January 7th, 2013 (F1plus Team).- Yes indeed, the flying Finn is well known for his comments on and off the air (this means on and off the track) something that tell a great deal about his personality.
Remember we are talking about the 2007 champion who is master at quietly gobble down points and who, reputedly, was taking a nap within an hour of making his Formula 1 debut in 2001.
The Finn came back in 2012 after a two-year hiatus with the Lotus team, and soon enough he looked like the Kimi of old times: raking points at any chance, and of course, creating interesting lines to which media outlets crave to highlight (just like us).
So, here’s a good sample of Kimi’s comments during the course of the 2012 Formula 1 season, in which finished 3rd. These were compiled and published by Autosport.
About the pre-season and that he has no problems with motivation
“There has always been talk about the motivation, but the people who write it don’t even know me. There’s always shit going on and I don’t mind if people want to write it. What can I do? I would have stopped if I felt that I didn’t have the motivation.”
Free to express himself at Lotus after the first two races of the year
“I feel comfortable here which helps me to focus on racing; I guess that’s why people seem to think I’m a different person, but I’m just as focused and motivated as before.”
Wanting wins mid-season
“If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more.”
Trying to win the world championship
“I have no reason to say I wouldn’t try. I’m not here just to drive around.”
Downplaying his Spa prowess despite his four Belgian Grand Prix wins
“People always say there’s something special about me and Spa. I like the circuit but I wouldn’t put my money on myself this year or any other year, even though I’ve won there before. It’s not like I’m much better there than anyone else!”
Explaining the clash with Fernando Alonso at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix
“He kept coming left more and more. I tried to go further left but I had nowhere to go.”
Hoping that he wouldn’t have to go to the FIA prize gala… something he ultimately did have to do!
“I would rather be out of second or third place so I don’t have to go to the prizegiving.”
Asking for peace over the radio while leading the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
“Leave me alone. I know what to do.”
Insisting that he didn’t need reminding to keep his tyres warm during the safety car period in Abu Dhabi
“Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes. I’m doing all the tyres. You don’t have to remind every second.”
Celebrating his first grand prix win since Belgium 2009 in Abu Dhabi
“I’m happy, but there’s nothing to jump around about.”
Getting lost while trying to rejoin the track during the Brazilian Grand Prix
“Where I went off, you can get back on the track by going through the support race pitlane, but you have to go through a gate. I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time. Next year, I’ll make sure it’s open again.”