Raikkonen gifts ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’ t-shirts to team 10 November, 2012 Nov.10 (Reuters) Kimi Raikkonen has made sure that his Lotus Formula One team are kept on message by buying T-shirts for the entire factory with the words “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” on the front. The Finn uttered the phrase, which is already part of Formula One lore, after being spoken to by his engineers on the team radio while on his way to winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday. Later in the race he also told them, when reminded of the need to keep his tyres warm while behind the Safety Car: “Yes, yes, yes. I’m doing it all the time. You don’t have to remind me every second.” The victory at Yas Marina was the first for the former Renault team, based at the Enstone factory in central England, under the name of Lotus and the first of Raikkonen’s comeback after two years’ absence, spent rallying and in NASCAR. A team spokesman said a consignment of some 500 T-shirts in the Lotus black-and-gold colours that arrived at the factory this week were a gift from the 2007 world champion, who has an army of fans enamoured with his no-nonsense approach to racing and independent spirit. “Kimi has certainly made his mark and shown that he’s back in F1 and back at his best form,” said team principal Eric Boullier in a preview of next week’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. “Having him back getting podiums and a win is great for him, great for the team and great for the fans. Moreover, ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’ has already become an F1 classic.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLotus set to confirm team saving Quantum deal this weekLotus: It’s been a difficult weekend for the teamIn retrospect maybe Raikkonen should have skipped Abu Dhabi…Ecclestone: I feel sorry for Raikkonen, he signed a contract and they need to pay himRaikkonen disqualified and sent to back of Abu Dhabi grid after qualifyingLotus: Our target on pace alone is to race and beat MercedesRaikkonen: I nearly didn’t come to Abu Dhabi because I’ve been paid zero euro the whole yearLotus: Long-run pace looks very encouraging on both compoundsLotus insist that tensions with prodigal son Raikkonen are exaggeratedRaikkonen turns up in Abu Dhabi for practice jl That’ why kimi’s fans love , admire him, fanatic to this iceman. He is interesting on and off the track. him Aileen Bodiwala Kimi is Awesome…what do you expect from an Iceman? A cold shoulder!!! Need some more for those T-shirts. Joe Kinnear Where can I buy the tshirt? I want one I want one! McLarenfan Classic Kimi met Cool. Great to have him back. Go Lotus! Go Kimi!… I want this t-shirt too. Venezia It should be “you think and strategize, I drive!” T-shirt Nemo Sure both his radio messages were funny, and we all had a good laugh. Though its starting to remind me of Bart Simpsons’ “I didnt do it” cyp One T-shirt, XL. Thanks! george Hahaha classic kimi!! Ill also take one thanks Mohammed Emaaduddin Imagine Romain Grosjean gifting all the members of his team a shirt with the message “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” LoL!!! Pekka Jungell Good Iceman , pure honesty , ” if want to win you need a Finn” David Where is the photo of the T-Shirt? I want it! Great Kimi! Congratulations Lotus!