Kimi Raikkonen Q&A

With Williams struggling in recent testing it's only logical to assume that McLaren will lead the chase of Ferrari when the season gets underway Albert Park. And that means Kimi Raikkonen could be the man most likely to deprive the Italian team of victory on Sunday. The Finn more than lived up to expectations in his first season at McLaren last year, but poor reliability cost him a lot of points and to a degree disguised his true form. With the interim car now fully proven and a new one on the way this should be the year when Kimi really starts to make his mark. Adam Cooper spoke to him in Melbourne.

Kimi Raikkonen Q&A



We should be. We should be more reliable and should be able to finish the races and score more points. We should also be quicker than last year, from what we have seen in winter testing.



Of course it's nice to know, this is not the end of the season, and if we're still half a second behind Ferrari or Williams it's not going to necessarily stay like that. We still have a new car and hopefully it's going to be much quicker and we'll be ahead of them.



I have more experience for sure, but it doesn't always make you quicker. You need all the right things to happen in a race weekend if you're going to be quick, especially now with all the changes. I think some races it's going to be quite difficult to find the best set-up.



Of course having more experience helps you, but I didn't have many problems last year, and it should be easier this year. That's why I don't think it will be a problem. Maybe if they're in their first year it will be difficult for some people.



I don't know. It's different from last year, but it's the same for everybody. It might be a bit more difficult than before, but we'll see how it goes. Hopefully it's going to be good for us.



I think after qualifying you pretty much know how much other people are running. You see on Friday how quick they were, and then look from there.



It depends. If the car is good, it's more easy to do it on the first run, but then if you have some difficulties with set-up then it's quite normal that you can always be quicker in the next run, when you can change the set-up.



Maybe it can't make much difference, but there's so many things that can happen between those five cars - it can start raining or whatever. You usually get more rubber on the circuit and it should be quicker. I think if you're in the four last guys it shouldn't make a difference, but between the first guy and the last guy there might be a difference.



Not really. We know the circuits well enough. Of course it's more difficult for the race to get the set-up and all the things right than it was last year, but it's the same for everybody, for every team, and the best drivers will find the best solutions.



We hope so, but you cannot really say from winter testing, because you don't know what the other teams are doing. It's so difficult. I think after Friday I think we will be much more in a position where we know where we stand against the other teams. Hopefully we are going to be close to Ferrari.



I think so, in some races it can help or make a difference. But I don't really know if we will have different tyres or not, because Michelin is not going to tell us anyhow. I think quite often we will end up with the same tyre.



No.



I think it will be quite good fun, and it's very different. It will take a little bit of time to get used to it.



I don't know.



Yeah, I don't mind that so much, but that's not the quickest way around the lap, if you go sideways all the time. I think over one lap it doesn't make such a big difference, but over a race distance it will.



We didn't finish many races, but if you retire you retire, and that's it. The team is working much harder. For sure we worked hard last year, but I think we have a much better and more reliable car now. Always when we finished races we were quite high and we were quick. It was quite OK. I was learning all the time.

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