Q: Kimi, you qualify in the top 10 but then it all seems to go away from you. A best of 10th so far. What are you feelings about it so far?
KR: I mean definitely not what we wanted or what I wanted either but we don’t have the speed right now in the car unfortunately. We are going to get some new parts at the next race but this race probably can be a bit difficult again. Hopefully the testing here helps a bit and it will be slightly better for us but I don’t know yet. We need to wait and see.
Q: Kimi, when are you likely to be using KERS again?
KR: I don’t use it tomorrow. The other car will run it and then we will make the decision which way we go, we either take it and use it if we don’t have any issues with it and we will put it also in my car but really we want to look a little bit and compare the two cars with and without and see a little difference. That’s our main thing tomorrow.
Q: You have never seemed to be a massive fan of KERS.
KR: It is probably faster in quite a few places but the car was not too bad the last race in qualifying. I think we could have been faster even there but we had an issue with it. It is not much different driving with or without it for us.
Q: The diffuser modifications. When would you expect to get that?
KR: Hopefully we will have the new parts for the next race in Barcelona.
Q: You have been second and third here in the past and you tested here as well. So are you feeling a little bit more confident about this?
KR: Like I said, hopefully the testing at the beginning of this year will help us this week. It has usually been okay for us. Of course we are not in the position we were last few years right now but I still think we should have a better chance here than maybe at some previous races.
Q: You were just talking about the Red Bull performance in China. Were you suprised by it?
KR: Yeah, I mean they have been looking fast every race. Like Timo said they were a bit stronger in the last race. I don’t know if they got some new parts or not but they have definitely been strong all year.
Q: Principally to you, Kimi: Are you suprised at those who are making the early running in this season’s driver’s championship and he so do you welcome the so-called new kids on the block getting onto the podium that you used to regard as your own territory?
KR: It’s normal for them to be there. I don’t think that they are new in Formula One. It’s not a big suprise. Those teams were fast in the winter testing. We are missing speed right now. Hopefully we can turn it around pretty quickly, I expect at the next race. They are welcome. For sure we would rather be there but right now we are not in a position to fight for those positions, so we just need to make the best (performance) as we can here and then hopefully get back to where we should be in the next race.
Q: We’ve had four races in five weeks. In the past you would all be going testing next week. Are you looking forward to the time off or would you prefer to be going off and trying lots of new parts?
KR: When you have a situation like the one we are in, it would probably be nice to try the new parts before the race but That’s how it is, we’re having some time off, so we go to the next race and sort it out there.
Q: Kimi, does it mean you will probably go to the factory and go through everything and maybe some simulation?
KR: Similiar story, all the people are working one hundred percent, they know what they’re doing. It’s more the time that’s against us than anything else. I have some other work to do anyhow. I don’t know if I will in to the factory or not. If they need me, yes, but people know what they’re doing. We usually plan the meetings if we need something but we are here and we always discuss all those things, so it probably won’t be necessary to go there.
Q: Kimi, do you feel under extra pressure, personally or from within Ferrari, to score points for the team or for yourself this weekend?
KR: For sure I want to score points but I don’t feel any pressure. We try to do our best every time and unfortunately we haven’t managed to score any points so far. We are all one team and we all don’t feel so good when we have bad races but that’s how it is right now unfortunately. We do the best that we can here and hopefully we get some points.
Q: Kimi, can you believe you are in this position after three races without a point compared to 18 months ago when you were World Champion?
KR: Things change quickly in Formula One, we know that. There are new rules. Of course we had pretty good winter testing. We probably say in the last test that we were not where we wanted to be, exactly, but it hasn’t been the start of the season that we were looking for as a team but we just need to work harder and improve the situation and get back to where we want to be. We know that we can do it but it takes a while. That’s unfortunately the situation where we are.
Q: Do you think you are far away from Red Bull and Brawn GP?
KR: We are probably one second behind them so I think it depends a bit from circuit to circuit but that’s more or less where we are and we know that, so we are aiming to catch them up and of course, when you’re once behind, it’s not easy because everybody is also going forward, so it’s hard to catch up completely but for sure we are going to get much closer next race.
Q: Kimi, you qualify in the top 10 but then it all seems to go away from you. A best of 10th so far. What are you feelings about it so far?
Well, there’s nothing much to tell about the Chinese GP either. It’s sad that it’s already my third bad weekend in a row. The difficulties keep going on and we haven’t scored a point yet. It doesn’t help of course but I’m sure we can’t get any lower than this.
