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Jumat, 30 Oktober 2009

Apa kata Kimi?

Berikut adalah petikan dari konferensi pers hari Kamis menjelang GP Abu Dhabi. Selain Kimi, ada juga sejumlah pertanyaan yang diajukan ke Alonso, Trulli, dan Sutil. Yang menarik adalah pertanyaan yang diajukan kepada Trulli dan Sutil di mana pada race sebelumnya Trulli sempat mencecar dan menunjuk-nunjuk Sutil sehubungan insiden balap di GP Brazil yang menyebabkan keduanya tidak dapat melanjutkan lomba. Berhubung tulisan ini adalah tentang Kimi, silakan baca di Abu Dhabi GP - Thursday - Press Conference Sejumlah pertanyaan yang diajukan kepada Kimi masih menyoal rencana balapan Kimi tahun depan, apakah di rally atau Formula One. Juga pendapat Kimi tentang terpilihnya Jean Todt sebagai presiden FIA yg baru hingga juara dunia baru, Jenson Button.

Abu Dhabi GP - Thursday - Press Conference
29 OCTOBER 2009

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: What are your reactions to seeing the Yas Island Circuit for the first time. The facilities? The circuit?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I have only seen the paddock area so far. I haven't been around the circuit yet. It looks all new and you can see a bit that it is last minute but, overall, it is a very big, massive thing and it will be one of the nicest when everything is ready.

Q: Kimi, what are your thoughts on leaving Ferrari?
Raikkonen: Well, it is not any different than a few races ago. I don't have a contract anymore with them. It is the last race and we try to make a good result and we will see what happens in the future.

Q: Is your focus totally on Formula One or would you like to pursue your rallying career?
Raikkonen: Basically I have a few different options and we will see what is the best one overall and then make my decision.

Q: Would rallying be a consideration?
Raikkonen: It is definitely one of them, but I mean it is not just Formula One and rallying. There are other things I could do and we will see what happens.

Q: Just looking back at the second part of the season. You have only scored two points less than the person who has scored the most points. Considering that development has stopped on the car it is a pretty remarkable record, isn't it?
Raikkonen: Yeah, I think we had a good second half. The car is definitely not the fastest but we found a pretty good way of working with the car and getting the best out of. It has been more normal to drive than for a long time before. Once you get something that you have a good feeling with, then usually you get good results. The bigger teams or the better teams who have been faster this year should have done better; better cars, better results and better points overall in the last part but they haven't and I think we did pretty well.

Q: It seems almost unfair that the focus has been on your team-mates and how fast they have been going whereas you have been racking up points all the time.
Raikkonen: It makes no difference for me really. I don't think they have been going very fast and they can talk to them as much as they want. We just try to score points and get good results. That has been our aim and is still our aim in the last race and hopefully we can get a bit more than McLaren.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News) Jean Todt is the new President of the FIA. What would you like to see him achieve and accomplish for Formula One?
Raikkonen: I think he is going to do good work. I think he is a good guy for this work and he is very straightforward and not too much politics. But I know from working with him that he is going to be the right guy.

Q: (Chris Lines - Associated Press) Question for you about the late start: starting in the afternoon, going into the evening. We had a situation in Australia, first race of the year, with a similar kind of timing. Towards the end of the race there were complaints from the drivers about the sun getting in their eyes, complaints about the track cooling down, so the grip wasn't as good. Do you have concerns here for the same reasons?
Raikkonen: I don't think there will be any problems. Of course, it might look a little bit different at some point when the sun disappears but the lights, at least in Singapore, were so good that you hardly see the difference between day and night. Here, it will be quite hot anyhow, so it should be OK.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, we heard something about you taking a sabbatical next year in 2010. Is that true, it's an option or not?
Raikkonen: I can if I want. I can do whatever I want, but like I said before, I haven't made my decision what I want to do yet.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP) Do you think that Jenson Button is a good champion for the sport, or just that he had the best car this year?
Raikkonen: Yeah, he had the most points, also at the end of the season but whoever gets the most points deserves it, so he's definitely the right man for that.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere dello Sport) Kimi, what would like to tell Fernando as he's joining Ferrari to replace you?
Raikkonen: I don't think I need to tell him anything; for sure he will find out. He's been in Formula One a long time and he's not going to have any issues there. I think he's probably been there before and met the people already, so there's not much to say.

Q: (Jonathan Legard - BBC Sport) Question for Kimi: you talk about your options. I just wondered how important it would be if you decided to stay in Formula One, if you found another team, that you could do some rallying as well, like you did with Ferrari or whether that's something of a stumbling block, wanting to do another form of motor sport as well as doing Formula One?
Raikkonen: It's definitely going to be Formula One, it's going to be in the contract that I'm allowed to do it (rallying). It's not going to hurt you. Any kind of driving is always going to give you some experience, so I don't see what's the issue. It's been working well this year, so as long as it doesn't disturb what you're doing in Formula One or whatever you do, I don't see that there's any problem.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP) Both championships have been settled. Will this race be the last opportunity to show yourselves, the ones that don't have a team for next year?
Raikkonen: You always try to do your best - at least, I try and it's the same story in the last race: we try to get back third place in the championship for the team. I think it's a bit late if you only try to do your best in the last race to try to prove yourself to some other team, then you shouldn't be there. It's the same story as any race this year: we try to do the maximum.

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Definitely Kimi's answer. Hope for the best for him next year!