Räikkönen hopes for second victory in Brazil
20 November 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen has won the Brazilian Grand Prix once and stood on the Interlagos podium five times. The Finn now targets an eighth another rostrum appearance of the season, if not his second race win of the year after Abu Dhabi, as a dramatic 2012 Formula 1 campaign draws to a close this weekend.
“There is no doubt about it: the greatest day of my career came at Interlagos, when I won the World Championship in 2007, and that means I have very fond memories of this place,” Räikkönen says on Tuesday.
“All in all, it has been good to me…actually, in 2003 they gave the winner’s trophy to me but afterwards it turned out I only got P2. I have lived some of the best moments of my life at this circuit and that’s something nobody can take away.”
Not only has he endured no race retirements in his comeback season, which follows two years in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR, but Räikkönen scored his sole non-scoring finish in the Chinese Grand Prix only because of a strategic error.
“I like racing, so it’s good to be on-track as much as possible,” he continues. “No-one likes ending a race early. Our record shows that the team can build a reliable car and that I know how to drive it. The last round of the season means that it’s the last chance to enjoy that feeling for some time. Every time I get in the car I want to fight for victory and this is no different; I want to celebrate a good result with the team in Brazil. That would give the best feeling for the winter and also for next season.”
Räikkönen also aims to retain third place in the Drivers’ Championship, as he sits 16 points ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton with just one round to go.