That's typical Kimi Raikkonen for you!
No, I am not being arrogant or showing attitude. The topic is not even what I said. That's what Kimi Raikkonen said. The great Iceman. This happened during the Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina) 2012. As it always happens, the race driver is constantly in touch with his assigned race engineer. When Lewis Hamilton retired due to mechanical problem after leading the GP, Kimi Raikkonen suddenly found himself leading the race. He knew this was his chance. The race engineer thought of motivating Raikkonen by providing strategic instructions about who is behind him and by how much. Guess what Kimi Raikkonen said:
"Leave me alone. I know what I am doing!"
Needless to say, the Iceman actually knew what he was doing. And he won the race! Typical Kimi.
|Lotus blooms in the desert|
Now there are some who'll think that Kimi Raikkonen is arrogant and not a team player. You'd think he's doesn't respect team orders and does what he thinks is right. Let me tell you, you can't be more wrong!
I have followed Kimi Raikkonen since his early F1 days. You may read this post to see how excited I was when I heard he is coming back to Formula 1. The guy is uber cool! Hardly any expressions, very shy and doesn't know how to interact with the media. He is a party person too. Many F1 drivers were happy to see him come back and he brings coolness back to F1 (atleast I think so too). His responses can easily be misunderstood by a new-comer. As a constructor, you give him a car to drive and he will extract the best out of the car. That's a guarantee! Everyone in F1 knows it. When Raikkonen told his race engineer to leave him alone, he actually meant he didn't want any interference from anyone. He knows it's now his race to win and the best opportunity for Lotus GP to snatch a victory this season. It's now up to him to complete what Lotus had dreamt of. And he did it in grand style. Even the Lotus team admitted the guy was full of concentration and they let him have his way. And his way was nothing but victory! He won it for himself, for his team and his fans. I am really happy for the Iceman.
Sometimes you just need to trust the guy to complete the work he is required to do. And guess what, the guy will respond. Definitely, if his name happens to be "Kimi Raikkonen".