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Selasa, 05 November 2013

Round 17: Abu Dhabi GP 2013 - Team Quotes

Abu Dhabi GP - Friday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (4th, 1:41.726): "The car feels okay and we had a pretty normal Friday. The shorter chassis feels okay here, but I didn't drive it back to back with the longer one so it's difficult to say which is better. We're still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit it feels better so far. As always, there are some improvements we can make to the car so let's see what happens tomorrow."

Abu Dhabi GP - Saturday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (5th, 1:40.542): "Today wasn't too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it's been much more to my liking. This is good as the race will be in the evening so we'd prefer it that way around for sure. The short wheelbase car seems to suit my style a bit better too, so hopefully we can continue this way for tomorrow. Of course, you always want to be as far up the grid as you can and we clearly weren't the fastest today, but you never know what might happen on Sunday so we'll see what we can do."

Abu Dhabi GP - Sunday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (DNF, Damage): "There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod. It wasn't a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse. It's never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane. After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn't start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it's just back luck."

Rabu, 30 Oktober 2013

Round 16: Indian GP 2013 - Team Quotes

Indian GP - Friday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (8th, 1:26.632): "The car feels pretty okay now, but we can still make it better. We made quite a few changes in the morning as it didn't feel so good then, but it's much better now and we should be able to make more progress for tomorrow. The track is quite slippery, but that improves with time and the car gets better too."

Indian GP - Saturday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (6th, 1:25.245): "It wasn't an ideal qualifying session and I'm still having some problems with understeer, but the car did feel better overall than yesterday. The tyres have to be managed over a full lap for qualifying so we are where we are on the grid. We'll see what happens tomorrow and I'll try to do as well as I can. Overall, the car feels slightly better than in the last few races; still not where we want it to be, but slightly better."

Indian GP - Sunday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (7th): "We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated massively, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it's been a pretty disappointing day. I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but there wasn't much to lose between trying to get to the end and making an extra pit stop in terms of time lost. In the end it didn't work."

Rabu, 16 Oktober 2013

Round 15: Japanese GP 2013 - Team Quotes

Japanese GP - Friday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (4th, 1:34.202): "The car felt pretty good today. Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I'm quite happy with the progress we made. I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon. I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn't do any damage so the crew won't have any extra work. It's not a big drama as we know the track pretty well. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let's see what happens."

Japanese GP - Saturday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (9th, 1:31.684): "The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don't have a better position on the grid for tomorrow. A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it's very close here, so a small amount lost can mean quite a few positions dropped. We'll have to see what happens in the race, but the car has certainly been more to my liking this weekend so the position on the grid is not a drama."

Japanese GP - Sunday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (5th): "I had a very poor start. I left the line with wheelspin and lost a few places which wasn't ideal, but I managed to gain places back later on in the race. After the final pit stop the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it. It was a pretty normal race I would say. It's difficult to overtake here so it's good that we got some points. We did what we could."

Kamis, 10 Oktober 2013

Round 14: Korean GP 2013 – Team Quotes

Korean GP - Friday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (8th, 1:39.757): "Obviously it didn't help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It didn't cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it. They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today. The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that's good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn't exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there." 

Korean GP - Saturday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (10th, 1:38.822): "I made a mistake on my only set of new tyres in the final qualifying session so my lap wasn't fast enough for a better position, which eventually meant I ended up tenth and will start from ninth position tomorrow. We've had a bit of understeer in the car so I've struggled a little all weekend. If you look at the long run pace yesterday we should have a stronger race, but obviously we have to see how the weather turns out. We hope to do better tomorrow." 

Korean GP - Sunday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd): "Second place is ok and a good result for the team, but we're here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal. Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it's difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull today than we have been in some races, but not close enough. People might say it was good luck with the safety car, but sometimes these things go with you and others they go against you. We made up some places even before that happened, and if we hadn't had the speed then we wouldn't have been in a position to take advantage. You could see at the end that we had more than enough pace to keep the others behind, so I think it's deserved."

