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    Thread: The Raikkonen Report

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      02-16-2012 03:59 PM #1
      Love reading stuff about the Iceman. More stuff about his first impressions back this year. Can't wait to hear the comparisons with Michael's comeback, especially when Kimi is on fire from the "Get-go"!!!

      Lotus’ trackside operations director, Alan Permane says that Kimi Raikkonen demonstrated he is an exceptional talent almost immediately after he first stepped into a 2012-spec Renault R30 car during his re-acclimatization test in Valencia last month.

      “I felt that from when he first ran. You can see that he’s an exceptional driver. For example, when we go from low fuel to high fuel, we calculate what we believe the lap time difference should be and every time he hits it on his first lap. A lesser driver takes time to feel that,” said Permane in an interview with Autosport.

      Permane also reported no problems with Raikkonen’s feedback to the Lotus engineers, contrary to what has been reported by the media in the past. “His feedback is excellent. His knowledge of different engine maps and differential maps is excellent. I see no reason to say that he isn’t a good development driver.”

      What really impressed the Lotus team during the testing in Jerez was the Finn’s consistency in lap times and not so much his single-lap pace, which is still difficult to judge this early in the season.

      “One area where he is incredibly strong is his consistency on long runs,” said Permane. “You can tell from that how good the driver is going to be, not just from outright pace but how he holds that pace. Often you see drivers do a fast lap, a slow lap and make mistakes on long runs, but not Kimi.”

      BBC Sport F1 journalist Andrew Benson was also impressed by Raikkonen’s consistency during the Jerez pre-season tests. “Looking through the lap times from Jerez , one thing jumped out – Kimi Raikkonen’s consistency. It was stunning, as it always used to be. Lap after lap was within a 10th of a second of the one before – and there were three separate occasions when he did three consecutive laps, all no more than 0.06secs apart,” said Benson.

      Lotus technical director James Allison said Raikkonen did not show any signs of physical fatigue during the test in Valencia. “Kimi was doing the business pretty much from lap one and he put a lot of laps in. We did much more than a grand prix distance on both days and he looked as fresh as a daisy. Particularly on the longer runs, he doesn’t miss a beat,” he said.

      Permane has also dismissed the idea that a driver should function as a team leader as well. Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has justified his decision in the past to replace Raikkonen with Alonso by contending that the Spanish driver is better at being a team leader than the Finn.

      “Drivers don’t lead the team. He doesn’t need to stand on a pedestal and tell us how to do our jobs. The sense of confidence is where the leadership comes from and he will get that respect and trust because we can see that he knows what he’s doing,” Permane stated.
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      02-16-2012 04:13 PM #2
      lotus always seems to be a bit of a dark horse 'might win the wdc if they get lucky' pick going into each year - i think kimi will be very competitve mid pack, might even get an earlier podium or two but renault wont be able to keep the pace going throughout the year as the bigger teams throw more cash at in season development.
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      02-16-2012 09:42 PM #3
      Love the thread title.....Brings back memories. Speaking of "bringing back"... Should I???

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      02-16-2012 10:58 PM #4
      Yo! Inspired by your original thread.
      About bringing your thread back. I think it will become rather obvious if he can get back on top this season. All the best to him. Back to the Iceman!!
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      02-16-2012 11:22 PM #5
      Seems like Raikkonen is the shot in the arm Lotus needs. Its a shame Kubica didn't drive last year's car at the start...would have really enjoyed to see what he would have done. Heidfeld coudln't do it, Petrov couldn't do it and Bruno can't do it either, but Kimi has a fighting chance if the car is half decent. I agree that in-season development will be their downfall.

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      03-04-2012 11:50 PM #6
      Bump for kfz....

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      03-05-2012 04:07 PM #7
      Fastest in final test of the year!

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/17252719

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      03-05-2012 08:48 PM #8
      Always thought he was in the top 3 in terms of natural ability.

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      03-05-2012 10:02 PM #9
      The only danger I see with Kimi is that if Renault/Lotus don't deliver a car that is properly competitive, he will quickly become disenchanted, especially when the media starts hounding him the same way they did Michael.

      The difference with Michael? He doesn't get discouraged.

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      03-05-2012 11:31 PM #10
      I just want to see him on the Podium at least once this year.

      Maybe he'll get Webber's seat next year at RB. Or maybe he'll take Hamilton's seat at McLaren when Lewis goes to RB?

      Kimi and Jenson on the same team would be cool.

      Oh well, where can I buy Kimi Lotus hats? None yet.

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      03-05-2012 11:55 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      I just want to see him on the Podium at least once this year.

      Maybe he'll get Webber's seat next year at RB. Or maybe he'll take Hamilton's seat at McLaren when Lewis goes to RB?

      Kimi and Jenson on the same team would be cool.

      Oh well, where can I buy Kimi Lotus hats? None yet.
      Lewis would never go to RB, at least not as long as Seb is around.

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      03-06-2012 10:19 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by nickthaskater View Post
      Lewis would never go to RB, at least not as long as Seb is around.
      Is that what he told you?
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      03-06-2012 10:37 AM #13


      I love people that make declarative statements about something we can only just speculate about.

