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Old 18th November 2009, 11:10   #1
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Well, that's the end of it for Raikkonen's F1 career. A sabbatical is almost certainly going to mean retirement from F1. Why? Simply because all the top teams will sign driver contracts that will be more than one year long. So its unlikely that there'll be any vacancies in 2011 either. We all saw what happened when Mika Hakkinen took a sabbatical. I fear that this is the last we'll see of one of my favorite and one of the most talented drivers ever.

So here is a chance for you to post about Kimi's finest moments in his F1 career. From the WDC in 2007, the blitzkrieg years at McLaren, or just one of those moments when he made your jaw drop.

Here's mine:

Mods, please do not merge with the other driver destination thread. This is a tribute for Kimi since he's leaving F1.

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Old 18th November 2009, 11:36   #2
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My favourite Kimi moment is the first lap at Spa this year.
Even when pushed out of the track,Kimi never lifted off and went full steam ahead.
He literally barged in to take control of the race.

Another moment that comes to mind immediately is,though for funny reasons,his reasoning on camera for not being around when Schumi was felicitated before the start of the 2006 Brazilian GP :-)

Thats Kimi - blunt and straight forward

Now its more or less sure that Button will partner Lewis.With two strong driver's at Ferrari,Mclaren need all they could from their 2 drivers to have a go at Constructor's.Heikki cant help them in that pursuit.

But,isnt Massa's contract only until 2010?Though farfetched,It would be great to see Kimi in Red overalls again alongside Alonso
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@Maclaren_Rulez, dude you beat me to making a tribute thread, but i'd still like to believe Kimi will comeback in 2011.

If Jenson joins Maclaren, I don't think he will stay longer than a year. No WDC champ will be able stand being destroyed by their teammate.

Anyway, finest Kimi moment? there are so many.
I guess the entire 2003 season when he took the c'ship battle till Suzuka in a 2 yr old car, the amazing fight-back drive again at Suzuka in 2005 and Silverstone 2007 come to mind first.
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There are so many finest moments!

2003 Indianapolis
2004 Spa
2005 Suzuka and almost every other race
2007 Silverstone
2007 Fuji
2009 Spa
and many more
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Remember Kimi Raikkonen's fight with Michael Schumacher for pole position in SPA 2002!?

Olivier Panis had blown an engine in the BAR at the top of Eau Rouge with dense white smoke on the climb to the hill. Raikkonen was still cruising without lifting off, or caring about the smoke or oil spill or worst case a stationary car on his way.

Bravest and most committed piece of driving ever! Big loss for F1 to lose such a man!

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Remember Kimi Raikkonen's fight with Michael Schumacher for pole position in SPA 2002!?

Olivier Panis had blown an engine in the BAR at the top of Eau Rouge with dense white smoke on the climb to the hill. Raikkonen was still cruising without lifting off, or caring about the smoke or oil spill or worst case a stationary car on his way.

Bravest and most committed piece of driving ever! Big loss for F1 to lose such a man!
+1 to that. Onboard telemetry did show that Kimi was the only driver who didnt lift when driving thru that smoke screen whereas everyone else slowed down.
Kimi will be missed for sure. Hope he is back in 2011.
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I think a major chunk of the 2005 season was a treat for all us Kimi fans. So near yet so far.

Over and above that, no one can forget the 2007 season - What do you say about a driver who is 17 points adrift the Championship leader with only 3 races left, and goes on to win it, in one of the most nail biting season finales in a long time (at that time)

Pure pleasure and nirvana to see a charged Kimi driving.

However impossible it may seem, I am still hoping for something to happen and see Kimi in 2010. Else, what a loss to the sport...

