That was a nice interview from Seb, Nicole. I am surprised how much he appreciates Kimi's rally skills - a driver knows.
I have to agree with apple on what Kimi's plans would be. It does not look like Kimi has even enquired about the Red Bull seat this year. Red Bull must have felt this coming quite a while back. Kimi has not quite shut the door on F1 yet. I guess we will know next year. I am happy either way. If he stays in rally, it would only mean he is trying to do some great things there. That can't be too bad, eh?
Seb really seems to be a close and good friend to Kimi, Dheeban
I started to think about something, Kimi has this close circle of friends and they tell nothing about his business, I imagine Seb is in the circle too. So no matter how much they ask them they are not going to tell anything about Kimi's future plans.
Kimi's friend is this Matti Nykänen, always involved in scandals and he is deliberately selling stories to the papers - yet he has never leaked out anything about Kimi, never.
Now Leijona translated Heikki Kulta's interview with Teemu Selänne, Kimi's friend also, and he acts as if he knows nothing
When nobody knew where Kimi would go after McLaren, this hockey-boss Hjallis Harkimo who was always on tv, even with Anna Sorainen who was Kimi's personal assistant at the time, said time after time that he has no idea. After it was revealed that Kimi goes to Ferrari he said that he knew it all along.
My guess is that Kimi knows exactly what he is going to do in the future and people like Vettel, Selänne, Nykänen etc. know the plans but won't say anything about it to the public.
This is the interview Leijona translated:Selänne's enthusiasm for F1 continues without Räikkönen
Turun Sanomat 14.6 2010 00:50:06
Teemu Selänne, who belongs among the icehockey's NHL-legends, is turning the Canadian media's head in Montreal Grand Prix-paddock for the first time.
- I have seen many F1-races on tracks, but not this one. Canada always offers such a spectacle race that I have craved to come and watch it live, but before this I just haven't had the time, Selänne explains.
- I have had a breaks other times too. Especially when Kimi's car performed well, it was great to go and watch F1. Last year was difficult for them, so I didn't go and watch it then.
Usually when Selänne appeared on the paddock, there was a Finnish-victory as if by magic.
- Those are the greates experiences, when a Finn wins, Teemu thanks.
Selänne follows F1-broadcasts closely at his home in Anaheim.
- I still stumble out of bed at 4.30am when a race comes from TV - apart from the days when I have a match. Then I record a race and watch it later.
Selänne mentions that his all-time favourite battles were with Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen.
- Especially those races were so awesome to watch. Michael is the kind of all-time favourite for me, but it seems to be difficult even for him to do a comeback after a long break.
- Then there's of course Kimi and other Finnish drivers. I don't believe these races would be so fun to follow without Finns. We have been privileged to have so many Finns on top for so long. Now Heikki (Kovalainen) is at Lotus, but it's a long project. It would be too easy if a new team came and immediately started to win.Hats off to rally-Kimi
Selänne tells that he follows also rally very closely - especially now that his friend Räikkönen drives there.
- He's an exceptional driver. With the experience Kimi has of rally, he is able to pull off performances like that. People don't have a clue how tough it is and what a big deal it is that Kimi has been able to adapt to a totally different thing so quickly.
Selänne has been pondering could Räikkönen still go back to F1-cars.
- I have been thinking, does Kimi want to go back and where would he go, because I know that he doesn't want to go to any bad team.
Selänne will spend his summer for a while in California where his children's school lasts for couple more weeks. Then they head to Finland.
- Usually we have bumped into Kimi somewhere. He is of course very busy and now in rally the timetable is different.
Selänne will be turning 40 years in the beginning of July and his hockey-career is once again in a big crossroad. On the other signpost it says "end of career", on the other "one more season more".
- I'm waiting now in what direction the team wants to go. If they go for a rejuventaion cut and start to build a new team, then I won't be playing anymore.
- The situation is a little bit the same as with Kimi in F1 - he won't go back to the bottom teams either, Selänne compares.
Turun Sanomat, Montreal