Q&A with Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen 27 Mar 2009
None of the grids usual suspects enjoyed the perfect start to their 2009 season on Friday, and Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen was just one driver to experience two tough practice sessions at Melbournes Albert Park. But, with years of experience under his belt, its hard to unnerve Raikkonen
Q: Kimi, after the winter tests and two practice session does the F60 compliment your driving style more than last years car?
Kimi Raikkonen: I dont know if this years car suits my style more than the F2008, but I am probably happier about the direction we are going in than last year, and under those circumstances I am happy to start the season. Hopefully we will see that in qualifying and on Sunday in the race.
Q: It seems to be particularly hard to judge Fridays practice session. How was it from your point of view?
KR: It was okay in the morning, but in the afternoon it was a bit tricky. We still need to look for better set-ups and stuff like that. We have already tried some things but that was not ideal. But for the first time that we are preparing for a race, it was okay.
Q: On what part of the track do you use the KERS system?
KR: Wherever I want.
Q: But can you use it for a longer time, not with full power, or do you just use it for overtaking?
KR: It depends - every lap can be different.
Q: Do you expect any surprises for qualifying?
KR: Well, I dont know. It is still very confusing to say who is where. Qualifying will show us the reality of who is quick and who is not.
Q: What did last season teach you?
KR: It didnt teach me anything. I didnt have such a good season, but that is part of racing and you always try to learn from mistakes. Last season is in the past and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do this season.
Q: The slick tyres have generally more grip at the front. Do you think that will stop you from having the same qualifying problems that you were facing last year?
KR: To be honest I dont know. We have not done any qualifying yet, so it is impossible to say anything but I am sure I can answer that question after the first two races.
Q: How much importance would you give to last season in terms of your career?
KR: I have a contract for this year and for 2010 so it will not change anything. After that I have the option to choose what I want to do. But for sure I hope to do well this season because that is what I am here for - to race - and to produce good results.
Q: Do you think you are hungrier for a title this season than you were last year?
KR: There is no change from last year to this year.
Q: Are these cars more fun to drive than last years?
KR: It is always fun to drive. Sometimes it can be a little bit more when you can play around a little bit more. But I wouldnt be here if the fun in racing had disappeared. And now it is time to see how it goes in racing. In testing I had a pretty good feeling.