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For me, he will still be remembered as that kid who joined Sauber with a provisional Superlicense. By the end of the first race, I guess a lot of us knew what he was capable of. Most definitely deserved more than 1 WDC title, but life isn't fair eh? I still pray he comes back in 2011 and wins a couple more titles. If not, time to watch WRC too
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+1 to that. Onboard telemetry did show that Kimi was the only driver who didnt lift when driving thru that smoke screen whereas everyone else slowed down.
Kimi will be missed for sure. Hope he is back in 2011.
And during the interview he quoted the oil marks from the BAR car pointed away from the racing line as he approached the hill and he kept his pace up!

Iceman...!
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Here's that Spa video. Brilliant stuff.


Another great moment was when he pushed Schumacher on to the grass on his debut (?) race as he defended from him.

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A link to the Kimi Raikkonen forum here which has a neat discussion on the genius that is Kimi raikkonen
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Khuda Hafiz Kimi.

Can fellow bhpians include links of Kimi's F1 details ( history/memorable races & drives) here?

Will have to access through another machine due to firewall issues...
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Some of the Kimi's quotes:

I saved this in my mail box so do not have link for it:

Enjoy reading :

"You always learn from mistakes, but I’m not very interested in trying
to understand what happened last season. We can't change what happened
in the past and it won't help us."

Montoya’s success in NASCAR? - It doesn’t even interest me.

Will these tyres benefit your driving style? - I don’t know and it
doesn’t mean anything to me. Tyres are what they are.

What advice would you give to the rookies Nico Rosberg and Scott
Speed? - I hope that they are good in giving way.

Do you think that the speed is good at this point? - It doesn’t matter
how much behind the others we are at this point. The car will anyway
be rebuilt before Australia. Now we just drive around.

Media’s interest in Kimi after the WC? - They have thrown a lot of
xxxx on me but I think that I’ll get even more of it now.

Schumacher’s role : - He doesn’t come and tell us drivers anything.
And at least I don’t need his advice.

Montoya’s points: - If he believes in it, he can believe. I’m not
interested in what happens behind me.

Gossip Media asks how are you prepared for the season? - I usually get
to read from your magazines what I have done.

Montoya’s tennis accident: - We don’t call and I’m not interested in
what he does.

If the army would be volunteer I wouldn’t go there - Kimi about women in army

Austria 2002: - I haven seen it. I’m not the least bit interested in
what Ferrari did.

Raikkönen isn't affected by Alonso's mental games. - I couldn’t care
less what that man thinks.

Weather conditions: - It’s all the same if it rains or not.

Season 2006: - It doesn’t interest me yet what is going to happen.
You’ll see it then.

An Italian interviewer tries to get Kimi to say something in Italian.
- You can talk Italian if you want to.

Ferrari event 2007: - I’m not going to a language school to learn
Italian, that’s not what I came to do at Ferrari.

Kimi, what’s the 5th grid place like? - It’s the 5th grid place.

Ferrari party: - Ferrari's own parties are the nicest. There are all
the crew and their children. I don't know exactly what I will do
there. Maybe I will be Santa. Other parties are official and boring.

Asked to reveal how many pounds or kilograms he shed: - I don’t know.
I haven’t got scales. I am happy as long as we are okay with the
overall weight, that’s all that matters.

Party at the President’s castle: - I think I will skip the dancing
part. Maybe someone else dances with Jenni if she wants.

Party at the President’s castle: - Ah, go and interview Mikko
Leppilampi. He likes to talk.
Kimi, what is your feeeling before the race? - It’s allright.

French GP 2002: - xxxx race.

Hungarian GP 2007: - Boring race.

OHO!-magazine number 46/2006: - I read somewhere that I drive with the
luck of a drunk.

Opinion of Ron Dennis: - He’s strange now and then. He always wants to
know everything. He doesn’t interest me.

My life would be much more easier had I been a f1-driver in the 70’s
with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong ERA.

What makes TAG Heuer special? - It’s ok.

Kimi, you speak a little bit? - Yeah, one two.. three..

What kind of an atmosphere do you think McLaren has right now (the spy
saga)? - I bet it’s ****ing great.

The Constructor’s Championship doesn’t really mean anything to me.