The practice in China was the most difficult. The balance was ok but we couldn’t find any downforce. We had new parts in the car. I tried them on Saturday and the car felt immediately better. I got back a little downforce and the quali went better that what we expected. The KERS was gone and we lost a few tenths because of that.
In the race I was always behind someone so the KERS would have helped for sure. But safety reasons decided and we couldn’t use the system.
We continue with zero and it doesn’t make life any easier but I’ve had bads before.
The whole team just has to have the strength to focus and we try to do our best. We get a new package to Barcelona and then we’ll see where we when compared to the others.
These rainy races have sucked. The truth is that I still love to race on a wet track but now it’s just so difficult when the car lacks downforce. There’s no traction so all you can do is try to keep the car on the track, there’s really nothing else you can do.
Next we in to Bahrain and at least there’s shouldn’t rain. We had our winter tests there and it should help us this year too. Of course the weather is more got now but when we tested the slicks and the KERS already in February we can start the jobs a little bit easier.
Ferrari has won the last two races in Bahrain. Of course you can’t just expect that we would get more speed out of somewhere but I think we should start scoring points already and hopefully we’ll in to for the prizes.
The best feelings from the race in China came when Sebastian won. He’s a great guy and good for him for winning. He drove well and deserved to win.
This is the first time we race in China in the begining of the season when it’s spring time. To me the new time doesn’t mean a thing. I always go to races in the same way. The goal is everytime to score good points and do my best so that I would win the race.
China has been a good place for me before. Ever since the Shanghai circuit was new we have always found the setups so that we have been able to fight for the trophies. Two years ago I won the race and I’ve always got a good result from there. Now I have to hope that Shanghai finally would give the cannon start to our fight for the championship.
After all they invented the situation regarding the championship is still pending. Our team and me myself have had a really bad start.
But still we know that we would have earned reasonable points with our competitivness if we would had a little more luck. Of course it’s unnecessary to grieve. In motorsport you have one moment-and That’s when you have to make it. If you don’t make it it’s no use to start thinking ‘what if’ afterwards because it won’t change a thing.
But luckily for us this is once again a long serie. And it isn’t over yet. We’ve only raced two races and we have 15 more to go to. Of course it’s important that we start scoring points with a pace now so that we can catch up with the top and won’t stay behind anymore.
The team has worked hard after Australia and Malaysia so that the chase can begin from China. It’s a bit more tricky now when we can’t test the car on the track. The new regulations makes it more difficult for those who have to chase the top from the beginning of the season.
Now the GP-weekends friday is an even more important opportunity to test when you have to test all new parts along with the rubbers. I’m now 15 points behind the lead. Our car has lacked traction and speed. To China we get some new parts and let’s hope that they work immediately so that we are faster.
This week is exciting in other ways too when FIA will give the decision about the diffusers. While I’m writing this I’m still waiting for the verdict.
It’s a fact that the other teams will bring new parts to China also. That’s why it’s difficult to say how big the differences are when compared to the top. But I’m hopefull and wish that we are closer to the top than we have been during the first two weekends.
After Malaysia I flew to Switzerland, them I did a gig in Italy and during the easter I went to Finland to say hi to the folks and my friends. We had time to play some ice hockey and now I get to go totally fresh to the race. I’ll try to win or at least get to the podium. Nothing else matters.
Jakarta – Musim 2008 menjadi mimpi buruk Kimi Raikkonen. Sebagai juara dunia bertahan, Raikkonen tak sanggup bersaing mempertahankan gelar; salah satunya akibat mobil Ferrari yang tak sesuai dengan gayanya.
Tahun ini, Raikkonen memperoleh harapan baru untuk kembali bersaing menjadi yang terbaik dengan mobil baru Ferrari, F60. Bersama F60, Raikkonen mengaku merasakan kesenangan.
“Saya bisa pastikan bahwa saya lebih menyukai F60 dibanding mobil tahun lalu. Mobil ini lebih menyenangkan untuk dikendarai dan mengingatkan saya kepada mobil-mobil yang saya pakai tahun-tahun sebelumnya,” aku Raikkonen di Autosport.
Meski mengaku senang dengan F60, Raikkonen enggan menjanjikan apapun karena musim belum lagi dimulai. Tetapi menjelang seri pertama di Melbourne, 29 Maret mendatang, pria 27 tahun itu memancang asa tinggi-tinggi.
