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Business as usual for Raikkonen

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Business as usual for Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen is staying cool about the prospect of being partnered by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 and says it will be business as usual. McLaren announced this week that Montoya will join the team after next season and the pair could hardly be...

Kimi Raikkonen is staying cool about the prospect of being partnered by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 and says it will be business as usual. McLaren announced this week that Montoya will join the team after next season and the pair could hardly be more different, with Raikkonen's icy calm and Montoya's feisty attitude, but the Finn is unperturbed.

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"It will be interesting to see what happens," Raikkonen said, according to the Independent. "The teammate I have doesn't change anything on my side of the team. We do exactly the same sort of things what we have been doing so far. I just try to beat my teammate, whoever it is."

Montoya's current teammate, Ralf Schumacher, was non-committal about the Colombian's departure from Williams after next season but doesn't think it will affect the team's 2004 challenge. "Naturally, it's disappointing for Williams," Schumacher said. "But we'll do our best and the fastest between us next year will fight for the title."

Williams technical director Patrick Head admits it will be a strange situation next season, already knowing one of the drivers will be leaving, but was not about to reveal if the team had lined up a replacement for Montoya.

"It will certainly be a bit odd going into next year knowing that one of your drivers has already signed for another team," remarked Head. "We're obviously having discussions with other people, so we shall see what develops."

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