Raikkonen: I don’t really like Twitter…or Facebook. I prefer privacy
29 April, 2012
Apr.29 (Lotus) Over the course of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, Lotus F1 Team invited fans to ask questions to Kimi Raikkonen via the official team website, upon which the Iceman obliged by answering them no matter how personal they were.
Why do you always wear a cap and sunglasses, even when there is no sun?
Kimi Raikkonen: I like caps and I like sunglasses. I have very sensitive eyes so I have to protect them with the sunglasses.
Have you ever got something special from your fans?
KR: I receive a lot of gifts from fans… they can be really inventive and it makes me smile. They remember my birthday, they send their congratulations and their supporting slogans in Finnish. That’s something special, isn’t it?
Why you don’t have a twitter account?
KR: Well, I don’t really like Twitter… or Facebook. I prefer privacy.
What will be your revenge against Sebastian Vettel after what he did on the podium? Did you see the pictures?
KR: Yeah I saw that, it was funny. The revenge will come soon enough, I hope! Getting on the first step of the podium would be a good start.
Who’s better at badminton, you or Sebastian Vettel?
KR: I keep on winning! It’s something like 100 to 0 so far…
What is your favourite activity outside of Formula 1?
KR: I like a lot of things… all kinds of sports and games where there is an element of competition. Ice Hockey is my current favourite while it’s still time for winter sports.
What would you choose: a guaranteed 2nd place (which definitely brings you a Constructor’s Title) or a risky strategy with a 10% chance for 1st place? (Let’s say the race is taking place at Spa)
KR: I think it’s more exciting if you have to battle and take some risks to obtain the top spot. I’m here to win!
What situation makes you nervous on the race track?
KR: If somebody is doing something really stupid. But luckily right now the grid is very talented!
You’re always so calm and collected. How do you do manage that being involved in a sports that’s, to my mind, frequently tension-filled and highly stressful?
KR: I just focus on racing and don’t let other things bother me. I have been in racing for two thirds of my life now; you just get used to being in this environment.
Can you explain why you always perform so well at Spa?
KR: I really like the track so I guess that helps. I’m looking forward to racing there again and hopefully come home with a good result for the team.
What ice cream flavour do you like most?
KR: [smiles] There is no specific flavour… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry the traditional Finnish ice cream flavour – whatever is available.
How do you relax after a race?
KR: I like to chill out with my close friends. Sometimes, I have a couple of my Finnish mates with me in the paddock and I like it a lot. It’s just nice to chat with them in Finnish, to think about something else than racing.
What was your first car and what do you have in the garage these days? Have you still got the Enzo?
KR: It was a Lada, a used one. I had good fun with it. I haven’t got the Enzo anymore but I have a nice Lotus Evora S, which is a really good compromise.
What kind of music do you listen to and who is your favourite singer / band?
KR: Most of all I like the music the Finns play. I also like Linkin Park, I think they’re cool.
Do you think a hat trick (pole + win + fastest lap) could be possible in the E20? If so, at which circuit will it be?
KR: That would be nice! After our performance in Bahrain, I know that we can do even better. The win was very, very close. We’ll have to see at which circuit that will be… but keep in mind, you don’t gain any extra points for poles and fastest lap times!
How would you know if you have done a perfect lap?
KR: There is not a perfect lap, only in dreams. You can get a great lap without any mistakes, but you can always improve it, believe me!
How do you improve on a lap by lap basis in a race?
KR: With brand new tyres, you always go faster compared to used ones. Also, the car gets lighter and lighter in the race. While the new tyre drops off, there is no way you can improve your times after a few laps. Normally, you improve the time with the right timing of pits stops and then burning the fuel so the car gets lighter all the time to the Finish.
We learned that you are a bit more harsh on the engine then Romain. In which way does that affect the car? Furthermore, how do you like the engine to pick-up regarding your use of the throttle?
KR: I have driven the car and used the throttle in the same way all my career. Every driver has his own style of going fast. This is mine. It is maybe a bit harsh, but it remains within the scope of what the Renault engine can take.
What’s the red motif on your helmet and what does it symbolize?
KR: There is the number 9 in red as that’s my number in the championship. But the helmet design is just a design, it is not trying to symbolize anything special. I like to change the design each year. So it’s easy to remember afterwards which season relates to which helmet.
Who has been the strongest team-mate in your F1 career?
KR: Almost of all of them have been very competitive! But I never focus on them, I just concentrate on my own doings with my crew. That’s the only way to beat them and the rest of the field.