Formula 1, Rally
Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, rally boys etc.
Lotus, Red Bull, McLaren,
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Q:Mr. Räikkönen, please explain us one thing. You threat to go on strike for your money but Lotus boss Gerard Lopez says however, it was agreed that you get it only at the end of the season.
KR: We have not signed a contract for nothing, he must accept it. But that does not change my relationship with the other Lotus employees.
Q:Is it a lack of respect towards you?
KR:It was not nice to hear in India that you are not a team player and on the other hand not getting paid. But I do not want to talk further about the situation.
Q:You have fun at work also on these days?
KR:In general it is very important that you have fun in life and enjoy the things with which you are dealing. I still have a lot of fun in racing but the business is unfortunately part of it too.
Q:Can you forget all that when you put on the helmet?
KR:Yes, I do not really think about it. I told my opinion otherwise I’m here to race.
Q:How do you deal with your anger, also about the penalty? Do you take it out on your crew or your opponents?
KR:No, at first I was pleased with how well the car ran here. Such situations are not ideal, but I do know long enough that you can not change them. I will always try to improve myself, from whatever place.
Q:Do you still hope - despite the retirement – on the vice title - against your future Ferrari team mate Alonso?
KR:I don’t care. It makes no difference to me whether I’m going to be second, fifth or tenth. This means nothing to me. I am here to win - nothing else.
Q:When you came back from rallying, you said that the second title is your big goal.
KR:Yes, that stays. This year it did not work out so hopefully it will go better next year.
Q:You could bring Ferrari the first world title since yours 2007. Do you want to make the Tifosi happy again?
KR:First, it’s a new year with new rules. It is difficult for me to say how far are they with the new car and which team is going to solve the tasks best in 2014. I can only give my best with the team and material that I get.
Q:Have you spoken with your future mate Fernando Alonso about it - or engineers that you remember from your time at Ferrari?
KR:Not too much. I first signed my new contract there and drive now for Lotus. Everything else will follow later.
Q:You will meet Lotus engineer James Allison again who moved to Ferrari in July. And you should also take race engineer Mark Slade with you.
KR:That’s not true. But that’s no problem. I know the people at Ferrari and I achieved some good results there.
Q:Niki Lauda sees in you and Alonso explosives. You too?
KR:Oh, I give nothing to such statements.
Q:Also the fans look forward to your duel. A photomontage shows Alonso as he hackels after your success. Does such things amuse you too?
KR:It ‘s nice what people put on the internet. But there are also unpleasant things which are not true.
Q:And how do you like Vettel’s humor? He showed you on the podium in Bahrain in 2012 rabbit ears. Do you want to pay him back next year?
KR:Oh that was harmless. Who cares? It does not change anything in our relationship. We get along well and play badminton once in a while. And there I always win.
Q:You are said to be friends with Bayer coach Sami Hyypiä. How did that happen?
KR:He loves motorsports like me. I met Sami at some motocross races. We drove there together and had a lo of fun. He is a funny guy and often invited me to soccer games. But unfortunately I’ve never managed to watch one.
Q:Even in his time at Liverpool?
KR:Yes, I know Sami since he played at Liverpool. Also then we met from time to time. Maybe it works sometime soon that I see a game of his present team.