“Ketika semua berjalan baik Anda akan lebih senang. Tetapi kita belum lagi berlomba tahun ini. Jadi terlalu dini untuk mengucapkan apapun. Kami berharap semuanya berjalan seperti harapan,” kata Raikkonen.
“Selalu bagus buat pembalap dan tim untuk melakukan start yang bagus di awal musim, khususnya bila kita mengingat bagaimana akhir persaingan pembalap di dua tahun terakhir; saya unggul satu poin pada 2007 dan rekan setim saya kalah satu poin tahun 2008,” sambung dia.
“Itu berarti setiap poin berharga. Dua tahun lalu saya menang di Australia, tetapi kami mengalami beberapa masalah tahun lalu. Tujuan kami adalah segera memetik beberapa poin,” tandas Raikkonen.
Australian GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (16 March 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (8th, Engine): “It’s really disappointing not to finish the race, but at least the point is better than nothing. I had an engine problem, the reason for which now needs to be analysed. The car was good and I had a good pace when I found a free track ahead of me. I spun a couple of times trying to pass those ahead of me, but the first time, with Glock, I put a wheel on the grass and the second time, with Kovalainen, I was a bit too optimistic. This result is obviously not the best start to the season but it is a very long one and we are well aware that we are capable of recovering from far worse situations than this. We have to put everything in place and then we will be really competitive.”
Malaysian GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (23 March 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “I am very happy with this win, for me and for the team. It’s a shame that Felipe was unable to let us bring home a result that was within our grasp. At the start I came alongside Felipe, but I did not take any risks, knowing I was stopping one lap later than him at the end of the first stint. When that time came, I pushed to the maximum and I managed to come out of my pit stop ahead of him. From then on, with a clear track ahead of me, the car was perfect I was able to control the situation without having to stress the car or the tyres. We are struggling a little bit in qualifying, but in the race we have a very high potential. We have had a very complicated start to the season, but I have certainly not lost faith in the team: we can still do better.”
Bahrain GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (6 April 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd): “Second place was the best I could hope for on a weekend which was definitely not the best for me. These eight points move me into the lead of the championship and that is definitely a reason for me to leave Bahrain reasonably satisfied. I never found the ideal balance. Sometimes you get weekends like this but I am convinced that in Barcelona, the situation will be different. My first pit stop was not very quick because we had a problem with the lights, but it definitely did not affect the final result. Once I had consolidated my position, I managed the situation, trying not to push the car too much, knowing how important it is to always bring home the points.”
Spanish GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (27 April 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “It would be hard to do better than this! Yesterday pole, today the win, rounded off with a second place for Felipe. We are leading both championships which I’m happy about. The whole weekend went well and we managed to get the result we came here for. It was not an easy win, but what matters is the ten points, not the lead you have when you cross the line. I did not get a perfect start, but it was enough to keep the lead and then we tried to control the situation. The two Safety Car periods complicated things slightly, wiping out the lead we had built up in the first part, but we never lost the lead of the race. The car handled very well and had a great balance. We are leading the world championship, but we know we cannot let up at all: it takes nothing to drop down the order. Heikki’s accident? I was very happy when the team told me he was alright and that’s the most important thing.”
Turkish GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (11 May 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “It was a difficult weekend for me but six points are definitely better than nothing. At the start, I was almost alongside Heikki but then he slowed and I had to brake too to avoid a heavy crash. We touched just enough to damage the end plate of the front wing on my car: it was not a very serious problem, but it definitely didn’t help my race. My first set of soft tyres worked very well, but the second was not as good: for the rears, maybe it would have been better to switch immediately to the harder, but that’s easy to say with hindsight. After a less than great qualifying yesterday, we knew the race would be an uphill struggle. Now we must ensure we are as well prepared as possible for the Monaco Grand Prix, where we struggled in 2007. This winter we worked a lot on the car to concentrate on those shortcomings which we saw at tracks like this. Now we will see if we did enough to be competitive.”
Monaco GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (25 May 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (9th) “A very poor race for me, right from the off. There was a problem with a wheel before the start and we broke the rules, which meant I was given a drive-through penalty. During the race, my main problem was trying to get the tyres to work as well as possible. Then we decided to change the strategy as we expected it to rain again, but it didn’t happen. Twice I had to change the nose after breaking the front wing. So, as you can see, a long run of things going wrong which explains the 0 points. I am sorry for Sutil, who I hit with just a few laps to go. I lost control of the car under braking coming out of the tunnel and I could do nothing to avoid him. It’s a shame how things went today, as we had the potential to do well. It’s true that I’ve lost the championship lead, but I always said the championship would be a very long one. Now we must prepare as well as possible for Canada where we will try to make up for this disappointment.”
