to wear…
If you could pick just one sport to play…
If you could pick just one song to listen to…
KR: Depends on the mood, so any! (Laughs) Or actually, the radio. So you see I’m not very sophisticated when it comes to music, but rather random.
If you could pick just one thing to drink…
If you could pick just one book to read…
KR: I don’t read. No books for me.
If you could pick just one city to live in…
KR: My summer place. It has a name, but I’d rather not tell you more than that it is in Finland.
If you could pick just one movie to watch…
KR: Nothing in particular.
If you could pick just one person to live with…
KR: My family – I’m unable to choose just one.
If you could pick just one team mate…
KR: This one that I have now.
If you could pick just one fruit to eat…
If you could pick just one vegetable to eat…
If you could pick just one mode of transport to use…
KR: Car – what else!
If you could pick just one F1 corner to drive…
KR: Eau Rouge.
If you could pick just one age to be…
KR: Any. I am super satisfied with my life so far.
If you could pick just one F1 era to race in…
If you could pick just one band/singer to listen to…
KR: When I was young it was Guns N’ Roses – but that’s a bit of a long time ago.
If you could pick just one piece of exercise equipment to train with…
KR: If I could I would do Motocross for exercise – all the time.
If you could pick just one thing to collect…
KR: I don’t collect anything. It’s boring.
If you could wear just one type of footwear to wear…
KR: Shoes! (Laughs)
If you could pick just one type of chocolate or candy to snack on…
KR: Finnish candy.
If you could pick just one memory from your racing career to keep…
KR: When I won the championship.
If you could pick just one other race series to watch…
KR: I watch a lot of motorsport, but my favourite is Motocross. Does that come as a surprise?
If you could pick just one person to date…
KR: I don’t need to worry about that!
Raikkonen: Ferrari suffered thanks to failure to fight for F1 title
Ferrari’s failure to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes in Formula 1 led to the team suffering, according to Kimi Raikkonen.
The Italian team expected to fight for the championship in 2016, having taken three wins and finished second to Mercedes last year.
But this year proved more difficult, with Ferrari failing to win a race and dropping behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.
Ferrari finished 70 points adrift of second-placed Red Bull and 367 behind Mercedes after 21 races.
"You suffer and we keep working hard and trying the best we can, but unfortunately the results weren’t what we wanted," said Raikkonen.
"Thanks to all the guys, we keep trying things and improving and learning.
"That’s why I feel that we’re in a stronger position even than the results really showed but as a team we’ve been working very well.
"If you purely take that, hopefully then next year when we bring the new car it’s more competitive and I’m sure we’re going to have a good fight."
Raikkonen’s form improved this year, with the Finn finishing sixth in the drivers’ standings, 26 points adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Last year, that gap was 128 points.
While Raikkonen was pleased with his turnaround, he was still disappointed with the overall results.
"If I just compare it to the last two years, yes it has been better on my side but then you cannot be very happy because it’s far from what we want," he said.
"There were good things, and they did good stuff, but obviously the end result is nowhere near what we want.
"It’s happy sometimes, but you have to take it as one chunk – the year – and when we finished where we finished we cannot be happy."
[…] "Raikkonen è stato grande. Sono estremamente contento di lui. Ha avuto una bellissima stagione, è perfetto per la squadra. Mi dirà lui se vuole continuare o smettere, tra un anno". […]
Kimi Raikkonen can’t understand Nico Rosberg F1 doubters
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he does not understand how Nico Rosberg could be considered not to deserve the world championship.
Some have questioned whether the reliability problems that cost Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, points this season casts aspersions over Rosberg worthiness as world champion.
But Raikkonen, who won the crown in 2007 during his first stint at Ferrari, shot down this idea.
"He scored more points and I don’t understand why he wouldn’t deserve it," said Raikkonen when asked about Rosberg’s title win.
"They [Rosberg and Hamilton] had the same car and he came out on top, so fair play.
"He was better this year, as simple as that."
