Even when under pressure, Kimi Raikkonen rarely modifies his monosyllabic, monotone style of rhetoric. Yes there have been some moments on car to pit radio when the ‘Iceman’ has been less ice and more ‘attitude’ – as they say in Murica-land.
Yet at today’s F1 driver press conference in Silverstone, Kimi revealed he has been learning the art of the repeated metaphor.
Q: The team is telling us that retaining your seat for next season is in your hands, do you feel you are on the right track to meet their targets.
KR: I don’t know. Obviously they’ll make the decision. We try to do good races. Obviously the last race was a bit difficult but that’s part of the game, sometimes you have that. Who knows: I don’t know anything more than you guys, so I will know hopefully at some point what will happen. There are always speculations to start off the year and it’s always the same stories. It doesn’t really surprise me a lot so let’s see what happens.
Yes, part of the game is mastering the controls of the racing car you are driving, though this is beginning to sound more like the promotion for a racing video game than F1.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, accident here last year, accident in last race in Austria, how difficult is it for you to come to this weekend?
KR: It’s a new race, different weekend. It doesn’t matter if you have an accident. It was obviously bad for our race but that’s part of the game. It doesn’t change this weekend at all. I’ve had accidents before and probably will in the future, you pay the price when things do wrong.
Yes. There’s a definite theme emerging here.
Q: (Daan de Geus – NU.NL) Kimi, you let it be known earlier in the season that you were quite happy about the 2015 Ferrari and the way it handles and it fits your driving style. Ferrari have obviously been updating the car and made some changes to it. Do you still like the way it handles and the way it suits your way of driving?
KR: I don’t see why I wouldn’t suddenly like it; because I’ve had an accident doesn’t change anything. I’ve had accidents sometimes, like I said, it’s part of the game. We improved the car and it’s still a great car, obviously probably not fast enough to challenge Mercedes all the time but it’s a very good car and it’s a massive improvement from last year. Things go wrong sometimes but it doesn’t mean that you suddenly hate the car or you don’t like things. It’s just a part of the game. Like I said, it’s a good package and obviously we want to improve it and make it faster. Things could always be better. Even if you’re in a winning car you’re always wanting more out of it. Like I said, we’ve come such a long way from last year which people always forget. We’re still a work in progress to improve things.
If Kimi is concerned he may lose his drive at Ferrari and his F1 career be finished at the end of 2015, a small modification to his new favourite saying – along with some vocal inflexion, modulation techniques and his new found ‘attitude’ could see him launch a whole new career.
Lesson 1 below Mr. Raikkonen…