Canadian GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (8 June 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (DNF, Accident): “There’s not much I can say. My race was ruined by Hamilton’s mistake. Obviously, anyone can make mistakes, as I did two weeks ago in Monaco, but it’s one thing to make a mistake at two hundred per hour but another to hit a car stopped at a red light. I am not angry because that doesn’t achive anything and does not change my result! I am unhappy, because I had a great chance of winning. Once the graining had gone from the tyres, the car was going very well. I have failed to score in these last two races and now it’s time to start winning again. There is still a long way to go in the championship and it is still very close and we have everything we need to regain the ground we have lost.”
French GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (22 June 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd): “Obviously I am a bit disappointed because I had hoped to win. Unfortunately, the right exhaust pipe broke just before half-distance and the engine lost a lot of power, especially on the straight after the slow corners. After a few laps, the situation seemed better, but towards the end of the race, I ran the risk of stopping. This sort of thing can happen in racing and I have to try and look on the bright side: eight points are still a good amount and the one-two finish is a great result for the team. Luckily, I had built up quite a good lead in the first part thanks to a car that was really very competitive. The F2008 is definitely very strong because usually, when you have this sort of problem, retirement is almost inevitable. There is still a long way to go in the championship and I am in a better position than I was at this stage last year: let’s see what I can do in the next part of the series.”
British GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (6 July 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (4th): “I am disappointed, but I am equally aware that things could have been much worse. We had the possibility to win the race but we made a mistake at the first pit stop, keeping the same set of tyres, because we expected the track conditions to improve. It was a joint decision: we are a team and we win or lose together. Things are not going too well for me at the moment, given all that happened in the last few races, but I am leading the championship, even if it is on equal terms with Felipe and Lewis. We know we have a great potential, but we have to put everything in place to get the most out of it.”
German GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (20 July 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (6th): “This was definitely not the kind of race we had been hoping for. We have struggled all weekend and we have to try and understand why. Usually, our race pace is always good, but today that was not the case, because I almost always suffered with a lack of grip: only in the final stages did the situation improve a little bit, but it was never enough to be competitive. We have a test in Jerez, where we will try and improve the car so as to arrive in Budapest in better shape. This is definitely not a crisis, but we have to study carefully the handling of the car to understand if we have taken the right road in terms of development.”
Hungarian GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (3 August 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “I am sorry for Felipe and for the team as it is horrible to lose a race in this way. It was tough for me because, when you spend a long time behind a slower car it becomes frustrating and boring. When I was finally able to push, the car was behaving very well, but by then it was too late. I came up behind Glock but in the end, I had to slow as I had a mechanical problem with the rear end and the team told me to be very careful to ensure I brought the car home. It’s true that I’m the one who has won the most points out of the top three in the classification, which shows this championship is really unpredictable, with ups and downs for everyone. It was a disappointing weekend for me but, at least I managed to come away with a decent result. We must try and fix the problems we have in qualifying to start at the front, so as to exploit the potential of the car. If we can do that, then we can get back to fighting for the win.”
European GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (24 August 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (DNF, Engine): “Not much to say after a day like this. It was definitely not the weekend I was hoping for but I do not believe that, despite this negative result, I am now out of the running for the title. There are still six races to go and sixty points up for grabs. We have seen that the situation change really quickly, even if I realize things are now more complicated. Today, I lost a place at the start and I was stuck in traffic for all of the first stint. Then, when I had a clear track ahead of me, I was able to push and was doing good lap times. At the second pit stop, I made a mistake and left before I should have done. Fortunately, Pietro (Timpini) is not too badly hurt. I wish him all the best and hope he gets better soon. In any case, it would not have changed anything as then the engine broke. Now we must concentrate on preparing for the next rounds and on improving our qualifying performance.”
