Night before the race
Q: What do you do in the night before the race?
A: I sleep!
What the papers write about me afterwards makes me laugh.
F1 driving is boring sometimes
Q: Is it true that sometimes you’re bored in the car?
KR: Only when I am in front by a country mile, like in Melbourne last year. Then you are thinking about other things or you’re playing with the buttons on the steering wheel. Then I suddenly missed a breaking point. This year unfortunately we haven’t had such race.
The silly press
Formula 1 would be a paradise without the media.
Kimi at the Ferrari event 2007: I’m not going to a language school to learn Italian, that’s not what I came to do at Ferrari.
If the army would be voluntary I wouldn’t go there.
Donut at Belgium GP
On question about his donuts at the end of the last year’s Belgium Grand Prix, his reply was: “I lost it!”
Driving is the only thing I love about F1.
My life would be much easier had I been a F1-driver in the 70’s with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong ERA.
Importance of the helmet
Q: The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?
KR: It protects my head.
You have to listen!
Q: Would you go to any other team than Ferrari?
KR: Probably not.
Q: Definitely not?
KR: I said probably not.
Why Kimi became a race-driver and not an Ice-hockey player
I have decided to do motosports because I don´t have to get up there so early in the morning.
Interviews are so …boring!
Q: The most exciting moment during the race weekend?
KR: I think it’s the race start, always.
Q: The most boring?
Kimi seems to have a new strategy to get rid of the journalists:”Ah, go and interview Mikko Leppilampi. He likes to talk.”
Just 5th place…
Q: Kimi, what’s the 5th grid place like?
KR: It’s the 5th grid place.
There is no willingness to talk
Kimi makes clear that the mean press doesn´t belong to one of his favorite conversation partners. (Thursday before the first race of the Season)
KR: Come back tomorrow. I have still holidays today.
Q: What is on your I-Pod?
KR: Mostly Finnish music, all sorts. You wouldn’t know, so it doesn’t matter what I say.
A bit mad?
Q: Are you satisfied with the result? (Kimi again failed to score any point)
KR: Do you think I am?
Sauber, the boss
Q: What kind of relationship do you have with Peter Sauber? Is he a father figure or godfather?
KR: He is my boss.
He really doesn´t know??
Q: What´s about your new Tattoo? Is it permanent?
KR: I don´t know.
Is Kimi lazy?
Q: Kimi, how is the cooperation in the Team. Do you get along with everyone?
KR: Yeah it´s fine. But they have a much harder time with me than I with anyone else.
Q: What do you mean?
KR: I am a bit lazy sometimes.
Alonso doesn´t matter
Räikkönen isn’t affected by Alonso’s mental games. “I couldn’t care less what that man thinks!”
Kimi disagree with Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton said that winning his first race felt better than having sex. Kimi´s reply to that was: “Maybe he never had sex.”
What Kimi makes flip out
Q: Kimi, have you ever got angry about anything, and jumped up and down and shouted?
KR: Yeah, many times but of course you’re not happy if you retire or something but I guess it mostly happens more in normal life than in racing.
Q: Can you give us examples?
KR: No, not really.
Q: What are the kind of things that make you angry in normal life, as you say?
KR: If you keep asking questions like those.
A very precise statement
Kimi tells about the track conditions at the new Formula 1 circuit in Singapore:” It is narrow in some places, wide at the other – it depends on where you are.”
Evening without Jenni
Kimi Räikkönen on the question whether he likes it when his wife accompanied him to the races:” Yes, without her the evening in the hotel room is so boring.”
Kimi is worried about overlapping
Q: What advice would you give to the rookies Nico Rosberg and Scott Speed?
KR: I hope that they are good in making room!
Dancing is not his thing
Kimi on finish Independence-Day Party at the President’s castle: “I think I will skip the dancing part. Maybe someone else dances with Jenni if she wants.”
Kimi´s stay in Canada
Q: Kimi, how you spent the days here in Canada before the GP in Montreal?
KR: I arrived here on Tuesday. So I was here yesterday.
Italian?? Nothing for Kimi
An Italian interviewer tries to get Kimi to say something in Italian.
KR: You can talk Italian if you want to.
What a logical ritual
Q: Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many other drivers have?
KR: I wipe it, so that I can see better.
Hoisted with their own petard
Q: Gossip Media asks how have you prepared for the Season?
KR: I usually get to read from your magazines what I have done.
Schumi wants to be well represented? Kimi thinks yes!
I’m not interested in what people think about me. I’m not Michael Schumacher.
Q: What makes TAG Heuer (Kimi´s main-sponsor) so special?
KR: It’s ok.
About whom he is talking here?
Kimi answered a question about his lack of emotion after winning a grand prix.
KR: It’s not my style. Yeah, winning feels good, but I’m not the type of guy who jumps up and down and rubs it in everyone’s face.
Things you can do in Finland
Well, in summer there’s fishing and shagging. And in winter the fishing is bad.
Kimi´s extraordinary hobby
Q: Kimi, do you have any hobbies?
KR: I collect walnuts.
Q: Kimi Räikkönen doesn’t seem interested in the proceedings going on up there. Kimi, you missed the presentation by Pele.
Q: Will you get over it?
KR: Yeah. I was having a shit.