Sunday’s FIA press conference – Korean GP

6 OCTOBER 2013 

2 - Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus) 

Podium Interview (conducted by Johnny Herbert) 

Q: Kimi, finishing second, well done buddy. You had to start a little bit further back in ninth place. How was the drive to get yourself back into a chance of getting on the podium? 
Kimi RAIKKONEN: It was OK. I mean from the beginning I lost I think one place on the first lap, no, on the first straight, but then there was an accident so get it back. The car was just understeering too much, the whole weekend, even today, so I have to try to look after the front tyre and that was really the limitation on how much I could push and obviously we were stuck behind the traffic after the pitstops and then we decided to stop earlier and it was a good move and obviously the safety car helped a little bit but we had the speed and we could run until the end. So even without the safety car we could have maybe run until the end and still have a podium position. So it was good - but not ideal. 

Q: Tell us about the pass on Romain going into Turn One. It looked rather close. 
Raikkonen: I think he moved a few times on the left. I got a good run, he made a mistake in I think the second-last corner and I got the good run and I heard that there will be yellow flags at the end of the straight so I knew he's not going to pass me back with the DRS because it's not open with the yellow flags. So I thought I would try to overtake and it was not too difficult. 


Q: Kimi, eighth in the early stages, could you imagine being second at the end? 
Raikkonen: We have done that before, so obviously... it's not ideal to start so behind and not having maybe the best weekend. Bit similar to the last race really but the car was a bit better in the race. Still not ideal, a little bit too much understeer and I lost one place or two places at the start and then got them back in corner three. And then I was able to pass people and then sat behind them again after the pitstop. I had more speed but I couldn't get past and then we decided to stop a bit earlier and when the safety car came for whatever it was, five laps or something, obviously it helped a little bit for us to close the gap in the front but we managed to pass all the cars apart from these two guys already, before the safety car. So it maybe helped a bit in the end because my front tyre was in quite a bad way, it kind of ran out of the rubber in the end. So I couldn't go much longer any more - but obviously that's the part of racing. Sometimes it helps you a bit. 

Q: I'm sure you were pushing hard right at the end but just nothing you could do about Sebastian? 
Raikkonen: No, I mean. Let's put it this way: even it we would have started behind him, we still don't have the speed of him. Not far off from him in the race with a little bit from all the tyres but I mean it's so difficult to overtake if you're not massively faster. So, I think that was pretty OK what we did today. 

Q: And a pretty good result for the team. 
Raikkonen: Yeah. I think that's the more important. For them to get their... not the maximum points but not far off. I think we scored quite a bit more than the guys in front of us in the championship so it's good for them. 


Q: (Trent Price) You said after the first initial graining phase that the times were improving but that safety car... was there anything on your Friday data to suggest that you might have actually made it to the end, without the safety car? 
Raikkonen: We would probably have tried it, or looked at some point at how the tyres... without the safety car we gained a lot of time and lap places if we'd stopped earlier in the last pit stops, so who knows? In the end we didn't stop again now. You can always say that if but it makes no difference. You have to react and do what you think is the right thing and sometimes certain things help you. My front tyre was pretty done in the end but we finished the race in a pretty good position. We would probably try to run until then anyhow. 

Q: (Luigi Perna - La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, you had some action moments in this race, coming from the back, first with Fernando Alonso, then with Romain. From the start of the race to the finish of the race, can you describe it and did you enjoy it? 
Raikkonen: Yeah, it was nice, I think we had pretty OK speed and then we made the most of it after yesterday. The car still wasn't ideal today but we managed to be a bit faster on used tyres than some others. At the beginning I managed to overtake a few cars and then I got stuck on the second... after the pit stop I got stuck with the same cars again and then decided to stop earlier. I was pretty OK after the restart. Romain made a mistake and I managed to pass him and just didn't have enough speed at the end and not enough tyres were left compared to them, because they stopped later. It was good fun but I would rather start in the front and finish in the front. It would have made our life a bit easier. 

Senin, 23 September 2013

Sunday’s FIA press conference – Singapore GP 2013


3 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

Podium Interview (conducted by Martin Brundle)

Q: Kimi, you had a back problem in qualifying. Has that affected you during the race?
Kimi Raikkonen: Luckily not too much but now afterwards it's not 100 per cent but it doesn't matter: we have two weeks' time to rest and get it right. I think we did the best that we could and finished third, so I don't think we could have achieved much more today.