Belgium GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (7 September 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (18th): “I came here to win and I came close. In the final laps the track conditions were very critical and unfortunately, I ran wide and when I tried to get back on track, I spun and ended up in the wall. It was a shame because today the car was working really well. I got a good start and managed to pass Felipe on the straight and then overtook Hamilton when he spun at the start of the second lap. On the soft tyres, I could run at a good pace, while the final set, the harder ones, was not quite there – definitely not as good in performance terms as those I’d used in the past couple of days – and the balance of the car was not as good as earlier. The arrival of the rain definitely did not help. In these conditions, if you are in front you have to be more cautious as you don’t know how much grip you’ll find in each braking area. That’s how Hamilton managed to close on me and then happened what you all saw. It’s the second race in a row that I’ve failed to score points. Clearly the championship situation is what it is, but I’m not the sort to give up that easily.”
Italian GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (14 September 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (9th): “This was a very difficult race for us. In the conditions at the start, as we have seen before in the past, we could not keep our tyres up to temperature and we totally lacked grip. I could do nothing but try to stay on the track hoping the conditions would change. When they did, unfortunately it was too late to aim for a points finish. The car worked well but without grip, you’re not going anywhere. The situation in the Drivers’ championship is now even more difficult, but I will continue to give it my best shot as usual.”
Singapore GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (28 September 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (15th): “I was trying to attack Glock in case he might make a mistake, but I went slightly wide at the chicane, jumping over the kerb and when the car landed, I lost control and ended up in the barriers. My situation in the championship was already rather compromised, so this doesn’t really make that much difference but I am unhappy because the team has lost precious points in the Constructors’ classification. In the opening laps, the car was a bit difficult but then it improved a lot, to such an extent that I was able to close right up to Hamilton. When the Safety Car came out, I know my race was compromised given that I had to pit behind Felipe. I was able to get back up to fifth but then the incident I described earlier happened. Clearly, morale is not high today. But I am not used to giving up and will do my very best to try and help the team reach its targets.”
Japanese GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (12 October 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “Even if third place has put an end to a run of poor results, I am a bit disappointed because today we had the means to win. At the start, I got away well but then, at the first corner, the two McLarens arrived too fast at the braking point and prevented me from turning in, taking me off the track. That lost me a lot of ground and I found myself in the middle of the pack. On top of that, the car was not quite right as I was hit by one of the McLarens: the steering was a bit light and there was other damage as well. I tried to do the best I could but I was not as quick as I’d hoped, especially in the second stint. Before the second stop, I closed on Kubica but I couldn’t pass him in the pit stop because on my in lap I found myself behind Rosberg a lap down. Then I tried several times to attack Robert but he defended his position well. At one point, I did find myself slightly ahead of him going into turn 3, but I was on the outside and he did not give up the line so I had to go off the track. After that, I had a bit of graining and so I was not able to catch up again. In any case, I am happy to have brought home important points for the team.”
Chinese GP 2008 – Sunday Team Quotes (19 October 2008)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “Today I had a good car, but it was not quick enough to beat our main competitor. At the start and after every tyre change, Hamilton managed to pull away, while when it got near to the pit stops I was able to go a bit quicker, but it was always too late. On top of that, three times, I came up behind backmarkers who cost me valuable time. We secured a very good result for the Constructors’ classification. Now we go to Brazil where we must try and get a one-two finish and then we can see where we stand in both Championships. Felipe passing me? I am part of a team and I am well aware what they expect of me. I am out of the title fight and have to do the maximum because Ferrari can achieve both its objectives. It’s a simple as that.”
Australian GP – Sunday Team Quote (18 March 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “A fantastic victory! It is great to be winning again with my new team whom I want to thank for giving me a great car. The race was not as easy as it might have looked from the outside, partly because shortly after the start, the radio failed so it was almost impossible to talk to the pit wall. Fortunately we had prepared well for the race and I knew what I had to do, but there were a few difficult moments. I was not flat out all the time, adapting my pace to the way the race was going. It was nice to hear my national anthem again on the podium as it had been a while. I have to say that last year it seemed to be the Italian one I was hearing usually. This is a great way to start the championship. We know we have a very competitive package but we still have to work to make it even better and above all, reliable.”
Malaysian GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (8 April 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “A day of mixed feelings. On the one hand I am happy to have picked up six points, on the other, I am disappointed that the race did not live up to my expectations. This weekend we had to make some compromises on the car and that meant we were unable to exploit its full potential. Today we lacked a bit of speed when up against our main rivals. I repeat that I’m a bit disappointed but I am also aware this is just the beginning of the season and that these points will definitely be important for the championship as it evolves. The team did a good job, given all the uncertainties we had. We have to try and improve to get one hundred percent out of all the elements of the package. The first corner? Fernando and Lewis were just better than us.”
