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Kimi Raikkonen has no time to be nice. Or politically correct. All the Finnish driver cares about is driving. Fast. And he doesn't hesitate to tell his engineers to back off and let him do what he does best, drive a Formula 1 car off its wheels. The tales of the Iceman's taciturn nature have reached shores where F1 is yet to make a dent. In a sport that celebrates rectitude, Raikkonen's aversion to being anything correct is heartening. For the sake of convenience, and hilarity, we give you some of his best jawdropping answers and one-liners.
Hates the media and makes his dislike known
"Formula 1 would be a paradise without the media. " "Driving is the only thing I love about F1. "
Q: Kimi, have you ever got angry about anything, and jumped up and down and shouted?
"Yeah, many times but of course you're not happy if you retire or something but I guess it mostly happens more in normal life than in racing. "
Q: Can you give us examples?
"No, not really. "
Q: What are the kind of things that make you angry in normal life, as you say?
"If you keep asking questions like those. "
Q: The most exciting moment during the race weekend?
"I think it's the race start, always. "
Q: The most boring?
Indulges in plenty of plain talk
Q: What do you do in the night before the race?
Q: The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?
"It protects my head. " Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many other drivers have? "I wipe it, so that I can see better. "
Q: What is on your I-Pod ?
"Mostly Finnish music. You wouldn't know, so it doesn't matter what I say. "
Q: Do you like it when your wife accompanied you to the races?
" Yes, without her the evening in the hotel room is so boring. " Kimi, do you have any hobbies? "I collect walnuts. " Kimi, you missed the presentation by Pele.
Yeah. I was having a shit. "
Q: Kimi, what's the 5th grid place like?
"It's the 5th grid place. "
Q: How does it feel to drive at 300 km/h?
"It feels normal. "
Q: What do you have to do to become one of your friends?
"I've got my friends and that's enough. I'm not on the lookout for new ones. "
Some more gems
"Just leave me alone. I know what to do. "
- Heard around the world when he told his engineer to back off and let him drive at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
"I don't understand how this car can be so hot. My ass is even burning in here!"
- During his NASCAR debut - he drove a truck
- he managed to curse his car and the lack of hydration "Why you shouting on the f***** g radio?"
When he refused to speak Italian at a Ferrari event in 2007
"I'm not going to a language school to learn Italian, that's not what I came to do at Ferrari. "
"I'm not interested in what people think about me. I'm not Michael Schumacher. "
"My life would be much easier had I been a F1-driver in the 70's with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong era. "
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