Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012

Raikkonen expects no problems adjusting to F1’s changes

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen says he isn’t expecting a hard time returning to F1 after two years away.

Speaking at the launch of the Lotus E20 he said: “I’ve driven with KERS before and DRS is just a button. Once you’ve done it a few times it will become automatic.”

Asked about the introduction of the Drag Reductions System last year he said: “In 2010 I didn?t really follow Formula 1 but I saw more races last year.

“It doesn?t really look different, but there is overtaking in some different places where people can just drive past by opening the rear wing and the driver in front has no chance to defend himself ?ǣ so is this really overtaking? I don?t think it counts all the time. But for sure the show is better.

“The tyres make a difference too, as there is a big speed difference between when the tyres are new and when the tyres are old. In the old Formula 1, you had to be so much faster than the guy in front of you to have any chance to overtake, but now with the tyres and the DRS, it?s different.”

He said his brief appearance in NASCAR last year reignited his passion for racing:

“When I did the NASCAR races, I enjoyed the racing and I want to do more racing. I still want to do rally and if I could I?d do them both at the same time ?ǣ but this isn?t possible.

“For sure I will do rallying again in the future. I want to do racing as I had a really good time in NASCAR racing against other people and I realised that I was missing this ?ǣ that?s when I decided that if there was a good chance to return properly that I would do it.”

He also refuted claims his motivation suffered after winning the world championship in 2007: “There?s always talk about my motivation, written by people who don?t know me and couldn?t have an idea on how strong my motivation is.

“If I didn?t feel I had the motivation, I would stop. My feeling is that I probably drove some of my best races in my last season in Formula 1 and I was very happy with my performance. I?ve never had any issues with motivation.”

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