Raikkonen: I don’t really like Twitter…or Facebook. I prefer privacy

Kimi Raikkonen in good spirits

Kimi in good spirits

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.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi with fans

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.

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 22 April 2012.

Kimi on the Bahrain podium with race winner Sebastian Vettel

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!

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus E20 Renault.

Kimi in the Lotus garage

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.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 talks with Jake Humphrey (GBR) BBC Television Presenter. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 17 March 2012.

Kimi with media

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!

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20.

Kimi in action at the wheel of the Lotus E20

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.

  • Firoze

    Great answers and to the point. I like Kimi’s complete answer to the question “You’re always so calm and collected”. Hamilton should take a leaf from the iceman. He is a great driver and a good sportsman.

  • Butterfly

    Smart man. I don’t like those either.

  • jill Houston

    I have been a KIMI fan since Day one and love when he smiles on tv. It’s so special! I believe he can be Formula 1 World Champion 2012, he’s so focused. Keep the car and pitstops reliable, please, LOTUS.

  • Stewy33

    Agree with Kimi 100% I used facebook for a week… than got the realization that all facebook wants is all yourt personal information and a list of your realitives. I don’t use twitter either, why do I want to tell the rest of the world what I am doing so they can give thier 2 cents on what I am doing, I don’t care what they think or want.

  • Rick

    Facebook & Twitter = BULLSHIT! Biggest waste of time ever!

  • me262

    Yeah i dont understand all that crap…i mean i have friends who use facebook to communicate with family & friends all over the world which is fair enough. But people who use it to inform people on their status of what their up to ATM, their status or checking in to where they’re going or what their thinking about is a huge toss factor

    ‘ going shopping’, ‘took the dog for a walk’..what makes people think you care what their up to?

  • fools

    facebook = GOVT spying on you.

  • Hamzi

    LOL I read the headlines and thought YES he is right I dont like them either !! smart man kimi :)