Interview with Lotus's Kimi Räikkönen

Interview with Lotus's Kimi Räikkönen

28 January 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen is entering his eleventh Formula 1 season in 2013, his second with the Lotus F1 Team. The Finn, who will again partner Romain Grosjean at the Enstone-based squad, takes the time to preview the upcoming campaign...

What are your thoughts heading into your second season with Lotus F1 Team?
I’m feeling pretty good. Last year was my return to Formula 1 and it went pretty well. This year will be my second with Lotus F1 Team and my eleventh season overall in Formula 1 so I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect. I’m sure it will be an exciting season and I’m sure there’ll be lots to talk about. For me, I will continue to do the best I can; let’s see how good our car is, and how good the cars of the opposition are too.

Is the continuity of going into your second season with the team beneficial to you?
It helps. It’s not a massive thing which will suddenly mean you start winning all the races, but it’s nice to be at the same team as you understand how they work, and they understand how you work. We quickly developed a pretty good way of working together last year and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue this season.

Are you still learning as a driver?

I don’t think you ever stop learning, but there is less to learn than if you’re a rookie. I don’t think I could say I’m a rookie. We had new tracks last year; that’s always something nice to learn and for me best learnt on the tracks themselves. There will be a new car which we’ll want to develop and get working at its best. There are always changes in the sport; some small, some big. Generally everything’s pretty similar, and the feeling of racing on track is pretty familiar.

This is the second year of a two-year deal; are you thinking of 2014 and beyond?
I’m not really thinking beyond this season at the moment, but I’m sure there will be talk before the end of the year. I enjoyed my Formula 1 comeback last year and there’s no reason to say I shouldn’t enjoy the 2013 season too. I know there will be big changes to the cars and regulations for 2014, so who’s to say that won’t be exciting.

Have you set yourself targets and objectives for the season?
To do the best job I can. I’ve not driven the E21 yet so it’s difficult to say what could or could not be possible. We know we had a good car last season, but everyone is working hard to make the best car. I will be working with the team to help get the car as strong as we can, then in Melbourne we’ll have our first taste of results. It’s a long season from there. 2012 was a good start; let’s see what we can do in 2013.

Do you think the team has what it takes to win a championship?

Yes, I think they do. It’s clear from working with them that they are racers, and you can see in their history that they’ve won championships. Nothing I saw last year made me think that another championship was impossible in the future. Of course, there is some pretty tough competition out there and everyone wants to win. The team have beaten everyone before and there’s nothing to say they can’t do it again.

Are you looking forward to working with Romain again?
We had a pretty good relationship last year, it’s clear he’s fast and motivated. On track we were close to each other at times but we didn’t have any issues. It’s good when you have a team-mate who’s fast and works hard. I think we should be fine in 2013.

Do you think you proved a point in 2012?
Maybe for other people, but not for myself. I knew I could still perform well in Formula 1 given the right opportunity; it was only other people who had doubts.

Interview conducted by Lotus F1 Team press office

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 2 September 2015

  2. Video of the Day: Vettel's Monza preview 05:26

    Video of the Day: Vettel's Monza preview

    Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel looks ahead to his first Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver.

    F1
  3. Tuesday 1 September 2015

  4. 17:42

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  5. Sainz Jr. set for 10-place grid drop at Monza 17:30

    Sainz Jr. set for 10-place grid drop at Monza

    Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz Jr. is set to take a 10-place grid drop for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with…

    F1
  6. Video: Ferrari previews home F1 race 14:08

    Video: Ferrari previews home F1 race

    Ferrari previews its home Formula 1 race, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, which takes place this weekend.

    F1
  7. Button hopeful deployment issues fixed 12:43

    Button hopeful deployment issues fixed

    Jenson Button says McLaren-Honda has been working hard to ensure that the deployment problems he endured at the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  8. Rosberg targets qualifying, start gains 12:04

    Rosberg targets qualifying, start gains

    Nico Rosberg is focused on improving his qualifying pace and start procedure at the Italian Grand Prix, as he bids to get on…

    F1
  9. Hülkenberg signs new Force India deal 11:27

    Hülkenberg signs new Force India deal

    Nico Hülkenberg will remain as a Force India driver until at least the end of the 2017 Formula 1 campaign, after the 24 Hours…

    F1
  10. Wilson wins IndyCar fan favourite award 11:26

    Wilson wins IndyCar fan favourite award

    The late Justin Wilson was posthumously awarded IndyCar's fan favourite accolade at the end-of-season championship celebration…

    Indy
  11. Niederhauser to make GP2 debut at Monza 09:29

    Niederhauser to make GP2 debut at Monza

    Patric Niederhauser will make his GP2 debut with Team Lazarus at this weekend's Monza round. Niederhauser, who finished 10th…

    GP2
  12. Video of the Day: Kvyat demos F1 car in Russia 05:26

    Video of the Day: Kvyat demos F1 car in Russia

    Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat showcased Formula 1 machinery at the recent Kazan City Racing event in Russia.

    F1
  13. Monday 31 August 2015

  14. Pirelli completes Vettel tyre investigation 17:53

    Pirelli completes Vettel tyre investigation

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sebastian Vettel's failure in…

    F1
  15. Hülkenberg keen to make up for DNS 14:24

    Hülkenberg keen to make up for DNS

    Nico Hülkenberg is hopeful that he can make up for his non-start in Belgium with a return to the points-paying positions at…

    F1
  16. Video: Dixon snatches title with Sonoma win 13:34

    Video: Dixon snatches title with Sonoma win

    Watch highlights as Scott Dixon wins the double-points Sonoma finale to snatch his fourth IndyCar title.

