Raikkonen’s radio impatience is normal says Salo

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20 celebrates with the Lotus F1 team. Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 4 November 2012.Nov.7 (GMM) Former F1 driver Mika Salo has backed countryman Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘radio attitude’ during his race to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 2007 world champion’s growing frustration with his engineer throughout his chase for Lotus’ first win of the season culminated in him saying “Yes,yes,yes – I’m not stupid”.

But Salo, another Finnish driver, insisted Raikkonen’s attitude is actually “pretty normal”.

“During a race you are so concentrated that you are fully aware of the situation if you’re in the lead and you see a red car in the mirrors,” he told the broadcaster MTV3.

During that phase, constant radio messages can just be “a nuisance”, former Sauber and Toyota driver Salo added.

“If the driver wants information, he can ask for it. That’s how it was for me. I asked what I wanted to know,” he said.

Raikkonen, however, did not criticise his Lotus engineer for trying to feed him information in Abu Dhabi.

“It’s the same with all the teams,” he said. “They are just trying to help but if you keep saying the same things two times a minute, I’m not so stupid that I cannot remember what I’m doing.

“It’s a normal thing, they are just trying to help,” he added. “I know what I’m doing.”

Meanwhile, Raikkonen is facing some criticism for posing for Lotus’ post-victory photograph in Abu Dhabi with a bottle of beer in his hand.

At F1’s Arab races, drivers spray non-alcoholic drinks on the podium, for cultural reasons.

“To publicly celebrate in a Muslim country with an alcoholic beverage is not very appropriate,” said the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

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  • munit

    spanish media huh lmao

  • Olli K

    Oh dear, now all the muslims know that Kimi drinks alcohol. Must have been a shock… (Sour Spanish press…)

  • michaelprescottmacarthur

    OH my I bet they are shocked, shocked I say, to find that there is alcohol here. Laughing out loud big time.
    What happens in a “muslim” country like this one is always behind closed doors. From workers who have had their passports taken away so that they can’t leave, to hash,alcohol, and other drugs being offered in “secret” places. Nothing new here. The press is just trying to start something. that also is nothing new.

  • michaelprescottmacarthur

    Maybe it was one of those non alcoholic beers. I would hope not though. I would rather eat the north end of a south-bound skunk than ever drink one of those again.

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