At the Australian Grand Prix Formula One FIA press converence,Thursday,Kimi Raikkonen said he has ‘no idea’ about how he will perform at Sunday’s season opener.
Raikkonen decided to return to Formula One, having signed a deal with Lotus F1.Lotus had several highlights during pre-season testing where Raikkonen topped the time sheets on the first and last days.But it wasn’t only the team’s one-lap pace that caught the eye as several rivals admitted they were also impressed by their speed over longer race distances.
However, Raikkonen concedes that Lotus were not the only ones who looked good in the build-up to the Championship.Said Raikkonen,”I have no idea where we are going to be,”.
He continued,”We had a good winter – it could have been better – but hopefully we are fast, we will know at the weekend.”But I think many teams will be fast. Are we going to be in front? I don’t know. We hope we are going to be, but let’s wait and see.”
Raikkonen,The 32-year-old also downplayed any excitement he may be feeling upon his return to the sport where he won the 2007 Drivers’ Championship title.
“I am a little bit older, that’s all, but it’s the same really,” he said. “It really hasn’t changed a lot, the car feels very similar. I was expecting to have more difficulties with it, but it’s pretty good.
“I didn’t watch much the past few years, same people, similar stuff going on. I had other things to do than watch the races. It doesn’t mean I don’t like the sport – if I didn’t like the sport I would not be here.”
Regarding his return and joined with Lotus,Raikkonen is also enjoying life.While his past experiences of driving at Ferrari and McLaren would prove useful to his new life at Enstone.
Raikkonen said,”You always learn from all the people and all the teams. I try to get the things in the team where I know how I like them.”I’ve been very happy with the team, they’ve been great people to work with and easy going, so no real need to do anything. Just If you like to do things differently they’ve been happy to try to do it that way and it’s just been a good experience.”.said Raikkonen.