Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen is well-known for his dislike for the media and treating his duties as a chore. Another thing that he absolutely despises, are ridiculous questions, which they expect him to answer.
He is also a driver who does not like to be bothered when he has a bad day in the office. So, Kimi Raikkonen could be forgiven for not wanting to talk to the media immediately after a poor race. When he is asked to describe his race in a single word, a typical response will be a deadpan monosyllabic answer.
After one particularly disappointing race, he was reminded of his birthday, on the 17th of October. With a straight face, he simply flashed a thumbs up and walked away.
Recently, he spoke about F1 and Pirelli’s inability to run in the wet conditions. The Alfa Romeo driver revealed that changes in the tyres meant that cars could no longer run when the tracks were very wet.
He admitted, “Obviously we know how limited we are with the tyres, unfortunately. It doesn’t need much rain then we have aquaplaning, that’s the issue, then obviously you have zero control.”
“[In] the early days when I started it could rain really heavy and we never had an issue,” he said. “So for sure the tyres are not best when there’s standing water but that’s how it is unfortunately.
“It doesn’t look like there’s a lot of water, it looks really ridiculous sometimes that we cannot run. But that’s just how it is.”
“When there’s a river you lose absolutely control of the cars,” Raikkonen added. “We’ll see, if it rains like it supposed to rain I think it’s a very clear no-go. We’ll see what we can.”
Such run-ins with the media is not uncommon for Kimi Raikkonen, on another occasion early in his career, he had crashed out during the 2005 European Grand Prix. When a marshal went to check on him, he pushed the man away.
Later on, in 2007, he was getting ready for a race when a cameraman got a little too close. In spite of warning from Ferrari, he invaded the Finn’s personal space, so Raikkonen pushed him away. The man stumbled over equipment that he was standing on, and fell over.