Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is excited about this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit this weekend, as it is the scene where he won the championship with Ferrari in 2007.
The Iceman, who is expecting his second second child with wife Minttu goes into this weekend’s race following a sixth place finish last time out in Mexico.
Raikkonen is currently in fifth place in the championship nine points behind his team mate Sebastian Vettel. Speaking during his briefing Thursday media briefing Raikkonen commented by saying:
Interlagos is a great and unique place. I have great memories here from 2007, it was my first year with Ferrari and I won the Championship at the end of a tricky season. Driving has always been good here, there’s a lot of history and heritage with great Brazilian drivers and people are very passionate about Formula1. It’s the kind of track that always produces better racing than others.
Obviously the layout is a big key, because you can follow the people and the long straight creates opportunities to overtake. There are not many corners here and it’s very close between the teams because the lap time is a bit shorter. To have a good car you need the same stuff you need in any other race tracks, the car has to be strong everywhere. We have been trying to improve our performance all year, we need more grip and more power to go faster, it sounds very simple but unfortunately it’s not. So far we understood quite a lot of things and I have a lot of trust that we will fix these issues.
This is also the last home race for Felipe, we have been teammates and we have always had a good relationship. As long as he’s happy, that’s the best thing to do and I wish him the best for his future.