Championship glee continues for Raikkonen 30 Oct 2007
Before jetting off on a well-deserved holiday, newly-crowned world champion Kimi Raikkonen has spoken again of his joy at winning his maiden drivers title in Brazil last week. Raikkonen wrapped up a hectic celebratory tour at Ferraris traditional end of season event at the Mugello circuit in Italy on Sunday.
It seems I can't stop smiling, explained the Finn. Wherever I go there are people who congratulate me. It seems that everybody in Italy is as happy as I am! Wednesday in Maranello was wonderful, when we celebrated the wins of the two Championships with everybody from the Scuderia. But I have to say that yesterday in Mugello was even better. In front of thousands of fans and numerous Ferrari clients.
During the days festivities, the 28 year-old took to the track in his championship-winning F2007, wowing the 30,000 strong crowd with a demonstration run.
When I was going to the race track in Tuscany I remembered the first time I drove a race car, back when I was driving in the Formula Renault and then my first race in Formula One with Peter Sauber, he added. I remember these feelings, but it is really something else driving the car, with which I just won the championship, here at Mugello: it was like a second triumph. I was really happy and very proud being part of the Ferrari family when I saw all the fans celebrating.
Now I'm on holiday. I'll try to chill out as much as I can and charge up my batteries. I'll try to forget Formula One a bit, but that will be difficult. This year was really special to me. I can say that I fell in love again with this sport.
Raikkonen will not join Ferrari for the multi-team test in Barcelona in November but will be back in action in December to begin his preparations for the 2008 season.