      "Listen up. Here's what's going to happen."

      O'Rly?

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      03-06-2012 10:53 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post


      I love people that make declarative statements about something we can only just speculate about.

      "Listen up. Here's what's going to happen."

      O'Rly?
      Do you honestly think Lewis would go to RBR while Seb is still there? Yea, didn't think so. More to it, do you really think RBR would take him as long as they have Seb?

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      03-06-2012 11:27 AM #15
      Funny Kimi quote I heard. They asked him how he was liking the new Ferrari and he said, "Uh, I don't know. Sometimes when I'm traveling down the back straight and I get bored I just play with all the buttons and switches on the steering wheel."



      Ferrari was not amused.

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      03-06-2012 04:10 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post

      Oh well, where can I buy Kimi Lotus hats? None yet.
      Looking for one myself.

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      03-06-2012 07:29 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v_gti777 View Post
      Looking for one myself.
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      03-11-2012 11:16 AM #18
      Form is temporary; Class is permanent

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      Form is temporary; Class is permanent

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      03-12-2012 12:39 PM #20
      I enjoy watching the subtleties of his driving.

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      03-12-2012 11:53 PM #21
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    22. 03-16-2012 03:27 AM #22
      Awesome clip, thanks!! Hope he can do some damage this year...

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      03-16-2012 12:10 PM #23
      Nice clip. No idea he broke his wrist just before Christmas!

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      03-16-2012 12:32 PM #24
      Is it just me or does it seem like he's putting an effort into talking a little more during interviews?

      Even the amount of interviews he's given have seemed like a lot more than in the past. Perhaps some time away from the sport has done him some good.

      Will be interesting to see if he can keep it up throughout the season, or if the usual F1 politics will annoy him again.
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      03-17-2012 02:37 PM #25
      kfz,

      I'm gonna give you an opportunity to resurrect "it" before I do....


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      03-17-2012 03:01 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      kfz,

      I'm gonna give you an opportunity to resurrect "it" before I do....


      Come nuh mon....Mi case an du it...
      Lmao. I watched quali this morning and "that" immediately came to mind.
      I thoroughly impressed by that pole. Amazing what happened to RB and Ferrari!!!!!

      Well, my gwon yoot, start 'er up. She's a comin'.............
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      03-18-2012 04:47 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by kfzmeister View Post
      Lmao. I watched quali this morning and "that" immediately came to mind.
      I thoroughly impressed by that pole. Amazing what happened to RB and Ferrari!!!!!

      Well, my gwon yoot, start 'er up. She's a comin'.............
      Nvermind. Might hold off a bit.
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      03-18-2012 04:53 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Mk1Racer View Post
      Great!

      Must say, impressive move forward. Aside from that timing snafu during qualifying, the Renault shows some pretty good pace.
      I'm thinking a few races to shake off the F1 rust (see below Kimi quote) and we might see him mixing it up with the front runners.

      The SC didn't help him much today!
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      03-26-2012 03:38 PM #30
      Let's hear it for the Iceman! Qualified 5th, then lost 5 spots due to a trans swap. Ran a competitive race and ended up 5th.

      Not bad for a guy who hasn't driven on the Pirelli rain tires!

      Like Kimi said "I just want a regular weekend for once.'

      Me, too. Anxious to see him really pick up his pace in the coming months.

      It was pointed out that he's some 11 years younger than Schumacher and definitely looks fast in the opening races of his comeback!!!
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      03-26-2012 03:58 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by kfzmeister View Post
      Let's hear it for the Iceman! Qualified 5th, then lost 5 spots due to a trans swap. Ran a competitive race and ended up 5th.

      Not bad for a guy who hasn't driven on the Pirelli rain tires!

      Like Kimi said "I just want a regular weekend for once.'

      Me, too. Anxious to see him really pick up his pace in the coming months.

      It was pointed out that he's some 11 years younger than Schumacher and definitely looks fast in the opening races of his comeback!!!
      He definitely gets props for being pretty competitive right out of the gate. He's certainly don't better than Schumacher did at the start, and Schumacher jumped into the prior year's championship-winning car.
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    32. 03-26-2012 04:15 PM #32
      I am happy to see Kimi's performances!

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      03-26-2012 11:49 PM #33
      Fastest lap of the race in Malaysia. He seems to take pleasure in taking fast laps. Kimi's back.
      There are already suggestions from the paddock that Lotus/ Kimi will win races this year.
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      03-27-2012 12:07 AM #34
      Give Kimi Webber's seat!

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      03-27-2012 12:09 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Mk1Racer View Post
      He definitely gets props for being pretty competitive right out of the gate. He's certainly don't better than Schumacher did at the start, and Schumacher jumped into the prior year's championship-winning car.
      ...which no longer had a major competitive edge over the rest of the field due to getting a 1-year development head-start. The Mercedes Michael got into was representative of what Mercedes/Brawn truly were.

      For the record, Michael's first two races of 2010:
      Bahrain - 6th
      Australia - 10th (had to pit for a front wing after being taken out when Jenson spun Alonso in Turn 1)

      Not exactly horrible.

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