Bahrain GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (15 April 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “I am happy with these six points, but I can’t be completely satisfied with this result. At the start, I think I made a small mistake but I was still in a position where I could try and overtake Lewis, but in the end I lost a place to Alonso and spent all of the first stint right behind him, with no chance of getting by. We managed it at the pit stop, but to be on the safe side we decided to shorten slightly the second stint. I managed to close on Lewis but then, with the different strategy it wasn’t possible to get by him. In the final stint, I chose to manage the situation given that I could not get past Lewis. When you come up behind a car it gets hard to drive and today’s strong wind certainly didn’t make things any easier. We now have to work on improving our performance. In the next test in Barcelona, we have some new parts coming and I hope they will mean we can make a good step forward.
Spanish GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (13 May 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (DNF, Electronics): “Honestly, there’s little to say, except that I’m very disappointed. I lost a place to Hamilton at the start, but made the most of the fight between Felipe and Fernando to get back to third place. I was running at a good pace and could have had a good result, but suddenly the car had an electrical problem and all I could was come back to the garage. I have lost precious points but there are still thirteen races to recover.”
Monaco GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (27 May 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (8th): “We knew we were facing an uphill battle and that’s how things turned out. I got a good start, quickly moving up to twelfth, but from then on I was nearly always in traffic, never getting any chance to overtake. I never had a clear track ahead of me and it was only thanks to the strategy that I was able to make up some more places and get into the points, but I couldn’t do any better. Obviously the situation in the classification is now a bit more complicated but there is still a long way to go in the championship and I am not the sort to give up.”
Canadian GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (10 June 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (5th): “It was a very difficult race for me, right from the beginning. I did not have much grip at the start, being on the dirty side of the track and immediately after, I hit Felipe’s car with my front wing. Then, there were so many safety car periods that it caused chaos. On top of that, after Kubica’s accident, a piece of debris got stuck in my front wing and I had so much understeer and some difficulties with the brakes. All these problems put together made this a really complicated race. At the end of the day, I picked up some points: it could have been better but it could also have been worse.”
American GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (17 June 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (4th): “The car had a very quick race pace but I paid a high price for the positions lost at the start. We lost precious time behind slower cars and it is always difficult to overtake because when you close on a car ahead you lose so much aero downforce. In the final stages I closed on Felipe but there was never a really clear opportunity to overtake him and we were both thinking about the next race where we use the same engine. We must improve, especially in qualifying, because our target has to be to try and win.”
French GP – Sunday Team Quote (1 July 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “Finally! Everything went the right way in my race. It was vital that I managed to get past Hamilton at the start and then I always tried to stay with Felipe. I knew I had a few laps in hand but, at my first pit stop, I had a bit of traffic and I was unable to get in the lead. Then at the second stop, the situation was turned around and I came out in front. Right from the start of the weekend we have been strong and this win is the reward for all the hard work carried out over the past few weeks. Now we must continue to improve the car because there is still room to do so, starting with the next race which we should tackle with the same approach that we used here in Magny-Cours.”
British GP – Sunday Team Quote (8 July 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “It was a great race for me. After my mistake in qualifying yesterday I was very disappointed, but today I was able to make up for it. If I had managed to start from pole though, things would have been much easier. The car worked very well both on the soft and harder tyres. We were strong all weekend and I hope this trend continues over the coming races, but I know how difficult that will be. In the first stint, I tried to look after my tyres and save fuel. At one point I got very close to Lewis but I didn’t want to take any risks hoping he would pit before me. In the second part, I knew Alonso was on a different strategy and would stop before me. I had to stay in touch and then push at the decisive moment. I am very happy. We have made up ground in the Drivers’ championship and there is plenty of the season still to go. We must continue to push on the development of the car and we are working in the right direction.”
European GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (22 July 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (DNF, Hydraulics): “I am very disappointed. I was in a good position, immediately right behind Felipe and Alonso and the car was very quick and I was convinced I could win. But gradually, the hydraulic system began to malfunction, I began to lose time and then I was forced to stop. This knock back does not mean I feel like giving up the fight, even if there is now one less race in which to compete. The gap to the head of the classification remains the same and anything can happen in the seven remaining races. We have a very competitive car but clearly we have to improve on the reliability front.”
