Kimi Raikkonen says he isn’t concerned about driving on a circuit he hasn’t raced at before this weekend.
While championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have raced at the Korea International Circuit twice before, Raikkonen is making his first appearance at the track.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve never been to Korea, but it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót make a difference for me,” he said. “Since I was very young I have always been able to pick up circuits very quickly. This has not changed.”
Raikkonen said he prefers gaining real-world experience when learning new tracks: “I know some drivers work hard in simulators to learn a new circuit, but they are not for me.
“I have never played the Playstation or spent too much time in the simulator and it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót seem to have affected my performance in the past.
“We have three hours’ practice on Friday and a further one hour before qualifying on Saturday so all the drivers will know the circuit very well.”
Raikkonen said he is looking forward to his first experience of the circuit: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós always interesting to race at a new venue and I enjoy going to different places. It gives me a good feeling.
“It is exciting to be going there for the first time and to start work by walking around the circuit and checking all the corners.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen a Korean Grand Prix on TV, but we?óÔé¼Ôäóll have to wait until the first laps of FP1 on Friday to get to grips with the circuit. Hopefully we will have normal weather there and will not miss any track time on Friday because of rain or technical issues.”
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