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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 03:19pm on 04/11/2012 under ,
Can I just record how much I love Kimi Raikonnen. S2C - if you are reading this and don't want to know why, as it would be a spoiler for the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, read no further....
Firstly when the people on the team radio try to give him car information, and just how he should proceed now that he is in the lead, he says "Go away and stop bothering me - I know what I am doing here!" Followed, when they were discussing making sure he kept all four tyres equal whilst behind the safety car, by "Yes, yes, yes, I know all about having four tyres...."

Then he has just been asked for his feelings as he stood on the podium for the first time since he came back to F1 after 2 years rallying... "Not much really. Last time I was here I was given shit for not smiling enough - probably still not smiling enough for you."

DC tried again only to get "OK I'm happy, but it's nothing to jump around about. I'm just happy for the team." DC gave up trying to get wild enthusiasm after that.
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posted by [identity profile] at 03:32pm on 04/11/2012
I am definitely warming to him. That was a good race.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:51pm on 04/11/2012
It was, wasn't it? And then poor old DC trying to cope with Sebastian Vettel swearing - I did wonder if it had become something of a driver contest - how many swear words before DC blushes....
posted by [identity profile] at 03:53pm on 04/11/2012
Much better than the last few, though annoying with Lewis going out and no one t-boning Alonso...

Ha, I didn't see that bit, my dad turned it off.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:00pm on 04/11/2012
Yes - it was a real pity Alonso managed to miss all the spinning, flying, cars. Lewis seemed to take it very well - he was smiling when they interviewed him.

Seb's conversational English includes 'bloody' and 'fucking' and he manages to make them seem quite polite. Then DC has to say 'Please remember that he is speaking in his second language and sometimes uses inappropriate words, I do apologise....'
posted by [identity profile] at 04:19pm on 04/11/2012
That is awesome. :D
posted by [identity profile] at 04:26pm on 04/11/2012
You just have to love someone who knows his job and isn't going to be anything other than himself!
posted by [identity profile] at 04:57pm on 04/11/2012
I thought he was a refreshing change, especially compared with some drivers who just get over excited; although an occasional smile would be nice
I wondered if they might introduce a delay into interviews so they can just "bleep out" any "inappropriate" words?
I'm afraid I was quite happy for Hamilton to go out and Alonso to escape the carnage.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:17pm on 04/11/2012
although an occasional smile would be nice

He sees to be Finnish male personified to me - he doubtless feels it is incumbent on him to keep a straight face. Maybe he has elven blood...

I seem to have something under my 'm' key so I keep losing the letter out of words unless I remember to press it extra hard - so for a moment there I was suggesting that Kimi is the personification of Finnish ale - do you think that might be part of some strange Northern Yule tradition?

I can see the BBC deciding on a delay and a bleep - but, of course, they do those interviews in front of a very large crowd... bleeping him for them would be harder!

I am always happy to see Ferraris spinning off the track, whoever is driving them, I fear. I think it is a counterpoint to Bernie Ecclestone's efforts to make sure they always win if he can!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:37pm on 04/11/2012
The Finns who come over here have a reputation with the B&B owners for being mono-syllabic and never smiling. Moira (you met her when we went to get eggs) finds them really hard work!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:10pm on 04/11/2012
Yep - he is clearly the epitome of Finnish masculinity!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:14am on 05/11/2012
I had to google him, but Hee! Very entertaining.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:07pm on 05/11/2012
He is a twice World Champion who then left F1 altogether and, being a Finn, decided to go rallying for a while. So he really does know what he is doing, and how to win a race - but I don't think I've ever heard a driver simply telling the pit-crew to go away ever before!


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