Raikkonen gifts ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’ t-shirts to team

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.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.”

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  • jl

    That’ why kimi’s fans love , admire him, fanatic to this iceman. He is interesting on and off the track.

  • 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!