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#136 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by Kriss 16.04.2013 12:48


Cool as ice

Some people loved the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, a race of rubber in which tyre strategy was king. And for the analysts, there was a lot of fun to be had tracking margins between drivers, keeping an eye out for emerging battles with a view to predicting just who would wind up on the podium.
The casual fan is likely to have enjoyed themselves, with the twin DRS zones creating a festival of overtaking that ensured the Shanghai race was anything but processional.
But for those who fall between the two camps, a lot of the action on Sunday afternoon felt rather artificial, with drivers hanging back until they were in the position to pull off a DRS-enabled pass. There was action, but it didn’t feel much like racing.
Thank goodness, then, for Kimi Raikkonen and his decision to spend Sunday afternoon attacking people around the outside of Turn 1.
The Iceman had some ground to make up in Shanghai this year, after a depressing end to the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix that saw the Lotus driver lose what looked like a sure podium in the closing stages of the race when the pit wall tyre gamble didn’t pay off.
Lotus had elected to keep their driver on a two-stop strategy, and it was working well for the team until lap 47, when Raikkonen – in the process of being overtaken by a freshly shod Sebastian Vettel – slid off line and onto the marbles. Before he was able to return to the track, he had been passed by seemingly half the field, dropping from P2 to P12.
This time around Lotus were taking no chances, and Raikkonen’s three-stop strategy saw the Iceman claim the podium finish that was so tantalisingly close twelve months ago.
But for Kimi, a racer through and through, those sorts of considerations are immaterial. What makes the Finnish driver so special – other than his unique approach to the media – is the way in which he doesn’t seem to care about any result that’s not a win.
For Kimi, it’s about what happened on track between lights out and chequered flag, not what’s happening in the standings. Which isn’t to say that the Iceman isn’t a competitive animal – far from it. But what fires up the Iceman is good racing, ballsy overtaking, and a battle or two. Collecting a drivers’ title at the end of a season of wheel-to-wheel action on track is simply the cherry on top of a very delicious ice-cream sundae.
The stats fans among you might be amused to learn that – according to F1 stat man Sean Kelly – Kimi is a shoe-in for the WDC this season. The last four times a British prime minister has died, the F1 drivers’ title went either to Lotus or to Renault, the Enstone-based team that grew out of Lotus. We’ve now got the Lotus name back at Enstone, so Kimi is a sure thing. Apparently.
It’s certainly a neat little factoid to repeat down the pub, but I’d hesitate before betting the family silver on it this early in the season… ... as_ice.php

#137 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by WHATEVER 16.04.2013 22:49


Zitat von Kriss
James Allen ‏@Jamesallenonf1 8m

Raikkonen vs Hamilton and Vettel’s gamble: The inside track on race strategies in China

Great analysis, <img src=" title="ty" />

#138 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by WHATEVER 17.04.2013 14:57


Soren's Review: ... -take-2nd/

#139 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by miezicat 17.04.2013 23:11


team photo :)

Kimi RaĂŻkkonen testing the Renault Fluence and Alpine A110-50 in Shanghai

#140 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by Sonny 18.04.2013 18:33

Did anyone else notice the guy's face who was riding along with Kimi in the blue car (last part of video)? <img src=" title="ha" />

He's holding on for his life and looks scared as hell! <img src=" title="lol" />

#141 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by WHATEVER 18.04.2013 19:37


Yes, the guy taking pics inside of the car instead of enjoying himself was hilarious too <img src=" title="lol" />

#142 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by Jalumi 20.04.2013 08:53


The MiniDrivers <img src=h" title="hih" /> ... RRlxh6IdbA

#143 RE: F1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 2013 by Olga 28.04.2013 20:02


the incident with Perez

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