I’m not interested in what Jackie says. He hasn’t got anything to do with me.

Coulthard can say what he wants. I’m not interested in what he’s saying.

I don’t give a damn about what Trulli says.

Montoya’s comments doesn’t interest me.

It doesn’t matter what he says. (Kimi about Hamilton’s defences after Canada GP)

I’ve seen him (Schumacher) twice: when the car was displayed and in
one testing he came to but I left almost immediately after that.

ou don’t drive races on paper.

Driving is the only thing I love about f1.

If there’s a red light when you leave the pitlane you have to stop.
Then some wooden eye (Hamilton) crashes into you and breakes the car.

What the papers write about me afterwards makes me laugh.

Formula 1 would be a paradise without the media.

I’m not interested in what people think about me. I’m not Michael Schumacher.

The circuit broke totally. Every year same thing happens. They promise
to fix it. They probably should hire the guys from Lemminkäinen
(Finnish asphalt company) to fix it.

How does it feels to drive at 300 km/h? - It feels normal.

Your idols? - There aren’t any.

What kind of a relationship do you have with Peter Sauber? - He is my boss.

Is he a father figure or a god father? - He is my boss.

The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it
to you? - It protects my head.

Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many
have? - I wipe it so that I can see better.

What would you if you met an alien, run away out of fear or try to
talk to him? - The problem won’t arise so I don’t imagine meeting one.

What do you have to do to become one of your friends? - I’ve got my
friends and that’s enough. I’m not on the lookout for new ones.

Others can sit in the simulators if they want. I´m here to drive.

I couldn't do anything more. Alonso keeps finishing second, so we just
need to do the best we can. You never know what might happen in these
races.

Kimi, who was on the phone that Jean Todt gave you? - I think it was
Michael (Schumacher), but the line was pretty bad so I couldn’t hear
him.

Martin Brundle: “Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t seem interested in the
proceedings going on up there. Kimi, you missed the presentation by
Pele.”
Kimi (nonchalantly): “Yeah.”
Martin: ”Will you get over it?”
Kimi: “Yeah. I was having a ****.”
Martin: “OK, thanks for that! Obviously you’ll have a nice light car
on the grid, then.”

Interview after Monza 08 (Kimi again failed to score any point) Are
you satisfied with the result? - Do you think I am?

It's nice to get the championship trophy from Monaco. I haven't been
interested in that party before, but after I got the first place, my
party feelings are high.

Does Michael Schumacher's presence bother you during the races? - Why
would it bother? Why should I care about Michael? I'm a driver, so it
means nothing if he's there or not.

Well, in summer there's fishing and ****ing. And in winter... the
fishing is bad.

Describe yourself. What are you made of ? - Blood, flesh and bone like
everybody else!

Party at the President’s castle:
Kimi, good independency day!
Thanks.
Are u feeling excited?
No.
What will you say to the president?
I don’t know. We’ll see.
Do you think president have watched your races?
I don’t know, probably at least some from tv.
Kimi and Jenni…..
I have nothing to say really.
I would have just wished u a happy independency day.
No, I’m not excited, I think this is pretty normal stuff.
When did you come to Finland?
This morning.
Happy evening for you then, how was the night?
Was ok, but quite short yet, there’s a lot job left to do.
Did you say anything to the president?
Yes, I did say morjensta.

How often do you have Finland on your mind when you are abroads and
racing?-Mainly when I hear the national song after a victory. In other
situations during the weekend I wont spend time thinking that I'm from
Finland. Not that I would in general think much about my home country
anyway.

Interviewer: The most exciting moment during the race weekend?
Kimi: I think so it's the race start, always.
Interviewer: The most boring?
Kimi: Now.

Suddenly the steering wheel was in my hands. I tried to put it back
on, but it was too late. I was just wondering where I was going to end
up.

