Da Autosprint n.46 del 15/11/2011:
Da Raisport del 16/11/2011 (http://www.mediafire.com/?kq4c6zhtltacgla):
Räikkönen still has hunger for rally
How is it Kimi Räikkönen, would it be time for podiums next year if your career would happen to continue in WRC?
– The top of five goes fast but I guess I would develop if I would still drive for one more season. It’s difficult to say what results I would achieve. I guess the level would go up and the speed would go forward, Räikkönen speculated in the service park in Builth Wells.
– We have improved all the time. It’s important. If I would want to drive the same speed as the top, then I would have to test a lot and drive all the time. Yet we haven’t gone into this so that we would be driving with the taste of blood in the mouth, Räikkönen reminds.
– I do everything I can but I have to know myself where we are. It’s not wise to go and do something stupid, Räikkönen describes his rally speed.
No disappointment, own fault
– Muddy braking in downhill, from where the car slided into a soft bank. The driving line was wide and there was too much mud, Räikkönen thinks.
Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström got the car back on the road with the help of spectators, but the journey ended quickly. The power transmission got too severe hits in the off, so it wasn’t possible to continue.
– It doesn’t disappoint me, my own fault, Räikkönen said.
Nothing new from F1
-There are no contracts or plans for next season, Räikkönen says.
Then is it possible that your career continues in rally next season?
-Of course. I have enjoyed myself here.
Da MTV3.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Kimi about future plans: "We are chatting with many places"
– I don’t have any plans. Lets see what happens and what we do, Räikkönen summed up.
According to Räikkönen he doesn’t have any timetable for his future decisions.
Rally is also one of the options.
– I’ve liked it here. I wouldn’t have been here if I didn’t.
Räikkönen admitted earlier this week that he has been in contact with Williams but emphasized that there is nothing concrete.
– We always chat to many places and negotiate, but until there is a contract it’s useless to talk about them.
According to his own words, Kaj Lindström is just as unaware of Räikkönen’s future as everybody else.
– I don’t think anyone knows it. The master hasn’t decided yet. Last year we agreed about this year in December, Lindström reminded.
Da iltalehti.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
SS12: 09:42 Raikkonen stopped in SS12
GPS tracking data indicates that Kimi Raikkonen has come to a halt before the third split point.
Räikkönen and Solberg retire in Wales
Video da MTV3: http://www.mediafire.com/?u07vwa9ah9555n6
Kimi Raikkonen and Petter Solberg won’t take any further part on Wales Rally GB following their exits from the world championship finale this morning.
Raikkonen suffered a light roll in his Citroen DS3 WRC on the opening Hafren test, while Solberg stopped prior to the run when a broken fuel pipe ignited a small fire in his similar Citroen.
Ex-Formula One world champion Raikkonen and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, who were sixth overall prior to their exit, managed to regain the road after the roll following the intervention of a number of spectators. However, the damage sustained meant they failed to complete the 32.14.kilometre test.
The good finish
Obviously, it’s time to finish this season of WRC. This is the last rally this year, and – for sure – it is one of the most challenging of them all in the calendar.
The feeling of having the last race of the season is always rewarding. You have worked hard the whole year long and then it’s time to have a useful break and chill out a little bit.
The starting point for the Rally of Great Britain is quite encouraging. We had a very good test. The car gives a comfortable feeling for me. The set-up work went well, we made some well matched changes and the car is good to drive.
The shakedown session went very well, too. So all in all, obviously, I’m looking forward to get the rally started in a clean way.
The weather is always as unpredictable as it is in England. Sometimes you got the sun shining, something it rains in this island. The roads are slippery. While there is water, dust, fog, what so ever, you have to be very, very focussed all the time and really trust on the pace notes you hear to avoid all kind of nasty surprises.
Compared to last year there are only a few special stages left. Most of the roads are new for everybody. It’s different every time. Let’s wait and see how our car works out on these roads.
We have had some difficult rallies lately, so it would be more than welcomed to finish the season with a good result and clean rally.
I just focus on this rally and finish the season in a nice way. That’s all that matters right now. What happens in the future is still an open question.
SS4: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "It was bit slippery in some places. I wasn’t driving very well."
SS11: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "We thought we had a puncture, but there is something with the steering."
Da MTV3.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Räikkönen: The driving is better
Räikkönen was happy that compared to F1 he had a roof over his head now.
– You don’t get very wet here. It’s of course a different world.
– Oh well, the driving was better. That last stage was just completely foggy, I hardly saw anything. It also rained quite a lot on the other stages.
– It’s a new day tomorrow, lets see.
They rumour Räikkönen made his decision to quit his rallying career already in rally Finland, after being frustrated in his own inability to improve. Officially the man doesn’t say anything about next year, or if we will see him in rally Wales again.
– It’s difficult to say, I have no decisions about next year, Räikkönen grunted.
Da iltalehti.fi, traduzione di Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Kimi’s lights went off
According to Kaj Lindström Rally Wales is one of Räikkönen’s favorite rallies.
– Kimi liked this rally last year also. This is a difficult race but the more challenging, the more he likes it, Lindström told.
The opening day proceeded without any problems but then on the 3rd SS Räikkönen and Lindström got into a scary situation when the lights suddenly went off in the dark.
– We lost there because we had to brake on a straight.
According to Lindström Räikkönen was in a good mood.
– Hopefully he is that tomorrow too although he has to wake up early, Lindström laughed.
The alarm clock woke up the duo at 5 a.m. this morning. According to Linström Kimi isn’t used to early mornings.
– But if you aren’t a morning person, then you just aren’t.
1. OSTBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:31.2
=1. MEEKE. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:31.2
3. LOEB. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.1
4. SORDO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:32.2
=5. OGIER. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.5
=5. LATVALA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.5
=5. WILSON. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.5
=8. HIRVONEN. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.8
=8. RAIKKONEN. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.8
10. BLOCK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:33.4
11. H. SOLBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:33.9
=12. KUIPERS. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.4
=12. P. SOLBERG. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:34.4
=12. PROKOP. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.4
15. NOVIKOV. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.7
16. TANAK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.8
17. ARAUJO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:35.2
(19). VAN MERKSTEIJN JR. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:36.2
(23). OLIVEIRA. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:39.3