    Indy
  17. Pérez: We must keep aiming for podium 12:06

    Pérez: We must keep aiming for podium

    Sergio Pérez says Force India should continue to target podium finishes over the remainder of the 2015 season, after an…

    F1
  18. Monza tyre selection 'way more sensible' 10:41

    Monza tyre selection 'way more sensible'

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has been praised for making a "way more sensible" compound selection for this weekend's Italian…

    F1
  19. Márquez concedes 2015 title chances over 10:15

    Márquez concedes 2015 title chances over

    Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez has admitted that his chances of defending his MotoGP title are all but over after he crashed…

    MotoGP
  20. Rossi 'very proud' of British Grand Prix win 09:32

    Rossi 'very proud' of British Grand Prix win

    Yamaha's Valentino Rossi described himself as "very proud" after mastering wet conditions to win the British Grand Prix and…

    MotoGP
  21. Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Heat 05:11

    Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Heat

    F1 brakes reach extreme temperatures, as McLaren outlines in the final part of its technical video series.

    F1
  22. 01:16

    Latest IndyCar photos: Sunday at Sonoma

    Indy
  23. Peerless Dixon beats Montoya to IndyCar crown 01:12

    Peerless Dixon beats Montoya to IndyCar crown

    For the fourth time in his storied career, Scott Dixon has won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, bettering Juan Pablo…

    Indy
  24. Sunday 30 August 2015

  25. Helmet auction to benefit Justin Wilson fund 21:43

    Helmet auction to benefit Justin Wilson fund

    All of the IndyCar drivers in today's season finale have decided to donate their helmets to a large online auction for the…

    Indy
  26. 14:32

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  27. Rossi reclaims title lead amid Silverstone drama 14:26

    Rossi reclaims title lead amid Silverstone drama

    Valentino Rossi won a wet and dramatic British Grand Prix to reclaim the title lead from Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while…

    MotoGP
  28. Redding to join Pramac Ducati for 2016 11:17

    Redding to join Pramac Ducati for 2016

    Pramac Ducati has confirmed that it has signed British rider Scott Redding for the 2016 MotoGP campaign. Redding made his…

    MotoGP
  29. Räikkönen hopes to be 'in the fight' at Monza 08:22

    Räikkönen hopes to be 'in the fight' at Monza

    Kimi Räikkönen is hopeful that Ferrari will pose a greater challenge to Mercedes at the Italian Grand Prix, despite Monza…

    F1
  30. Video of the Day: Final Formula E test recap 05:24

    Video of the Day: Final Formula E test recap

    Join Formula E presenter Nicki Shields for a closer look at the final pre-season test at Donington Park.

    FE
  31. 00:42

    Latest IndyCar photos: Saturday at Sonoma

    Indy
  32. Power steals pole, Sonoma lap record 00:36

    Power steals pole, Sonoma lap record

    A consistently fast Will Power stole P1 away from Josef Newgarden after time expired in the final IndyCar qualifying of the year…

    Indy
  33. Saturday 29 August 2015

  34. Whiting: In F1, no one day is like another 15:46

    Whiting: In F1, no one day is like another

    In 1988, after a lengthy stint as an engineer at Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team, Charlie Whiting joined the FIA's technical…

    F1
  35. 15:18

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  36. Márquez smashes Silverstone lap record 15:13

    Márquez smashes Silverstone lap record

    Marc Márquez twice broke the lap record during Saturday's qualifying session at Silverstone to secure pole position for the…

    MotoGP
  37. Häkkinen understands Vettel's outburst 13:18

    Häkkinen understands Vettel's outburst

    Double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen says he "can understand" why Sebastian Vettel hit out at tyre supplier Pirelli…

    F1
  38. Lorenzo stays on top in third session 10:52

    Lorenzo stays on top in third session

    Jorge Lorenzo remained on top with a blistering late effort during Saturday's third practice session for the British Grand Prix…

    MotoGP
  39. GPUpdate's stars of the future: Esteban Ocon 08:20

    GPUpdate's stars of the future: Esteban Ocon

    Across 2015, GPUpdate.net has been profiling some of the most talented up-and-coming youngsters gracing the various junior…

    GP3
  40. Maldonado caused own DNF with 17G impact 07:46

    Maldonado caused own DNF with 17G impact

    Pastor Maldonado caused his own retirement from last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps with a sizeable 17G…

    F1
  41. Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Engine 05:14

    Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Engine

    McLaren showcases how many strokes per second are produced by Honda's engine.

    F1
  42. Friday 28 August 2015

  43. Grosjean sure he would have passed Vettel 16:08

    Grosjean sure he would have passed Vettel

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says he is "convinced" that he would have passed Sebastian Vettel for third at the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  44. 15:12

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  45. Lorenzo edges Márquez in second practice 15:03

    Lorenzo edges Márquez in second practice

    Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo edged out Repsol Honda rival Marc Márquez during second practice for the British Grand Prix at…

    MotoGP
  46. Bottas 'expected more' from 2015 car 14:01

    Bottas 'expected more' from 2015 car

    Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he "expected more" from the Williams FW37 this season, but he is hopeful that progress will be…

    F1
more news