Hungarian GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (5 August 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd): “My main aim today was to make up points on my three closest rivals for the title. I didn’t manage it and so I cannot be completely happy. We knew we could count on a very good car in terms of race pace and so it was, as was clear to see on the few occasions when I could drive with a clear track ahead of me, but it was not enough to win. When you find yourself very close to a car with similar speed, unless it makes a mistake, it is very difficult to overtake, especially on a track like this one. I fought to the very end to try and win but I never had a real chance to pass Hamilton. We came in together for our first pit stop and at that point, the choice of fuel levels determined the final outcome. But bit by bit as the track rubbered in and got more grip, my performance improved. Clearly, on some tracks, we suffer a lot in qualifying and we have to understand why. I think that in the coming races the situation should definitely be better, starting in Istanbul.”
Turkish GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (26 August 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd): “Of course I would like to have won but probably the race was decided in yesterday afternoon’s qualifying session. When your main rival is your team-mate, there are less unknown factors and even less room to come up with something. However, the important thing is to have put two Ferraris in front of everyone else and, in any case, we have made up ground on the championship leader. I got a good start then I had a bit of understeer which went away after a few laps. The second set of tyres did not work as well as the first. The quick lap at the end? I was a bit bored with spending the whole race behind another car and so I tried to see how quick I could have been. In Monza I will have to try and do a good qualifying to be in the best possible situation for the race.”
Italian GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (9 September 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “This was definitely a tough race for me because of the pain I felt in my neck after yesterday’s accident, which was bad enough to make it hard for me to hold my head steady under braking. Having said that, today we were not really quick enough. We knew it would not be an easy weekend, as we had already realized that in last week’s test, with Friday and yesterday confirming it. The car was not bad in the first stint but then we were not strong enough. Hamilton’s overtaking move? I tried to defend my position but he was definitely quicker than me. In the final stages I slowed to save the car for the next race. We were keep to win in front of our fans but we did not manage it. At least I got onto the podium. Now we tackle another fascinating circuit at Spa Francorchamps where I think that we and our closest rivals will be more evenly matched.”
Belgian GP – Sunday Team Quote (16 September 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “A great day! I had some doubts about the car’s handling after yesterday’s qualifying, but everything went well. The car worked very well for the whole race: I was quick enough in the first part to control the race after that. It is nice to win here on my favourite track for the third time in a row. Now we must continue to push. We are still a long way off in the championship but we are not giving up and we will keep going right to the very end of the championship.”
Japanese GP 2007 – Sunday Team Quote (30 September 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): “We raced with virtually zero visibility. The hardest thing to work out was where the other drivers were and what they were doing. My race was ruined by the enforced pit stop on lap three. We had chosen to start on standard rain tyres but we will never know now if this decision would have paid off. Once I was back at the pack we tried our best to move back up. All in all, third place is not a result to complain about. I did a lot of overtaking always in very difficult conditions. Our set up might have been more competitive in the dry, but all the same the car was very quick and I certainly didn’t lose any time because of this choice. Clearly the situation in the championship is now much more difficult, but I will still give it my all right to the end of the season as usual.”
Chinese GP – Sunday Team Quote (7 October 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “I am very happy! It is a really great result for me and the whole team, who done a truly excellent job. We needed this win and we got it. At the start of the race, I had a lot of understeer but then the situation improved. I was one of the last to switch to dry tyres but this was a help as after a little while the rain began to fall again. Even after the second stop I had a bit of understeer, but as before, the situation improved in the final stages. I knew Alonso was very quick but I was in full control of the situation. The car overall was working well both in the wet and in the dry. Last week in Fuji, we were unlucky but today things went right for us. We have had yet another example that in this sport anything can happen. The situation in the Drivers’ classification is still difficult, but I will try everything to win in Brazil, even if the final outcome does not just depend on what we do. It should be a great battle, very hard to predict and interesting.”
Brazillian GP – Sunday Team Quote (21 October 2007)
Kimi Raikkonen (1st): “It is very difficult for me to explain in words what I am feeling at the moment: it is an incredible emotion. I want to thank the team for everything they have done this year. Even when we went through some difficult times and it looked as though there was no way to fight back, we never gave up and this work produced its reward today. Thanks also to my parents, to my wife Jenni and everyone who believed in me. I have achieved what I have been after for a long time. Now everything else will be an extra. Today, Felipe’s help was vital and he was amazing. We had to get a one-two and then see what the others did. This time, things went our way and the unexpected did happen. This has been a very nice year for me during which I have enjoyed Formula 1 like never before. In Ferrari, I have found a great family and I am proud to have won the title with them.”