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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 12:24  
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If the whole crucifixion already begins the first race... :fear:

Well, some people think Kimi should win even with a bath tub with four wheels and if he doesn't then he has failed embarrassingly, but I don't think he is taking any pressure for that. He'll learn qickly :)
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 16:49  
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http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/03/1505525/kimilla-napit-viela-hakusessa (in Finnish)
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Kimi still looking for steering wheel buttons

04.03.2012 12:20

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen says that many buttons in steering wheel may still cause him some trouble from time to time.

Finnish driver returned to Formula One this season after two-year break. In tests Räikkönen found the old speed quickly, but fine-tuning remains to be done.

- Sometimes I press the wrong buttons on the wheel. Sometimes I do not press buttons hard enough, but it doesn't matter much. Of course, additional training would help, but I think we'll be okay, Raikkonen told to German Auto Motor und Sport magazine.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 17:08  
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 17:21  
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 18:55  
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http://speedmagazine.net/2012/03/04/formula-1-kimi-raikkonen-interview-during-the-f1-tests-in-barcelona/
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Formula 1: Kimi Räikkönen Interview during the F1 Tests in Barcelona
By Tom Smith – March 4, 2012
Posted in: Exclusive Motorsports, Formula 1, Formula Racing

The finnish race car driver Kimi Räikkönen answered some of the many journalists’ questions during the last Formula 1 tests in Barcelona. He talked about his expectations for 2012, his Lotus Renault teammate Romain Grosjean, pitstops and his personal goals. Read the Interview here on SpeedMagazine.net or listen to the mp3.

Barcelona, F1 testweek March 1-4,2012.

How does the car feel now in Barcelona compare to Jerez?
Kimi Räikkönen: Beside the facts of all the issues we had, it was pretty much what I thought it will be. It did OK. Then it started to rain, and we didnt have the rain tyres. We should have still some parts coming for the first race. Than we are on a different surface, different conditions, but the feeling is more or less the same. We didnt get that much done today. Tomorrow we will try things that we know if we dont try it now we will not have the time to try it in the whole year – because it takes a long time to change it. I try to get some understandings on those few things, so at least there will be the knowledge why we are not in the races.

Do you have any personal objectives for Australia?
Räikkönen: We try to do what we can and see where we end up. As with the first race always, you just try to get the good way and come out without any problems.

So, Q3 would be a good starting point?
Räikkönen: I dont know now where we are gonna be. Nobody knows. If you look at the lap times, everybody is close to each other. But then the fuel load makes a big difference. So we will know in two weeks. I think from Melbourne in the practice you get some ideas. After Qualifying everybody knows exactly where they stand…

How is the work with the engineers, are you already comfortable?
Räikkönen: We are still learning, everything goes in small steps – but we have no problems. It is what it is, you have to deal with it. At least the first week we had three good runs. And I dont think we have any major reliability issues in the car, and thats the good thing. We had one problem last week. That is fixed, and its no problem anymore. I am pretty confident, that we do alright when its time.

Your teammate is very fast. Does that give you hope that you can be close to the top teams?
Räikkönen: As I said, I dont know. There is no point in guessing here if we can or cannot. We might be last, or we might be first. Who knows? If you look at the times today, I dont know who is gonna be the fastest, nobody probably knows. I am not worried about that. We try to do our things and in Melbourne everybody will see who is where.

What are your impressions of your teammate?
Räikkönen: He’s a nice guy. I didnt know him before. We raced against each other a few times. For him its also a long time ago, since he raced in the Formula 1, I think it will be good.

How are your feelings, thinking that in two weeks you are back in the race?
Räikkönen: Well, its nice! I mean everybody is here for racing, its the main thing. If you ask the testdrivers – they wanna race, they dont wanna test. I mean racing is the thing that people like, I dont think that any of the guys will tell you that testing is more fun than racing. Of course, my racing has changed a bit, since I was there at that time. But its not completely different from the sport. It will be exciting.

Are you already comfortable with all the new procedures, the start, the DRS system?
Räikkönen: Sometimes you push the wrong button, but that happens. Its not gonna change the world. Sometimes you press it too light, or too early, but its not gonna change an awful lot. Pitstops are a bit shorter than before, but not so different. Like I said, it wouldnt hurt to have more time to test, but this will not happen. It will be OK in the first race.

Kimi, have you set any personal goals for this Formula 1 season?
Räikkönen: No. We will see where we are in the first races and go from there. We do the best that we can.

