Singapore GP: Kimi Raikkonen preview

Raikkonen: "Victory is the only objective" Singapore - The most important thing is to win again. The situation in the Championship is what it is and it doesn't depend anymore only on my results, but of my competitors' results. In theory it's not...

Raikkonen: "Victory is the only objective"

Singapore - The most important thing is to win again. The situation in the Championship is what it is and it doesn't depend anymore only on my results, but of my competitors' results. In theory it's not over yet, but I don't have it under control anymore. Last year, in the second part of the season, we had a great set up for the car and I was able to win many races. It was much more difficult this year. Especially as far as the tyre temperature is concerned. When the temperature is right, the car is very competitive. We'll give it our best at Singapore, so that we can fight for the win, which still remains the main objective. We have to give it all in these four races and then we'll see what's going to happen. I've said it many times: victory is the only objective, the essence of motor racing. I'm not just here for driving, but I want to win.

Monza was a bad weekend for me, but afterwards we had a good test session at Mugello. The car had a very good set up in the last two races on the dry track and we've tested some new solutions, which will improve the performance. Last week I spent a day with the simulator at the CRF (Fiat Research Centre) at Turin, where I got an idea of the track, where we're going to race at the weekend.

I arrived at Singapore today, after one day at Abu Dhabi, where I took part in some promotional events with our partners Mubadala and Etihad Airways. I can't wait to get back on the track, because I love new challenges: since we've known the Championship's race calendar, I've been waiting for 28th September. Of course when I think of the results I had this year on street circuits, I shouldn't be too optimistic, but I still like to race on this kind of track: it's pure emotion, when you find the right set up for the single-seater and race between the walls. I don't think that it will be a big problem that we race at night. They've done it already with motorbikes and it was a great experience. I'm someone who likes to sleep late. My body will adapt perfectly fine to this unusual time of day.

In the end it's not important when the race starts. When you put on your helmet and go out to the starting grid, you've such a high adrenaline level, that you forget everything else and you just think about giving it everything for the whole race.

They say that it rains every evening at Singapore. This shouldn't worry us too much, because everybody will race under the same condition. I think that we'll have the possibility to win in the four outstanding races and I will give it my all to make it and to help the Team to reach its goals.

Raikkonen: "I like evenings"

Singapore, 25th September - Kimi Raikkonen arrived in Singapore from a trip to the Gulf states for sponsorship duties and as usual, with the most relaxed driver in the sport, the Finn did not seem at all bothered by this race weekend's unusual time table. "For the moment, I haven't changed my sleeping habits at all, so I'll wait and see how that goes. It's a night race, but it's not really in the middle of the night, it is more a case of an evening race, which means I am treating it as a normal weekend. I sleep when I feel like it and wake up when I feel like it."

As for the championship situation, there was little change to the Finn's usual answer over the past few weeks: "Hopefully, we can have some good results in the remaining four races and then we will see what the situation is. I am going to take it race by race, not worry about anything, hopefully have some fun and win some races. As long as I have a chance for the title race, even though I have to admit it is a small chance now, then I will be pushing as hard as I can. But the most important thing is that Ferrari wants to win both titles and we will see what is the best way to achieve that."

As for the circuit itself, Kimi was keen to get round it for his first real look at the newest venue on the calendar. "I haven't seen the circuit yet, but yesterday I saw the lights were on around the track and it looked exactly like daylight so I am not expecting any problems from a driving point of view. I think it is nice to have something new like a night race in Formula 1 and I think for the spectators it will look pretty cool. I like evenings more than mornings so this should suit me well. As for our car, it seems to work well wherever we go, so I have no concerns about that and tomorrow in the first practice, we will find out about the track surface and whether or not it is bumpy and adapt the car accordingly. We had a very good test in Mugello, so I am pretty confident we should be okay."

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
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