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “Not an easy race”
Kimi: car was ok but suffered with tires
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not an easy race for me, the car was pretty ok, but I suffered with the tires, to make them last. I was constantly trying to keep the fronts alive. After the start I was in a good position, but I struggled with the first set of Softs: at the end of the stint they kind of came back and improved, but we kept losing places. When Seb came close to me, I knew that he was on a different strategy and I let him go. Obviously it has been quite a tricky year, far from what we want as a team, but lately we have been working well, doing the right things. Now we need to keep working this way and hopefully next year, with the new car, we’ll be where we want to be.”
Nico Rosberg seals 2016 F1 championship, Lewis Hamilton wins race
Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden Formula 1 world championship by holding off Sebastian Vettel to finish second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as rival Lewis Hamilton won the race.
Rosberg entered the 21st and final grand prix of the season with a 12-point lead and simply needed to be third or higher to take the title no matter where Hamilton finished.
Hamilton kept the pace slow in the final stint when leading Rosberg, backing the German into the pack, despite persistent calls from his Mercedes team to up speed.
But the tactic failed to pay off, with Rosberg soaking up the pressure from Vettel to guide his car home second.
As a result, Rosberg won the world title by five points at Yas Marina to become F1’s 33rd world champion, 34 years after his father Keke achieved the feat.
Hamilton led Rosberg away at the start but the duo did not pull away from Kimi Raikkonen, who jumped Daniel Ricciardo, and Vettel.
Rosberg pitted a lap after Hamilton, ditching the ultra-softs for the softs, and like Hamilton was held in his box while a Ferrari entered the pits.
He rejoined behind Max Verstappen, who had spun at the first corner after contact with Nico Hulkenberg and had cut his way back through the field on the super-softs and was looking to extend his stint.
Mercedes told Rosberg he needed to pass Verstappen because the Dutchman was driving purposefully slow, setting up a tense couple of moments as the two went wheel-to-wheel with the Red Bull holding firm.
After backing off for a few laps, Mercedes told Rosberg to attack again and this time, the German made a pass stick through Turns 8 and 9 before covering the line into Turn 11 to retake second.
The second stops for both Hamilton and Rosberg were smooth, with the duo retaining formation as they rejoined second and third behind Vettel, who was running a long second stint, until the German pitted.
The gap hovered around the one-second mark for much of the remainder of the race, with Hamilton appearing to attempt to back Rosberg into the chasing pack.
The main threat was Vettel, who was last of the frontrunners to make a final stop and took on fresh super-softs. He passed both Red Bulls and closed in on the two Mercedes, bringing Verstappen with him.
Rosberg complained Hamilton was too slow while Mercedes instructed Hamilton to up the pace, including a message from technical boss Paddy Lowe, but the Briton replied at one point "let us race".
Ultimately, it didn’t pay off as Hamilton crossed the line to win his 10th grand prix of the season, compared to nine wins for Rosberg, with his team-mate second.
Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen completed the top six.
Force India’s Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were seventh and eight respectively, securing fourth place in the constructors’ championship for the outfit for the first time.
Felipe Massa finished the final race of his F1 career in ninth, with Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.
The Spaniard’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button had a disappointing final race before his likely retirement, the Briton hitting a kerb at Turn 10 hard, causing damage to the steering and forcing him out.
Carlos Sainz Jr retired with a gearbox problem, moments after he was hit by Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, while his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat also failed to finish.
RESULTS – 55 LAPS:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari|
FINAL DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
FINAL CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:
Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who lines up fourth, said he hasn’t focused too much on set-up changes or getting distracted by the unrepresentative practice sessions.
"We know from every year here there’s always a bit of a difference with the weather," said Raikkonen.
"It’s hot during the daytime so it’s a bit of a waste of time, those sessions.
"We know what will happen for the evening, to make the right choices and make it work when it actually matters.
"I hardly changed my car – I changed a little bit for FP3 just to get a better feeling.
"It was not ideal at that time of day but you know the pace is going to improve, so we pretty much kept the car the same."
Kimi: car good for 3rd, lap just wasn’t perfect
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty good qualifying, the car has behaved well all day. Today we went a lot faster than we had been in practice, we did our best and it was almost enough for third place, but my last lap was not perfect in some places. It’s hard to say if we’ll be able to fight with the Mercedes tomorrow: usually in race conditions we are a bit closer, but I’m sure they will also be very strong. Tomorrow we can only do our best, we’ll try to make a good start and then we’ll see.”