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Raikkonen: Yes, he’s still motivated, otherwise he wouldn’t be here

Apr 23, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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We have a contender for “best early Kimi Raikkonen sound bite” of the 2014 season. Thing is, I wish we had the audio file.

You might remember earlier this week – and judging by the comments section you certainly had an opinion on it – I opined that Fernando Alonso has to my estimation taken the Ferrari F14 T to results it shouldn’t have achieved while leaving Raikkonen relatively in the weeds.

That assessment does not speak to a lack of motivation on Raikkonen’s part. Still, the Finn hit back to reporters this week who suggested that may have been the case upon his return to the Scuderia, where he found his greatest F1 success.

“I don’t know why you always come up with motivation – if I didn’t have motivation I wouldn’t be here,” said Raikkonen, via Autosport.

“It’s f*** all to do with this.

“We have bad races and it’s an unfortunate thing, but that’s how it goes sometimes. The aim is to improve.”

This is why Kimi remains undeniably awesome and unique in the F1 paddock.

  1. ijusth - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    I can imagine him saying this with that typicalmonotoone voice. Hurrah to him

  2. 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    The guy made $50 mil to do nothing for a year. He’s set for life. Even without that paid vacation. Motivation to win is all that keeps him behind the wheel.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Many in the media are technically illiterate and ignorant. They have no clue about the racing or a driver’s motivation. These drivers are the best-of-the-best in the world and they want to prove it every race. It’s just like when Schumi came back and had to deal with an ill performing Mercedes. No one wanted to succeed more than Schumi but you can only do so much with a duff car.

  4. fireblade22 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    What? What did he say which was so unique and awesome?

    If Kimi goes to Bahrain and remarks “It’s hot”, there are many people who would go into raptures about it.

    “We have bad races and it’s an unfortunate thing, but that’s how it goes sometimes. The aim is to improve.”

    That could be any driver from any team other than Mercedes this season.

    “It’s f*** all to do with this.”

    Where are all the prudes who had a gigantic fit of the vapors when they heard Vettel swear? I recall some people wanting him banned from a few races for supposedly “bringing the sport into disrepute”!

  5. techmeister1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Don’t offend Kimi by mentioning scumbag Vettel in the same comment. Cussing at the media’s ignorance is often quite appropriate. LOL

    Ferrari’s official F1 website states that they are streamlining the internal decision making process and trying to ramp the production and delivery of new components for the cars including leaning on their outside vendors. That can lead to a lot of QC issues but let’s hope in the end they improve the process instead of compromising it.

  6. crunge4461 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Speaking of Ferrari, it would not surprise me if the do not win this year. It also would not surprise if they did. When Schumacher was so dominate with Ferrari people got the idea that the prancing horse was going to always be the car to beat, but history tells a different tale. Ferrari was one of the best, second to Lotus I would say, in the 1970s and took home 4 championships that decade, then from 1980 until 2000 they were a podium team, but not a championship team….they took victories with Alboretto, Villeneuve, Pironi and so on, but it was a long while of trying to catch lightening in a bottle again which they did in unprecedented fashion with Schumacher and Ross Brawn. It looks like they are back in this difficult space again….everyone expects them to be dominate, but they are more like a podium car right now, not a championship car. The Ferrari is ugly too, but it looks way better than those cars with the Gonzo noses, those things look so ridiculous, it amazes me that people complain about the sound…what about the atrocious looks of every car minus the Mercedes and Red Bull, which are both pretty slick looking machines.

  7. redrock81 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I don’t think this is surprising at all… Kimi just doesn’t have Alonso’s consistency. There are times when he’s great and times when he barely registers at all. When he’s great he’s lightning quick (during his 05 Mclaren days)

    Though I never bought into the who “Iceman” persona…

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