Raikkonen: The simulator is really very useful

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari driver

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari driver

Kimi Raikkonen’s aversion to simulators is well known and well documented, but at the start of his second stint as a Ferrari driver the Finn appears to have embraced the concept.

On Monday Raikkonen embarked on his first week’s work at Maranello since he departed at the end of the 2009 Formula 1 season. It was the first of three days at the factory where he is familiarising himself with the 2014 version of the team, for whom he won the world title for in 2007 – their last F1 World Championship triumph to date.

He will be meeting the engineers and team personnel whom he will be working with during 2014 and beyond.

Raikkonen said, “It’s good to be back at work. I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year. From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful.”

Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his last victory as a Ferrari driver at the 2009 Belgian GP

Kimi Raikkonen celebrated his last victory as a Ferrari driver at the 2009 Belgian GP

“It’s true there’s lots to do, but the workload is not much different to what it was in the past. For me, these days in Maranello are also an opportunity to be with the team and spend a bit more time with my many friends here,” added the driver popularly known as the Iceman.

At the same time last year Raikkonen said, “I just think that I can learn nothing in the simulator. I learn a new track quickly, without a simulator.”

This opinion seems to have been reversed as F1 ‘testing’ these days is virtual, predominantly done on simulators, as real world testing is severely curtailed in an effort to cut costs.

Ferrari said on its website, “Kimi will stay in Maranello until Wednesday this week, proving that the Finn is keen to renew his relationship with the team that was his home from 2007 to 2009, as quickly as possible.” (GP247)

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  • McLarenfan

    Ferrari have thawed some of the Ice, I see what Kimi is saying for learning the the way the new will work it is useful but track layout is another thing entirely.

  • O’Ferrari

    $$$$$$$$$$$ plus being spanked by grosjean sine June, must’ve melted his pride…er…. heart.

  • Hawk

    Kimi is like Lewis.. by the time they say what they are told to say, they have already expressed their feelings.
    we will always take the first one.

  • Dr. Azlan

    That 2009 SPA GP was where he took on Fisichella from the bottom of the hill.

  • @Samdescorpion

    Spanked by Grosjean? haha.. Kimi does not like simulator for learning a new track.. why do such ppl even follow news if they are not capable to understand the sport…??

  • jeff

    C’mon its a new simulator. Not in Co
    logne. Tuned who’s to say that Kind won’t learn a lot from this or nothing. The picture makes Mr 7 look all beat up and parties out.somebodys taking a bad picture of a guy that’s a a lot of racing left. I welcome him back at Certain.

  • captain tortuga

    Whahaha Kimi =hypocrite!

    what a abnegation.

    I disliked Kiwi since he left Lotus for the money. (because he always said, i have money, i race for fun bla…bla…bla)

    Now he starts liking the sim.. next thing you know, he is second driver to wipe alonso’s ass.

    -mark my words-

  • Urko

    @captain idiot;

    I’m sure u are working for free.

  • captain tortuga

    Urko , no i’m not, then again i’m not saying i’m doing it for fun.
    His job i would for free though.. 😉

  • O’Ferrari


    I too laughed as romain led the team in the second half of the season. Not as much as you, clearly. ……

  • Urko

    Then why aren’t you doing it…..for free?;)

  • Urko

    Then why aren’t you doing it…for free..?

  • matthew

    Most of you seem to misunderstand what kimi said, and to be fair the article was intentionally misleading. He said the simulator was useful for learning procedures. Things like button placements and when to push them. He never said it was useful for practicing hot laps. Although maybe he should, the only 2 drivers that spend lots of time on simulators are vettel and alonso, and we all know how they did last season.

  • Fernando Aloser

    O’Ferrari’s mother works for me.
    It’s not free but it is cheap.

  • captain tortuga

    Urko, because my dad replied “Are you f#kking out of your mind?!? you have any idea what that costs?!?!?!” to the question : ‘can i have a kart’?

  • LOL

    How much vodka must they be giving kimi to get him to actually work?

  • Red Horizon

    Kimi is not back at Ferrari to make beautiful interviews and truthful statements to the press (as in this case), but to do great races and great results for him and Ferrari, so who cares?

  • Jman

    captain tortuga

    You’re an idiot. A total idiot.

    Kimi left Lotus for the money, did he? No. Kimi left Lotus, primarily because they couldn’t give him financial guarantees in order to demonstrate that they could continue to be competitive. They failed to do this, so he left for Ferrari. Why? Because they are a top team who are also an engine manufacturer and therefore likely to have an advantage.

    Now look at Lotus. They’re going to miss the first test, STILL don’t have a title sponsor and are carrying over £100m in debt.

    But, no, Kimi left for the money.

    As I said, you’re an idiot.

  • stoner

    these TROLLS captain tortuga, hawk and O’Ferrari are the kind of people who like poking in somebody else’s nose.

  • Dr. Azlan

    He left Lotus because Lotus did not honor a contract. It’s hard to work with people who can’t keep a promise.

  • matthew

    @Dr. Azlan that’s exactly it. I sure as hell wouldn’t work for free, no matter how great the job is! OK… Maybe I would do porn for free, but i’m sure my girlfriend would have a thing or 2 to say about it…

  • O’Ferrari

    I’d have left Lotus, too. Can’t pay wages.. can’t develop car… being outpaced by team mate. If you’re gonna phone it in until retirement, at least do it with a team that has the resources to give u more than a fleeting chance.

    I’m sure Ferrari paid mega $$$$$ and kimi is now doing what he us paid to do. Simulator, press releases, Ferrari ski trips, etc. Nice way to spend your middle age.

  • sebolonso

    Hahahaaa…You are such a funny guy O’Ferrari. Kimi was brought back because Felipe and Fernando couldn’t do what they were paid to do. Simple as that. I understand You are absolutely terrified as fanatic Fernando fan…and honestly you also should…because next season will be a nightmare for You. Sorry about that, but life isn’t fair. Use a helmet:).

  • Badman Jose

    Most video game are entertaining diversions..


  • Stoner


    hahahah, you are right, these trolls will be taught a lesson next year

  • Ventana

    “Samurai and his scared fans”

  • F1 sucks now

    @ Matthew , yeahhh your girlfriend will say 1 or 2 things ; that you are not big and good enough to do porn !

  • stoner

    @Ventana :LOL


  • O’Ferrari

    I am looking forward to this season. It should be be pretty good if kimi has pulled his finger out, ar last.

    Hoping it’s not a repeat of 2008/9/12/13 of fast- slow – fast – fast – fast – slow – slow – beaten by teammate – sulk – sulk – give up.