Q: You had to be patient through that race. You really had to believe that you could still be there at the end and take the places when they were there and not make mistakes.
KR: Yeah, I think I had pretty OK speed and then I could overtake a few people and then in the end I was following Jenson and I could see that his tyres were going off so I just gave some pressure and then I have to get past him because obviously some people changed to new tyres and they were catching us quickly. I managed to pass him and pull away and luckily nobody managed to catch me in the end. So not too bad.

Q: You say very calmly "I managed to pass him" but it was around the outside at Turn 14. It was at tricky one.
KR: Yeah, maybe it looks more tricky. Obviously you have more grip when you brake on the line and you know more or less where you have to brake. Much easier than inside. So, not an easy one but we managed to get past and that's the main thing.


Q: Kimi, when you put those tyres on, did you know you were going to try to go on the finish on them - and what in your mind did you think was possible at stage?
KR: We had a plan and we know that what moment, if the safety car comes, we try to go until the end, so I knew what will happen and luckily some other teams couldn't do it and had to pit. I was kind of stuck behind Jenson for most of the race but then I tried to give him some pressure and keep him pushing so I noticed that he started running out of his tyres and I could start to get in closer and closer. In the end I decided to try to pass him and managed to get past - because there were people who stopped for the fresh tyres who were catching very quickly but luckily once I got past I could push a bit more and keep the gap big enough to end it in third place. After the weekend where we had some problems with myself and not the ideal setup with all those things and where we were yesterday, finishing third, I don't think we could have asked much more.

Q: Can you describe the back problem you've been suffering from and how do you feel right now?
KR: I didn't feel it too much during the race but obviously afterwards it's not ideal and yesterday it was pretty bad. I almost didn't drive, so between that and finishing third I think we have to be happy - and hopefully we can sort those problems for the next race. It's not the first time. For a long time there have been some issues with my back. I know that I have some work to do at the end of the year so we have to see what we do.


Q: (Heikki Kulta -Turun Sanomat) Kimi, was this the most painful race weekend you have ever had?
KR: Yes, I had some pain yesterday but for sure there have maybe been some more painful ones where something goes wrong, it doesn't always have to be physical pain, there can be something... you don't finish the race which is more painful in a way. Other things sometimes happen like this weekend and you have to live with it.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe) To all three of you: today we saw the Red Bull was good, the Lotus was good and there were two failures. Do you have an explanation as to why the failure often happens to the other car, not the leading driver?
KR: I have no idea what happened to Romain.

Q: Gearbox, that's what he told me.
KR: It sometimes happens. I've had some issues. It can happen to anybody and then it's up to us, up to the team to try to make sure we don't have any issues but although they do everything to 100 percent you can have a failure, even the cheapest part of the car can fail or the most expensive part. It's just one of those things that happens, even though we do the best we can to make sure there are no failures.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat) Kimi, do you think that you will be fully recovered for Korea and what do you target there?
KR: For sure, we will have to see. I think it should be OK and we try to do a better overall weekend there. 

Round13: Singapore GP 2013 – Team Quotes

Singapore GP - Friday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (8th, 1:45.778): "It was a pretty decent day. The car felt okay, but I had some traffic on my fast lap on the softer tyres so I wasn't able to set a faster lap. The car isn't too bad and there are still some places where we can make it faster. The times don't matter on Friday so we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Singapore GP - Saturday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (13th, 1:44.658): "Unfortunately today didn't go to plan as the issue with my back meant I couldn't really drive properly this morning, so we didn't get everything done like we wanted in the practice session. It's still quite painful and there wasn't much more I could do in qualifying when you take that combination of things into account. It's not the first time I've driven with a problem and it probably won't be the last time either, but I'll be on the grid tomorrow and we'll try to get the maximum from where we are at the start."

Singapore GP - Sunday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (3rd): "It's been a difficult weekend, so to finish on the podium is a good result. The car felt good and it could have been even better if I'd been able to do more work in practice, but even with a better qualifying performance I think third was the maximum we could achieve today. The problem with my back hasn't been ideal, but it felt much better than yesterday and I didn't really notice it in the race, only afterwards. I have some time to recover before Korea and we were pretty strong there last year, so let's see what we can do next time out."