This is why I like Kimi Raikkonen

One short quote from the World Champion, that probably is also a reaction on the recent “safety issues” talk from some drivers.

“Now traction control is not going to help you but for me it will be a lot more fun. I think there will be an easier chance to overtake as people will make more mistakes. The sport is dangerous anyway. It doesn’t matter if you have traction control or not. If you think it is too dangerous you probably shouldn’t be in the sport. It is more tricky for sure, you need to be awake more of the time.”

This is kind of talk I would expect from Formula 1 driver, this is why I like Kimi.

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  1. Momma Jense is Worried…

    And when Momma Jense is worried you better put on your galoshes and hold your brolly tight. Or something like that.
    Jenson Button, along with fellow Brit David Coulthard, have worried themselves silly over the FIA ban on F1 electronic traction contro…

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    and Kimi’s team mate Felipe Massa is also not exactly excited about the TC ban :-)

  3. ParisNo Gravatar says:

    Will this separate the men from the boys?
    This makes me like Kimi even more, though after Brazil I was ready to get the t-shirt.

    I don’t have TC on my car for driving the icy, dangerous roads of Alaska. But, I throw my summer tires in the back of car, and watch for gravel on the road and shoulders to use for traction.

    Perhaps the ‘worried drivers’ could be allowed to carry their wets in a back rack and have their pit crew throw down gravel at worrisome spots. : )

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I do hope the TC-less F1 will separate the men from the crying boys

  5. RichNo Gravatar says:

    This will show who the actually good drivers in f1 are. I believe in order they will be
    1.Kimi Raikkonen
    2.Fernando Alonso
    3.Heikki Kovalinen?
    4.Lewis Hamilton :-(
    5.coulthard or barichello bc of there experience

  6. OllieNo Gravatar says:

    I also think we are going to see Felipe Massa shooting off the road again, just like he did during his Sauber years. The more I think about it, and the more Massa speaks, the more he comes over as being too concerned. How long was his contract extension for…!?

  7. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I think Massa has got it till 2010, right ? But it did not specify he has to race :-)

  8. ParisNo Gravatar says:

    After learning more about TC’s function and effect on driver/car, I am really looking forward to the driving this year. However, after watching how slippery things get with rain on the track, perhaps I would be over with the crying boys too. Pleading not to make me drive without TC.

    Perhaps if Massa does not drive, he could sell Kimi t-shirts from the sidelines.

  9. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I find Kimi’s comment about drivers needing to remain focused interesting…especially with his history of loosing focus in the middle of races.

    I remain a little guarded in thinking that TC will actually be eliminated. Wev’e seen this before, only to have teams creatively find ways to duplicate traction control like intentionally retarding engine power upon wheel spin in the 90’s.

    If its really gone this year…you have to like Alonso. I agree with Rich that Rubens might come on big this year. He excels in the wet, which I would think would carry over to nonTC driving.

  10. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    the eliminated the TC because they believe they can police now when all the teams have to use the standard ECU

    yes, Kimi has a history of loosing focus in the middle of races, that’s why says that now one has to stay awake :-)

  11. Michel S.No Gravatar says:

    Even Schumacher has fallen asleep at races :)

  12. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I have a feeling Schumacher would have completely dominated a true non TC race. If you ever watched him drive live, he had an unbelievable smoothness and ease to his racing. He looked like he wasn’t trying, yet was always either fastest, or very close to it.

    You could never tell when he was pushing the car, as he always hit his marks, and never seemed to work the wheel.

    Hamilton seems to have a little of that in him, as does Kimi. Maybe that bodes well for them this year.

  13. ParisNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t believe that I did not ever see Michael S. race in F1. From the stories that I have heard from my racing buddy, it was something to see him drive.

    I, also, was asleep at the wheel.

  14. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Schumi was amazing. I saw him several times at Indy.

    I remember the year Montoya was leading McLaren. We sat near turns 4, 5, 6 and 7 during practice and quals. You could see Montoya’s hands get “busy” during his hot laps and the car sliding all over as he fought to go fast.

    Then Schumi would come around, and you would think he was on a warm up lap. The car just sailed through the turns. Then the times would post, and he was faster. It was amazing. German precision at its best.

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