Kimi Raikkonen loves Singapore – Lotus driver to battle for Formula One title
Kimi Raikkonen has won himself a lot of attention during the last couple of weeks. The Lotus driver will travel from one of the oldest racing venues to bright lights of Singapore this weekend. Formula One analysts believe Kimi Raikkonen will celebrate at the podium when the race ends.
The Finnish driver refused to predict such results, but Kimi Raikkonen admitted he really liked Singapore.
“I really like going to Singapore. It’s a great place to be, I love the local food and I don’t mind the unusual times we run in the car,” Kimi Raikkonen said.
Kimi Raikkonen has never scored a point at the Singapore Grand Prix. Henceforth, the 32-year-old’s new found form could write an interesting story at the Singapore Grand Prix.
“I have some unfinished business after my two GPs there so far, as I have never scored a point,” Kimi Raikkonen confessed. “That doesn’t mean I’m not quick there as I’ve been told I still hold the lap record from 2008. I crashed while fighting for fifth place that year and finished down in 10th in 2009, so I want better this time.”
Presently, Fernando Alonso leads the Driver Standings with 179 points. The Ferrari driver is hot favorite to win the season, but Lewis Hamilton is tailing him with 142 points to his name. Kimi Raikkonen is breathing down his neck with 140 points. Just a point below his is the defending champion Sebastian Vettel.
Therefore, an intense battle can be expected in the remaining seven races of the season. Kimi Raikkonen has participated in two Singapore Grand Prix in the past, but he has never been able to record good results.
“In the first two years of this GP, I was a little bit surprised by how people were talking so much about the different timing,” Kimi Raikkonen said. “When they switch on the lights, it’s exactly the same as racing in the day time. I think everybody in F1 enjoys the night race in Singapore. It’s worked out really well as it’s a buzzing city and lots of people turn up. Apart from one or two dark spots in the run-off areas the circuit is very well lit, so there is not a big difference to racing in the day.”
Kimi Raikkonen also talked about the Italian Grand Prix held at Monco last week.
“Monaco was not that good for us, but Valencia was one of the best weekends so far,” Kimi Raikkonen said. “Obviously, there is no reason why Singapore should be any different compared to Valencia. Like at every street circuit, it’s very difficult to pass other cars there, so starting the race as high as possible on the grid is a very important factor to get a good result.”