23 March 2007

Are Ferrari really that quick or is Kimi Raikonnen playing mind games?

Kimi Raikkonen, the Finnish driver , completed his first race for the Scuderia as winner. He won it comfortably , finishing almost 7 and a half seconds in front of reigning double world Champion , Fernando Alonso.

All was however not well , as the Finnish driver confirmed that he had had problems in communicating with his race engineer due to a problem with the Radio.

By the end of the race ,Mclaren would have known that they needed to work on a lot of things , if they were to catch up with the Scuderia and wipe out the second a lap difference in the fastest lap times. Mclaren however wouldn't want to hear what Kimi Raikkonen had to say when the race ended.

"We knew that our rhythm in the race was very competitive: I did not have to go to the limit, but maybe if the radio had worked I would have gone faster."

"On one occasion - just about ten laps before the end the race - I almost fell asleep! I got distracted, my concentration levels dropped a bit and I locked the wheels and took Turn Three slightly too wide: even without radio I knew that they were saying: 'Kimi, wake up!'

Kimi Raikkonen, normally taciturn might have just started playing mind games with the reigning world champion. The reports from Kimi Raikkonen after the Australian Grand prix must surely demoralise the Woking based team. With only one race gone, it will be interesting to see if Kimi was just letting off a lot of hot air to demoralise his rivals or the F2007 is indeed a class apart.

The top 8 in the drivers Championship after the first round are

Kimi Raikkonen - 10 Points
Fernando Alonso - 8 points
Lewis Hamilton - 6 points
Nick Heidfeld - 5 points
Giancarlo Fisichella - 4 points
Felipe Massa - 3 points
Nico Rosberg - 2 points
Ralf Schumacher - 1 point

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