Is it true that sometimes you're bored in the car?
Only when I am in front by a country mile, like in Melbourne last
year. Then you are thinking about other things or you're playing with
the buttons on the steering wheel. Then I suddenly missed a braking
point. This year unfortunately we haven't had such race.

Bernie Ecclestone complains about Raikkonen being few wordish in front
of the press - Everyone has their own opinions. I don't care much
about what other people say about me. Raikkonen respons when asked
about Ecclestones comments.

I will just have try my best and drive as fast as I can. There is
nothing I can do about it.

The interesting thing will be to see what the weather will do
tomorrow. I lost my mirror during the final qualifying session but
didn't notice it, and it had no effect. Now we will see what happens
in the race.

I don’t know. I think we have something new on the car but I wasn’t at
the test so I haven’t seen the team… I’ve just arrived here. I will
find out tomorrow.

No, it’s no worry. I’m happy with what’s happening now and I don’t
really need to worry about next year or any other years, so we will
see what happens.

And would it be even better if also Marcus Grönholm was able to win
the championship? - It's good for him and good for Finland, but it
doesn't affect my life. I'm not that interested in it.

Q: (Peter Windsor - F1 Racing) Kimi, I’m sure you’re aware that, as a
result of the seventeen laps you led in Hungary, McLaren Mercedes, for
the first time this year, have now led more racing laps than the
Mercedes safety car driven by Bernd Maylander. I just wonder how you
see that battle developing in the remaining races and how strong
McLaren will be versus the safety car. - Hopefully we can beat them.
At least it’s the same company so it doesn’t really matter but we will
see what happens.

Kimi, have you ever got angry about anything, and jumped up and down
and shouted?
Yeah, many times but of course you’re not happy if you retire or
something but I guess it mostly happens more in normal life than in
racing.
Can you give us examples?
No, not really.
What are the kind of things that make you angry in normal life, as you say?
If you keep asking questions like those.

I have not looked at what everyone else is doing and what teams are
running, so we are just doing our own thing.

We will see where we are at some point, it is just too early to say.
You see what times they are doing, but it is still hard to tell.

I don’t know much what is going on, I'm just waiting what's gonna
happen next and they always tell you, so I think so it's more you just
wait and see what happens and just try to do your best, but whatever
it is, and it's not easy, because they also know that they don’t
expect us to be active so everybody does the best what they can and
hopefully it'll work well in the end.

(Sal Zanka - AP) And Kimi what advice would you seek from Michael as
an incoming Ferrari driver? - As I said, it depends on many different
things, but we will finish this year and then we will see what
happens.

I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. So far, I just want to
finish this season and do the best I can for McLaren and then we see
next year and what’s going to happen, but I don’t really know.

And the last
When asked to comment on Hamilton's crazy move at Fuji that ran
everyone off at the first curve: - You have to learn how to find the
breaking points already when you are six years old while starting in
Go Karts. Obviously, you should know how it goes at this level. I
don't know about others but, at least, my father Matti put sticks on
the right places for me and for my brother to know where to break.
That's how you learn that lesson the best and you remember it always
where ever you race.

The car is certainly different, but do you feel different to last
year? - I don’t know anything about a different feeling. It’s a new
season, so it’s hard to know what to expect.

What about Felipe? Is he still the same guy he was last year or has he
changed a lot? - I don’t know. You should ask him. I don’t know what
he’s been doing, so if you want to know something about his life you
should speak to him.

Who do you see as your main competitors this year? - It could be all
tight - but then again, it might not be. I don’t know more than
anybody else - I just see the times. That’s it.

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Quote:
Interviewer: The most exciting moment during the race weekend?
Kimi: I think so it's the race start, always.
Interviewer: The most boring?
Kimi: Now.
That one takes the cake. Thanks parimal for posting.
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Thanks,

I am searching my pc for more kimi stuff , i have his autocar interview,will post it soon.
But its really sad that kimi not racing this year,First time since 1997,will watch F1 without a favorite driver.

This is also good one..
The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it
to you?
Kimi:It protects my head.
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