Räikkönen hoping for repeat in Abu Dhabi
30 October 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen will be aiming to try and repeat his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory from 2012 this weekend when the sport returns to the Yas Marina Circuit for F1’s only twilight race.
Räikkönen slipped back and had to settle for seventh in India last Sunday and will be keen now to bounce back.
“A race like last year would be good, rather than the one I had there in 2009. That was a boring one I can tell you! I finished back in twelfth position and there was nothing I could do about it,” Kimi replied, when asked what his target was for the event, the 17th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“It’s a great place to go though. The circuit is connected to big entertainment centre and you’ve got all the boats moored next to the circuit,” he added. “There are often a lot of passionate fans watching the race and for me the hotel is walking distance from the track which I like. It’s also good to race at a circuit where you have had a strong result before.”
“I’d prefer to have another good result [this weekend too], but you don’t know how strong you’ll be until you get to the circuit,” he continued.
Meanwhile, the Finn also pointed out that qualifying will be very important: “The track layout makes it really challenging for overtaking as there are not too many places to pass,” he explained. “You really have to qualify well to be at the front and get a strong result from there.”
“There are many corners, you need good overall downforce and grip, plus the car has to ride the kerbs very well too. It’s a track where you really hope to get everything nicely together during the whole weekend.
“When you succeed with that, it’s a good place to race. [As I said] I have had one very boring race being stuck in the middle group and then one great race fighting for the victory at the top. I know which I prefer....”