“I Don’t Like the Test Days and Promotional Events” – Kimi Raikkonen

Published 03/04/2020, 11:20 AM EST


In 2019, Alfa Romeo had a fairly strong start to the season before they tapered off and dropped to 8th in the championship. Now, the team is out for redemption and is aiming to climb higher up the order. In 2020, they retained the services of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi,

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Raikkonen, in particular, is looking forward to kicking off the season and racing. The 2007 world champion will be eager to get back to doing what he loves most, Racing. Admittedly, the offseason has been too long for Raikkonen’s liking. However, he and Alfa Romeo are ready and determined to fight further up the grid in 2020.

“We still have a lot to learn and we want to know as much as possible about the car for Australia. At the moment we have a reliable car, which is important. It is a good starting point for us,” Raikkonen told Marca.

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With barely a couple of weeks before the season begins, the Finnish veteran is highly motivated. He told the Spanish publication that his primary aim is to perform well for the team.

He further stated that all that he likes to do is just drive. However, Kimi Raikkonen is not particularly fond of test days and promotional events. Though he did admit that once all that is over, drivers in general, look forward to just hopping in the car and going flat out against others.

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Kimi Raikkonen talks about his expectations

Previewing the 2020 season, Kimi Raikkonen revealed that he has not set any lofty targets for the Australian Grand Prix. He disclosed that since all teams are starting on a clean slate, nobody knows what the pecking order will be.

It is only once the Australian GP concludes, that everyone will have a clearer idea. Obviously, Alfa Romeo will be desperate to climb up the order and be in the thick of the midfield battle. Hopefully for their sake, they do not slip down the order like last year.

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As a parting thought, Raikkonen said, “We will try to improve ourselves compared to a year ago. We must learn from the problems and mistakes we had back then.”

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