Kimi Raikkonen Q&A

After earning fourth places in Austria and Canada and a sixth in Australia, Kimi Raikkonen has made a big impression on his debut season with Sauber. Seventh place at Magny-Cours was the result of another sensible drive. He has made few mistakes, and his last retirement was at Imola, when the steering wheel fell off in his hands. Throughout the season he's seemed fairly underwhelmed by his own achievements. Although Peter Sauber insists that the Finn will see out his three-year contract with the team, there's been enough interest from outside to suggest that if not next year, he may well be off to a new home in 2003. Adam Cooper spoke to him about the season so far

Kimi Raikkonen Q&A



"Yes, it was much better than qualifying, but it was disappointing not to get a point, but it was anyhow good for the team that Nick got that one point."



"We were planning for three stops, and then they decided to do only two. I got stuck behind Frentzen and I lost time. We lost some places, but from seventh is not too bad. The tyres had quite a few blisters, but I think everybody had that."



"It's just been always the case for me. I don't know where it's come from."



"No, not really. I don't have any games!"



"No, it wasn't. Although for sure it's more difficult to learn to be very quick there, and even now I don't think I learned to be very quick there. You can always find a little bit here and a little bit from some other places. But it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Malaysia was quite difficult, and there were some other circuits where maybe one corner is more difficult than others."



"Yes, because I had a problem with the car. In the end you cannot do anything. If you have a problem you have to try to fix it, but anyhow it was good to finish the race."



"Yes, I think so. But I didn't have many expectations before the season, because I didn't really have any ideas about F1. It's been really strong this year, the team. The car has been reliable, which is the main thing. And it's also been quick in the races."



"It's pretty much racing and testing, but of course you have usually have one weekend free between races. It's enough to relax. I'm training in the home if I don't have any PR days."



"I don't know really. There hasn't been one thing that's more unusual than the others - it's just been the whole thing really. It hasn't been a big surprise, because like I said, I didn't have any expectations. I was just coming and looking at how the things were going, and it's been pretty nice for me."



"I'm very happy with the team, and I think the team is happy with me. That's the main thing."



"Yes, I know him a bit now. Maybe I can really say he's my friend a bit. He's a nice guy and he's always helping if he can."



"Yes, but he's ahead now. It doesn't make any difference to me..."



"I've only raced on the short track, but I have done two tests there."



"No, not many. I don't know many people there. It's not a special one for me."



"I don't know. I hope so, but we'll see."



"Yes, of course I hope I can score some more points, but it's going to be hard. We're close to Jordan and BAR, and if the top three teams finish, then we don't have any place to score points! But we always try, and I think we can score some."

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