Click here to listen to the audio stream: Kimi-Raikkonen_F1-Barcelona
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012, 19:37  
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http://motorsportpress.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/f1-barcelona-test-2-04-03-12-lotus-f1-team/
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Kimi Räikkönen, Lotus F1 Team Race Driver:

“I was happy with today’s running. We didn’t have any major issues so it was certainly better than yesterday. Everything worked, we tried a lot of set-ups on the car and it all came together well. It was a long time in the car today but I feel fine. It was cooler today so the tyres didn’t work as well as otherwise but everything was okay. Of course, the fastest time at the end of the day looks good but no-one will know how fast any of the cars are until we get to qualifying at Albert Park. All the changes we have made over testing have been improving the car, so we’ll have to see what happens in Melbourne in a couple of weeks’ time. I’m feeling positive.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:

“We’ve had a good, productive day to conclude our pre-season test programme. After the interruptions of yesterday we made some set-up changes overnight which immediately made Kimi feel more comfortable in the car as the balance was much more to his liking. We then spent the rest of the morning running on medium and then soft tyres, steadily improving the car. Despite having missed a test we are in good shape heading to Melbourne. We’ve completed two race distances and the E20 has proved reliable, easy to set-up and predictable in its handling with both drivers reporting they are happy.”

Eric Boullier,Team Principal:

“After the disappointment of last week, this test was crucial and I think we did a good job. First of all, we’ve been able to confirm that the changes made to the car fixed our front suspension problems. We were confident that the redesign was well conceived and well executed, but we have demonstrated the integrity of the modified part. It is a tribute to the all team, which has been working amazingly hard over the last few days in order to fly the E20 on time to Barcelona. Despite the rain and a few technical glitches, we managed to learn more about the new car. We now have a better understanding of it, and have a few positive setup directions that we can take further. Moreover, both drivers seem happy with the balance and tyre degradation. We are cautiously optimistic for the future and now looking forward to Melbourne.”
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 05 Mar 2012, 10:50  
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Guys, many thanks for the pictures and articles!! :) :thumbsup:
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 11:36  
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http://www.iltasanomat.fi/formula1/f1-legenda-valtavan-innoissaan-raikkosen-paluusta/art-1288453289060.html (in Finnish)
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Niki Lauda eagerly waits Kimi Räikkönen's performance in the F1 season next week starting.

- Just awesome, that Kimi has come back, Lauda told Austrian TV channel ORF's Sport am Sonntag program.

Lauda has frequently in the past given negative statements about Räikkönen, but not at this time.

- Kimi's natural speed has always been excellent, and even if he has newer spoken a lot in interviews, he is a very talented man. I also believe that Lotus is not so bad car, the triple world champion said.

Lauda continues to work as TV commentator in all F1 races.

- Watching Kimi should be fun. It is however important that he is now and then at the top, because then he interests us even more. If the car does not help Kimi at all and he drives in the mid field, he will be forgotten after three races. It is just so cruel in Formula One.

- But Kimi will certainly be refreshing for this season, because as the sixth world champion he wants to know how good he really is, Lauda said.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 15:19  
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Raikkonen shined with satisfaction

Tuesday 06.03.2012 at 14.26 (updated 14.35)

Iltalehti was the only Finnish media in private rooms of Lotus at the Geneva Motor Show. There was Kimi Räikkönen himself answering the question.

Lotus has been the biggest sensation in winter tests. It does not necessarily say anything about the final strengt, but of course it is better to be fast than slow in tests.

What is the secret of the speed of Lotus?

- It behaves well and responds to setups, all the normal things are in order. All of course wants more downforce, but it is just small things, no major problems.

How do you think that Lotus will be placed in future races?

- Hard to say how it will go in race. A couple of weeks and then we'll see.

There has been much talk about tyres before the start of the season. Have you had trouble getting used to these narrow rubbers?


- It has really not been a problem. I don't have anything to compare from last year. If I had been driving other tyres, maybe then, now there is nothing that I should be expecting. Well, maybe they'll wear out more than before.

Read the full Kimi Räikkönen interview in the newspaper tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 16:29  
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 16:48  
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Some more pics from Geneva :)


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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 16:53  
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Imola we can not open them :(



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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2012, 17:06  
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Kriss, thank you very much for the pictures! :) :hug: Kimi looks very relaxed! :)
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