Raikkonen: I have no feelings at all towards Ferrari, neither good nor bad

4 July, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 in the Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 10 May 2012.

Kimi Raikkonen looking back on the Ferrari years

Jul.4 (GMM) Comeback F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has played down a reported spat with Lotus, insisting that he is only pushing the team to improve its steering system and at the same time revealed that he has no feelings – good or bad, towards Ferrari.”

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus E20 Renault.  World Copyright:Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image AF5D1935It has been claimed that the former McLaren and Ferrari driver has repeatedly rejected Enstone based Lotus’ efforts to tailor the E20 car to his precise needs.

“It’s just because in other years I drove cars with really good steering,”  the 32-year-old told Autosprint.

“There are a few things on which we can continue to work and improve. That’s the only reason [for the reports]” said the 2007 world champion, who according to the reports has been in the middle of a team dispute.

Raikkonen insisted that, in fact, the atmosphere at Lotus is “cool and relaxed”, and run by people who “want to race and not have too much politics”.

He clarified that he is not therefore criticising Ferrari, who reportedly ended the contract with Raikkonen a year early in late 2009 because of the politics surrounding the arrival of Fernando Alonso and Spanish sponsor Santander.

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Brazil 2007 world champion“I felt good with them,” he insisted. “I won a world title and I have no feelings at all towards them, neither good nor bad. I’m happy with what I have. Things probably could have gone better, but what does it matter now?”

“I know the reasons why I didn’t stay, but I don’t want to talk about it now. As I said, I don’t have problems with anyone,” added the Iceman.

He denied he opted to leave Formula One rather than accept an alternative offer from McLaren because of a money dispute.

“That’s not true,” Raikkonen said. “The real reason is that I didn’t see any need to sign for a number of months. I wasn’t desperate or willing to do anything to stay in F1.”

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  • Harsha

    A True Champ and a Very true ice man nature

  • Jody Renza

    If Lewis does move to maybe Ferrari or Red Bull, Kimi would be great at Mclaren….again!

  • hillside

    cold blooded but classy!lol

  • GPFanatic

    ICEMAN!!!

    I don’t know how to feel about his feelings… I feel nothing at all…

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